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Dreamtime Travellers Rest

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189 Bunda Street, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Dreamtime Backpackers)
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Dreamtime is an oasis in th heart of Cairns. Colourful, made with soul and heart and has a cool story you can read in a pamphlet next to your bed :). There are some activities on certain days like movies bbq. Shay and others are constantly working for making the best of this place and providing the best comfort to... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I arrived in dreamtime on Sunday 31st after a previous night stay on the 29th. Was told I was in another room and found I was on the top bunk, but due to a knee injury I sustained top bunks are a no go. I informed the receptionist and could have helped me out more, he did state that he... More 

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Thank armeng981
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and my girlfriend stayed here on our first night in Oz, we just needed a place to relax and sleep before heading on our road trip. this place was better than we expected, the staff in particular were extremely friendly and helpful. Shay was helpful in organising our whitsunday tour and advice on where to see locally in our... More 

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Thank Marty M
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have stayed at many hostels in Australia and this is by far the best one I've stayed in! It's comfortable, beautiful, clean, and very friendly, helpful staff. There is a supermarket just across the road as well. And it's so lovely to be able to borrow a camping mat/ sleeping bag for the next leg of the journey! Haven't... More 

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Thank Isabelle A
Wrexham County, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stayed here for over a week with my boyfriend and stayed in 3 different rooms during our stay, all the rooms were clean, comfy beds, good A/C and the deco was nice. Reception area is really nice, lots of computers for guests to use, free tea & coffee and lots of information on tours. Swimming pool area is clean and... More 

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Thank Jade P
Wrexham, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We moved here from a rival hostel as we weren't happy but managed to stay in Dreamtime for over a week whilst we found farm jobs and set up bank accounts etc. The budget double room was nice and bright, very clean and good aircon (a necessity this time of year). The reception area and common area is very well... More 

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Thank Mike M
Charlotte, North Carolina
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37 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

...you have your own data plan. This MOST OF ALL tainted my opinion and lost them a star. The FREE wifi was fraught with misery and frustration for all. Oh yes it is free, but there is an evil firewall with restrictions like no streaming and it seems to know when you are looking at pornography, and other misdeeds, as... More 

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Thank n w
stevedouglas04, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest, responded to this review

Hi NW, Many thanks for your resent review and feed back of our hostel we are all ways looking to improve our facilities and service and take reviews very seriously. Glad to hear you thought we where overall a nice clean hostel with outstanding staff. We share your frustations with the free wifi, we don't have unlimited data and try... More 

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33 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is cheap...but that's about the only good thing I can say about it. Clearly meant to appeal to the backpacker crowd, but this place simply is not clean or nice. It's also about a 20-25 min walk from the esplanade / harbor, it seems like there are probably better places much closer to the action. The AC is... More 

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Thank Casey B
stevedouglas04, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest, responded to this review

Hi Casey, Thanks for your review of Dreamtime hostel , your right we are a backpacker hostel and we try to keep things affordable as possible. thanks for the heads up on the A/C i'll have my maintenance team look at it . happy travels. More 

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24 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was exactly what I was looking for for my last days in OZ. It's relaxing, quiet and quite well located! There are nightly activities which make it easy to socialize! The staff is really friendly and helpful however I booked a tour which looked amazing but the reality was quite different. But that's another story! I definitely recommend... More 

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Thank nomadiccorine
stevedouglas04, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest, responded to this review

Hi Corine, Thanks for your review of Dreamtime hostel, good to know you would recommend us glad you had a relaxing time. From the Dreamtime staff. More 

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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A really friendly place to stay. Staff are really helpful, even before I got there they had pre-booked a few days trips for me :) It's like a home away from home, settled in straight away and didn't want to leave. Perfect place for all types of people! close enough to city pubs and clubs so you can crawl home... More 

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Thank Sarah D
stevedouglas04, Owner at Dreamtime Travellers Rest, responded to this review

Hi Sarah, Great to hear a good review like yours , your right Dreamtime is not a big party hostel more a place to chill out and relax ,glad you enjoyed. More 

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