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Cairns Waterfront Backpackers

3.0 of 5
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83 The Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Reims, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's actually difficult to grade this place. The rooms are small and there's only one bunkbed in them ( nothing to hang your clothes). They also really need a paint job and some maintenance. For the price they would get a grade of 3. However the location is perfect just across the street from the lagoon. There's a swimming pool... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hostel is located right in front of the sea facing esplanade. There is a community run swimming pool close-by. The first floor at the hostel plays host to a cosy lounge / recreation room which offers very good views! We had stayed in the dorms; the bunk beds were comfortable. The kitchen was functional. Do note that there aren't... More 

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Cairns, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

We booked in for 4 nights but only could manage 2, the kitchen was very small and dirty, and we were told that there was no fridge key lockers available but there was a communal fridge available which later turn out to be full. So we couldn't keep any food, not that I would have used the kitchen after seeing.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

The staff are really friendly and nice. And backpackers here are also friendly too. The location is perfect - walking to lagoon is just 3 mins. Really awesome spot. I will definitely come back again for my next trip in Carins!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much. I feel like home. :)

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

My partner and I stayed here for 4 nights for our first nights in Oz. On arrival we were upgraded to a double room instead of a dorm room, which was a lovely surprise! The bed was a bunk, with a double on bottom, great sleep every night. The wifi was great but stopped working in our room the second... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at Waterfront for about a week and it was just great! The day we arrived, a thursday, they had bbq- and goone-night. Everyone at the hostel gathers for food, drinks, beer pong and dancing - so fun! The guys working in the reception were always happy and helpful. The common area downstairs was great just to hang out... More 

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Jaipur, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

A true backpackers experience. Stayed in a very comfortable mixed dorm with 3 girls from different countries. The receptionist was very friendly and guided me about the do's and dont's in Cairns. He even helped me book my snorkeling, skydiving and some other activities in a very minimal cost. There was free pick up and drop facility from the airport.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

I'm surprised of some reviews... Apparently some people don't know what backpackers is... Anyway, clean, friendly, lots of facilities for free (WiFi, Xbox, computers, pool, kitchenette, etc..) It is a bit old, and some things could be renewed (mattresses, tables, etc..) But overall, it was a good place to stay, in an amazing g location (right in front of the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

On arrival me and my friend found out that you had to ring a number to check in after 6pm. Then to be told that we never had a reservation even though we had paid for it in full the day previous. Eventually they found our reservation and let us in. We were shown to a room where it was... More 

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cairns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Great location right across from the lagoon so if you fancy a day sunbathing you can go across the road or even just lay by the pool. After that you could visit the ice cream shop next door. The kitchen is nice, spacious and clean. The Thursday barbeque is a good way to meet everyone at the hostel and a... More 

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