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“Just what I needed...” 5 of 5 stars
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Castaway's Backpackers
207 Sheridan St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia   |  
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Ranked #9 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cairns, Australia
1 review
“Just what I needed...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

I first checked in here end of December last year for 6 nights but had to leave almost immediately after getting farmwork offered on the first day of my stay. The owner was kind enough to let me use the unused nights when I liked and I have just used 4 of them two months later.

I needed a break from my farmwork and got exactly that in this nice, small, friendly hostel which has a family vibe to it, with very clean facilities and rooms, helpful staff and only a short walk from the centre of town

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Clevedon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Had a great stay at castaways whilst in cairns. The staff were friendly and a big help when trying to book and organise my day trips. They always had a welcoming smile and a "how was your day?" Every time I walked by the office. They were also very helpful with early morning lifts to the marina and the bus stop!

The facilities were good. Internet was a little dodgy, and it would've been good to have access to some computers so that I could upload/backup my photos. Unfortunately I had to go into town for that.

Kitchen was clean and tidy, though possibly a bit of a tight squeeze come peak season. Rooms were clean, the fact they don't use bunk beds is great! And the pool was a welcome relief from the heat at the end of every day.

I'd maybe remove/change the timer of the upstairs bathroom lights (hard to shower in the dark!) but I would definitely recommend this hostel and will be staying here again should I ever revisit Australia!

Stayed February 2014, traveled solo
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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I stayed here for 2 nights and was greeted warmly by the owner on arrival although it went quickly into a full on 'what do you want to do in Cairns talk' which is fine but the annoying thing was that I was told that their prices were the same as what the other tourist centres charge, which they were not. The rooms are basic but have everything you need, it is located very close to the airport and the planes were very loud, particularly at night (which is obviously not the hostels fault, just a point to mention!) The kitchen was well equipped, as was the lounge and pool area. There were however a lot of tiny flies/ bugs crawling around in the bedroom and the kitchen area. Location was good, walking distance to town or you can easily get a bus and the hostel offer a free drop off and pick up service to town. On the whole, an average stay, much cheaper bed prices than down south!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This hostel is one of many lovely hostels in Cairns, don't settle for something you don't like in Cairns there is just so much choice. This suited my partner and I perfect we could go out have fun but come back to a nice relaxed homely Hostel to relax. Frustrating paying for aircon and the set up means that noise does echo around and make things sound louder but if like us you get a good situated room it's all good. It's clean, like super clean! There are 6 toilets and more showers, the tv room is so cosy just like a living room and the kitchen is so well equipped it makes cooking so easy. Would recommend it to anyone. The staff are always great- the owner trains them so that service is always to a high standard. Shout out there to the guys working there now Nat, Miriam the amazing and Callum cumbum- keep it up guys you do a fantastic job of keeping that smile on your face every day!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Castaway's is about a 10-15 minute walk from the downtown area where the bars are, which could be a plus for some. The rooms are fairly basic, but well put-together and clean. The kitchen is a little small but nice. The staff are both helpful and friendly all the time, since they all live there.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Stayed for three nights, staff were very helpful in helping us book some trips. They offer a free shuttle to the town, but they close the office for too long in the afternoon which was a little annoying at times if you needed something or like us you arrive during that time. Room was clean, one dolla for three hours of air con but we didn't need it as the celing fan was enough. Wifi was slow and only available in the communal areas. We had a good nights sleep here but I have two small (maybe easily corrected) problems with this place. One was the mattress, the most uncomfortable I have witness during 4 mounths of travelling, all the springs had gone in it and just dug into us. We slept over the duvet, but this didn't really help. Also there are not enough bathrooms on the ground floor. There were only two and during peak times we had to wait or go upstairs (which if you are in your PJs you don't really want to do). But bathrooms were clean which was good.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hervey Bay, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

I'd like to start by just saying that I stayed there six months, even though I had an opportunity to get a room in a share house. The hostel is the cleanest one I've been in, the kitchen is best stocked, comfy couches in front of the TV (with Xbox :) ) and the staff is just bloody lovely! Only minor thing is the location, it's a tiny bit of a walk to the center with coles, the lagoon and bars etc., but the courtesy bus is just a phone call away if you don't feel like walking. The walk actually ain't too bad either, esplanade is stone throw away and no hills or anything like that!
Definitely the best hostel I've stayed in so far.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Castaway's Backpackers

Address: 207 Sheridan St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 24
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