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Gecko's Backpackers

187 Bunda St., Cairns, Queensland, Australia
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Ranked #8 of 84 Specialty lodging in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Reggio Emilia, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Gecko's Backpacker is a great place to spend time in. The atmosphere is very quiet, the location is very close to the centre of the city and 1 minute walking from a big shopping centre. The owner Peter is very friendly and always available to help. The building has very tidy toilet, shower and kitchen.

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic Place to stay! I have stayed here a number of times now in my car and have always been very happy. There are great facilities with good showers and a nice sized kitchen to use. Peter (the owner) has always been very accommodating and will help where he can. There is no drinking in this hostel which means it... More

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Good day Lawrence. Its just great how you keep coming back. We keep the place comfortable for everyone. Look forward to seeing you again soon and thank you for your great review. The caretakers and team. More

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I chose Gecko's because of it's no alcohol policy which keeps the party crowd away and allows for a great night sleep! But it's also more than that. Peter, the owner, takes great pride in taking care of the place and its guests. It has a very chilled, quiet and relaxed atmosphere. The rooms, common areas and kitchen are kept... More

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Sylvain. Its always a pleasure to upgrade guests to a better room when possible as we want to give maximum value for money. Thank you very much for your wonderful review and i look forward to seeing you again someday. All the very best into the future from the caretakers and team. More

swindon,Uk
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Geckos has everything you need facilities wise, but what sets it apart is Peter on reception. He realises that backpackers are actually humans and is really considerate and friendly, something I've found lacking in too many hostels. Highly recommended, the best in Cairns.

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Rachel. Thank you very much for your kind words of appreciation. We wish all is going well for you and all the very best from the caretakers and team. More

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I stayed in a station wagon out the back ($14 per person) Facilities were good, clean and well kept. The no drinking rule means the place is quiet so you can relax and work here. 24hr free WiFi. City centre location with walking distance to everywhere. Most importantly, the owner was chilled out, helpful, flexible and over very easy to... More

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Donall. Thankyou very much for your review and recommendation. It was a pleasure to help you. Have a great holiday and kind regards from the caretakers and team. More

Cairns
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

The place is clean and really comfortable!!its quiet place and the location is perfect!! The staff are nice , there is good facilities and you even get free meal and wii fi!!! The place is strongly recommended

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Good day Niro. Thank you very much for your great reccommendation. Happy travelling and all the best from the caretakers and team. More

Perth, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stayed in a private room for 7 nights and really loved it! The Gecko's is homely and friendly, has a lovely atmosphere and everything you need. Kitchen, AirCon, Fans, TV, Pool and Laundry and very clean facilities! The shopping Centre is just next door and you can easily walk into the city for a beer at night. We definitely... More

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Julie and Nils. We are very happy that you had a lovely time here. Thankyou very much for your review, we really appreciate it. As you mention all you need is here. Have a nice holiday. The caretakers and team. More

Noosa, Australia
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I originally stayed here after reading wikicamps when first arriving in Cairns. I first stayed in a 4 bed dorm which was really nice. Wifi worked in the rooms, they were spacious, clean and the beds very comfy. The manager is very friendly and let me sleep in my car at the rear of the hostel. If you want a... More

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Good day Marc. Thanks a lot for your brilliant description of Geckos. As usual you are one of the many guests that just keeps staying longer. Recent renovations has made the place more comfortable. We wish you all the best from the caretakers and team. More

Darwin, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I was having great time of staying in Gecko's. I stayed there 1 month. I had lots of things going on while I was staying in there, but manager were flexible and helpful. Room where I was staying for 2 ppl, had aircon and fan, wifi was working in the rooms in main building just fine. Also switching rooms were... More

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Petteri. It was just great that you just kept staying longer. Goerge says good day. Thanks very much for your very nice review. All the best and happy travelling. The caretakers and team. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

Very pleased with this hostel. The owner can not do more to help people. Always offers advice. He runs it basically on his own with the help of a backpacker to clean. He's always working everyday making it clean and tidy. Kitchen is always clean and so is the bathroom and our room. It is no drinking and I can... More

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Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Cha. Thank you so much for your brilliant review. I am here constantly keeping the place in order and also renovating. The night manager has not reported anyone breaking the no alcohol rule. There might be the odd person getting away with it quietly in their room. We try to keep this rule as strict as possible. Yes it... More

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Address: 187 Bunda St., Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
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Gecko’s backpackers is under new management and it's also a Cairns City Council historical building, located in the heart of Cairns; with big rooms and high ceilings. Gecko’s is a very quiet and relaxing resort for backpackers. We have spacious indoor and outdoor areas, crystal clear water pool, gardens and mango trees around. Great resting place for planning tours; no bunk beds, all city attractions within walking distance - 1km to Cairns city center- Coles supermarket and Cairns Central Shopping Centre next door. Discounted tours for all customers, free airport or bus pickup, free internet, free tea & coffee all day. Free cereals and milk for a healthy breakfast and also a free meal from 5pm at the new Tequila Bar!! Large kitchen, laundry facilities available! and of course excellent backpackers' atmosphere. By the way this is not a party hostel so you’ll be able to have a good and safe rest that’s why we are proudly a quiet hostel, thanks for your support. ... more   less 
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