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Cairns City Backpackers

274 Draper St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Gone Walkabout Hostel)
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Victoria, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

Probably the best thing about this place is the extremely laid back common area. There's a pool table there, and you're allowed to drink your own alcohol, which makes for an extremely chilled out and friendly atmosphere. I stayed here 2 nights, and on the first the frame popped out of the top bunk, and I nearly fell onto the... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

Flew to cairns in August 2015 and got taxi to this hostel. Reception all closed at 9pm. A guest told me to check cubby hole where i found a key and a note with the name of my room. Dragged my suitcase up a broken staircase and opened the door to an 8 bed dorm, when my key opened it... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

Stayed 2nights! Was ok. Very basic. We had a 6dorm mixed room. Was ok. Bit stuffy thank god for the air con, reception very helpful booked our snorkelling tour and got our underwater camera. Very helpful in giving directions etc. showers are very very basic. Bit small too, nowhere to change after hopping out, unless you nip to the loo.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

The room was unacceptable and I could face staying. I booked online thinking it sounded quite nice for its price and in a very convenient location. I booked into a 4 sleeper dorm. I'm not really fussy, and was not expecting anything amazing but I do expect a room to be clean and presentable. When I arrived I was optimistic,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Cairns City Backpackers is one of my favorite hostels I've stayed in! it's a small hostel with a really friendly and chilled vibe. The reception staff are really lovely! Though the pool isn't very big, it is clean and good to dip in to cool off. There are three kitchens, so there's always a spare stove to cook on. The... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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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 19, 2014 via mobile

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 4, 2014 via mobile

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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