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Castaways Backpackers
Ranked #16 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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London, England
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“A fab haven away from the madding crowd”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2011

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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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2011

this was the best hostel i stayed at , the staff are really helpful and the place has a really laidback atmosphere.it has everything you need clean kitchen , nice barbecue in the coutyard and they dont have bunk beds which was amazing. whenever i speak to someone about Cairns i will recommend this place .Even when i got sunburnt it was nice to chill on the balcony listening to the radio .i met great people there which i am still in contact with .

there was one problem with castaways is the manager Alans jokes they are the worst in the world lol.

i was only ment to stay 3 nights, ended up staying two and half weeks .

Just a massive thank you to Big Al , Ruth and james it was a pleasure meeting and staying at castaways.

Room Tip: the hostel is a very peaceful , relaxed hostel . you shouldn't have a noise problem
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2011

Me and my friend came to Castaways after having it recommended by our friends. We would have just stayed for 4 days but ended up staying for two weeks. The place is all that you expect from a hostel, and even more. From the first call to castaways to our check-out we felt welcome by the friendly staff, and whenever we needed help with something they were always ready. No matter if it is just changing money or if it is booking of a diving course. Always smiling and helpful!

Come to Castaway to get new friends, in a clean hostel with fridges in every room, a pool, free meals every night, free WiFi, BBQ and easy parking in a cosy backyard. All wrapped together by friendly staff and a great atmosphere! I simply love the place, and would have loved to stay for longer. Thumbs up for Castaway's, Big Al, James and Ruth!

-Thomas and Rune

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2011

This hostel has been recommended to me per 2 German girls and I was fully satisfied with it.
If you are tired of huge dorms and feed up with bank beds, this is the right place to go.
Friendly atmosphere thanks to the great and helpful staff. I personally really enjoy the common area as a "loft" which made me feel like at home. What's else? free Internet, free tea & coffee, free shuttle, free dinner for a really competitive price, that made you forgotten that you have to walk a bit to join the city centre.

Room Tip: Dorm are max 3 or 4 people
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2011

Stayed for six days either side of a live aboard Scuba Dive, the private en-suite room we had was spacious, modern and clean. There's free wifi (dependent on how close you are to the router) and the option to get cheap or even free food at one of the backpacker bars in town if you're on a budget.
The staff we had contact with, James, Ruth and Allen, were all extremely friendly and efficient with useful tips and advice about the locale. The location isn't the best, it's around a 20 minute walk into the centre and to the lagoon, but the area is safe and has plenty of local amenities, there is also a pickup service from the airport and a shuttle into and back from town during the day and early evening on request.
More than happy with our stay here and would recommend it to people looking for a more laid back alternative than the backpacker factories in the centre of Cairns.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2011


Stayed for 2 nights in a private double room with shared bathroom. Room was an ok size and clean. Had fridge and two storage units to hang clothes etc. Air conditioning was available in room for $1 for 3 hrs. Free wifi only worked near main building so couldn't get it in our room. Free computers in reception were good. Bathrooms were reasonably clean. Kitchen was really quite small. Staff were really friendly and helpful and good tour desk at reception - however opening hrs were abit strange - closing in the middle of the day for a few hrs. Courtesy bus to town was good and frequent. Events put on every night are great with loads of free stuff. We had a Halloween party with free sweets and loads of alcoholic punch, and a quiz night at a pub in town with free pizza! Great for meeting people and they often shuttle everyone into town. 

  • Stayed November 2011
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2011

Very friendly people, 10 minute walk to the centre, pickup from the airport, clean, a bit noicy.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Castaways Backpackers
Address: 207 Sheridan St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #16 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
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Hotel Class:2 star — Castaways Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 24
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