We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Castaway's Backpackers

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","moduleList":["handlers"],"js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"}},"containerClass":null,"scriptFlags":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

264 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 248: English reviews
Start your review of Castaway's Backpackers
 Click to rate
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Double room very comfortable plus en suite, good value. The owner/staff very accommodating like you were one of a family. Amenities good, fully equipped kitchen, free tea/coffee facilities, laundry room, snooker table, movie room, lifts to/from hostel

Thank shelleyblackstein
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good location. Aircon. Fan. Swimming Pool. Laundry Facilities. Iron. Cinema Room. Bike hire. Transfer to and from ferry. Transfer to airport. Staff that go above and beyond. Friendly residents. Best hostel we have ever stayed in. Thanks Kenny and Wayne! We will be back next year!

Thank demi1293
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent two nights here at the start of our trip down the East coast and it was the worst place we stayed in. To be fair the reception staff were friendly and helpful and the WiFi worked well but the hostel was dirty! Nothing felt very clean, maybe because everything had that old tired feel to it. None of...

Thank Louise S
Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

What a place to start my trip to austrailia! The guys that work here go above and beyond to make sure your time in cairns is unforgettable! Its like a home from home! If you don't go here you're a joker! P.s cheers for the biscuits

Thank Hugh R
Reviewed December 24, 2016 via mobile

Best Hostel i have Ever been to. The Room was really really clean with a Fan and an air condition. Also there is a Swimming Pool, a Pool table, a TV Room with netflix. The personnel was very Friendly and Niceee. Shout out to Kenny ^^ I was there 2 Weeks and now it s like a Familie. Best Hostel...

Thank Emre J
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

Can't comment on the hostel as never stayed there however their in house travel agent Georgina was an amazing find! (Facebook Georgie's Getaways) You can book everything through Facebook if your not in Cairns or can't get to the hostel and she is the most genuine helpful travel agent I came across in Aus!! Unlike Peter pans etc who are...

1Thank BallantyneA91
Cairns, Australia
Reviewed December 7, 2016

Castaways is awesome! All the staff are super helpful (shoutout to Kenny) and go above and beyond to make sure you're all set. Clean rooms, laundry, tv room, free pool, etc etc I will definitely stay at Castaways again if I come back to Cairns!

Thank hpscots22
Hannover, Germany
Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

When me and my friend got to Cairns, we looked online and saw this cute little hostel. We booked a room for one night but we actually stay for almost 2 weeks. If we didn't book a flight to Bali we definitely would have stayed longer. It's just amazing. The owner (Wayne), his son (Kieran) and the receptionist (Kenny) are...

1Thank Lubehlu
Montreal, Canada
Reviewed November 21, 2016

I didnt rate "very good" because of the mastress that wasnt real good. Otherwise this place was quite relax, with a free pool table, a small pool, it made me think of a motel as we see in the movies. People there were simple, relax and nice. Situted 10-15 min walk from the centre. Overall, nice basic place.

Thank adeline j
Lubeck, Germany
Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

Castaways is definitely the best place to stay in cairns ! We planned to stay 3 days but ended up staying for nearly 6 weeks because we fell in love with this place. Castaways offers you a movie room, wii and PlayStation area, a pool, pool table, an awesome BBQ every Sunday and many more activities nearly every day. The...

Thank neleschlichting
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question

67 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All Traveler Photos (28)
Room/Suite (5)
Bathroom (1)
Hotel & Grounds (4)
Family/Play Areas (2)
View from Room (2)
Pool/Beach Area (1)
Other (13)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (39)
Hotel & Grounds (12)
Pool/Beach Area (5)
Room/Suite (3)
Dining (3)
View from Room (1)
Other (15)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Cairns hotels
0.4 mi away
Reef Palms
Reef Palms
#3 of 66 in Cairns
537 reviews
0.7 mi away
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
1.0 mi away
Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.1 mi away
Tropic Days Backpackers
0.1 mi away
Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort
0.8 mi away
The Northern Greenhouse
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question


  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
Things to do
  • Pool
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking

Additional Information about Castaway's Backpackers

Address: 207 Sheridan St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $17 - $42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Castaway's Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 24
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Priceline, Agoda, HostelWorld and Hotels.com so you can book your Castaway's Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travelers have asked, with answers from Castaway's Backpackers staff and other travelers.
5 questions
Ask a question
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
3 months ago
Hong Kong, China
Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia
over a year ago

See all questions (5)

Questions? Get answers from Castaway's Backpackers staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer

“Had en suite double room with double bed and single bed, great for families”
 of 5 bubbles shelleyblackstein, 2 days ago | Read review
“Rooms vary in size :)”
 of 5 bubbles JackRuby2016, Oct 27, 2016 | Read review
“Awesome environment”
 of 5 bubbles adriennem196, Jan 12, 2016 | Read review
“not right next to the kitchen just in case there are early risers”
 of 5 bubbles Syd_T-K, Dec 17, 2015 | Read review
“choose rooms that are located in the 2nd floor which may have better ventilation”
 of 5 bubbles FionaCheng, Dec 7, 2015 | Read review
5 of 5
Questions? Get answers from hotel staff and past guests. Ask a question