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People love this hotel for:
    Nearest transport:
  • Cairns Railway Station (0.2 Km / 3 min walk)
    Area recommended for:
  • sightseeing
  • restaurants
  • beaches
    Distance to airport:
  • Cairns International Airport (5.8 Km)
    Customer comments:
  • "Clean room", "Friendly staff", "Good location"
    Top nearby attractions:
  • City Place Disposals (0.5 Km / 6 min walk)
  • Beethoven Café (0.5 Km / 6 min walk)
  • Red Ochre Grill (0.5 Km / 6 min walk)
  • Cairns Museum (0.6 Km / 8 min walk)

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Dreamtime Travellers Rest Backpackers

189 Bunda Street, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia 4870 (Show on map)

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"Staff (mostly delt with Shae), Ambiance in the courtyard,..."

Holly, United Kingdom September 06, 2015
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Features of Dreamtime Travellers Rest Backpackers

Hotel Facilities

  • airport transfer
  • bar
  • BBQ facilities
  • car hire
  • express check-in/check-out
  • facilities for disabled guests
  • laundry service
  • library
  • luggage storage
  • safety deposit boxes
  • shared kitchen
  • shuttle service
  • smoking area
  • tours
  • vending machine

Sports and Recreation

  • billiards
  • games room
  • garden
  • golf course (within 3 km)
  • outdoor pool


  • free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas


  • car park

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Hostel Description
Well-placed in the sightseeing, beaches, restaurants area of Cairns city, Dreamtime Travellers Rest ...see more Well-placed in the sightseeing, beaches, restaurants area of Cairns city, Dreamtime Travellers Rest Backpackers provides a most conducive spot for you to take a break from your busy days. The excitement of the city center is only 1. Km away. No less exceptional is the hotel's easy access to the city's myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Cairns Medical Centre, Cairns Museum, Cairns Historical Society Museum.

Dreamtime Travellers Rest Backpackers offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. 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.

The hotel features 24 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include internet access – wireless, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, desk, telephone. The hotel's recreational facilities, which include golf course (within 3 km), outdoor pool, billiards, garden, games room are designed for escape and relaxation. Whatever your purpose of visit, Dreamtime Travellers Rest Backpackers is an excellent choice for your stay in Cairns.
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CHAN Y. Groups
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
Holly V. Couples
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
Stephanie L. Solo travelers
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. Couples
Germany, 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. Solo travelers
United States of America, 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. Couples
Australia, 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.
Jessica S. Groups
Malaysia, December 24, 2014
Location not bad, just too hot

location, staff performance, cleanliness
good. Just that the room is hot so that we need to insert $2 coin to use the air-conditioner.
Lan N. Couples
United States of America, July 13, 2014
Don't think that hostels get much better than this

Cleanliness, Staff, Location
I find hostels are a necessity if you are budget traveling in the less populated areas of Australia. There's just not that many choices. However, staying at Dreamtime was a pleasure. First, they hooked us up with an airport shuttle for really cheap, so we had no problems getting to the hostel. Dreamtime also sent me directions on how to pick up my keys after hours. So the entire process was pretty simple. Room was spacious enough and clean. There were plenty of outlets to charge our stuff, but not enough hooks or places to put our bags and coats. Bathrooms and kitchen were all kept clean, which is a feat at for most hostels. I really liked the open courtyard area. I also though it was genius how Dreamtime saves stuff like sunscreen that prior guests leave behind for your use. Only a few issues: wifi (thankfully free and avail in room) is spotty and you must get the password daily form reception. Reception shuts down midday and again in the evening, so if you miss them, you best ask around for the password. Also, the upstairs bathroom had no hot water while i was there. Downstairs was no problem. I would recommend this hostel to anyone.
PUI Y. Couples
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!! ;)
Amanda Y. Solo travelers
Australia, April 29, 2014
Very Quiet for those wanting to relax

Quiet, very welcoming and homely
Stayed here several times now and will always return. Not in city centre but only a five minute easy walk to all the action in Cairns. It's a great place to enjoy the craziness of a night out in Cairns but perfect to sleep in the next day as very quiet and hidden from all the noise. Best backpackers I have stayed in for a very long time!

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