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Cairns - Cairns Central YHA

20-26 McLeod St, Cairns, 4870, Australia

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Overall Rating 97%

From 5 Reviews

Hostel rating (5)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 98%
Cleanliness 95%
Location 93%
Security 100%
Service 98%
Comfort 98%
Green rating 95%

Cairns Central YHA is set around lush tropical gardens, a pool and two spas; the perfect hostel for a relaxing stay in the backpacker mecca of Cairns.

  • Dorm
    From $19.86
  • Private
    From $59.18
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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.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • 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
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby - At or next to the hostel

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

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

Opening times

Open all year

Open 24 hours
From 13:30 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)

See the full list of attractions



This is a great hostel with fantastic staff. It is my favorite of the 6 YHA hostels that I've stayed at in Australia. Great location across from a huge mall right in the center.edge of downtown. About five blocks from the Greyhound Station. The free pancakes were great, and hot dogs for a dollar night was great. I booked tours through the hostel for snorkeling with Quicksilver and Deep Sea Divers Den (two-night trip), and a two-night trip to Tribulation Bay. All great.


Avatar for Boyce


Sat 28 Oct 2017

Fun tropical atmosphere. Mostly students and young adults. Very knowledgable, friendly and patient staff - gave many great recommendations for tours, rentals and restaurants. Generally clean. Location is ok - walking distance to downtown area but there are many hostels with better locations. The street near the hostel get pretty dark and empty at night.


Avatar for Chiao-Yu


Tue 11 Jul 2017

Wonderful staff, helpful, friendly, patient. Efficient, knowledgeable.


Avatar for Charles


Tue 13 Jun 2017

Staff were very helpful and patient while I tried to find my membership details.


Avatar for Jill


Mon 03 Apr 2017

Excelente localización,pena no haber podido disfrutar de la piscina y jacuzzi por tiempo.Aconsejable a cualquiera que vaya a Cairns.


Avatar for Begoña


Fri 03 Mar 2017


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

12km International & Domestic - Shuttle Bus direct to hostel and taxis available.
500m Inter-state bus terminal.
Onsite parking.
100m Cairns Station.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Swimming

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