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Cairns City Backpackers

274 Draper St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Gone Walkabout Hostel)
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Ranked #57 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This backpackers is probably one of the cheapest in Cairns and I understand why now. I was not impressed at all. First of all, it is not located in the city center and it took me ages to find it. Once I got there and saw the room I felt so disgusted... it was dirty, smelly and looked so old!... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We stayed in a private room at the end of the garden - it was clean and pleasant enough, but could have done with some more furniture (we literally lived out of our suitcases for 2 weeks). The downside was that the room was situated opposite the swimming pool - prime drunken guitar-playing and singing spot. Needless to say, our... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Don't be fooled by Cairns City Backpackers good reviews or the fact that it is high up on Google. The fact is, it is very cleverly named, if you're a backpacker looking for a hostel in Cairns City why wouldn't this hostel sound perfect however the pictures on the booking websites aren't a true reflection either. We were very disappointed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If its just for one night, then fine. But don't book there for more than 2 nights! Dirty sheets. You have to pay for air conditioning. We had two cockroaches crawling up the curtains in one night. We emailed to complain, and was offered no money off our bill, but we did get a reply fast. It does have a... More 

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Stayed here for 4 nights and it was bearable. The shower was fine, however the toilets were a little dirty. The kitchen was filthy and stank really badly. The rooms were ok, however we did encounter 2 cockroaches, however I suppose that this was to be expected as it is a tropical place. I guess that we got what we... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Although Cairns City Backpackers has a decent location in relation to Cairns city central, there was not much else that was positive about staying there. The kitchen and bathrooms were dirty even though we coughed up extra cash to stay in a private room. Not to mention there were ants crawling all over our room. With a broken fan and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

For the price this backpackers is really good value. I paid just $96 for a week in a 6 person dorm, which included free internet. Rooms were clean enough and people were all very nice. Just a short walk to the esplanade, and even closer to the shopping centre.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I originaly booked just a couple of nights as wanted to see how the hostel was first. Ended up staying nearly 3weeks. It has a geat gardn'en area with hammocks nezxt to the pool. The cleaners cleaned our room every day and shock horror , the kitchens actually had lots of crockery and cutlery.would loved to have stayed longer but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I originaly booked just a couple of nights as wanted to see how the hostel was first. Ended up staying nearly 3weeks. It has a geat gardn'en area with hammocks nezxt to the pool. The cleaners cleaned our room every day and shock horror , the kitchens actually had lots of crockery and cutlery.would loved to have stayed longer but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

My boyfriend and i looooved this backpackers. So authentic,so nice to get a real backpackers where you can get to know the other guests and where staff know your name. We were in a budget double, cheap at $40 a night. It was clean and bed was comfy. Wifi was free (necessity nowadays) and they give you good discount on... More 

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