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Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

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

Charlotte - September 2, 2018
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Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia, 4870 - See map
Free Wi-Fi
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Hygiene Plus
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Check-in [24-hour]
Hassle-free check in
Close to Night Markets
Within 410 m of property
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Popular landmarks
Eggplant and Poppy 80 m
Rusty's Market 100 m
Shenannigans 110 m
Nu-Trix Club 140 m
PJ O'Briens 170 m
City Place Disposals 170 m
Pure Synergie Skin Store 190 m
Bones and Jones 200 m
Coles Supermarket - Cairns 210 m
Orchid Plaza 230 m
Nearby landmarks
Night Markets 410 m
The Reef Hotel Casino 430 m
Esplanade Boardwalk 520 m
Green Island 540 m
Michaelmas Cay 570 m
Cairns Esplanade Lagoon 600 m
Cairns Aquarium 630 m
Muddy's Playground 990 m
Cairns Botanic Gardens 3.64 km
Gallo DairyLand 5.52 km
9.0

Exceptional

Location rating score

Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
ParkingFREE
Hygiene Plus
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Safety Features
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Sterilizing equipment
Health and Medical
First aid kit
  • 420 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Located in heart of Cairns

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

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Value for money8.0
Distance to city center1.2km
Location rating9.0
Nearest airportCairns Airport (CNS)
Distance to airport5.8 km

Rooms available at Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

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

  • 8.4
    Excellent

    "My room was in 3rd floor and it is fairly quiet."

    Rakesh

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    June 1, 2018

  • 8.8
    Excellent
    Spaciousness

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

    Monica

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    December 5, 2017

  • 9.6
    Exceptional

    "The foods and drink were also cheap as well."

    Nien

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    May 4, 2019

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Review score - United States
8.0/10
Room size
40 sqm.
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Overall rating:
8.3
Excellent
1,697 reviews
Cleanliness
7.7
Facilities
7.8
Location
9.0
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What travelers say they love:
the facilities and location is great for the price.
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Couple
More about Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

More about Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel

Located in the city center, Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel has a huge lagoon swimming pool, air-conditioned, en-suite rooms, bars and nightclubs. Guests of the property may enjoy free Wi-Fi, airport pick-up at no additional charge, linen and free access to the powder room and fitness center.

Be a guest of Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel and you will receive a delicious free breakfast each day plus the property’s big bonus deals throughout the Gilligan’s entertainment venue. With meals starting from AUD 5.50 and by far the cheapest drink prices in town.

Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel offers en-suite dorm style accommodation and lux hotel rooms. There is an on-site job club and a tour agency providing professional advice on work and travel. You can mingle with new mates each night at social hour and join in on the nightly entertainment with cash prizes and heaps of giveaways. Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel is an awesome experience for travelers, with many reviewing it as their "favorite place to stay”.

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Housekeeping
15 mentions
Swimming Pool
9 mentions
Food & Dining
3 mentions
Internet
2 mentions

What they offer

10.0
Exceptional

"I really liked this hostel definitely will return."

Lyn

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October 18, 2019

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Breakfast options

Continental

Restaurants on site

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Cuisine:Australian

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Reviews of Gilligan's Backpacker Hostel from real guests

Overall rating
8.3
Excellent
From 1697 reviews
9.2Location
8.3Value for money
8.2Facilities
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Rating via Agoda7.9
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Cleanliness7.7
Facilities7.8
Location9.0
Room comfort and quality7.0
Service7.7
Value for money8.0
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7-8 Very Good (39)
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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
9.6
Exceptional
Noah from Australia
Solo traveler
Single Bed in 8 Bed Ensuite Mixed Dormitory
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
9.6
Exceptional
Marisa from Indonesia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
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
10.0
Exceptional
Charlotte from United Kingdom
Couple
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - 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 with En-Suite - 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
10.0
Exceptional
Danielle from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Female Only
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
9.0
Exceptional
Michael from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 5 nights in April 2012

Best Place to Party in Cairns!!”

People - Nobody stole anything during my stay, great club attached, downtown, best all round

this is the only hostel/backpacker hotel i have ever stayed at but it was so much fun. meeting people from all over the world travelling thru ozzy land was great, partied with people from the room and we had a blast. it is also downtown so all the other great clubs and bars are 10 minutes walk - what more can you ask for??

