Very good 7.9
Based on 73 reviews

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About Dreamtime Travellers Rest Backpackers


Dreamtime Travellers Rest Backpackers, located in Cairns City Center, Cairns, is a popular choice for travelers. The city center is merely 1. Km away and the airport can be reached within 20 minutes. This modern hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as Cairns Medical Centre, Bones and Jones, Fujii Store.

Dreamtime Travellers Rest Backpackers also offers many facilities to enrich your stay in Cairns. A selection of top-class facilities such as free Wi-Fi in all rooms, facilities for disabled guests, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas can be enjoyed at the hotel.

24 rooms spread over 2 floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as internet access – wireless, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, desk, telephone can be found in selected rooms. The hotel's recreational facilities, which include golf course (within 3 km), outdoor pool, billiards, garden, games room are designed for escape and relaxation. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Dreamtime Travellers Rest Backpackers the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Cairns.
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  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Car park
  • Airport transfer
  • Rental car
  • Shuttle service

Fitness & recreation

  • Games room

Swimming & soaking

  • Swimming pool [outdoor]

Land sports

  • Golf course (within 3 km)

Food & beverage

  • BBQ facilities
  • Bar
  • Vending machine
  • Shared kitchen


  • Pets allowed

Cleaning services

  • Laundry service

Guest services

  • Check-in/check-out [express]
  • Luggage storage
  • Tours

On-site facilities

  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Smoking area

Health and security

  • Safety deposit boxes

Languages spoken

  • English
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Child and extra bed policy
Infant 0-3 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding. Note, if you need a cot there may be an extra charge.
Children 4-5 year(s) Stay for free if using existing bedding.
  • Guests over 5 years old are considered as adults.
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room capacity for more details.
When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
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Useful info

Airport Transfer Fee: 5 AUD
Check-In From: 2:00 PM
Check-Out Until: 10:00 AM
Distance from City Center: 1. Km
Distance to Airport: 4. Km
Internet Usage Fee: 2 AUD
Non-Smoking Rooms / Floors: Yes
Number of Floors: 2
Number of Rooms : 24
Time to Airport (Minutes): 20
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Very good

  • Hotel Condition/Cleanliness 8.0
  • Facilities 8.0
  • Location 7.9
  • Room Comfort/Standard 8.0
  • Service 8.4
  • Value for Money 8.3
  • Food/Dining 6.6
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Ching C.
Hong Kong
April 20, 2016
Everything is nice
Same as title

Kevin S.
March 09, 2016
Nice place to meet other people
Very relaxed, lots of travellers, had quite a good time there

Sara A.
United States
November 10, 2015
First backpacker stay
The environment, cleanliness, and staff were amazing and set the bar high for backpackers to come on my trip!

Holly V.
United Kingdom
September 14, 2015
Best hostel I have stayed at
Staff (mostly delt with Shae), Ambiance in the courtyard, continuous good music
Very good! Homely feel to the place, relaxed, chilled vibes, free tea/coffee. Would always go back if in Cairns

Hong Kong
September 12, 2015
Wifi didn't work at all
the wifi did not work at any time any places the room is simple

Stephanie L.
Hong Kong
September 10, 2015
Nice place
Nice place, Nice staff & converience
It is near "Cairns Central" shopping mall. There is a supermarket, you can buy many things what you needed. The staff is nice & there are some activities, such as movie night, pizza night, bbq night..... You can meet many Backpackers who come from different counties.

Claudia L.
August 28, 2015
Dreamtime - the Name really fits
Great atmosphere, good value for money, next to shopping center
We had a great time at the dreamtime. The place has a really good vibe, is clean and the staff is really friendly. We can definitely recommend this hostel to other backpackers!

kymberly Y.
United States
July 24, 2015
Worth the money!!!
It was quiet. Clean and friendly atmosphere.
It was very nice and relaxing. I would stay again and would recommend it to others.

Ben H.
July 11, 2015
Location, double rooms in back (quiet area) of hostel
If you love smoking or just love second hand cigarette smoke then this is the place for you. Don't believe their literature that states "Our communal areas are all non-smoking", unless of course your definition of "communal area" means "inside buildings". The truth of the matter is that smoking is everywhere in every outdoor area in this hotel. If you're a non-smoker, steer clear of this place. Kitchen facilities are sorely lacking in this hostel with only one that had any cooking facilities at all (the other two only contained a fridge and a kettle). Clean tea towels (actually any tea towels at all for that matter) were also an issue. Hot water (in the showers, kitchens, etc) was tepid at best.

Hong Kong
April 15, 2015
Good Location, Helpful Staff
it is near to the shopping mall and train station which are just opposite. you can also walk along the street to reach Esplanade Swimming Lagoon which is a free outdoor swimming pool.
also, there are lots of catering nearby. you may also buy ingredient at coles in the shopping mall and cook you own food at the kitchen of Dreamtime. there are 2 kitchens! they have washing machinesss too! i use the rack in my room to dry my clothes. there are lots of bathrooms and you need not to queue. bathrooms are clean but not many hooks for hanging the clothes. the decoration in room are nice and quite romantic. there are bbq night and guests are invited to perform! the atmosphere is excellent!!! they have movie night, pizza night, etc. too! the staff are really helpful, they are familiar with the surrounding and can provide good advice for your day! they helped me to book train tickets to the rain-forest~ they have shuttle bus to/from airport too but the driver i met was quite rude to my luggage and others. and he was very rush and did not let me go to washroom right after i got my luggage at airport and urged me to get onto the van immediately...but there is nth to do with Dreamtime. anyway, i had a nice stay here!! ;)


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