Very good 7.4
Based on 100 reviews

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About Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel


Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel is one of the leading backpacker hotels in Australia. Located in the heart of Cairns, the famous Rusty's Market is right next door and boutique shops, cafés, and clubs are all nearby. This hotel offers a blend of traditional backpacker dorm accommodation and hotel rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned with an en-suite bathroom. Each floor of this 4-story hotel has its own kitchen and sitting area. Some of the hotel’s facilities include free linen, Wi-Fi throughout the property, lagoon swimming pool, open deck bar with massive outdoor pub screen, and plasma TVs to watch your favorite games. The two nightclubs with weekly events plus local and international DJs will guarantee your unforgettable experience in Cairns. Enjoy the Gilligan’s experience at Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel!
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Internet access

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

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car park
  • Shuttle service

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Nightclub
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • BBQ facilities
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant(s)
  • Shared kitchen

Services and conveniences

  • ATM
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service
  • Lockers
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Shop(s)
  • Smoking area


  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed
  • Wheelchair accessible

Languages spoken

  • English
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  • 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 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: 2:00 PM
Check-Out Until: 10:00 AM
Non-Smoking Rooms / Floors: Yes
Number of Bars: 1
Number of Floors: 4
Number of Rooms : 120
Time to Airport (Minutes): 15
Year Hotel Built: 2003
Year Hotel Last Renovated: 2010
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Recent customer comments

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Very good

based on 100 reviews
  • Cleanliness 7.7
  • Facilities 8.5
  • Location 8.5
  • Room Comfort/Standard 7.0
  • Service 7.1
  • Value for money 7.5
  • Food/Dining 6.2
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Cynthia from Germany
Solo travelers
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 1 night in September 2016
Reviewed September 25, 2016

Cynthia from Germany
Solo travelers
Single Bed in 8-Bed Dormitory Room
Stayed 1 night in September 2016
Reviewed September 20, 2016

Lovana from Australia
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 2 nights in September 2016
Cheap $4 meals are good, facilities is great. Overrated as the best party hostel. It's better at Woolshed. Staff is extremely rude, and have no consideration for their guests. I tried telling one of them how inconsiderate it was that they woke the whole room of 8 up looking for one person and there response: that's hostel life sweetheart, get use to it.
Reviewed September 15, 2016

Wong from Hong Kong
Solo travelers
8 Beds Mixed Dorm
Stayed 6 nights in September 2016
Good location, nice facility and the excellent pool
Good location, nice facility and the excellent pool
Reviewed September 08, 2016

Paul from Australia
Solo travelers
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 3 nights in July 2016
Great fun
Nice and clean. Well organised and great facilities
Reviewed July 12, 2016

YEONSEONG from South Korea
Solo travelers
8 Beds Mixed Dorm
Stayed 4 nights in April 2016
location, staff, room
Reviewed July 06, 2016

yeowool from South Korea
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 2 nights in March 2016
Love this place
perfect clean room & kitchen, friendly staff, fantastic pool and bar! everyday party time at night! If you are young, this place is heaven!
Reviewed March 30, 2016

Yuen from Hong Kong
Solo travelers
8 Beds Mixed Dorm
Stayed 6 nights in March 2016
Quite cool and most of the staffs are nice.
Comfort and can party all nights
Rm 131, always has a cockroach in the showering and the toilet. The rest are ok, reception nice, location great! Super support for stay 5 nights and pay 4 nights!
Reviewed March 16, 2016

Morakot from Thailand
Solo travelers
8 Beds Mixed Dorm
Stayed 2 nights in January 2016
ok hostel
private shower in each room
It's a great place to meet other back packers. Pool area is great and drinks are ok price. The room was alright. The location is walkable to the esplanade and lagoon.
Reviewed January 29, 2016

YEONSEONG from South Korea
Solo travelers
Mixed Dormitory
Stayed 7 nights in September 2015
great fun
bar pool staff
Very clean room with own bathroom and balcony. Pool area is also very clean and has a lively atmosphere. Good location and cheap
Reviewed January 20, 2016


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