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Gecko's Backpackers

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Geckos Backpackers is a magnificent Historical, Heritage building perfectly positioned 1km west of the Cairns City centre. Beautiful Queenslander style building with very interesting architecture, all made of wood. Some rooms have 5 meter ceilings, just amazing how they built these buildings nearly 100 years ago. The property is very spacious with no bunk beds at all, large swimming pool and lush Tropical Gardens. Just across the road is Cairns Central Shopping centre including Coles Supermarket, Train Station, Transnorth bus services to the Tablelands and Premier Bus services to across Australia. Totally very quiet place ideal for those looking for a peaceful stay and also great for families as it is a totally no alcohol place. On site tour desk for all your requirements. Staff are well trained, are very helpful and very friendly. So for your budget holiday we invite you to stay at Geckos Backpackers, Cairns, Queensland, Australia - The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding World Heritage Rainforests.
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This classic Queenslander building is a very good option that is well managed and maintained. The facilities and services are excellent. The property is an alcohol-free zone which encourages sensible and respectful behaviour among guests. You stay peacefully and trouble free,
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Response from Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers
Responded Sep 2, 2018
Good day Dingotracks. Thanks so much for your spot on review. This is exactly how I gear the place, all about peace, health and safety. Your Geckos friends wish you really well and hope to see you again some day. I appreciate your feed back, Peter & Team.
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This is a well run, clean and organised place to stay. Peter was welcoming, friendly and really helpful with booking tours and airport shuttle busses. I was travelling with a young child and felt safe and relaxed at Geckos. We liked the comfortable and charming double room
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Response from Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers
Responded Sep 2, 2018
Hi Clair. Yep, good place for children and families. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and also booking your tours here. May you and our daughter stay safe and well. Kind regards from your Geckos friends..
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We stay 4 nights - 3 days. It is 20 minutes from the sea - 10 min near the super market. It is clean and silent, young people and friendly, very smart. Peter is a fantastic owner and helps you to organize trips.
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Response from Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers
Responded Sep 2, 2018
Hi Cristina. Thank you very much and it was a pleasure to book your tours. May you and your friends have a great future and all the best from Peter & Team.
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Gecko's is heaven in cairns & Peter the host is God .😇 Hostels in cairns can be a miss & hit afair , sadly after many trials & errors with the assorted choices of backpackers in cairns I finally struck gold & found a true sanctuary at gecko's.⛱ For years now I've been coming
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Response from Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers
Responded Jul 30, 2018
Hi Peter. I am thrilled with your exceptional, fantastic review. It is really great that you keep coming back over the years. I am well aware that you have stayed at many other hostels and that you have fond our no alcohol policy to be the main reason for keeping the place calm, clean and very quiet. To summarise your review we try our very best to provide our guests with a good nights sleep, safe, healthy and clean environment. Continuous room for improvement is always on the way and we are happy to make better as much as possible. May you further enjoy the future years here at Geckos Heritage Historical place. We really appreciate your kindness and support. Best regards from your Geckos Friends & Team.
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I booked one night in a double room because the next day I was taking the bus to Mareeba to start bicycling N in Cape York. That WAS my intent. Because of a sudden, and serious foot infection I stayed for 23 days being treated by very competent physicuans. I saw all sorts of
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Response from Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers
Responded Jul 15, 2018
Hi Ken. Thanks very much for sharing your thoughts with us. It is just wonderful and very realistic all that you have mentioned. To sum it all up, we here at Geckos are very serious about the 2 conditions of this facility, 1 - We are a no alcohol property and 2 - Paying guests only are permitted in the property. These 2 simple rules are for all of us to face reality and for our guests HEALTH & SAFETY. Evidently over the past 3 years this establishment has become less problematic by a whopping 80%. May you have a safe and happy holiday and all the very best from Peter & the Geckos Team
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The owner is a known offender to the police for rape crime
Do you guys want me to share with you the written sexual harassment of the crazy mad rapist Peter Hoare . This smelly freak thought that I may look down ad look at his CRAZY person and when I said the truth "I won't look at you smelly animal " he went way to mad .He broke into my place and pictures can be shared for those who are interested
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Personally I'd just cancel it. Don't believe the reviews - they are all fictional and made up by Peter, the deranged owner. There is a nice hostel next door or loads of others in Cairns.
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"Any - if you want privacy you can get a separate room but if not there are 4/5 bed dorms."
"All good quieter further from the road"
"All rooms are good and spacious to cater for your needs."
"We had one room on the right side,almost next to the bathroom"
"Stay at Caravella's instead!"
$16 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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