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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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Ranked #52 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cozy feeling hostel with a cool party vibe at night! you'll meet loads of fun friends to hang with during your stay in Cairns, the hostel has a pool with the perfect chill out area next to it, nice kitchen with plenty of utensil and free stuff in the free shelf (one morning I even found a full package of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really cool hostel with a relaxed vibe & a great crowd. Feels homely both cuz of the people and the friendly staff, plus the awesome living room area with a flatscreen teve & a group of sofas where there's always someone watching movies, like literally always :) Been staying here for 2 weeks and I've had such an awesome time,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here for about a week, the two guys that own it are very friendly and helpful. Location is great, just across the road from the lagoon and a few minutes walk to the boat terminal. The beds and rooms aren't the best but they are what you pay for and you can (if in a twin room) get a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Old dirty run down place This place is old and run down. The kitchen and all equipment is old, there isn't an single good and clean pan. The kitchen hasn't get any proper scrub in like 10 years. The layer of oil is disgusting. Nobody really gives a damn about cleaning so around the noon the tables looks like after... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Great location as it's just a 1 minute walk to the lagoon and about a 5 minute walk to the shopping centre/ market. The pool is nice here and the own is very friendly. The double room we had the mattress was ruined so they just put a sponge mattress on top it where they should have just replaced the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Just got done staying at Waterfront Backpackers and it was excellent! The two new owners Ben and Leigh put a lot of attention into making this a great stay. First I have been all over OZ and by far they have the fastest wifi and it's FREE! They have brand new fridges with your own locker so your food/beverages don't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

possibly the best hostel that i have ever stayed in! the new management are super cool! the place is clean and there is plenty of activities. the location is perfect. across from the lagoon and close to all restaurants.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

different from all the other hostels which makes it good. friendly staff. In the middle of city and clean rooms. laguna is near and the hostel has a nice pool. cheap and worth the money. :) definitely coming back

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Stayed for 2 weeks and was really impressed with the amount of work the new owners are putting into making the hostel a great place to live. The pool is clean and maintained, the fridges are brand new and the rooms are cleaned everyday. The staff gave me directions when I needed to find a specific place and they even... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

THEY ARE THIEVES!! You can easily get into any room through the window, so your belongings are not safe there. We had to put a locker in our door AND THEY BROKE IT. We asked them to pay it back (it was a very expensive locker) and they refused. Want more? They used our credit card to charge us money... More 

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