Above average 5.7
Based on 22 reviews

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About Waterfront Backpackers


Nestled in the heart of Cairns City Center, Waterfront Backpackers is an ideal spot from which to discover Cairns. The hotel is not too far from the city center: just 0.0 Km away, and it normally takes about 15 minutes to reach the airport. For those of you who want to venture out, Michael Seebeck Gallery, WetRez, Cairns Convention Centre are just some of the attractions available to visitors.

Offering hotel guests superior services and a broad range of amenities, Waterfront Backpackers is committed to ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms, 24-hour front desk, express check-in/check-out, luggage storage, Wi-Fi in public areas.

Experience high quality room facilities during your stay here. Some rooms include internet access – wireless, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, fan, refrigerator, provided to help guests recharge after a long day. The hotel offers many unique recreational opportunities such as golf course (within 3 km), outdoor pool, table tennis, garden. Superb facilities and an excellent location make the Waterfront Backpackers the perfect base from which to enjoy your stay in Cairns.
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Internet access

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

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Shuttle service

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Garden
  • Swimming pool [outdoor]
  • Table tennis
  • Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • BBQ facilities
  • Coffee shop
  • Shared kitchen

Services and conveniences

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


  • Check-in/check-out [express]
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
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Airport transfer is available from 08:00 AM to 08:00 PM at no additional charge.

  • 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: 01:00 pm
Check-In Until: 11:55 pm
Check-Out From: 12:00 am
Check-Out Until: 10:30 am
Distance from City Center: 0.0 Km
Number of Floors: 2
Number of Rooms : 19
Time to Airport (Minutes): 15
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Above average

based on 22 reviews
  • Cleanliness 4.4
  • Facilities 4.7
  • Location 8.9
  • Room comfort and quality 4.8
  • Service 5.6
  • Value for money 5.9
  • Food and dining 4.4
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Hyo from South Korea
Stayed one night in August 2016
location is good
The location was very good and staff was friendly. They requested $20 key deposit by credit card. It's been more than a week but I haven't got my money back. I will contact them to ask about this issue. It is very troublesome. The other backpackers that I stayed asked me to pay $20 cash as key deposit. I think cash is better since I can just get the money back when I return the key.
Reviewed August 11, 2016

youngchury from South Korea
Solo travelers
Stayed 5 nights in September 2015
soso but location is good
location . location and location
i think there is so so.. not bad.
Reviewed September 18, 2015

Mark from Australia
Stayed 2 nights in July 2015
Right on the Restrurasnt Strip!
Location, Price, Cheap tours
This place has a great location, that's true, right in the middle of the busy restaurant strip where you can get gelato from about50 different shops! Its across the road from the lagoon, and a easy walk to the wharf where all the tourist boats are. That's the good, the bad, although not so bad was I rocked up before their closing time and the door was locked. I had to ring to get the manager to let me in. The "ikea style" bed was falling apart, it was "fixed" with some milk crates, which was "ok", I hope they replace it. Lastly to finish on a good note we got an awesome discount on our reef trip, 20% cheaper than anyone else for the same tour, and it was great!
Reviewed August 27, 2015

Katarzyna from Poland
Stayed 2 nights in March 2015
Very poor backpackers
Was terrible
Reviewed April 05, 2015

HYERAN from South Korea
Solo travelers
Dormitory 12-Bed (Mixed)
Stayed 7 nights in March 2014
so cheap but dirty
near by lagoon
so so dirty. unkind worker
Reviewed December 04, 2014

Alan from Singapore
Solo travelers
Dormitory 12-Bed (Mixed)
Stayed one night in July 2014
book to sleep only
cheap, centralized, accessible
Good place to sleep-and-go. Spent 20usd per night, grab a bed, sleep and move on the next morning. As it is a shared room, for security reason, try not to leave your valuable in the room.
Reviewed July 14, 2014

Hiu from Hong Kong
Stayed 3 nights in May 2014
didn't really enjoy , no electricity IN ROOM
free wifi, good location and value for money.
if you are looking for a real clean and comfort this hostel isn't a good choice. Rooms are way too different than what you see from the pic. there were much noise after 10:00pm even those there was a notice saying 'No noise after 10:00pm'. the hostel ONLY have 2 unsex shower rooms. The worse thing is there was no electricity in room from 9:00am to 6:00pm (or sometimes 7:00pm, depends on when they switch it on and off) so we couldn't charged any devices . Reception said it is because many people are out at that time so they can save electricity and help the environment which i understand ONLY IF you said it first before I booked my room. if I had known this, I wouldn't have booked this hostel. But the hostel is in good location, have free wifi and value for money. if you are a backpacker, I would recommend this hostel. Otherwise, certainly NOT.
Reviewed June 17, 2014

Brittany from United States
Stayed 2 nights in December 2013
Definitely better places nearby
The only thing we liked about the hotel was it's location
We were greeted very poorly by their front desk staff (blonde dreads). He started off by immediately insulting our last minute booking and saying it was our fault he did not have a room available to us. I then informed him not to offer online bookings if he was not able to keep up with the bookings. That ended the conversation. We were placed in a room that was filthy and were not given pillows. After requesting pillows, we still never received them. The fridges smelled terrible and barely kept things cool. The AC in the rooms do not get turned on until 5 pm, so don't expect to cool down from the hot summer sun in the afternoon. We were very dissatisfied with our stay and certainly will not stay here again. You certainly get what you pay for here. We went into another backpackers two doors down and wished we had stayed there just from the friendliness of the staff.
Reviewed January 07, 2014

Chun from Hong Kong
Solo travelers
Stayed 3 nights in September 2013
Fair enough
Reviewed October 04, 2013

Chun from Hong Kong
Solo travelers
Stayed one night in September 2013
Fair enough
Reviewed October 02, 2013


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