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JJs Backpackers Hostel

11-13 Charles Street, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia 4870 (Show on map)

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  • Amelia, United Kingdom
  • May 20, 2015
  • Area: Cairns City Center
  • Rooms : 27
  • Free Wi-Fi

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Room Types
Private Twin Room
Single Private Room
Private Twin Room
Single Private Room
Triple Share Fan Cooled Dorm
Triple Share Fan Cooled Dorm
1 Bed in a 3 or 4 Share Female Only Fan Cooled Dorm
1 Bed in a 4 or 5 Share Mixed Air Conditioned Dorm
Private Double Room
1 Bed in a 3 or 4 Share Fan Cooled Dorm
Dormitory with Air Con
Fan Cooled Dormitory
Private Double Room
Quad Share Fan Cooled Dorm
Quad Share Fan Cooled Dorm


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Features of JJs Backpackers Hostel

airport transfer

BBQ facilities

bicycle rental

car hire

car park

laundry service


luggage storage

safety deposit boxes

shared kitchen

shared lounge/TV area


shuttle service

smoking area


vending machine

Sports and Recreation



games room


golf course (within 3 km)

horse riding

outdoor pool

table tennis


free Wi-Fi in all rooms

Wi-Fi in public areas


car park

Languages Spoken



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For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Cairns, JJs Backpackers Hostel is the perfect choice. Only 7 km away, this 3-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. For those of you who want to venture out, The Cairns Civic Theater, Cairns Base Hospital, Cairns Skate Park are just some of the attractions available to visitors.

Take advantage of a wealth of unrivaled services and amenities at this Cairns hotel. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, car park, airport transfer.

The hotel features 27 beautifully appointed guest rooms, many of which include non smoking rooms, air conditioning, wake-up service, alarm clock, fan. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the golf course (within 3 km), outdoor pool, diving, fishing, table tennis. With an ideal location and facilities to match, JJs Backpackers Hostel hits the spot in many ways.
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Children and extra beds:
Children 0-3 year(s)
Not allowed to stay

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

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.

Airport Transfer Fee

Check-In From
07:00 AM

Check-Out Until
10:00 AM

Distance from City Center
1:5 km

Distance to Airport
7 km

Internet Usage Fee

Non-Smoking Rooms / Floors

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Number of Rooms

Parking Fee (per day)

Reception Open Until
07:30 PM

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Amelia H. Solo travelers United Kingdom, May 20, 2015
Great stay

Everyone was really friendly and helpful, staff especially!
Great stay one of the best hostels I stayed in up the east coast.
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Ryan F. Couples United States of America, April 19, 2015
Overpriced, bare bones, focused on selling tours

Daily shuttle to city (NOT AIRPORT), Nice Staff, Tons of tour flyers
We've backpacked all over SEA, NZ and Australia and this hostel is the worst value for the money and expensive once you factor in the cost of all the extras you thought were included and are not: No Airport shuttle (JJs keeps $5 for making a phone call, then you pay the taxi/shuttle $15), 'breakfast' is toast and jam (it runs out early and that's it - we had to purchase our own breakfast food to cook on our own), kitchen cookware is falling apart, wifi is abysmal if it works (doesn't work in rooms or inside lounge area, only works at outside patio), no hand soap in bathrooms, kitchen sponges were old and grimy. The Bad The staff is nice, but focuses more on selling tours rather than providing quality extras (hand soap, clean sponges, airport shuttle) and a fun, social hostel environment - nobody really hung out and talked. Office closes for 4 hours in the middle of the day, so if you have an issue it has to wait plus you can't check in. Air conditioner worked poorly. The flooring is carpet in both hallways and rooms, so there is a musty smell. The Good Staff is very nice. Free shuttle to downtown that leaves every couple hours. Fresh paint on walls. Area and staff felt safe and honest - no concerns of stuff being stolen or being an alone female. Conclusion: Way too much money for the experience. If the price was less for a private with shared bath, proper breakfast and no $5 fees to call for rides it would be a good hostel. My advice is to stay elsewhere.
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Naho N. Solo travelers Japan, April 16, 2015
Staff is friendly

Friendly, clean, location
Good friends
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Eric K. Solo travelers Taiwan, February 28, 2015
Very good

Reception is very nice and friendly. Very useful.
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Ashley B. Solo travelers United States of America, February 11, 2015
Best place to relax

Friendly staff, helpful for entertainment bookings, clean
I loved staying at JJs, Tracy the owner I think was extremely nice and very helpful and her staff were very professional in their positions. Very clean and convenient for places to visit or shop as they have a shuttle to city and airport. Thanks so much for everything
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Monika E. Solo travelers Germany, February 8, 2015

friendly Staff, very clean, free Shuttle to the city
It was awesome. The Staff is very friendy and help you with everything. The rooms and bathrooms are absolutely clean and you have free breakfast. And theres a free Shuttle to the City every hour even if it's not far to walk. I had a great time. It was the best Hostel i have ever been! I recommend to everyone that comes to Cairns.
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Yi H. Solo travelers Taiwan, November 11, 2014

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Wu W. Groups Taiwan, June 23, 2014
good place for temporary stay

friendly staff, international backpackers, free shuttle service to city
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Lacy E. Solo travelers United States of America, October 23, 2013
A fun adventure made better by the staff at JJ's!!

Staff, location, price
This hostel is ideal for backpackers. Great low prices!! Friendly and helpful staff!! I booked all of my adventures at the front desk which offers a lowest prices guarantee. They offer a free shuttle service to town with convenient times and friendly drivers. I recommend anyone backpacking through cairns to use this hostel!!
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Namatjira J. Solo travelers Australia, August 26, 2013
it was good value for money with friendly staff

the transport, friendly staff, and it was relaxing
itwas deadly and in Aboriginal language that meand great
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What customers say:
Nearest transport:
  • Cairns Central Railway Station (1.6 Km / 20 min walk)
Area recommended for:
  • beaches
  • restaurants
  • sightseeing
Distance to airport:
  • Cairns International Airport (4.2 Km)
Top attractions in the area:
  • Centre of Contemporary Arts (1.3 Km / 16 min walk)
  • Cairns Museum (1.6 Km / 20 min walk)
  • City Place Disposals (1.6 Km / 20 min walk)
  • Red Ochre Grill (1.6 Km / 20 min walk)
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