Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel
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2018

Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia, 4870
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    Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel Reviews

    7.8
    Very good
    /10
    (236 reviews)See what guests said
    9.6
    Exceptional

    "Communal kitchen to cook was large, clean and nice."

    Delia

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    October 15, 2018

    7.8
    Very good facilities

    Things you’ll love about Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

    Things you'll love

    • 420 meters to public transportation

    • Airport transfer

    • Located in heart of Cairns

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    Excellent
    Location
    8.9
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    Excellent location - Inside city center
    Popular neighborhood
    Popular
    Nearby
  • Rusty's Market50 m
  • Samurai Gallery Australia270 m
  • Cairns Regional Gallery370 m
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway490 m
  • Cairns Esplanade Boardwalk750 m
  • St Monicas Cathedral840 m
  • The Muddys Playground1.09 km
  • Red Arrow Walk4.12 km
  • Green Island27.94 km
  • Behana Gorge Waterfall29.96 km
  • Value for money7.8
    Distance to city center1.2km
    Location rating8.9
    Nearest airportCairns Airport (CNS)
    Distance to airport5.7 km

    Rooms available at Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

    Twin Hotel
    Twin Hotel
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • City view
    • 2 single beds
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    Hotel Deluxe
    Hotel Deluxe
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 double bed
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    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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    • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
    • Shower
    • 2 single beds and 1 bunk b...
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    King Hotel
    King Hotel
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 double bed
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    8 Bed Female Dormitory
    8 Bed Female Dormitory
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    • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 4 bunk beds
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    4 Bed Deluxe
    4 Bed Deluxe
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    • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 bunk bed or 2 single bed...
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    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
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    • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Triple Room
    Triple Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Shower
    • 3 single beds
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    6-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
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    • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
    • Balcony/terrace
    • 1 bunk bed
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    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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    • Room size: 44 m²/474 ft²
    • Shower
    • 5 bunk beds
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    What people love about Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

    • 8.8
      Excellent

      "The room itself was spacious and well-designed."

      Monica

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      December 5, 2017

    • 10.0
      Exceptional

      "It's clean, the rooms are lovely, and the pool/bar area is amazing!"

      Charlotte

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      September 2, 2018

    • 6.8
      Good

      "The reception is helpful."

      Shui T.

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      September 10, 2018

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    7.6
    Very good

    "Friendly staff."

    lea

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    August 15, 2018

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    What they offer

    10.0
    Exceptional

    "I would say that this is one of the best hostels in Cairns!"

    Charlotte

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    September 2, 2018

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    Agoda Reviews (236)Booking.com Reviews (1213)
    7.8
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    Cleanliness7.6
    Facilities7.8
    Location8.9
    Room comfort and quality7.0
    Service7.5
    Value for money7.8
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    9.6
    Exceptional
    Nien from Taiwan
    Group
    1 Person in 8-Bed Budget Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 4 nights in February 2019

    Great place for young people who like party”

    The price was valued and we could go down stairs for party every night. The foods and drink were also cheap as well. But if you need a really quiet place to sleep at night, this wouldn’t b your best choice because we could heard loud music down stairs until 2-3am.

    Reviewed May 04, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Spencer from Canada
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 7 nights in March 2019

    Good Value”

    Had an amazing time, nice hostel, big, cheap, great night life and good location.

    Reviewed May 20, 2019
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Delia from Canada
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

    very good”

    nightlife great. deals for dinner, yes $5 meals each night at the bar/restaurant. pool looked fun, but was busy with other activities so didnt use it. very close to beach, shops. in opposite direction is the mall. no towels in room, other hostels i got towels and beach towels. no soap at the sink in our rooms either(shared room with 4 beds). very clean though. communal kitchen to cook was large, clean and nice. i booked tours in lobby but would have been nice to see what other agencies offered, i didnt have time. they were nice still the same. i recommend it. dont go if your not a partier. then again I didnt hear the party downstairs and i was in bed at 11/midnight. i was there to scuba and see things thats why i didnt party.

    Reviewed October 15, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Charlotte from United Kingdom
    Couple
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    Stayed 3 nights in June 2018

    Amazing!”

    I would say that this is one of the best hostels in Cairns! It's clean, the rooms are lovely, and the pool/bar area is amazing! However, this is 100% a part hostel, so don't stay here if you want an early night - the music can be heard from the bar until 3am.

