Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 15€ up to 45€ per night. You see, there is quite a difference in pricing. There is a good reason; keep reading.
This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Who can stay: Many hostels in Cairns only accept international guests. It’s also quite common that hostels accept over 18s only. Check before you book.
Party Hostels: There are many party hostels Cairns can offer. Make sure you pick your right hostel type.
Tropic Days Backpackers is located 1 km from Cairns Railway Station and is a 20-minute walk from Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Pier.
Feel at home and relax in the Tropic Days Backpackers. They have common rooms where you can meet travellers around the world.
The hostel is relatively small, but sociable and quiet. The hostel is also very clean. Hang out in the TV room with your hostel buddies, get cooking home comforts in the guest kitchen or even get through that pile of laundry!
After spending some time in Cairns, Kelly put together some useful tips to help you make the best of your time in this tropical paradise.
Great Barrier Reef
No doubt this is one of the number one reasons you’re going to Cairns. Choosing a reputable company can be difficult when you’re faced with so many choices.
Scuba Diving: It’s well worth heading north to Port Douglas to dive off the reefs there. I personally dived with Quicksilver Dive and found the company to be safe, reliable and conscious of reef conservation.
Snorkelling: You needn’t swim too deep in order to see the beauty of the reef.
There’s this beautiful wooden pearl lugger called Falla Reef Trips that does daily tours from Cairns.
The renowned Captain, Doug, also offers volunteering opportunities for backpackers.
Surrounding Natural Beauty of Cairns
Sure, the city is packed full cool cafes and fun events, but you really should take the time to explore further afield – you won’t regret it.
Gorges, waterfalls, stunning beaches and excellent hiking trails await you.
Beautiful places I recommend are:
Daintree Rainforest (oldest living rainforest in the world)
Little Mulgrave National Park
Tip: consider renting a car to make all of these places more easily accessible.
Where are all the Beaches in Cairns?
It may or may not come as a shock when you arrive at Cairns only to find a busy estuary and narrow strip of sand. But fear not!
Against popular belief, stunning beaches are within easy reach of the city. Buddy up with fellow best backpackers in Cairns and share fuel costs – it’s a 25-minute drive to the nearest beach.
Make sure you visit:
Trinity Beach (high chance of spotting Green Turtles near the rocks)
Palm Cove Beach
These are just some of the beaches locally known as the Northern Beaches. Staff at your hostel will help you get there.
Beware: This is Croc Country
Yep, you’re in Australia now and crocodiles are no joke.
Jellyfish, snakes, sharks – they’re all out to get you in Cairns!
But before we scare you too much, losing a leg is completely unavoidable as long as you play your cards right.
I don’t doubt your personal safety radar, but being surrounded by dangerous wildlife can be a little unnerving. Just make sure you…
Always take notice of warning signs
Never swim outside of designated areas unless told its safe
Wear proper shoes when hiking to avoid snake bites
That is if you even see a potentially dangerous animal! It’s surprised me how little I saw little beasties so it’s easy to become nonchalant.
Nine times out of ten the animal doesn’t want to hurt you, so don’t give it any reason to do so. Keep your distance and think twice about that selfie with a crocodile.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Cairns. We know, it’s a pity.
There are a lot of great hostels in Cairns for solo travellers but these are our personal favorites!
Are hostels in Cairns safe?
All hostels in this article do their best to ensure safety of guests. They have a range of policies and initiatives in place to protect the backpackers and Cairns travellers.
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