We only spent three days / two nights in Cairns and expected to stay in an average backpackers.
Our expectations were all exceeded. Our double-bedroom was with two comfortable beds, chairs, ac, enough power-points and even a mirror - bathrooms are partly renovated (other half is getting renovated at the moment) and everything was always clean and tidy!
Free Wifi and even a dinner (in another hostel just around the corner) is included if you stay here. The owner is always around and is happy to help with bookings and other stuff.
The nights were quiet but as the hostel itself is located quite central it's really easy to join (and escape later in the nights;-)) the nightlife! Only 15 minutes to the harbour where all the trips to the Great Barrier Reef start (lots of brochures in the hostel available!) and a discount on the local airport-shuttle!
All in all there's nothing for us to complain about; we'd definitely recommend this place for young and old people who want to have a nice time in a small backpackers in Cairns!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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