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Waterfront Backpackers

83 The Esplanade, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia 4870 (Show on map)

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"free wifi, good location and value for money. ..."

  • Hiu, Hong Kong
  • June 1, 2014
  • Area: Cairns City Center
  • Rooms : 19
  • Free Wi-Fi

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Room Types
Dormitory 10-Bed
Dormitory 6-Bed
Dormitory 4-Bed
Dormitory 10 Bed
Dormitory 4 Bed
Dormitory 4 Bed Female
Dormitory 6 Bed
Dormitory 4 Bed Female
Single Room
Single Room


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Photos of Waterfront Backpackers

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Features of Waterfront Backpackers

24-hour front desk

airport transfer

ATM/cash machine on site

BBQ facilities

coffee shop

express check-in/check-out

laundry service


luggage storage


safety deposit boxes

shared kitchen

shared lounge/TV area


shuttle service

smoking area


Sports and Recreation


golf course (within 3 km)

outdoor pool

table tennis


free Wi-Fi in all rooms

Wi-Fi in public areas

Languages Spoken




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If what you're looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Cairns, look no further than Waterfront Backpackers. Only 0.0 Km from the city center, the hotel's strategic location ensures that guests can quickly and easily reach many local points of interest. For sightseeing options and local attractions, one need not look far as the hotel enjoys close proximity to Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns Regional Gallery, Esplanade BBQ.

At Waterfront Backpackers, every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable. To do so, the hotel provides the best in services and amenities. To name a few of the hotel's facilities, there are express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas, airport transfer, BBQ facilities.

Guests can choose from 19 rooms, all of which exude an atmosphere of total peace and harmony. The hotel's golf course (within 3 km), outdoor pool, garden are ideal places to relax and unwind after a busy day. Waterfront Backpackers is your one-stop destination for quality hotel accommodations in Cairns.
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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.

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

Number of Rooms

Time to Airport (Minutes)

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Above average


from 16 reviews

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Katarzyna S. Couples Poland, April 2, 2015
Very poor backpackers

Was terrible
Alan L. Solo travelers Singapore, July 6, 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. Couples Hong Kong, June 1, 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.
Hyeran L. Solo travelers South Korea, April 1, 2014
so cheap but dirty

near by lagoon
so so dirty. unkind worker
Brittany E. Groups United States of America, January 2, 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 M. Solo travelers Hong Kong, October 1, 2013
Fair enough

Chun M. Solo travelers Hong Kong, September 27, 2013
Fair enough

Krittika T. Groups Thailand, June 25, 2013
Good location

Location is good
Tsz W. Solo travelers Hong Kong, March 21, 2013
Good Location with Economical Price

Next to a swimming pool and park, convenient to wharf and with air-con and wi-fi in room under a backpacker hotel
It is a really nice hotel. Regardless of the room size, it has free wifi and air-con in each room which is important in backpacker hotel. It is next to a large park and a well-managed free swimming pool meaning that you can just wear your swim suit and head there without any embarrassment. It is a really worth-stay resort.
Steven F. Couples United Kingdom, February 8, 2013
Good Basic Budget Accommodation, on the sea front

Good,basic accommodation for those travelling on a budget. Management and fellow travellers were friendly, can be a bit noisey at weekends - but that is young people having fun, you have to expect that if you stay in a Backpacker place.
Restaurant Tip: Very good food hall / bazaar very close by.

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What customers say:
Nearest transport:
  • Greyhound Australia Bus Station (0.1 Km / 2 min walk)
Area recommended for:
  • beaches
  • restaurants
  • sightseeing
Distance to airport:
  • Cairns International Airport (5.4 Km)
Top attractions in the area:
  • Night Markets (0.0 Km)
  • Cairns Convention Centre (0.2 Km / 3 min walk)
  • Cairns Museum (0.3 Km / 4 min walk)
  • Centre of Contemporary Arts (0.3 Km / 4 min walk)
Note: Distances are measured as a straight line, calculated from a starting point to a destination point.

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