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JJ's Backpackers Hostel

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11 - 13 Charles Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Beerwah, Australia
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good staff, very friendly and clean kitchen and bathroom areas. Not for backpackers who want to party. It was a bit far away from the city, but it was walkable in 30 minutes. Good spots for campervans.

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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely a Home away from Home. I stayed here for 8 nights with a break in Port Douglas. But my stay here has been lovely. Tracey, Simon and Tracey are all very helpful and able to advice on excursions and trips. The hostel is kept clean and the communal areas are great places to eat and meet people. The hostel... More 

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Nice, France
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After one year of travelling around Australia, JJ's is definitely my favorite hostel. Small, friendly and quiet atmosphere that brings along good people. The place is clean and feels like home after a really short time. If you're looking for a quiet place to enjoy Cairns... stop looking cuz you've found it. Most helpfull and nicest staff I've met during... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved staying at JJs. It's clean, cosy and friendly. As a treat, I stayed in a single room and it was spacious and very comfortable. The staff - Simon and Tracey - were wonderful and really helpful, and were able to help me to book some fantastic trips and onward travel. Having breakfast included was a real bonus. It's... More 

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Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Turned up at Cairns bus stop at 8pm with no accomodation booked. We were met by a friendly guy who said they had space left at JJ's and we are so glad we decided to go with him. He got is checked in, told us everything we needed to know about the hostel and cairns and was a really funny... More 

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Broughty Ferry, Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I have had 2 separate stays with JJ's and from the moment I arrived at the premises on the first occasion, I knew I was staying at one of the very best hostels in Cairns. Simon made me feel right at home from the start - he is a man of incredible knowledge and humour and we regularly chat on... More 

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Wow what a fabbo review, thank you!!!! Simon doesn't get many reviews about him so we will definitely make sure he gets to read this one ;o) A fully comprehensive review and, as you told us, only 1 of 3 you have eve made so thanks again for taking the time to write this. Good luck with your rural farm... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Some hostels have 'that special thing' and JJs is one of them. Great atmosphere, chilled out and friendly. Very easy to meet people in the common outdoor patio space. Very clean and well taken care of property. Free shuttle into town is an added bonus although the walk to the city centre along the water is lovely and only takes... More 

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

A wonderful warm & fuzzy review, thank you! We are glad you found that "special something" at JJ's, this is just what we try to achieve, the little things that makes us a different from the others :o) Thank you for sharing your experience at JJ's and we look forward to seeing you again in September x More 

Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I stayed at JJ’s in February and loved it. It’s in a lovely quiet area of Cairns, but close enough to walk into the town (About 15 mins walk) along the promenade. The hostel feels really safe , comfortable and clean. Lovely patio area and fully equipped kitchen. Simon and Tracey, the owners, are so helpful, patient and friendly. They... More 

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you sooooooo much for this fantastic review. Your favourite hostel in 4 months of travel, wow that's brilliant, thank you! We love to hear stories like this and we are glad to have helped out with trips for you so that you do have a fabbo time in Cairns. Safe travels x More 

Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

I booked here based on previous reviews and I was not disappointed. Simon and Tracey are very friendly and will help you with anything you need, including multiple lifts to and from the middle of town for free. The rooms are clean and not overcrowded. There is even free breakfast so what more could you want? Thanks JJ's from Jack

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you so much, it is great to hear we live up to our reviews, phew, ha ha ;o) It is great you had a good time at JJ's and thank you for sharing your experience with others. Safe travels, from Tracy, Simon and the JJ's staff x More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our stay at JJ's. It is a nice quiet hostel, just out of the centre of town and is clean and well-maintained. We stayed in a double for 5 nights in total and really liked the small cosy family-run feel of the place. The shuttles to and from town are great, but is is... More 

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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thank you sooooo much for your comments and review. We really do enjoy what we do and it is always good to read feedback like this. We love that you would stay again, that is great! Thank you for sharing your experience at JJ's with others to read. Safe travels. More 

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