Why Not Backpackers

5 Digger Street, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia, 4870 - See map
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Why Not Backpackers

"I’ll definitely recommend this place."

Diab - June 5, 2019

1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed - Bed Why Not Backpackers
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Property highlights
Check-in [24-hour]
Hassle-free check in
Close to Muddy's Playground
Within 870 m of property
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Popular landmarks
Les Davie Park 70 m
Cadence Lounge Bar 200 m
Friendly Grocer 230 m
McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery 310 m
The Cairns Civic Theater 330 m
Peace Park 350 m
Cairns Base Hospital 370 m
The Cairns Clinic 410 m
Cairns Skate Park 530 m
Cairns Tennis Centre 530 m
Nearby landmarks
Muddy's Playground 870 m
Cairns Aquarium 1.11 km
Michaelmas Cay 1.42 km
Night Markets 1.47 km
Esplanade Boardwalk 1.47 km
Cairns Esplanade Lagoon 1.55 km
Green Island 1.85 km
The Reef Hotel Casino 1.93 km
Cairns Botanic Gardens 2.04 km
Gallo DairyLand 4.22 km
7.3

Very good

Location rating score

Inside city center
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Breakfast [free]

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

  • Bar

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Cairns every 13 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.6
Distance to city center1.5 kmKm
Location rating7.3
Nearest airportCairns Airport (CNS)
Distance to airport4.2 km

Rooms available at Why Not Backpackers

1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Non-smoking
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Private Double Room
Private Double Room
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 double bed
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Private Twin Room
Private Twin Room
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  • Shared bathroom
  • 2 single beds
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Budget Double Room
Budget Double Room
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  • Room size: 8 m²/86 ft²
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
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Standard Twin Room
Standard Twin Room
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  • Room size: 8 m²/86 ft²
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1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Non-smoking
  • Shared bathroom
  • 1 single bed and 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
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    Frequently asked questions

    What time is check-in and check-out at Why Not Backpackers?

    Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The hostel also offers 24-hour check-in.

    How do I get to Why Not Backpackers?

    A stay at Why Not Backpackers also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hostel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Why Not Backpackers has a car park that's close to the hostel.

    What is the smoking policy at Why Not Backpackers?

    Why Not Backpackers does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

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    What people love about Why Not Backpackers

    • 9.2
      Exceptional

      "We did enjoy our stay."

      Paul

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      September 21, 2018

    • 9.2
      Exceptional

      "Hostel provide free shuttle bus."

      Jumianto

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      March 5, 2020

    • 9.2
      Exceptional

      "Great pillow."

      Jumianto

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      March 5, 2020

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    Overall rating:
    7.9
    Very good
    88 reviews
    Cleanliness
    7.6
    Facilities
    8.3
    Location
    7.3
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    What travelers say they love:
    Bed is clean and comfortable.
    Jumianto from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    More about Why Not Backpackers

    More about Why Not Backpackers

    If you are a fan of backpacking and are looking for somewhere chilled and relaxed, then you have come to the right place. Why Not Backpackers is located 10 minutes by foot from the city center. Transfers to Cairns Airport, Cairns Bus Station, and the city center is available. With 65 years of experience in the business, the hotel is ready to devote its resources to making sure you have a pleasant stay. Staying here, you can make new friends at Zanzibar Bar & Grill with free exciting night entertainment - such as a live snake show. You can have Why Not Backpackers staff to cook an authentic Aussie BBQ for you, or you can talk to the travel experts at the reception to ensure your utmost exposure to the area.

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    Most talked about facilities

    Housekeeping
    6 mentions
    Breakfast
    4 mentions
    Swimming Pool
    1 mention
    Internet
    1 mention

    What they offer

    9.6
    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Confortable beds and friendly staff."

    Kathleen

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    September 29, 2018

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    Buffet

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    Reviews of Why Not Backpackers from real guests

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    Cleanliness7.6
    Facilities8.3
    Location7.3
    Room comfort and quality7.2
    Service8.5
    Value for money8.6
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    10.0
    Exceptional
    Chen from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2019

    Highly recommended!”

