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7.4

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Very good location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
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Available
Popular landmarks
Cairns Aquarium 190 m
Night Markets 350 m
Michaelmas Cay 430 m
Esplanade Boardwalk 430 m
Muddy's Playground 540 m
Cairns Esplanade Lagoon 550 m
Green Island 750 m
The Reef Hotel Casino 770 m
Cairns Botanic Gardens 3.2 km
Gallo DairyLand 5.2 km
Nearby landmarks
Cairns Aquarium 190 m
Cairns Library 220 m
Cairns Electorate Office 230 m
Cairns Skin Cancer Clinic 250 m
Munro Martin Parklands 270 m
JUTE Theatre Company 290 m
Bull Bar 290 m
Cairns Family Court 290 m
KickArts Contemporary Arts 310 m
Cairns Museum 320 m
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Reef Backpackers Hotel

140 Grafton Street, Cairns City Center, Cairns, Australia, 4870 - See map
  • 650 meters to public transportation

  • Free airport transfer

  • Located in heart of Cairns

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Cairns every 22 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money6.0
Distance to city center0.5 km
Location rating7.4
Nearest airportCairns Airport (CNS)
Distance to airport5.3 km

Rooms available at Reef Backpackers Hotel

6-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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10-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
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  • 1 bunk bed
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10-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Dormitory
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 4 single beds
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Dormitory
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 4 single beds
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Dormitory -- Female Only
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 single bed
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Private Double
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  • Room size: 60 m²/646 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 queen bed
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Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
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SHARED ROOM 6 BEDS
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      Frequently asked questions

      What time is check-in and check-out at Reef Backpackers Hotel?

      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.

      How do I get to Reef Backpackers Hotel?

      Reef Backpackers Hotel is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind -- it's free! Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hostel know you want a complimentary ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Reef Backpackers Hotel 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, Reef Backpackers Hotel has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full. If you're looking for an easy way to get around Cairns with private transportation, the hostel can arrange car rental for you.

      Is breakfast offered at Reef Backpackers Hotel?

      Adults can enjoy breakfast at no additional charge. You may save on breakfast costs with Agoda by booking a room with breakfast, which is often included for less than buying it at the hostel.

      What is the smoking policy at Reef Backpackers Hotel?

      Reef Backpackers Hotel does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

      What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to Reef Backpackers Hotel?

      Cairns Railway Station is the closest train, metro, or bus station, about 640 m away from Reef Backpackers Hotel.

      What restaurants are nearby Reef Backpackers Hotel?

      Reef Backpackers Hotel’s neighborhood is Cairns City Center which includes popular restaurants such as Lake Street Cafe, Bobby's Restaurant and Cafe Terrazza.

      What popular shopping places are close to Reef Backpackers Hotel?

      Shopping options in Reef Backpackers Hotel’s Cairns City Center neighborhood include Night Markets, Rusty's Market and DFO Cairns, Direct Factory Outlets.

      What are popular attractions near Reef Backpackers Hotel?

      Reef Backpackers Hotel’s location in the Cairns City Center neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Cairns Botanic Gardens, Green Island and Cairns Aquarium.

      What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to Reef Backpackers Hotel?

      Reef Backpackers Hotel’s nearby natural sights include Esplanade Boardwalk, Michaelmas Cay and Cairns Holiday Park located in the same Cairns City Center area.

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      Room size
      57 sqm.
      Room comfort score
      6/10
      Location score
      7.4/10
      Value for money score
      6/10
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      Overall rating:

      5.8

      Review score
      42 reviews
      Cleanliness
      5.0
      Facilities
      5.1
      Location
      7.4
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      More about Reef Backpackers Hotel

      More about Reef Backpackers Hotel

      Located in the heart of Cairns, lies this property, a perfect place for fun and excitement, a short walking distance away from the popular attractions. All the clean, comfortable rooms are designed to meet standard needs of the guests. A kitchen is also provided for guests who wish to cook and cater themselves. For guests who are bored of staying in one room for long, visit the common room, where games and interactions with other people will take place. Guests can also join in for the nightly events, which are arranged by the organizers, taking guests to the trendiest nearby pubs and bars. Reef Backpackers Hotel is a perfect venue for guests who wish to stay in a centrally oriented property.

