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Dreamtime Travellers Rest

189 Bunda Street & 4 Terminus Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Dreamtime Backpackers)
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Ranked #5 of 84 Specialty lodging in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
sc_yuen Hong Kong, China
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    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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Hong Kong, China
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The staff are friendly and helpful. The environment of hostel and room are clean and cozy. It also provide free wifi. The hostel also hosted activities like BBQ and movie night for the residents. This is the best hostel (out of 3) during my stay in Australia.

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Hannover, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

During our stay in Australia this was the best hostel where we have been! Lovely atmosphere, good location and friendly staff! Especially the inner area is great to hang out. And a big thanks to make it possible to watch the world cup final there! Bestes Hostel, in dem wir in Australien waren. Absolut empfehlenswert!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This property is marketed for backpackers but there are single rooms with no frills that adequately meet the needs of people who would normally stay in a hotel but can't afford to, or want to save money. I visited Cairns to join a conference where the hotel options were all >$120/night. My room was $50, I had free wifi (albeit... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the most comfortable, clean and homely hostel I've ever stayed at. If you're looking for a quieter place to stay while in Cairns then stay at Dreamtime. There's a great social area, a clean kitchen and the dorms were really comfy. The small group of staff are really nice and helpful (I booked my reef trip through the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Hostel. This place was like a big family that anyone is welcomed to join. Quiet and respectful and with amazing staff ready to help with any problems that might occur . They go over and beyond helping which made my trip so easy and flawless. From booking your tours or just helping with the local bus services and events... More

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Canadian Rockies, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I ended up switching to Dreamtime after having a terrible experience at another hostel in Cairns. The staff were so helpful and nice! I got a private room, which was lovely and had my own little fridge. :) The hostel is a bunch of houses combined together and I loved the feel of it, nice big shower in the building... More

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Ulm, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great time at the Dreamtime hostel! Not a Party hostel, like most of the hostels in Cairns, but I reckon you can have a great time there if you are travelling alone. We stayed there two times now and had a double room, which was big enough for all our stuff! The reception staff was really helpful... More

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Wichita, KS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't usually stay at hostels anymore, but as far as hostels go, this one is very good. The hostel had provided us a very good rate on an airport shuttle, so we had no problem getting there. They had emailed me prior to my arrival with directions on after hour key pick up, no hitches there. The room was... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pros: decent location. But it's a bit far from the beach and pier. Very close to the mall. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Room: air conditioning costs you extra to use. Shared bathrooms. No hot water in the showers. Cons: tried to sell me over priced tours. Buy from a tour outfitter in town, not from the hostel. The room... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great chilled out hostel to stay in whether it's for long or short term trips. I stayed here with a friend, but I reckon it'd be fine to stay in if you're travelling solo as well. Amazing staff - everyone behind the reception desk was extremely helpful in showing us the best tours to go on and booking them... More

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Address: 189 Bunda Street & 4 Terminus Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Dreamtime Backpackers)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Dreamtime hostel is 3 beautiful, bright Queenslander homes located just minutes walk from the centre of Cairns. Free wifi 24 hours plus You will find a tropical oasis perfect for relaxing and meeting like minded travellers. Our service is supreme local staff advising and helping you book the best trips and tours. We are here to help you have an unforgettable travel experience.Join us on one of our BBQ nights, fire shows or movies under the stars. Come see why Dreametime is voted #1 best hostel Australia 2012 by hostelworld customer reviews. Do yourself a favour and join in the fun. ... more   less 
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