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Cairns Central YHA Backpackers Hostel
Ranked #21 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Wales
2 reviews
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Reviewed September 2, 2008

Stayed in a triple room for 4 nights, and a double for 2 nights. A fabulous location for any visit to Cairns! Opposite the Cairns Central shooping mall, and 10 minute walk from the Esplanade. Staff were helpful, although some of them have a chip on their shoulder! Relaxed, laid back and homely atmosphere.

  • Liked — Friendly atmosphere, clean and safe rooms, location
  • Disliked — A couple of the staff.. the rest were great!
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed April 16, 2008

We arrived in Cairns by bus on a very wet evening and got a taxi to the hostel. Its only about a 10 minute walk from the Wharf bus depot but it was raining a lot.

The hostel has a nice feel to it, helped by the swimming pool and palm trees growing in the courtyard area.

We got a double room. It was one of the smallest double rooms we got in a hostel in Oz. It's fine for staying a couple of nights but not for a couple of weeks! There was no storage space in the room for example. There was also only one power socket in the room, and some guests staying in dorm rooms told me that they didn't have adequate power sockets either. Oh an there was a constant trail of ants making their way up and down the wall beside the bed. We decided to rent an apartment for a couple of weeks which worked out better for us.

The location is within easy walking distance of everything but just far enough away from the nightlife so that you get some sleep!

The internet room has 6 or so PC's on which time can be bought from reception. The kitchen is as you expect in a hostel & has plenty of storage space. There is a small library in the TV/eating room. There is a helpful tourist booking office at reception which I found to give very impartial advice on tours.

  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2008

Had fun in Cairns, great hostel, clean, safe and confortable... really recomandable

  • Disliked — far away from ferry and greyhound terminal, about 10-15 minutes
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled solo
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Kent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 4, 2008

This hostel is such a nice hostel and we found our stay brilliant. The staff were very friendly and helpful in everything we needed. The location is ok, there's a shopping center across the road with a cinema and a train station at the back, the sea front and harbour is around a 10 minute walk straight through the center of the town. Our room at the Yha was an ok size, we had a 6 bed for 4 of us, and found we had more than enough room. The bathrooms were always kept clean and the kitchen was fairly clean too. The internet room didn't have many computers, and we found mid afternoon was the best time to use them if need be. The pool was small with a spa pool next to it which wasn't working. Overall and great stay while seeing Cairns.

  • Liked — staff and location
  • Disliked — the pool
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled with friends
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed September 28, 2007

We stayed here in early September after a noisy night in another hostel in Cairns. The YHA is only a 10 minute walk to all the main attractions in Cairns. We had a massive family room for the 2 of us so there was plenty of room to spread out! The bathrooms were clean. The kitchen is large and there was plenty of space and as clean can be expected in a large hostel. The pool and outside area was nice with a pool and spa. I know some people think YHA's are functional and sometimes lack atmosphere but if you want a reasonable nights sleep (this place was quiet) and clean faciltities you know what you're getting with a YHA. I would stay here again and recommend this place.

Stayed September 2007
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London
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Reviewed November 24, 2006

I stayed two nights in the Cairns central YHA. It was functionally fine. My double room looked a little like a monk's cell, and lacked much in the way of surfaces on which to put my stuff. However, there was airconditioning, which was useful. The kitchen was big enough to accommodate the guests, but only two of the cookers were working, which led to a bit of a scrum. The laundry facilities were useful, and the bathrooms clean. There was a small pool, a TV room, and internet access via some good modern looking computers.

Basically, the hostel was fine, and the location was useful. It seemed less party party than some of the other Cairns hostels (which suited me), but equally, somehow lacked atmosphere.

  • Liked — The price was right, and the kitchen was clean
  • Disliked — Not a lot of atmosphere
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 31, 2006

The Cairns Central YHA provided a clean and basic base from which to explore and recharge before heading further up the coast. Located next to a huge shopping mall it is the perfect place to pick up surf essentials before heading home! The staff were very friendly and were happy to book trips and future stays. The laudry facilities were also clean and user friendly.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Property: Cairns Central YHA Backpackers Hostel
Address: 20 - 26 McLeod St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cairns Central YHA Backpackers Hostel 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cairns Central YHA, winners of the 2014 Queensland Tourism Award for Best Backpackers, is conveniently located opposite the Cairns Central Shopping Centre. The hostel has multi-share, twin, double and family rooms are available, all with keyless entry, air-conditioning and many with ensuites. Facilities for backpackers include a large outdoor games area, kitchen, laundry, indoor and outdoor dining area, free Wi-Fi Hot Spot (Wi-Fi Plus also available), TV room with large-screen TV, secure luggage storage and YHA travel and tour desk at the hostel reception. ... more   less 
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