    Reviewed September 02, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Laura from United Kingdom
    Couple
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in August 2017

    1 night nice stay, sociable place!”

    Stayed in mixed dorm room, Gilligan's gets pretty busy so check in and check out we had to queue though staff were friendly and let us store our bags for a while after! We stayed here as we planned a night out in Gilligan's so it was perfect for us! On site meals were cheap and tasty, dorms were clean, good communal areas!

    Reviewed May 31, 2018
    8.8
    Excellent
    Ellesha from United Kingdom
    Couple
    King Hotel
    Stayed 5 nights in February 2018

    Excellent”

    Fabulous place to stay we stayed in a hotel within the hostel therefore still got privacy. Room cleaned daily with fresh towels. Kitchen facilities and couldn’t hear the club at all!! Perfect location to be close to everything

    Reviewed March 09, 2018
    8.0
    Excellent
    Wat from Hong Kong
    Couple
    Hotel Deluxe
    Stayed 3 nights in February 2018

    Worth to pay a little bit more for a deluxe room!”

    I stayed at the deluxe room at 3/F for 3 nights. The room was spacious and well-designed with free wifi and daily housekeeping service. Free shuttle provided between 8am – 8pm from Cains Airport to Gilligans which can be booked in advance in their official website (https://www.gilligans.com.au/location/). $10 per person from Gilligan to Cains Airport. Excellent location! within 10 minutes walk to Reef Fleet Terminal, Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns Central Shopping Centre, etc. As most of the people who stay there are teenagers, partiessss go on everywhere and housekeeping usually start at 8am. Therefore not recommend for light sleepers.

    Reviewed February 21, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Noah from Australia
    Solo traveler
    8 Beds Mixed Dorm
    Stayed 6 nights in December 2017

    Highly recommend to any backpacker”

    Gilligan's was a truly awesome place to stay at. Clean and well-organised kitchen, gigantic pool for a hostel, awesome bar and kitchen, and the best parties in Cairns. Room was cleaned each day and the balcony was a welcome treat for the room, free airport shuttle and friendly Australian hospitality. The only downside is wifi is $2 for 24 hours and doesn't go into the rooms, only in the common area and pool/bar area. Might seem pricey, but you won't regret it.

    Reviewed December 16, 2017
    8.8
    Excellent
    Monica from Philippines
    Group
    Hotel Deluxe
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

    Excellent”

    We stayed in the hotel floor, not the hostel, and had a private room. The room itself was spacious and well-designed. I honestly did not expect that from a backpacker hotel/hostel. They even had a daily housekeeping service. The room also had a spacious balcony. There is a common kitchen/dining area in each floor, which guests can use. When we returned to Cairns after a few days, we stayed in another hotel and the room we had in Gilligan's was nicer and more spacious than the one in the hotel. That said, if you get bothered with hearing faint party music at night, this is not the place for you because there is a busy bar/club in the ground floor and the music carries over at night (although it is not that loud).

    Reviewed December 05, 2017
    8.0
    Excellent
    terrie from Australia
    Solo traveler
    King Hotel
    Stayed 1 night in July 2012

    great location close to everything”

    nice pool and bar/night club

    I only stayed one night but have stayed here before its close to everything.I stayed in a double room and it was great. very clean and the staff were friendly.the pool is not huge but is very nice right next to the bar/night club.

    Reviewed August 01, 2012
    5.2
    Sam from Belgium
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in November 2018

    Pay for everything, party everywhere, no great facilities”

    - The hostel is located very centrally. - Most staff at the reception is quite friendly, but the lady behind the tour desk is absolutely not liking her job. - Inside the rooms there are not nearly enough power plugs for everyone (and they're all located in the corridor so you can't charge it while you're sleeping or while laying in bed). - There's one toilet in the room, so everyone can hear you using it all the time. The toilet paper was constantly used up. - This is a party hostel, and I really liked that there are a lot of activities going on everyday of the night but to be honest: the music is WAY too loud. I was on the second floor and woke up (WITH ear plugs) because of the trembling and loud music. - They (over)charge you for everything. $5 for laundry, $5 for drying, $5 to store your luggage, ... Honestly: it's a backpackers hostel guys... We come here because it's supposed to be cheap!

