Very good 8.0
Based on 97 reviews

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About Cairns Central YHA Hostel


Perfectly located opposite the Cairns Central Shopping Centre and just a short walk from the Cairns Esplanade, the award-winning Cairns Central YHA Hostel not only offers fantastic shopping from the moment you step outside, but it also packs in all the comfort, conveniences, and facilities a shopper’s heart desires. From here, you will find a selection of pubs, shops, cafes, as well as Trinity Wharf, the departure point for Great Barrier Reef cruises and tours. Chosen for its popularity with seasoned backpackers to Cairns, the property offers accommodation options ranging from dorms to twin/double and family rooms. Each unit is air conditioned, and many also have en-suite bathrooms. To keep you entertained at all times, the hostel provides an outdoor games area, a TV room, as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Simply put, Cairns Central YHA Hostel is a backpacker’s paradise.
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Internet access

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

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Car park

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Garden
  • Hot tub
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • BBQ facilities
  • Shared kitchen
  • Vending machine

Services and conveniences

  • Laundry service
  • Lockers
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Family room


  • Check-in/check-out [express]
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed

Languages spoken

  • Czech
  • German
  • Japanese
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Wi-Fi/Internet access is available only in certain areas of the property at no additional charge.

Child and extra bed policy
Children 0-16 year(s) Must use an extra bed
  • Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose, please check the individual room capacity 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: 1:30 PM
Check-Out Until: 10:00 AM
Distance from City Center: 0.2 Km
Distance to Airport: 7.5 Km
Non-Smoking Rooms / Floors: Yes
Number of Floors: 2
Number of Rooms : 55
Parking Fee (per day): 10 AUD
Reception Open Until: 11:00 PM
Time to Airport (Minutes): 10
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Very good

based on 97 reviews
  • Cleanliness 8.3
  • Facilities 8.7
  • Location 8.6
  • Room Comfort/Standard 8.1
  • Service 8.0
  • Value for money 8.0
  • Food/Dining 6.6
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Chi from China
Solo travelers
Twin Room
Stayed one night in August 2016
Good location helpful staff
Pro: good service, helpful staff, informative Con: nil
Reviewed September 03, 2016

Diane from Australia
Families with older children
Stayed 2 nights in July 2016
Good value
Good value for money, clean and spacious family room with fridge. Across the road from shopping centre. Pub next door so late night music on Saturday night. "Free"pancakes are not pancakes they are pikelets. Got sick of walking back and forth to the Esplanade. Next time will stay closer. Staff helpful but busy.
Reviewed July 18, 2016

Ala from United States
Solo travelers
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 2 nights in January 2016
Great on all fronts
Amazing, personable staff, clean facilities. One of the best hostels I've stayed in.
Reviewed March 15, 2016

Sahib from Taiwan
Twin Room
Stayed one night in February 2016
Good location and clean room
Reviewed February 20, 2016

Dennis from United Kingdom
Double Ensuite
Stayed 3 nights in February 2016
holiday time
location was good. room was good. staff were helpful breakfast was included.
Fabulous. Would stay there again.
Reviewed February 12, 2016

Andy from New Zealand
Solo travelers
Double Room
Stayed one night in December 2015
One Night
Easy, Friendly helpful staff, close
Reviewed December 29, 2015

Kimberly from United States
Solo travelers
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 4 nights in December 2015
Nice Hostel great location
The location, The kitchen was big, The pool
Had a great stay the only negative was the bathrooms on the second floor were out of order.
Reviewed December 20, 2015

Thunyaluk from Thailand
Double Room
Stayed 2 nights in October 2015
Central location
Central location, comfortable, friendly staffs
Reviewed October 25, 2015

james from United Kingdom
Solo travelers
Double Room
Stayed one night in July 2015
convenient location
staff location general facilities
I stayed one night at the YHA and was impressed with the staff and the facilities. Improved wifi would be nice but for the price I wouldnt expect quality wifi in rooms. There is everything you need as a traveller, a good kitchen for self catering and simple but adequate rooms; this is a good, well located hostel, although not a 4 star hotel. I would happily stay here again in the future.
Reviewed September 01, 2015

Debopam from India
Solo travelers
Stayed one night in July 2015
Reception, accommodation and location
In short, it was excellent. The reception was excellent and the location was perfect. I would recommend that to everybody who wants to visit Cairns.
Reviewed August 06, 2015


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