If you’re a backpacker, spending your time and money on accommodation might not be your top priority. Most travellers who are backpacking are usually keen to save their money for experiences and tours rather than on bed and board. That’s where the invention of the hostel comes in. They are usually pretty cheap and allow for a few types of accommodation, meaning if you want to super save, you can stay in a dorm, or if you’re keen to have privacy and not to spend ton, you can get a private room in a hostel.
Nomads is a Cairns staple in the backpacker community, where you can relax and enjoy a tropical destination without breaking the bank. They are located close to major transportation, and also have free airport and bus station pickups, as well as a restaurant and bar. They have a communal kitchen and laundry and the luxury of a swimming pool, complete with space for tanning. You can rent dorm rooms with 4, 6, and 8 beds, as well as private rooms with king, double and twin beds. You can get rooms with and without your own ensuite bathrooms, and dorm rooms have shared bathrooms. They offer both girl and boy dorms for those who want a little more privacy, and all linens are included. Breakfast is also included, and rooms have air conditioning for major comfort.
Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel and Resort Cairns
Gilligan’s is known for it’s great location in the heart of Cairns, where they offer everything you’ll need to travel on a budget. It has four levels of rooms, with several types of accommodation, including both private and shared rooms. Dorms are the cheapest option, with 4, 6 and 8 room dorms, with both female and mixed accommodation. All rooms have their own ensuite, which is always a huge plus, and Gilligan’s also has a kitchen, hangout area, TV, free linens, internet cafe, and an awesome swimming pool. On top of all of that, there is also an open deck bar so you can relax and enjoy spending time at your home away from home. It's in a great location around shops, restaurants and the Cairns nightlife, meaning you're never far from all the fun. Gilligan’s itself is an amazing nighttime destination with an onsite nightclub, where you’ll enjoy some of the funnest nights in town with both locals and travellers.
This family run hostel is a quiet relaxed hostel, away from the party scene. It’s ideal if you are looking for something on the more relaxed side, where you can still meet travellers and enjoy a budget friendly stay. There are both private and shared rooms, with a girls only dorm available, with both ensuite and shared bathrooms, depending on which room you choose. It’s also camper van friendly for those travelling on four wheels. It’s only a ten minute walk to the centre of Cairns, so everything you’ll need is within walking distance without the chaos of being located in the CBD. They offer coin-operated air conditioning, unlimited WiFi, a secure place, a pool with sun beds, and free luggage storage.