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      Breakfast

      1 mention

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      5.8
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      Review score
      Cleanliness5.0
      Facilities5.1
      Location7.4
      Room comfort and quality6.0
      Service5.7
      Value for money6.0
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      9+ Exceptional (3)
      8-9 Excellent (4)
      7-8 Very Good (4)
      6-7 Good (4)
      <6 Below Expectation (24)
      Time of the year
      Mar - May (4)
      Jun - Aug (21)
      Sep - Nov (9)
      Dec - Feb (5)
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      4.4
      Javiera from Chile
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - No Air-conditioning
      Stayed 7 nights in June 2019

      Honest review”

      I lived here for 3 months. This review is for backpackers that plan to stay long term. Installations are beautiful and well mantained. It has comfy common areas and a nice garden with pool. The biggest problem here are the owners. They come 2-3 times a week to check the hostel, with a non-friendly appearance. When they see a guest they dont like they just kick them out. I saw around 15 guests being kicked out of the hostel for no logical reason, many of them my friends. Sometimes you can hear her yelling at guests and even see the police at the hostel, all this trouble made by her only. They need some management lessons, sometimes I doubt if they got any education really. I hope this review can help them improve, but they don't care what customers think anyway. Sad for them, feeback can be a powerful tool for any customer service business that wants to grow and prosper.

      Reviewed August 13, 2019

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      7.2
      Very good
      Nina from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 8-Bed Female Dormitory Room
      Stayed 5 nights in July 2019

      Where is the Nutella ? ”

      I have been staying here for over a month and things are changing ! Not the same breakfast, weird rules, etc.

      Reviewed July 16, 2019

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Nina from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - No Air-Conditioning
      Stayed 3 nights in July 2019

      Exceptional”

      Best hostel ever ! Except when the owner comes around and throw away your belonging. Other than this, everything is perfect ! Thanks to the people and Leo (manager) that make this place awesome !!

      Reviewed July 06, 2019

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      10.0
      Exceptional
      Nina from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - No Air-Conditioning
      Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

      Homely hostel”

      Probably the best hostel I’ve stayed at during my travel around Australia. Everything is perfect, the facilities, the people, the location, the rules, the staff etc. Honestly, you won’t be disappointed if you stay at the reef :) I’ve been there for couple of weeks already and don’t wanna move to a share house !

      Reviewed June 24, 2019

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      3.6
      johan from Netherlands
      Couple
      Double Room with Shared Bathroom
      Stayed 5 nights in June 2018

      Check you bank statement ”

      They might hit you with additional charges which you notice days after you have left.

      Reviewed February 18, 2019

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      4.0
      Aline from Australia
      Solo traveler
      Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room - No Air-Conditioning
      Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

      Do not go there!!! It's absolutely disgusting and a danger for your health!”

      The hostel is the cheapest you can get in Cairns and I definitely know why now! This hostel is ready to be closed. The bathrooms were absolutely dirty, rubbish, toilet paper and wet used towels all over. No hot showers, only cold water. The toilet paper is stored on top of the filthy bin and there was bird poo on it!!!The kitchen is dirty and filthy, cockroaches everywhere (which is not unusual, I know and it's not what I'm complaining about). Brown Water dripping from the ceiling in the kitchen. Matress in the room mouldy. People who are staying long term taking drugs next door and everywhere else in the hostel, getting very aggressive during the night. It was a nightmare. Even the price I paid for it was too much. I stayed one night and complained the next morning. It is overall NOT acceptable. I have some very disgusting pictures too, but I guess I can't upload them. What a shame. Be warned backpackers! I went there even though I've read some bad reviews. Big mistake.

      Reviewed March 19, 2018

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      7.2
      Very good
      Jean from Taiwan
      Solo traveler
      Dormitory -- Female Only
      Stayed 2 nights in October 2016

      Very Nice”

      Price n location is very nice for backpackers. Very comfortable place for stay, people is friendly there. Enjoy

      Reviewed November 02, 2016

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      2.8
      Beatrice from Sweden
      Solo traveler
      10-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
      Stayed 5 nights in October 2016

      Unclean and old”

      Looks really good in picturew but in real life it is almost gallring apart. Not good cleaned (or at all), felt lika a cold prison/old hospital and really needed a renovation. The hangout area was dark and the furnitures looked like they were ripped apart or found on the streets. In our room we had an exit door that couldn't be shut so it was like 1-2 centimeter opened towards the street. When me and my friend wanted to unbook (because I paid beforehand and booked 5 nights) we wouldn't get money back and would have to pay 100$ instead. Worst hostel I stayed at and I've stayed in plenty! Would not recommend this hostel to anyone.

      Reviewed October 11, 2016

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      5.6
      WING from Hong Kong SAR, China
      Group
      Dormitory
      Stayed 4 nights in April 2016

      The rooms and bathroom n2/f are dirty”

      If you have lots of luggage, you need to carry them upstairs. Pool wifi Reception close at12-1600. But you can phone them. One of the worst backpacker hostel I stay!

      Reviewed May 05, 2016

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      3.3
      Louise-Anne from Gibraltar
      Couple
      Dormitory -- Female Only
      Stayed 1 night in June 2015

      Appalling staff and cleanliness”

      Location was good

      We were shocked at the staff service. There was no cleaner at the time so everything was dirty and untidy. It had a pool which was good but we had to leave because we cousins stand staying in a dump like this. Shame because it could work well of staff were on form

      Reviewed September 22, 2015

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      3.0
      Veronica from Sweden
      Solo traveler
      Dormitory
      Stayed 1 night in December 2014

      Dirty but cheap.”

