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Dreamtime Travellers Rest
Ranked #4 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Arnhem, The Netherlands
1 review
“Dreamtime is awesome!”
Reviewed October 25, 2011

This is a nice clean hostel. It is painted in nice colours and it feels like home. It is quite and the atmosphere is relax. The staff is very helpfull and gives you nice discounts on daytrips.
Frans and Lelie, The Netherlands.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Chalfont, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed October 23, 2011

I stayed at the Dreamtime hostel for a couple of nights. Really liked it, small but welcoming and in a great location. All the staff were such a big help and they take a lot of pride in keeping the hostel clean for everyone. The setting was perfect, where you can just relax by the pool or lay in hammocks. I recommend it!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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St. John's, Canada
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2011

Dreamtime was certainly one of the better hostels that I have stayed in.

Being within walking distance of the city, the hostel is set amoungst a tropical garden-edged court yard, which is complete with a pool. We found it to be a smaller and clean place, which is what we were looking for. There is also common areas and decks outside many of the dorm rooms, which make great places for chilling out. They have a great Aussie BBQ night, where you can try Kangaroo and Crocodile, plus they bring in fire twirlers to put on a show for the hostel guests an then give instructions on fire twirling. We thought it was a nice touch.

We weren't too impressed with the price of the internet, which was $10 for 5 hours. Several other places in Cairns we checked out gave you 24 hours of access for $10 and some even gave you access for the duration of your stay to $10. I depends how much you use the net as to weather this would be an issue for you, but we needed access a lot so the price was on the expensive side for us. In addtion, this hostel is directly under the landing flight path for Cairns International Airport. The amount of planes landing seems to vary on the time of the day, but at it's peak we would have one fly over every 20-30 minutes. It kind of spoiled the relaxing time we may have been having at that moment. It should be noted though that we never heard any planes landing over the hostel at night and there were also times of the day when no planes were landing. Again, this may or may note be a big deal for some people.

All in all though, this was a good hostel and for the most part the staff were friendly and helpful. We found it easy to meet people here and would return to Dreamtime if we passed through Cairns again.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

I stayed at Dreamtime for one week in late September/ early October and it was to be my first hostel stay in Australia. I love it there! The staff are fabulous! Chris, Chris and Jess were amazing! Everyday when I would come back they would ask me how my day went and seemed genuinely interested by the story of each one of the guests. If I didn't have any plans, they were quick to pull out a map and let me know of anything going on. I even witnessed an occasion where having already filled up, Chris made arrangements for people who had come in search of a room at another hostel. The atmosphere of the place is great. There is something going on almost every night (movie night, wine and cheese, even a BBQ with a fire dancing show!) It was so easy to meet and talk to people because everyone would congregate in the outside courtyard. I have actually run into 3 people while travelling that I met in Dreamtime and we're still ranting about the place. I like that it is not in the downtown core. It is near the centre and near several stores. It's about a 5 minute walk to the action but it's location means you actually get to sleep because you aren't surrounded by bars and pubs. If you ever find yourself in Cairns, be sure to stay here. You will be so happy you did!

  • Stayed September 2011
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Adelaide, Australia
1 review
Reviewed September 29, 2011

Staff were great on the phone, helpful with our early arrival and late depature. Hostel was clean and well-kept. Worthwhile visit!

Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Bristol
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Came across this hostel after initially trying to get a room at Travellers Rest around the corner. They were full so recommended Dreamtime, worked out brilliantly! Friendly, knowledgeable staff, rooms are bright, cheeful and immaculate as were all the communal facilities and a fab location; about a 10 min walk to the esplanade cutting through the shopping centre! Lovely little pool area and quirky garden/rest areas. Would have no hesitation in recommending to travellers of all ages as plenty of room choices to choose from.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed September 15, 2011

We really enjoyed our stay in Dreamtime hostel.
- Nice spacy rooms
- Very very very friendly staff
- good bathroom facilities
- good location to get in contact with other backpackers while hanging around in the spacious backyard

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Dreamtime Travellers Rest
Address: 189 Bunda St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Dreamtime Backpackers)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Dreamtime Travellers Rest 2*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dreamtime hostel is 3 beautiful, bright Queenslander homes located just minutes walk from the centre of Cairns. Free wifi 24 hours plus You will find a tropical oasis perfect for relaxing and meeting like minded travellers. Our service is supreme local staff advising and helping you book the best trips and tours. We are here to help you have an unforgettable travel experience.Join us on one of our BBQ nights, fire shows or movies under the stars. Come see why Dreametime is voted #1 best hostel Australia 2012 by hostelworld customer reviews. Do yourself a favour and join in the fun. ... more   less 
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