    All staffs are excellent, friendly, nice and helpful, always have beautiful smiling face on their faces. At first, I booked 2 nights stay in 4 people mixed dorm, it was my good luck, I met 3 other interesting, lovely, and open-minded girls as my roommates, so I made extension 7 nights stay. The vibe of accommodation is extremely relaxing, other backpackers will greet with each other. Staffs keep public area clean and tidy. Washing machine and dryer are always busy. For backpackers information: If you are the first time visiting Cairns, booking a tour(snorkelling, sailing, skydiving etc.) you can get discount from reception, there is an airport shuttle bus FNQ from hostel to Cairns airport. Besides, hostel have hourly free shuttle bus service to town, plus, they have different events Monday to Sunday. If you are going to visit Cairns, don't miss this warm and lovely accommodation 'Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort"!

    Reviewed March 18, 2019

    Dear Chen, It is so beautiful reading such an amazing review from yours, we much appreciate your words plus you took time to write them! We definitely do our best to make out of guest experience the best one. Our high cleanliness standard works either in rooms and common areas, toilets and showers. We also provide a free shuttle bus to the city centre, free high speed WiFi, free gym pass and free breakfast which is well know thanks to our delicious pancakes! Our facilities, including the bar, a fully renovated kitchen, wash machines and driers, swimming pool and a pool table are included to make your stay easier and comfy. We can also help you with your trips so you can enjoy our fantastic land, visiting the Table lands, The great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Forest! We Wish you happy travels, remember this is your home away from home! Mad Monkey Calypso Team.

    Responded March 30, 2019
    Why Not Backpackers
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Marc from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 5 nights in June 2012

    Excellent Stay at Calypso Inn!”

    Close to town, clean rooms and facilities, very helpful staff, pool and bars facilities, free shuttle.

    i had an excellent stay at calypso inn, mostly due to the helpful and friendly staff. the staff helped me plan and book tours in and around the cairns area. the location was great, with only a 10 minute walk into the center of town, the free shuttle bus into town was great as well. the rooms and facilities were very clean. the whole lay-out of the facility put you in the "holiday mood". i wish to visit calypso inn again.

    Reviewed June 23, 2012
    8.8
    Excellent
    Joel from France
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in June 2019

    best price/quality ratio”

    Everything and more than you would expect from a backpackers (hot breakfast and access to a gym included !) The facilities would need a bit of maintenance though (many showers out of service, toilets seat broken, hot drinking water boiler broken (but replaced by a regular boiler)...there would not need much more to make it perfect shuttle to city center greatly appreciated can be noisy at night, so if you like to party this is the right place, and if you don't, just get a room a bit behind Would go again

    Reviewed June 17, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Govind from Australia
    Couple
    Private Double Room
    Stayed 4 nights in May 2017

    Had great time at Calypso”

    Great staff, everyday some activity like quiz, pictures with animals, games. Great shuttle services to and from Airport and Cairns city. All in all, Calypso is awesome value for money

    Reviewed May 10, 2017

    Hi Govind, Thank you for your review! We hope we can provide every guest with the experience you had! Enjoy your travels! Mad Monkey Calypso Team

    Responded November 17, 2018
    Why Not Backpackers
    9.7
    Exceptional
    Dominic from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Private Double Room
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2013

    Perfect Hostel! Doubt there is better in Cairns!”

    Clean, Comfortable and VERY helpful staff!

    Amazing staff, clean and comfy room, internet, laundry, computers all ok - Book your trips for serious bonuses like free nights - free internet etc. Perfect stay DEFO stay here if in Cairns! 9.5/10

    Reviewed July 01, 2013
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Paul from Australia
    Couple
    Budget Double Room
    Stayed 3 nights in September 2018

    Great facilities - not much sleep (noise)”

    We did enjoy our stay. The hourly shuttle buses to and from the middle of town were fantastic. They are on time all the time. They have great knowledge of things to do around the place and have a cool atmosphere. The only down side is if you have a room near the public area you will not get sleep as there will be people partying until the wee hours of the morning. Two out of three nights we stayed there were people jumping in the pool at 2am. However yes it is a backpackers and you might want to do the same thing - this is the place to go! Depends on the type of traveller you are. They do have fridges for food and facilities to cook yourself if you want. Please note the fridge seals are going bad and food isn't kept quite as cold as you would hope.

