I stayed at Castaway's for 3 nights this month, and I can honestly say it was one of the best hostels I've found on my trip. I stayed in a mixed dorm which had 5 beds with good quality mattresses and pillows. The room had a fridge and lots of space - and no bunk beds!
The kitchen facilities were great, as was the option to rent dvds to watch in the common room upstairs. I didn't use the pool but it looked good! The staff couldn't do any more to help me than they did - at all times they were friendly, remembered my name too which made me feel like I was home away from home.
The location is about 10 mins away from town - a nice walk along the esplanade or straight up Sheridan Street. The hostel offers courtesy shuttle buses to take you into town if you don't fancy the walk.
Ideal for solo or couples travel I'd say - if you want to be living on the doorstep of all the central pubs and nightclubs, this isn't for you, but for anyone else wanting to experience a home from home feel in Cairns, with excellent clean facilities, space, and who wants a good nights sleep, you won't find better than Castaway's. Thanks to Allen, Ruth and James for such a wonderful stay - I'm recommending you to other backpackers as we speak!
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