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Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia 4870 (Show on map)

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Good 7.2
based on 80 reviews

"Good location, price is cheap, many bar and club near the..."

  • Kwan, Hong Kong
  • June 29, 2015
  • Area: Cairns City Center
  • Rooms : 120

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Features of Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

24-hour front desk

airport transfer

ATM/cash machine on site


BBQ facilities

bicycle rental

car park

coffee shop


express check-in/check-out

facilities for disabled guests

laundry service

luggage storage


poolside bar


safety deposit boxes

shared kitchen

shared lounge/TV area


smoking area


Sports and Recreation

games room

outdoor pool


Wi-Fi in public areas


car park

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Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel is one of the leading backpacker hotels in Australia. Located in the heart of Cairns, the famous Rusty's Market is right next door and boutique shops, cafés, and clubs are all nearby. This hotel offers a blend of traditional backpacker dorm accommodation and hotel rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned with an en-suite bathroom. Each floor of this 4-story hotel has its own kitchen and sitting area. Some of the hotel’s facilities include free linen, free airport pick up, a mini gym, internet café, Wi-Fi throughout the property, lagoon swimming pool, open deck bar with massive outdoor pub screen, and plasma TVs to watch your favorite games. You will also benefit from free evening meals each night and VIP privileges throughout the venue. The two nightclubs with weekly events plus local and international DJs will guarantee your unforgettable experience in Cairns. Enjoy the Gilligan’s experience at Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel! Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel is one of the leading backpacker hotels in Australia. Located in the heart of Cairns, ... see more
Children and extra beds:
Infant 0-1 year(s)
Not allowed to stay
Children 2-3 year(s)
Not allowed to stay

Minimum age of guests is: 18 year(s).

Guests over 18 years old are considered as adults.

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room policy for more details.

When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Check-In From
2:00 PM

Check-Out Until
10:00 AM

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Jang J. Solo travelers South Korea, July 9, 2015
Good condition but very noisy

Noisy But clean
Pros Plugs in a room Bathroom in a room Looks new facility and clean Cons Too noisy till 3am
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Kwan T. Solo travelers Hong Kong, June 29, 2015
Think about a clubbing under your house

Good location, price is cheap, many bar and club near the hotel
If you enjoy the nightlife, there is the best place, different event in that club everyday, also until 03:00am. Luckily I have my own earplugs so I still can rest easily. Anyway there is good to make friends cuz there got huge of no. Beds
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Connie M. Solo travelers Australia, June 7, 2015
Gilligans Cairns

location, parties, pool
Luckily, Gilligans had an awesome event on- saints and sinners ball! Was extremely busy, hostel was full of young people! Things I liked- location, events, and free shuttle bus from airport. Things I didnt like- bed linen was so old and thin. You couldn't turn aircon off so I was freezing! They made you pay for wifi, and most things werent complimentary!! Not much service and the announcements in the morning to get up and checkout on loudspeaker are so tacky! And makes you feel like u want to leave!!
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Josee-Anne T. Solo travelers Canada, May 9, 2015
Worst stay of my life

pool, food for 6$ with beer, nice staff
Very poor. Coudnt sleep all night becausr of the club and the people drinking in our rooms, even if there was 10 people drinking, absolutetly no staff came to control de situation. Tge club is basically an earthquake of base from midnight to 4 am. Never going back of my life. I would prefer sleeping outside
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Stewart B. Solo travelers United Kingdom, January 18, 2015
The Place To Be

Cleanliness, Social Hub, Drinks Promos
Great! Apart from the ten bed dorm being directly above the night club speakers, not ideal when up for early morning dive and need sleep. Requested to be moved and told that would be charged for doing so, offered to purchase $1 ear plugs to resolve the issue. HaHa.
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Jae Y. Solo travelers South Korea, January 9, 2015

location cleaniness bed
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Chris H. Groups Germany, October 25, 2014
got more in touch what NOT allowed to do than else

Partyhotel, sehr gute Inklusivleistungen (Abendessen), Lage
obviously Gilligans is one of the most famous places to stay in Cairns. In fact it is quite modern facility and almost everything is clean. Kitchen are one of the most perfect ones have ever seen in hostels worldwide. what is much more annoying is security in place about 20 or 30 People even in the Disco. They have really great drinking (and eating) offers but than they complain about People getting drunk at all. like everywhere in Australia you got more in touch with regulations what you are not allowed to do (and have to pay as well of course) than about Information what you can enjoy while on Holidays. quite hard stuff - also they have no control about People coming into the hostel during the stay even they do not stay there. The travel Agent in the Lobby has not fulfilled my expectations - just to earn the Money.
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Yuk L. Solo travelers Hong Kong, September 17, 2014
The best backpackers I stay!

Clear, good location,
I stay in 8 female dorm, the room is with a bathroom, not public share, that was a suprise for backpackers! And it was very clean same as stay in a hotel!
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Samantha K. Solo travelers Australia, July 12, 2014
Great value, location and quality rooms!

Quality of the rooms were great. Centrally located to access everything in the town. Great facilities
I stayed in a 6 dorm deluxe room and it's the best backpackers I've stayed at. Rooms were extremely comfortable size, had a tv, fridge, balcony, seperate toilet and shower. Was very impressed by the room. Centrally located to all nightlife, wharf, restaurants and shops. Great facilities within the hostel and great for those chasing the nightlife. My room faced the street and didn't have trouble sleeping the night I didn't have a late one. Would definitely come back and stay again!
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Stacey E. Solo travelers United Kingdom, June 1, 2014
Fun and clean

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Very good apart from noise by cleaners early in the morning
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Located in the heart of Cairns, the nearest bus stop is at the end of Sheridan street

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Hotel Area: Cairns City Center

Customers like this hostel for:
Nearest transport:
  • Cairns Central Railway Station (0.4 Km / 5 min walk)
Area recommended for:
  • beaches
  • restaurants
  • sightseeing
Distance to airport:
  • Cairns International Airport (5.8 Km)
Customer comments:
  • "Cheap" , "Great location" , "Nice pool"
Top attractions in the area:
  • Beethoven Café (0.1 Km / 2 min walk)
  • Lillypad Café (0.1 Km / 2 min walk)
  • Red Ochre Grill (0.1 Km / 2 min walk)
  • Rusty's Market (0.1 Km / 2 min walk)
Note: Distances are measured as a straight line.

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