We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Reef Backpackers

140 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Reef Backpackers
Professional photos View all
Browse nearby
Reef Backpackers
Write a Review

50 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    17
    6
    10
    7
    10
See reviews for
2
15
11
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (11)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
  • All months
    (50)
  • Mar-May only
    (10)
  • Jun-Aug only
    (14)
  • Sep-Nov only
    (13)
  • Dec-Feb only
    (13)
All months
London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Checked in a Room for Four, for One night only thank God. Place was Dirty, had to ask for the sheet to be changed on my bed as it looked like someone had already slept on it, the pillow was like half a bag of cotton wool balls. Old fan having off the wall, full of dust. Bathrooms filthy, felt... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed at this hostel and immediately felt part of the reef family. The hostel is very basic but has a fantastic atmosphere! The hostel is so layed back, has a nice pool and garden and had fans in every room. The best thing I found was the showers which are so powerful!! I will be very sad to leave...... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really good place, I stayed here for 2 months. The rooms are clean and quiet. Also the bathrooms are really clean. The kitchen is big enough and opened 24h (most of the backpackers they close it at 10pm) There s is a lovely tropical garden and a swimming pool... clean as well !!! The staff is awesome and really nice... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great layout of the whole hostel overall! 5min walk from seafront! Two managers are two of the nicest people youll ever met in your life! Ping pong, swimming pool, events on every night! Its like a big family! Will miss the place

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
29 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We stayed here 2 night and would not recommend this hostel to anyone. Of you are there to party this might suit you, also a lot of noise from the hostel next door. The hostel is in a good location near the esplanade, wifi is slow but does work. The hostel is closed for a few hours in the afternoon... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cairns, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

This is the joint worst place I've stayed in during my travelling in Australia. It is a dump DO NOT stay here. The staff are none existent, the kitchen is filthy, the communal areas look like they haven't been cleaned or decorated in 20 years and I had a lovely view from my front door of razor wire and timber.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Cairns, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

All staff spoke terrible english and where very unhelpful, rude and unpleasant. Also reception is closed from 12-4 every afternoon so there is noone to go to at the busiest part of the day. Washing machine didnt work, we lost 5 dollars to it and there was noone to help. Room had massive damp patch on floor, smelt badly and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Stayed here in a Private Room for 3 nights. Hostel is extremely good value for money and the place is pretty good. Hostel has all the basics sorted and is a great place to just chill out and start your stay in Cairnes. All the main town centre stuff is about a 5 minute walk and theres a great Market... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dallas, Texas
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This hostel is decent. I booked a private room - it was NO FRILLS. The mattresses were on the floor, but were comfortable. There was an ICE COLD window a/c unit in the room too. The shared bathrooms were always dirty. They do not provide towels (or anything), so be aware of that. There is free wifi at Reef, but... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
London
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
45 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here briefly during a quiet period so not sure how realistic my experience was, but it was bearable. Compared to some of the other hostels I've seen in Cairns this one has a fairly decent and equipped kitchen and they have a good sized garden/ common area as well as a pool. The bedrooms themselves are way too on... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question
Owners: What's your side of the story?
Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.
Manage your listing

Been to Reef Backpackers? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Reef Backpackers

Address: 140 Grafton Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 18
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, HostelWorld, Agoda, HostelBookers and Odigeo so you can book your Reef Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

10 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (2)
Viewed
Other (2)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (9)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (1)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (1)
Viewed
Room/suite (4)
Viewed
View from room (1)
Viewed
Other (2)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay