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8.1
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8.2
Excellent
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Excellent location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
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  • The Muddys Playground50 m
  • St Monicas Cathedral230 m
  • Cairns Esplanade Boardwalk390 m
  • Samurai Gallery Australia830 m
  • Cairns Regional Gallery860 m
  • Rusty's Market1.1 km
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway1.21 km
  • Red Arrow Walk3.29 km
  • Green Island27.52 km
  • Behana Gorge Waterfall31.01 km
  • Caravella Backpackers

    149 The Esplanade, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia, 4870 - See map

    This property is in high demand!

    Booked 26 times

    "Great staff, well equipped kitchens, free WI-FI, swimming pool, nice and clean rooms, perfect location."
    YEONSEONG - 18 January 2016
    Excellent service
    8.9 rating for service
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 84% of guests
    Very good facilities on premise
    7.9 facilities on premise
    Very good cleanliness
    7.7 rating for cleanliness
    • Airport transfer

    • Located in heart of Cairns

    • Air conditioning

    • Garden

    • Ticket services

    Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Cairns in the last 24 hoursCompared to 1,152 Cairns properties at Agoda for various dates
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    Cheapest price score
    Service score
    8.9/10
    Value for money score
    8.3/10
    Location score
    8.2/10
    Better than
    99
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    Better than
    97
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    Better than
    94
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    Better than
    93
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    of Cairns properties
    Value for money8.3
    Distance to city center1. Km
    Location rating8.2
    Nearest airportCairns Airport (CNS)
    Distance to airport4.7 km

    Rooms available at Caravella Backpackers

    7.6
    Very good
    Room comfort & quality
    Apartment With Shared Bathroom and Shared Kitchen
    Apartment With Shared Bathroom and Shared Kitchen
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    • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
    • Shower
    • 4 single beds and 1 double ...
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    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Three Bed Room Apartment, 3 Bedroom Apartment, Mountain view
    Three Bed Room Apartment, 3 Bedroom Apartment, Mountain view
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    • Room size: 35 m²/377 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 double bed & 2 single bed...
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    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Female Only
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Female Only
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    • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Twin Room with Private Bathroom
    Twin Room with Private Bathroom
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 single beds
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    6-Bed Female Dormitory En-Suite
    6-Bed Female Dormitory En-Suite
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 2 single beds
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    Single Room with Shared Bathroom
    Single Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 single bed
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    Double Room with Share Bathroom
    Double Room with Share Bathroom
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed
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    Double Room with Private Bathroom
    Double Room with Private Bathroom
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed
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    What people love about Caravella Backpackers

    • 8.8
      Excellent
      Location

      "Had a lovely stay, great location close to the centre and lagoon."

      Lisa

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      20 November 2018

    • 9.6
      Exceptional
      Cleanliness

      "It was nicely decorated and very clean."

      Paul

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      12 December 2018

    • 8.0
      Very good
      Cleanliness

      "Location, staff, price, cleanliness"

      YEONSEONG

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      6 July 2016

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    7.6
    Very good

    "Excellent location, very close to CBD, and a few tour pickup..."

    Reean

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    1 January 2019

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    Most talked about facilities

    Housekeeping
    23 mentions
    Swimming Pool
    15 mentions
    Internet
    11 mentions
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    3 mentions

    What they offer

    7.6
    Very good
    Staff 

    "Great swimming pool and friendly and helpful staff."

    Reean

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    1 January 2019

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    Nearest essentials

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    Food and dining

    Restaurants on site

    Bagus Cafe
    Cuisine:Indonesian
    Menu:Buffet

    What's nearby

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    What guests think of this property

    Overall rating
    8.1
    Excellent
    From 2329 reviews
    Provided by verified guests of
    Agoda Reviews (437)Booking.com Reviews (1892)
    Rating via Agoda8.1
    /
    10
    Cleanliness7.7
    Facilities7.9
    Location8.2
    Room comfort and quality7.6
    Service8.9
    Value for money8.3
    High score for Cairns

    Most helpful reviews for Caravella Backpackers

    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in July 2019
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Female Only
    Exceptional9.2
    Someone stole my pizza last night.. Cooked and shamelessly ate it when i left the kitchen for a bit.Someone stole my pizza last night.. Cooked and shamelessly ate it when i left the kitchen for a bit. Oh well.. Scavengers are everywhere.. Don't leave good unattended at the kitchen
    Wendyfrom SingaporeReviewed July 23, 2019
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 4 nights in April 2019
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
    Excellent8.0
    Very reasonable rate and great locationThe staff are very helpful and friendly. The facilities are more than adequate for a budget traveller looking for a cheap price. Location to town centre is a 10-15min stroll and you can do this along the promenade.
    dominicfrom United KingdomReviewed April 12, 2019
    Group
    Stayed 1 night in March 2019
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Bathroom - Mixed
    Excellent8.8
    Great price but cleanliness could be improvedGood location. Friendly staff. Beds were reasonably comfortable. Tiny cockroaches were spotted in the toilets and near the beds though. Would still recommend as this was not evident the previous time we stayed at the backpackers so could be a one time event.
    Charisfrom SingaporeReviewed March 23, 2019
    Couple
    Stayed 1 night in July 2019
    Budget Double Room with Shared Bathroom
    Very good7.6
    Not if you want sleepNo TV in room and door were noisy. Ie: people slamming or door rattled in breeze
    Belindafrom AustraliaReviewed July 19, 2019
    Solo traveler
    Stayed 1 night in December 2018
    Double Room with Private Bathroom
    Exceptional9.6
    GreatNice surprise for Australia usual at this price. The room i was upgraded to is not too expensive per night anyway. I had own pvt bathroom and shower. It was nicely decorated and very clean. Only thing is i got back around 3 am and someone had left the gas cooker in the communal kitchen on full, could smell gas almost from my room. Very dangerous..signs could help or turn gas off after 10? No security personnel or even night watch and reception closed by 8pm.
    Paulfrom AustraliaReviewed December 12, 2018

    Reviews of Caravella Backpackers from real guests

    Overall rating
    8.1
    Excellent
    From 2329 reviews
    Provided by verified guests of
    Agoda Reviews (437)Booking.com Reviews (1892)
    Rating via Agoda8.1
    /
    10
    Cleanliness7.7
    Facilities7.9
    Location8.2
    Room comfort and quality7.6
    Service8.9
    Value for money8.3
    High score for Cairns
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    9+ Exceptional (77)
    8-9 Excellent (67)
    7-8 Very Good (97)
    6-7 Good (38)
    <6 Below Expectation (39)
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    Jun - Aug (73)
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    9.2
    Exceptional
    Wendy from Singapore
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Female Only
    Stayed 1 night in July 2019

    Someone stole my pizza last night.. Cooked and shamelessly ate it when i left the kitchen for a bit.”

    Someone stole my pizza last night.. Cooked and shamelessly ate it when i left the kitchen for a bit. Oh well.. Scavengers are everywhere.. Don't leave good unattended at the kitchen

    Reviewed July 23, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    dominic from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
    Stayed 4 nights in April 2019

    Very reasonable rate and great location”

    The staff are very helpful and friendly. The facilities are more than adequate for a budget traveller looking for a cheap price. Location to town centre is a 10-15min stroll and you can do this along the promenade.

    Reviewed April 12, 2019
    8.8
    Excellent
    Charis from Singapore
    Group
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Bathroom - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in March 2019

    Great price but cleanliness could be improved”

    Good location. Friendly staff. Beds were reasonably comfortable. Tiny cockroaches were spotted in the toilets and near the beds though. Would still recommend as this was not evident the previous time we stayed at the backpackers so could be a one time event.

    Reviewed March 23, 2019
    7.6
    Very good
    Belinda from Australia
    Couple
    Budget Double Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in July 2019

    Not if you want sleep”

    No TV in room and door were noisy. Ie: people slamming or door rattled in breeze

    Reviewed July 19, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Paul from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Double Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in December 2018

    Great”

    Nice surprise for Australia usual at this price. The room i was upgraded to is not too expensive per night anyway. I had own pvt bathroom and shower. It was nicely decorated and very clean. Only thing is i got back around 3 am and someone had left the gas cooker in the communal kitchen on full, could smell gas almost from my room. Very dangerous..signs could help or turn gas off after 10? No security personnel or even night watch and reception closed by 8pm.

    Reviewed December 12, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Lisa from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

    Great location ”

    Had a lovely stay, great location close to the centre and lagoon. Staff were very helpful and could advise what was best to do in the area. They also helped me with booking a dive. Showers, kitchen were clean and plenty of space to socialise with lots of tables. I Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed November 20, 2018
    8.4
    Excellent
    Hong from Australia
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Female Dormitory En-Suite
    Stayed 3 nights in October 2018

    10/10 for location and facilities ”

    The good....Sits right on the esplanade, has an indoor pool, great kitchen facilities and even has a fridge in the room. Not so good.... Stayed in a 6 bed female dorm and the bins only got cleared after day 4. Bathrooms smelled a bit damp, the room smelled like sweat and pee... (But I think this is cos the girls in my room were afraid of opening the window to ventilate it!) Everything else... Overall, a great place to meet others, staff were friendly and helpful. Good base and easy to find. Many of the tour operators know of it very well. Would recommend to others.

    Reviewed November 01, 2018
    9.2
    Exceptional
    Mark from Philippines
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

    Very Good Location in Cairns”

    Located adjacent to 5-star hotels in Cairns facing the harbourside

    Reviewed May 10, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Symantha from United States
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

    Really comfy hostel”

    Comfy beds, great air con, great free wifi in the common area. Distance is a little far from the reef terminal and downtown but not too far, about 15mins walk away. Staff was super helpful. Would definitely stay again

    Reviewed March 20, 2018
    8.3
    Excellent
    oi from Hong Kong
    Group
    Twin Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 7 nights in December 2015

    A great place to stay”

    Great location, friendly staff, clean and spacious room

    The staff at caravella are really nice and helpful. a Taiwanese staff, has helped me and my friend a great deal in recommending and booking day tours, suggesting places to go and restaurants to dine in. Other staff are also very nice, just that if you prefer communicating in mandarin, a hearty staff would be of great help. The rooms are spacious and clean. There is a spacious laundry area where you could dry your diving gear too (for those who would bring along your own stuff for diving at the great barrier reef). Caravella is located near the seaside, but it will be only a 10-15 min walk to the city centre for supermarket, central shopping centre etc. So you can enjoy the peacefulness and yet get in touch with all you need in short walking distance. Wifi is only available in common area, connection may not be very stable if many people gather around. A great place to stay in Cairns, and will definitely stay there again for my future visits.

    Reviewed December 20, 2015
    8.0
    Excellent
    Lauren from Australia
    Couple
    Double Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in August 2015

    Great location ”

    Friendly staff, Location, Pool

    We only stayed one night here but had no complaints at all. We arrived late and that was no problem for the staff. They were very helpful and had some great tips about what we could do from Cairns. I would definately come back.

    Reviewed August 26, 2015
    9.7
    Exceptional
    robyn from Australia
    Business traveler
    Double Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 1 night in December 2014

    great place”

    service, price, location

    I stayed at the motel next door 6 weeks previous and much preferred the caravella, great service, lots of options for tourists. I stayed in a double room with a bathroom (being 53 you kinda want those priveleges) and couldn't fault the room for $70 a night. no hassle if I wanted a smoke in the courtyard, great kitchen setup, very clean. professionally run with great staff at the service desk. well done

    Reviewed December 14, 2014
    8.3
    Excellent
    Yangkai from China
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Female Only
    Stayed 8 nights in July 2014

    great value”

    location, staff and kitchen

    Caravella really left me a great first impression coz I arrived very late at night, but they left me a very considerate note, telling me how I could check in myself. Thanks guys~!! Plus, it's really close to everything and everywhere, so just go and try it!