Reviewed April 26, 2012
10.0
Exceptional
PRANJAL from India
Solo traveler
Stayed 2 nights in September 2019

The Most Happening Place ”

Gilligans is the most happening places to stay and party while in Cairns. There is no other place which is more value for money and equally fun!! I strongly recommend staying here if you are a solo traveller!

Reviewed January 24, 2021
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
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
Delia from Canada
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - 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
9.0
Exceptional
TOMOHISA from Japan
Solo traveler
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 5 nights in September 2011

gilligan's nightclub is very funny everday!”

atmosphere

Firstly,i like it that i can choke in or out anytime i wanted do.And gilligan's nightlife especially weekend were very funny and exciting! If you wanna go drinking to party,you should choose here! you must have been satisfied!

Reviewed September 25, 2011
9.7
Exceptional
WAN from Hong Kong
Solo traveler
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Female Only
Stayed 1 night in August 2013

Fantastic backpackers hotel, clean, friendly staff”

Location, swimming pool and bar

Great hotel, very clean and well organized, the Gilligan's bar is great with different themes of party every night! But no free wifi

Reviewed August 18, 2013
6.7
Good
Aine from Ireland
Group
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Female Only
Stayed 4 nights in May 2012

great location, appaling room”

the location was really good

having heard so much about gilligans before we arrived i had high hopes. it is the party hostel in cairns and being a guest we didn't have to pay to get in which is great. there was something on most nights at the bar and a free small meal was provided each evening though it really was slap-dash. our room smelled really musty and damp. we had to have the balcony door open as often as we could to let the smell out. our sheets and clothes felt damp and smelled damp from the room and we had to wash everything in our bags before we left to try get rid of the smell. someone did say it to housekeeping but i think it was just ignored and i'm not sure what they could have done about it anyway. we think the extractor fan in the shower does not work so all the steam has nowhere to go and just seeps into the room. all rooms may not be like this but ours was terrible. reception staff are really friendly and helpful. the kitchen was usually really dirty even though it gets cleaned 4 or 5 times a day. anytime we went to cook all the pans were dirty and there was hardly ever any cups. there are cameras in the kitchen so they can see who doesn't clean up after themselves, i think these should be used because even we could see it was always the same people who dond't clean their mess. it would make the place alot more enjoyable for everyone staying there and i'm sure the cleaning staff would appreciate it! overall this could be a great hostel if it were managed better.

Reviewed June 24, 2012
7.6
Very good
Lisa from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - 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
8.0
Excellent
Samantha from Australia
Solo traveler
Stayed 1 night in July 2014

Great value, location and quality rooms!”

Quality of the rooms were great. Centrally located to access everything in the town. Great facilities

I stayed in a 6 dorm deluxe room and it's the best backpackers I've stayed at. Rooms were extremely comfortable size, had a tv, fridge, balcony, seperate toilet and shower. Was very impressed by the room. Centrally located to all nightlife, wharf, restaurants and shops. Great facilities within the hostel and great for those chasing the nightlife. My room faced the street and didn't have trouble sleeping the night I didn't have a late one. Would definitely come back and stay again!

Reviewed July 14, 2014
9.6
Exceptional
Daniel from Australia
Group
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in June 2016

recommend ”

highly recommend this hostel when in cairns.

Reviewed March 13, 2017
7.6
Very good
lea from France
Group
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in August 2018

Nice hostel for few nights - good location”

Really in the center of Cairns. Clean. There are bar & swimming pool ! But not so much ustensiles in the kitchen. WiFi ok. Friendly staff.

Reviewed August 15, 2018
7.7
Very good
MASAKI from Afghanistan
Solo traveler
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in October 2012

Very convinient and good for party backpacker hote”

cheap and free meal

great location but very noisy after 9PM. good for partying and having fun at cairns. free meals taste fabulous. extra 3AUD to pugrade to bigger size.

Reviewed October 18, 2012
8.7
Excellent
CHING from Taiwan
Solo traveler
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with En-Suite - Female Only
Stayed 7 nights in November 2015

In the center of city, nice and clean”

Nice swimming pool and pool side bar, clean and very comfortable bed.

Very enjoyed the stay at Gilligan's. Will definitely recommend.

Reviewed November 21, 2015
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