    Reviewed September 21, 2018

    Thank you for leaving a review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed all of our amenities. We are sorry to hear you were kept up during the night. We do enforce a no noise policy after 12. We will make sure to go back over this with all of our night managers and thank you as well for bringing the fridge seals to out attention. We will work on fixing that! We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels!!!! Kind Regards, The Mad Monkey Team

    Responded September 22, 2018
    Why Not Backpackers
    8.4
    Excellent
    jenny from Finland
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in October 2018

    Okay”

    Quite expensive for my budjet. You can find cheaper ones in cairns. Staff was nice, though i had to pay more than it was said in agoda, wich was annoying.. Apparently also quite party place. Breakfast included wich was nice. Free shuttle bus to centrum.

    Reviewed October 16, 2018

    Thank you for leaving us a review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed our breakfast and thank you for noticing our friendly staff. We apologise for the price confusion and will look into this. Good luck on the rest of your travels! Kind Regards Calypso Team :)

    Responded October 16, 2018
    Why Not Backpackers
    6.3
    Good
    Jill from Canada
    Couple
    Private Double Room
    Stayed 3 nights in May 2015

    Bed bugs!”

    located far from the center of town, bed bugs are not cool

    It was a great hostel in every respect except our room was crawling with bedbugs! We only stayed for 2 nights and it seems we escaped without taking any with us but they really need to do something about that. I read reviews about many hostels and hotels in Cairns that have bedbug problems so it seems it may be endemic in this particular city. It is the only time we have run into bedbugs in 12 months travelling around the world. I hadn't read anything in the reviews about bedbugs so I thought this hostel would be fine but no. Otherwise a great hostel. Nice pool. Cheap breakfast. Small bar but it can be a great party if there are alot of people. On certain days they bring an animal guy with lizards etc.

    Reviewed December 29, 2015
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Jason from Canada
    Couple
    Private Double Room
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2010

    Great Hostel with Excellent Staff”

    staff, shuttle bus, happy hour, activities
    loud music until midnight

    The Calypso has been by far the best hostel we have stayed in in Australia. The staff were very friendly and extremely helpful (especially both Vee and Amy - you two rock!!). The atmosphere was great and the shuttle to and from the city was a nice added touch. Wake up calls were on time. Alcohol prices were very reasonable compared to local bars/pubs.

    Reviewed December 14, 2010
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Diab from United States
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in May 2019

    Amazing ”

    Located a bit far from the center BUT they provide an hourly shuttle which is nice. Calypso has nice facilities, good kitchen, free water refills, a yummy free breakfast AND free gym passes! The staffs are totally cool. Claudia was so helpful when I was there and was very understanding when I had a situation come up. Jeremy is cool too. Chill laid back vibe at calypso. I extended for almost a week to sort things out. I’ll definitely recommend this place. I’ll come back again soon.

    Reviewed June 05, 2019
    7.2
    Very good
    Michelle from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Budget Double Room
    Stayed 1 night in July 2019

    Very Busy, Very Friendly”

    This place is absolutely packed to the rafters with (mostly young) national and international backpackers: which would usually not be my ideal situation, but all the staff (volunteers?) were uber friendly and helpful, which makes all the difference for me. There’s a bar in site, so - if possible - get a room on the other side: I had a really nice double room in which I slept like a baby, didn’t hear the revellers at all. Battling over cooking facilities and fridge space can be a little hectic; but people are pretty friendly and happy. Wifi worked in the room; and they provide a basic (fruit, pancakes, toast, baked beans) but free breakfast, coffee, tea and water. Would have stayed longer if they weren’t booked out.

    Reviewed August 06, 2019
    6.3
    Good
    Norbert from Poland
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 2 nights in June 2012

    Simple motel like”

    relatively cheap

    nice atmospher in motel. no problems. placed on outskarts of cairns - 3 km from center, 3.5 from airport. free bus to town and airport. several trees (mostly palms) inside area of motel. music up to mindnight... mostly young people. pool inside area of motel. cash machine in motel. bar with drinks and food. wasching machines for residents.