      Location. Price.

      Rooms are dirty, kitchen is dirty, but it's cheap. The air-condition stop working in the middle of the night so you wake up all sweaty.

      Reviewed December 30, 2014

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      6.3
      Good
      YU-HSIEN from Taiwan
      Solo traveler
      Dormitory
      Stayed 2 nights in February 2013

      Not bad!”

      Clean, convenient, quiet
      Reviewed November 02, 2014

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      7.3
      Very good
      Aaron from United States
      Couple
      Private Double
      Stayed 1 night in November 2013

      Vey easy and cheap. great location and friendly st”

      price location staff

      Great service but dirty sheets. No wifi that I could find. Room was average and faced a wall.

      Reviewed November 13, 2013

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      7.3
      Very good
      TSUNG-HSIANG from Taiwan
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 2 nights in June 2013

      it's very noisy at night”

      good staff clean room and close city
      Reviewed September 01, 2013

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      8.3
      Excellent
      jyunpei from Japan
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 2 nights in November 2012

      Great location,clean,friendly,free meals”

      free meals

      clean rooms free meals useful kitchen big garden swimming pool service with smile nice

      Reviewed December 02, 2012

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      4.3
      Jerome from France
      Solo traveler
      Stayed 2 nights in November 2012

      Great location, cheep but ...”

      good location, badge acces, BYO, bugs in the kitchen, limited breakfast

      Reception was good, my room was clean, as I arrived just few minutes after the reception closure so I had no pillow and couldn't ask for one. the locker in the dorm was all brocken, so there was no locker. the kitchen was realy dirty with bugs every where so I didn't use it. The shower's floor was like black, not very well clined. Even not the outside area and tables. There are a lot of clothes dryer strings, space for everybody. The hostel was full booked and ther was only 2 times 1$ tost of 24 slices for all (60 peoples?), that means after 25 minutes it was empty and not filled again as "there was two big toasts, it should be enought, there is no more". There was an "Free pizza" evening at Woolshed, but we get only one slice of "pizza" for each, pizza was dought with tomato and cheese. Free wireless was nice and worked well, even in my dorm. I didn't try the swimming pool as the lagoon is close.

      Reviewed November 26, 2012

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      2.7
      Rui from Portugal
      Solo traveler
      Dormitory
      Stayed 7 nights in October 2012

      Dirty rooms dirty sheets no service rude workers”

      None

      Everything from room to toilets absolute filth Arrogant staff only two bathrooms worked As the other two had to leave one night before Because could not take it any more I thought That was minimum standard but not here

      Reviewed November 03, 2012

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      5.3
      Barbara from Ireland
      Couple
      Private Double
      Stayed 2 nights in August 2012

      Badly in need of refurbishing ”

      Good location. Friendly, helpful staff. Reasonably cheap.

      This place badly needs a good clean. Bathrooms and kitchen were filthy. Furniture in common area looked like it had been found on the street. Gaps in the wall of our room were stuffed with newspaper and the window was broken. Also there was no sound insulation and a lot of people were talking loundly and drinking late at night. The free breakfast is some cornflakes. We weren't expecting anything too fancy but it's definitely the dirtiest hostel I've stayed in. It's bearable if there's nowhere else in town available but otherwise there seemed to be nicer places for the same price.

      Reviewed August 18, 2012

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      6.0
      Diego from Mexico
      Solo traveler
      10-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
      Stayed 5 nights in July 2016

      Sucio e incómodo ”

      Viaje por varios hostales a lo largo de Australia y sin duda este fue el peor de todos, súper sucio y las camas súper incómodas

      Reviewed July 31, 2016

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      2.4
      Elodie from France
      Couple
      10-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
      Stayed 2 nights in September 2016

      Décevant ”

      Chambres sales c'est une honte: ca sentait le renfermé, les sols étaient deguelasses (pardonnez ma vulgarité), nos chaussures restaient collées au sol, ne parlons même pas de ce quil yavait sous les lits. Odeur de vomi dans la cuisine, très rustiques. Petit déjeuner plus que limite et ouvert de 8h30 à 9h30 (tard et si peu vu le nombre de pensionnaires) Une cuisine fermée de 22h à 8h30 autant dire que quand on part tôt vous oubliez de pouvoir vous faire un café. Les salles de bain, pas de porte -donnent directement sur le salon donc pour l'intimité on repassera. Tout est détériorié : carreaux du sol cassé, robinets cassés. Pour la piscine vous pouvez oublier, l'eau est jaune !!! Ce backpack mérite un grand nettoyage ! Parce que sanitairement il y a des risques

      Reviewed September 11, 2016

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