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Cairns Central YHA Backpackers Hostel
20 - 26 McLeod St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia   |  
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Ranked #37 of 83 Specialty lodging in Cairns
Ireland
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“Perfect backpackers hostel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2010

Perfect for backpackers in Cairns, location is directly across from Cairns Central Shopping Center and only 5-10 minute walk to Lagoon and Greyhound stop. Kitchen is huge and really clean with plenty of storage facilities. Stayed in Double room and was really basic and clean.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2010

+ Facilities, kitchen, common rooms, pool etc. nice and clean
+ Staff friendly
+ Good location (in the centre of Cairns, close to shops etc.)
- There were ants in our room (but i guess thats quite normal up there)

Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
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QLD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2009

if the staff ever bothered to tilt their noses down a little they might notice how much they stink. which is a pity because this was one of the cleaner hostels i stayed at.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2009

I can not say a bad thing about YHA Cairns. It is ideal for any backpacker or lower budget traveler visiting Cairns.

The hostel has a nice swimming pool, a great kitchen and social area, (perfect if you are a solo traveler, this place makes it so easy to meet people!) internet access (inc wifi), tv room, booking office for any trips you wish to do.

The dorms consist of 6,8 or 10, my advise would be to get into the 6 bed dorm with ensuite, perfect!! Although that said, the communal bathrooms are brilliant.
All the rooms are cleaned daily, by the crazy cleaners! (there absolutely top people that love to talk!) The bedrooms always smell and look clean and fresh!

The hostel itself is situated right by a shopping mall, perfect for stocking up at Coles or going to the cinema. Its a 20 minute walk to the Lagoon, and between 5 to 20 minutes to all the bars, restaurants and shops.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2009

This is great place to stay for a quiet night's sleep in a busy town. It is just far enough away from the main bar area. It is like a mini holiday resort with lovely pool and jacuzzi central to the rooms. The kitchen is clean and well equipped but staff need to enforce rules about people cleaning and putting away pots as often this is a problem after breakfast and dinner. Staff helpful but with an edge - it's hard to put your finger on it. Would definitely stay here again if in Cairns though.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2009

As you would expect the facilities at the Cairns YHA are very good. A large, clean & well equipped kitchen, internet, TV room, laundry, pool, spa & travel centre. We stayed in the 8 bed dorm and the 4 bed dorm, priced $24 & $26 respectively. The 8 bed dorm was a decent size but overlooks the communal courtyard area which can get very noisy at night, this makes getting to sleep difficult. The 4 bed dorm we were in, unfortunately, overlooks a pub which is very noisy on a Friday & Saturday night which has been commented on in previous reviews. However, the hostel is centrally located and is a good choice when staying in Cairns.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2009

Lovely clean hostel. We stayed in a double en suite room which was great value. The room seemed quite new and the bathroom was exceptionally clean for a hostel! The hostel is well located right opposite Cairns central mall and a few minutes from the main area of town and the Esplanade. Would definitely stay here again if i was in Cairns. The only down side was that the kitchen was quite small for the size of the place and you had to fight for your utensils and somewhere to cook!!

  • Liked — Clean and well located
  • Disliked — Small kitchen
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Cairns Central YHA Backpackers Hostel

Address: 20 - 26 McLeod St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 83 Specialty lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cairns Central YHA winners of the 2012 Tropical Tourism North Queensland Award for Best Backapckers is conveniently located opposite the Cairns Central Shopping Centre. The hostel has multi-share, twin, double and family rooms are available, all with keyless entry, air-conditioning and many with ensuites. Facilities for backpackers include a large outdoor games area, kitchen, laundry, indoor and outdoor dining area, internet cafe, TV room with large-screen TV, secure luggage storage and YHA Travel office at the hostel reception. ... more   less 
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