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Cairns - Cairns Central YHA

20-26 McLeod St, Cairns, 4870, Australia

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With the Great Barrier Reef on your door step, this centrally located hostel is the perfect base to explore Tropical North Queensland, offering tranquil outdoor pool area, communal kitchen, large common areas and air conditioned rooms.

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Cairns Hostel

Hostel Cairns

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Cairns Central YHA is in the centre of town, just a short walk from the Esplanade. This popular Cairns hostel is the perfect starting point for trips to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Atherton Tablelands, Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas and Cooktown. Scuba-diving courses, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping and all your adventures can be arranged with the hostel's friendly tour desk staff.

Cairns Central YHA has dorm, twin, double and family rooms available, all with keyless entry, air-conditioning and many with en-suites. Facilities include a pool, two spas, a large outdoor games area, kitchen, laundry, indoor and outdoor dining area, Internet cafe, TV room, secure luggage storage and YHA Travel and Tours Desk

Snorkel, dive or spend the day out on the Great Barrier Reef – a World Heritage-listed spectacular of coral islands and marine life. Enjoy the Cairns Esplanade restaurants, shops and bars. Travellers can also take the scenic railway to the quirky Kuranda village in the rainforest.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 2 stay free.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • No membership purchase necessary, it is included for this booking.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • TV room
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers
  • Computer Charges - Charges Apply
  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free
  • Internet Cafe Distance - At or next to the hostel

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Air Conditioning
  • Car Parking at Hostel
  • Car Parking at Hostel Type - At a cost
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - Charges Apply
  • Smoking Area
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
From 14:00 to 23:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +61-7-4051-0772

Fax. +61-7-4031-3158

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Great Barrier Reef (1 to 2km)
  • Daintree Rainforest (More than 10km)
  • Kuranda-Scenic Train and Skyrail (500m to 1km)

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Great place to stay! Nice and quiet at night, and really friendly and helpful staff. Can't wait to come back!


Avatar for Pete


Mon 10 Sep 2018

Netter Aufenthaltsbereich mit Pool, große Küche mit ausreichend Platz zum Kochen. Mitarbeiter teils nett, teils wenig hilfreich: Frage: wohin können wir zum Essen gehen? Antwort: gegenüber in der mall gibt's einen food court mit McDonalds. Und dann weggegangen und e-mails durchgeschaut. Ist evtl. für den ein oder anderen ok, wir waren jetzt aber nicht gerade auf der Suche nach fast food.


Avatar for Klaus


Mon 16 Apr 2018

The morning. Crew was SO helpful! There were a couple of new. People (I heard them. Saying they were new) who were not very friendly or helpful. (Sorry about my keyboard)


Avatar for Tia


Sat 14 Apr 2018

The system to store foods in fridge, putting an individual tag, is very goods. The guest WIFI (pay WiFi) didn't work in the room. It should cover all the rooms. Otherwise, it's useless to pay. It is not of your responsibility but fare of shuttle buss to the airport is of no use for 2 persons costing $25.00, because taxi fare or Uber costs less than that.


Avatar for Tadashi


Tue 27 Mar 2018


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (More than 10km)
  • Cinema (Less than 500m)
  • City Centre (Less than 500m)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (3 to 5km)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (3 to 5km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (500m - 1km)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (3 to 5km)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (1 to 2km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (At or next to the hostel)
  • Swimming pool (At or next to the hostel)
  • Supermarket / Food store (At or next to the hostel)
  • Theatre (500m - 1km)
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site (More than 10km)
  • Water park (5 to 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Cairns Airport is 7.5km from Cairns Central YHA. Airport shuttle bus pick up is available (arrivals only) between 8am to 8pm for a discounted rate of $5. Airport transfers must be booked in advance please contact the hostel directly for instructions on how to book. Available for Cairns Central YHA guests only.
Cairns Bus Terminal is 1km from Cairns Central YHA. All major coach companies service Cairns.
Taxis offer 24-hour service and are conveniently located across the road.
Parking - limited secure parking is available onsite. Please inquire prior to arrival to avoid disappointment.
As far as hostels in Cairns - Cairns Central YHA is extremely convenient. Cairns Railway Station is across the road only 50m away! Queensland Rail Services to/from Brisbane depart from Cairns Railway Station. Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Journeys also depart from Cairns Railway Station.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Swimming

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