    Reviewed July 04, 2012
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Bailey from Canada
    Couple
    Private Double Room
    Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

    Awesome experience ”

    The staff is super super helpful and they spend a lot of time with you to make sure you are signing up for a tour that you'll enjoy! They also gave us a free night stay because we booked a tour with them! They have fun things going on almost every night & the place is huge! The location was also really nice because it was located 5 minutes away from a gym! There is also a free airport shuttle... which is so awesome.. and a free bus to take you into the city! Overall, Calypso's helped make our trip so much more relaxing!

    Reviewed December 11, 2016
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Jairo from United States
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 6 nights in July 2016

    Perfect for my needs”

    I decided to stay here because it was affordable, had my own private room and because of its location. They provide shuttles to and from the cbd, so that's a great option if you don't want to walk. If you don't mind walking then it's between 20-30 mins to the cbd area/terminals. I gave these ratings because it met my needs. I just needed a clean, safe, and comfortable place to sleep. I was out all day from early morning to late evening/night, and when I got back I went straight to my room to work on HomeWork (working on my Masters while Traveling :( ), so I didn't really interact with other guest as I didn't have much time to spare... But, they have different activities every night, which sounded like lots of fun!!!

    Reviewed August 06, 2016
    8.7
    Excellent
    Mohamed from Oman
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2011

    good location and great staff”

    friendly staff

    the location was great, it was only 15 min walk to the city. the staff were friendly and great its a good place to meet nice people am looking forward to go there again

    Reviewed October 30, 2011
    8.3
    Excellent
    marise from New Zealand
    Solo traveler
    Private Double Room
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2012

    fantastic”

    Staff, facilities.

    true value. as an older traveller i could find no fault at all. staff exceptional. facilities perfect. the courtesay bus a hug plus. runs on the hour every hour into the city. whole place very social - great theme nights well worth seeing. perfect

    Reviewed November 26, 2012
    6.8
    Good
    Pamela from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Private Double Room
    Stayed 3 nights in April 2017

    Great backpacker resort - frienday staff make you feel at home.”

    Don't expect the Ritz - it is as advertised for Backpackers, but we really enjoyed our stay here! Excellent and friendly staff ensure guests are well informed and looked after. Free shuttle bus to town and the airport, daily entertainment on an evening, plenty of facilities for all. Noisy on a night till late so don't come here of you like a quiet early night. Mainly young people during our stay but we enjoyed their company :)

    Reviewed April 17, 2017
    8.8
    Excellent
    Laura from United States
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in October 2018

    Good, fun hostel”

    They had a free bbq the night I stayed and free brekkie as well. The staff was really kind and friendly. Bar prices were reasonable and it was a fun place to hang

    Reviewed October 15, 2018

    Thank you for leaving us a great review! We're glad you enjoyed your stay and the facilities we have to offer hear. Good luck with the rest of your travels! Kind Regards Calypso Team :)

    Responded October 16, 2018
    Why Not Backpackers
    9.0
    Exceptional
    Kendra from United States
    Solo traveler
    Private Twin Room
    Stayed 1 night in July 2015

    Fun, youthful hostel”

    Location

    This is a fun, youthful place with lots of extras for travelers. But it's not a quiet place. The fun atmosphere mandates ear plugs if you actually want to sleep.

    Reviewed July 25, 2015
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Kathleen from Canada
    Couple
    Private Double Room
    Stayed 6 nights in September 2018

    Perfect stay”

    Everything you need! Breakfast every morning. Very clean, employees cleaning everything every day. Confortable beds and friendly staff. Do the rainforest tour its amazing! They also have a shuttle that brings you in front of the night Market every hour wich is very practicle.

    Reviewed September 29, 2018

    Thank you for leaving us a great review! We're glad you enjoyed your stay and the facilities we have to offer hear. Good luck with the rest of your travels! Kind Regards Calypso Team :)

    Responded October 02, 2018
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