    Reviewed November 17, 2018
    6.8
    Good
    Shui from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    Mixed Dormitory Bed (8 bed dorm) Single Bed
    Stayed 5 nights in August 2018

    Terrible booking experience”

    I booked with Agoda which said I was booking a single room. But when I arrived it turned out I reserved a bed in an 8-bed mixed room. I had a terrible night in the room, super noisy music till midnight, people having e-cigarettes, and males and females did the wild thing a few times...it was intolerant and I upgraded to a single-sex dorm after that night. Things went well there. The rooms are very clean, but the kitchens are quite dirty. Although there is no stain anywhere, there are many cockroaches inside the cupboards and sometimes on dining tables. Often spotted doves pay their visits to the kitchen too, which is quite worrying in terms of hygiene. The reception is helpful. Good to provide free sunscreen.

    Reviewed September 10, 2018
    6.0
    Anna from Finland
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 8-Bed Budget Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

    Great place for party - not for sleep”

    Great location, facilities and room. However the music and parties keep on going through the night, so dont expect any sleep. Personal is rude and unflexible. 30 dollar deposite for card is just insane

    Reviewed July 18, 2018
    8.4
    Excellent
    Rakesh from Singapore
    Business traveler
    Mixed Dormitory Bed (6 bed dorm) Single
    Stayed 8 nights in May 2018

    Decent stay”

    Its a partying place. Location is very close to Cairns convention centre and also 15min walk from the great barrier reef. Alcohol is not allowed to the rooms which is good. I have asked for a quieter room as I am on a business travel. My room was in 3rd floor and it is fairly quiet. Although I hear some mild noises from the club at night, it was not disturbing.

    Reviewed June 01, 2018
    10.0
    Exceptional
    Danielle from Australia
    Solo traveler
    8 Bed Female Dormitory
    Stayed 4 nights in May 2018

    Exceptional”

    The only complaint I have about Gilligan's is that the only chargers in the room are near the door. Therefore, its hard to charge your phone if you need an alarm to get up in the morning. Other than that, the rooms were nice and clean, the beds were comfortable, and it was not loud at all despite the partying going on downstairs.

    Reviewed June 01, 2018
    5.2
    Yu from South Korea
    Solo traveler
    6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in February 2019

    soso ”

    not enough space, quite noisy. won't visit again

    Reviewed March 04, 2019
    8.0
    Excellent
    Cintia from Australia
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 8-Bed Budget Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 1 night in July 2018

    Very good”

    I had a good experience, although my first room had a terrible smell (really really bad). The towel is not included. But it had a good atmosphere and great location. lots of young people from allover!

    Reviewed July 12, 2018
    7.6
    Very good
    Lisa from Australia
    Solo traveler
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    Stayed 3 nights in March 2018

    Clean but loud”

    Giligans is well known to be THE PARTY HOSTEL IN CAIRNS. It was a nice experience to be there. Nevertheless it's for nobody who has a light sleep... if you are on the second floor you will feel every vibration of the bar downstairs in your bunk bed - Sonne warned!(:

    Reviewed March 07, 2018
    9.6
    Exceptional
    Marisa from Indonesia
    Solo traveler
    8 Beds Mixed Dorm
    Stayed 1 night in July 2017

    Had a great day staying in Gilligans, 3 times extended my stay here!”

    I knew this from my friend, she recomend as this is so far the best hostel you can stay in cairns, so i give it a go. Yep i found out its true! I made new friends in the room, we're out and having a good time together, the staff is also helpful and friendly, they always have something happening in the bar like free drinks free pizza, ect. Only the wifi is lame, and you need to pay extra for this. The bathroom is inside each room which is nice. I also got room with balcony, and its pretty big balcony. It is good if you are a smoker. I think this is the best hostel in Cairns.

    Reviewed July 11, 2017
    6.8
    Good
    Man from Australia
    Group
    8 Bed Female Dormitory
    Stayed 6 nights in April 2017

    Not very clean”

    The room is not very clean, the cleaner didn't clean the sink every day. No air ventilation in the toilet. Location is great. But might not be for you if you can't bare the noise downstairs from the club.

    Reviewed April 23, 2017
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