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JJ's Backpackers Hostel
Ranked #13 of 87 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Norwich, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Ridiculous... ly good ;)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

A fun hostel to hang around in, they have great local knowledge and awesome social nights. They have a awesome Xbox with FIFA, who ever thought of having this in a hostel is a genius! The staff are awesome, Fabian and Harry the bus drivers are awesome!!! Sarah, Tracy and Simon are awesome too! The pool is nice, BBQ is always clean and the palm trees are pretty cool too! The place feels like a giant chilled out beach. The doors are green. You should stay here!

Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, September 10, 2014
Ha Ha we love you we do, thank you sooo much for your fun, fab review!
Xbox........defo a great idea!!! Fun times.
Love ya work
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Nice location, close to beach and not far from marina to go to outer reefs . Sarah was very helpful with organizing boat trips and a great source of all kind of useful information. Tracy made a free BBQ dinner what was very nice too. Hostel is close to little beach park where I had a chance to watch hundreds of very colorful parrots.
I stayed in basic dorm but came to Cairns to see coralls and marine life so was not really interested in all amenities.
Definitely recommended.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Alex S
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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, September 10, 2014
Thank you so much for sharing your comments. It's great that you can enjoy the area around the hostel as well as everything within. Happy travels x
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Palos Heights, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I was only in town for two nights and the room was very simple, which is all you need for what you pay. The staff, especially Sarah, was very helpful, answering any and all questions I had no matter how inane. It was a nice walk to the Esplanade and at least a 25 minute walk to the marina, but it's worth it.
I'd recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
Thank MoViz
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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Ha Ha we love that you wrote "simply, but great staff," describes us to a Tee!
Thank you for your lovely review and we will definitely pass on your comments to Sarah.

Safe travels x
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Ayr, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We stayed at JJ's in our campervan for a few nights and enjoyed it here. Quieter than other hostels in Cairns as it is slightly out of the centre but the shuttle bus was great for getting there and back. All the staff were friendly, they recommended and helped us book our trip out to the Barrier Reef. The free wifi was another bonus which is rare in most hostels in Australia!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Corinne625
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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Thank you so much for your review and for your great ratings!
Sadly, the WIFI is not free however the price is very affordable and unlimited access :o)

Happy travels, from us all at JJ's x
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DeLand, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We were traveling in a small camper van and were able to pay a small fee to use the facilities at JJ's. The amenities were great! The owners are very knowledgeable about the area and were able to help us create a fantastic trip all around the area. They could even book trips on sight. They often had dinners available at low cost on some nights and a trivia night to entertain the travelers. The hostel van was available on a regular schedule to take you to town and even does pickups at the bus station if you are traveling that way. So nice not having to drive the camper everywhere. I will definitely stay at JJ's any time I am in Cairns!
Thanks Tracy and Simon!!! From your Florida Friends!

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Veronica G
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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
Whoohoo thank you so much, it was a pleasure sharing our wonderful part of Australia with you and glad you got to see the surroundings too! It was great to meet you both and we are glad you enjoyed your time here with us at JJ's.
Safe travels and hopefully we will see you in your part of the world one day?
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Cottesloe, Australia
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I stayed in a single room at JJ's for one night. I was arriving int the early hours & Tracy & Sarah were very prompt to my emails & helpful with ALL of my questions.

The room was very basic, but all that was needed. A single bed, fan, wee hanging rail & about five power points (which is most helpful for charging everything!). Very clean & enough space for my case, etc.

There was five rooms in my section with two shower/toilet cubicles. Laundry facility (not that I saw) was located nearby. Kitchen (24hour access) with a big fridge/shelf space & from what I could see most items needed for cooking. TV room (24hour access) with sofas, snack machine & another shower/toilet cubicle. Oodles of brochures to help research what you want to do. And the pool!

Breakkie was basic if you were eating the free breakkie - cereal & toast. Tea & coffee was always there when you wanted it.

Nearby was pretty much everything - bakery, pub, take-away eateries, couple of corner stores including late night & early morning openings, liquor store & the Promenade.

Some other reviewers thought that the hostel was too far from the middle of town but I didn't think so, but then I'm more than happy to walk around a new place to get my bearings, see things, etc. I thought the walk along the Promenade to town was a great walk. So much is along the walk - playgrounds, barbecues, coffee shop, beach volleyball, tennis courts, skate park, then when you get to the lagoon - swimming! You hit the Promenade after walking two blocks from the hostel. Too easy. I got the hostel's free shuttle bus back from town one night & that was very welcomed!!!!!

Reception closes in the middle of the day, but that didn't inconvenience me. I was able to leave my luggage in storage before moving on & I was told to talk to the bus driver & he would help me get my stuff if I needed it in that time frame.

Tracy & Sarah couldn't do enough to help - with the questions, or giving advice. When you get the key ($20 deposit) you get a wee map showing where the shuttle bus stop was, the hostel & what was around. I used it often & it was spot on!!!

I was a female, staying at the hostel on my own - I felt completely safe & comfortable. If I ever find myself in Cairns, in the same situation again, I would definitely stay at JJ's!!!!!

Thank you Tracy & Sarah - you girls rock!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Helpful?
1 Thank ChampersSunset
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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, June 26, 2014
WOW fantastic, what an amazing review and great information for our future guests to read, "THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!"
We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us and that we could help out with any questions, that's what we are here for :o)
Hopefully, we will see you again, should you make it back to Cairns.
Safe travels, Tracy, Simon & Sarah x
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Had a really great time at JJ's, nice quiet location with good areas to meet people and hang out. The staff are really helpful and friendly. Sarah at reception did an amazing job organizing my 3 day trip activities, her recommendations were perfect for what I was looking for. I will definitely stay here again next time I am in Cairns and recommend this hostel to all other travelers. Many thanks :)

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank gavsnz
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JJsBackpackersHostel, Owner at JJ's Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
Woohoo, thanks for the great review!!!
We will definitely pass on your comments to Sarah. She is amazing and has great knowledge of tours and travel to share with our guests.
We look forward to seeing you again when you make it back to Cairns.
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Property: JJ's Backpackers Hostel
Address: 11 - 13 Charles St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 87 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — JJ's Backpackers Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostelbookers Awards for Excellence "Best Staff Oceania" 2012 & 2013! One of the few smaller hostels in Cairns, JJ's offers a friendly, social atmosphere and fantastic service. This owner/operated hostel is perfect for meeting people, having fun and has that family feel you are looking for. Breakfast included, all bed linen is provided and dorms are only 3 or 4 share! Doubles, twins & singles available and a free courtesy bus, train and city pick up! Secure off street parking also available for those self-drivers. All you will need for a safe and comfortable stay whilst in Cairns. JJ's operates a comprehensive Tour Booking Service offering discounted tours and adventures. Local, experienced Staff will give you honest advice on tours, transport options, where and what to see and do in Cairns, Queensland and the rest of Australia. Other services available at JJ's include; * Free WIFI * Fully equipped kitchen & BBQ facilities * Swimming Pool & Table Tennis * Games, X Box, DVDs, TV room & Book Swap * Air Conditioning for summer * Blankets for winter * Mobile, Internet & Phone card Recharge * Photocopy, printing & faxing * Laundry * Towels ($2 hire) * Free Safety Deposit & Backpack Storage* Hair-dryer * Free tea & coffee. Close to Esplanade, gym, supermarket, takeaways and pub. ... more   less 
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