    Reviewed August 31, 2014
    6.4
    Good
    Canaan from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Female Only
    Stayed 3 nights in November 2018

    Good”

    Free pick up from the airport but it is not punctual... some of the 6-ppl dorm need to share bathroom and toilet with others room - It means that may be 8 to 10 ppl sharing the same bathroom and toilet ! Having laundry and hanging place. have swimming pool. No lockers for storing personal stuff... Not enough plug for charging phone, etc. in some room you need your key for air-con and toilet. It means that whenever you leave your room for toilet or kitchen or laundry, you need to turn off the air-con... It also means that if some one have key plug-in for air-con but they are the first one to leave the room in the early morning, your air-con will be turned of in early morning e.g. 5:30am while you are sleeping....

    Reviewed December 10, 2018
    8.0
    Excellent
    BENJAMIN from Australia
    Solo traveler
    Double Room with Share Bathroom
    Stayed 4 nights in October 2018

    Ben from Melbourne”

    I had enjoyable stay at Caravella for 4 days. I found the staff nice and friendly the single room I had was tidy and bright and I noticed the share bathroom was cleaned twice a day. I have no complaints and would recommend it travelers on a budget. It was only a short 15 min walk to the marina area. Thanks for a great stay

    Reviewed October 23, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Avishay from Israel
    Couple
    Budget Double Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

    Amazing staff! Really thoughtful! Great rooms”

    Had a great time in this place! Very recommend!

    Reviewed June 04, 2019
    7.6
    Very good
    SHIHFENG from Taiwan
    Solo traveler
    Double Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

    Very good”

    Employees are nice. There are public kitchen you can use.

    Reviewed March 02, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    Anne from Malaysia
    Group
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Private Bathroom - Female Only
    Stayed 3 nights in April 2018

    Good Location and friendly staff”

    The Cairns esplanade just in front of the hostel. Within 15 mins walk to the city start from the esplanade. Room is clean but the bed ,pillow sheet is little bit dirty like some yellow stain... Air conditioning is old but it is cold enough for autumn not sure for summer. Overall is good , highly recommend for the traveler that having whole day activity. There are some public area like swimming pool and kitchen outside the room ,u can spend some time to chill. Wifi is not free after 10PM,u may purchase at front desk. Staffs is super friendly and helpful ! U can store your luggage if you check out early. Overall is good, if you are not a neat freak.

    Reviewed April 14, 2018
    6.8
    Good
    Marta from China
    Couple
    Budget Double Room with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 3 nights in February 2018

    Good”

    Value for money but the double room we stayed was not very clean. They have a big kitchen. And the WiFi is only in the common place, if you want in the bedroom, you have to pay it. They offer discount to do some activities (like great barrier reef).

    Reviewed March 02, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Thomas from Australia
    Couple
    Double Room with Private Bathroom
    Stayed 2 nights in September 2017

    Quaint hostel close to the city centre ”

    We stayed in a private double room with ensuite for two nights. The room whilst not large, suited our needs and provided all the facilities that we needed. There are two large kitchen areas and a large outdoor seating area where backpackers may dine or chat with friends. There's also a pool at the back and an Indonesian restaurant situated at the front of the hostel facing the street. Across the road from the hostel is a park and then the ocean. You can walk to Cairns Central Shopping Centre in 15 minutes. We enjoyed staying at this hostel.

    Reviewed September 21, 2017
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    • Excellent location
    • The Muddys Playground
    • Cairns Railway Station is within 1.22 km