Above average 5.7
Based on 21 reviews

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About Waterfront Backpackers


Waterfront Backpackers, located in Cairns City Center, Cairns, is a popular choice for travelers. Only away, this 2-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. For those of you who want to venture out, Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns Regional Gallery, Esplanade BBQ are just some of the attractions available to visitors.

At Waterfront Backpackers, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. A selection of top-class facilities such as free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas can be enjoyed at the hotel.

Waterfront Backpackers is home to 19 bedrooms. All are tastefully furnished and many even provide such comforts as internet access – wireless, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, fan, refrigerator. Whether you're a fitness enthusiast or are just looking for a way to unwind after a hard day, you will be entertained by top-class recreational facilities such as golf course (within 3 km), outdoor pool, table tennis, garden. Waterfront Backpackers is an ideal place of stay for travelers seeking charm, comfort and convenience in Cairns.
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  • free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas


  • airport transfer
  • shuttle service

Swimming & soaking

  • swimming pool [outdoor]

Land sports

  • golf course (within 3 km)
  • table tennis

Food & beverage

  • BBQ facilities
  • coffee shop
  • shared kitchen


  • pets allowed

Cleaning services

  • laundry service

Guest services

  • express check-in/check-out
  • luggage storage
  • newspapers
  • tours

On-site facilities

  • garden
  • shops
  • smoking area
  • shared lounge/TV area

Health and security

  • 24-hour front desk
  • safety deposit boxes
  • lockers

Business & money services

  • ATM

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
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Airport transfer is available from 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM at no additional charge.

  • 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.
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Useful info

Check-In From: 01:00 pm
Check-In Until: 11:55 pm
Check-Out From: 12:00 am
Check-Out Until: 10:30 am
Distance from City Center: 0.0 Km
Number of Floors: 2
Number of Rooms : 19
Time to Airport (Minutes): 15
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Recent customer comments

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Above average

  • Hotel Condition/Cleanliness 4.4
  • Facilities 4.0
  • Location 8.9
  • Room Comfort/Standard 4.8
  • Service 5.5
  • Value for Money 5.9
  • Food/Dining 4.4

youngchury K.
South Korea
September 18, 2015
soso but location is good
location . location and location
i think there is so so.. not bad.

Mark S.
August 27, 2015
Right on the Restrurasnt Strip!
Location, Price, Cheap tours
This place has a great location, that's true, right in the middle of the busy restaurant strip where you can get gelato from about50 different shops! Its across the road from the lagoon, and a easy walk to the wharf where all the tourist boats are. That's the good, the bad, although not so bad was I rocked up before their closing time and the door was locked. I had to ring to get the manager to let me in. The "ikea style" bed was falling apart, it was "fixed" with some milk crates, which was "ok", I hope they replace it. Lastly to finish on a good note we got an awesome discount on our reef trip, 20% cheaper than anyone else for the same tour, and it was great!

Katarzyna S.
April 05, 2015
Very poor backpackers
Was terrible

South Korea
December 04, 2014
so cheap but dirty
near by lagoon
so so dirty. unkind worker

Alan L.
July 14, 2014
book to sleep only
cheap, centralized, accessible
Good place to sleep-and-go. Spent 20usd per night, grab a bed, sleep and move on the next morning. As it is a shared room, for security reason, try not to leave your valuable in the room.

Hiu C.
Hong Kong
June 17, 2014
didn't really enjoy , no electricity IN ROOM
free wifi, good location and value for money.
if you are looking for a real clean and comfort this hostel isn't a good choice. Rooms are way too different than what you see from the pic. there were much noise after 10:00pm even those there was a notice saying 'No noise after 10:00pm'. the hostel ONLY have 2 unsex shower rooms. The worse thing is there was no electricity in room from 9:00am to 6:00pm (or sometimes 7:00pm, depends on when they switch it on and off) so we couldn't charged any devices . Reception said it is because many people are out at that time so they can save electricity and help the environment which i understand ONLY IF you said it first before I booked my room. if I had known this, I wouldn't have booked this hostel. But the hostel is in good location, have free wifi and value for money. if you are a backpacker, I would recommend this hostel. Otherwise, certainly NOT.

Brittany E.
United States
January 07, 2014
Definitely better places nearby
The only thing we liked about the hotel was it's location
We were greeted very poorly by their front desk staff (blonde dreads). He started off by immediately insulting our last minute booking and saying it was our fault he did not have a room available to us. I then informed him not to offer online bookings if he was not able to keep up with the bookings. That ended the conversation. We were placed in a room that was filthy and were not given pillows. After requesting pillows, we still never received them. The fridges smelled terrible and barely kept things cool. The AC in the rooms do not get turned on until 5 pm, so don't expect to cool down from the hot summer sun in the afternoon. We were very dissatisfied with our stay and certainly will not stay here again. You certainly get what you pay for here. We went into another backpackers two doors down and wished we had stayed there just from the friendliness of the staff.

Chun F.
Hong Kong
October 04, 2013
Fair enough

Chun F.
Hong Kong
October 02, 2013
Fair enough

Krittika T.
June 28, 2013
Good location
Location is good