I had a wonderful time at the Woodduck in Cairns! I've spent my first nights in Australia at the Woodduck.. and just couldn't leave. So finally spent around 3 months at the Woodduck and don't regret it! I don't know how people can not like it unless they were actually looking for a hotel and just chose the Woodduck to save money. The staff is so friendly, Cindy (the manager) puts so much effort in her hostel, the rooms/bathrooms/kitchen are always kept clean (it is an old building, so you can't expect it to look new/perfect), perfect location, you've got free WiFi, free breakfast and free meals at the Woolshed which is only a short walking distance away. But what I loved the most were all the people staying there. As the Woodduck is quite a small hostel with only 9 dorms (+ private rooms) you get to know almost everyone after a short time and you really become part of the 'Woodduck-family', which is of course never consisting of the same people as backpackers come and leave. I've spent 2 months at the Woodduck in August/September and came back for another month in January and it was never hard to make friends. I really felt at home and would even call the Woodduck "my home away from home".
I've had the best time of my travels at the Woodduck and will recommend it to everyone who's travelling and wants to go to Cairns as it is such a lovely place!
If you're used to 5 stars hotels though and don't wanna meet new people, you shouldn't stay at the Woodduck as socializing is just part of staying there and makes it in my opinion such a awesome hostel!
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