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The Jack Backpackers
Ranked #22 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2011

We took a wild card on this one as its cheap but regretted it! Like many hostels across Oz it is full of long stays which basically means stuff everywhere, dirt and in this case rotting food in mouldy fridges and cockroaches in our room..yum. The kitchen is pretty grim and the unisex toilets and showers are pretty gross. You don't hear much noise from downstairs which is a bonus...the only bonus! Its bearable if you're in Cairns just to do a quick reef trip and be on your way (because to be honest there isn't much else to do in Cairns, unless you're planning on simply drinking every night, in which case it is your ideal place). The reception staff are pretty helpful and friendly and there's free use of computers.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2011

stayed in shenannigans for weeks! loved it so much !! the service there was excellent, night life was unreal, cheap food with good service from every employee. would definetly recommend the place to everyone i know! if your looking for clean rooms, good service and a great time in Cairns then this is the place to stay!!! close to everything right in the center of Cairns!!

Love you Shenannigans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Room Tip: $16 a night you cant go wrong!!!!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2011

Great and very nice rooms, very clean, stayed there for 3 weeks. The girls in the reception are so nice and helpful. Highly recommended, I would definately stay there again.

Room Tip: The rooms in the motel part are the best!
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2011

Nearly two weeks staying at this hostel, since there is a new owner things must have changed. Thanx to Rosie and Haley at the reception, they are always welcoming and helping us in so different ways.

The rooms are correct, and a big tv is just arrived. There are a couple of things who could be better, like having some microwave in the kitchen. But the place is really nice and certainly not noisy any more.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
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Property: The Jack Backpackers
Address: 48 Spence St | Corner Sheridan and Spence Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shenannigans)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Jack Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Jack Backpackers is newly refurbished pub-style backpacker accommodation. The accommodation has 120 beds, ranging from 8 bed dorms with shared bathrooms, to four bed dorms and private double rooms with ensuite. The massive pub downstairs has three different bars, a beautiful outdoor undercover beer garden, top quality meal deals for the budget traveler, our famous Friends With Benefits VIP guest discount card, SETANTA & FOX sports action shown on our BIG screens daily 7 days a week, pool tables, a CASINO gaming lounge, plus free entertainment & activities 5 nights a week from Wednesday to Sunday, between the hours of 6pm & 12am. Entertainment on offer ranges from some of the best local & national live bands and DJ's, themed parties, crazy games, beer pong, open mic nights, + much more ... more   less 
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