Waterfront Backpackers Cairns

83 The EsplanadeCairns4870Australia
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About Waterfront Backpackers Cairns

Waterfront Backpackers Cairns hostel is located in the Cairns Esplanade. Room bookings come with a complimentary dinner voucher, and the hotel offers a large patio, among other amenities.

Rooms at this destination include both private and dormitory rooms. Some rooms come with private bathrooms. All are air conditioned. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access.

Waterfront Backpackers Cairns hostel offers a pool and a beachfront location There is also complimentary parking. Hotel services include self-serve laundry, shuttle bus service, concierge services, and a business center.

There is an on-site bar and lounge. Nearby off-site dining includes Gelocchio, Grill’d, and Devine Gelato. It is also possible to prepare additional meals on-site via the kitchenette area, which provides the necessities for cooking.

Nearby attractions include Samurai Gallery Australia, Michaelmas Cay, and Esplanade Boardwalk. Cairns Pier is only minutes away, as is the local swimming lagoon.


83 The Esplanade, Cairns, 4870, Australia
Telephone: +61(7)31512653 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car park
  • Concierge
  • Deck chairs / Sun loungers
  • Express check-in / out
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Hotel safe
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Organised activities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • PC with internet
  • Terrace
  • Towels at the pool / beach
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Electric kettle
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Fridge
  • Internet
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Room safe
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Wheelchair accessible

For children

  • Organised activities for kids

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 13:00
  • Check-out: 10:30

Positive Reviews

Inexpensive rooms

The rooms here are considered to be inexpensive by guests. They note that this is a budget, hostel location that allows for low room rates that can appeal to a wide range of guests.

Friendly staff

Guests indicate that the staff are top notch in the friendliness department. They are reportedly quite pleasant and seemingly always in a good mood. It appears to be unlikely that you’ll experience rudeness during your stay, as guests report feeling valued at this location.

Nice location

Guests appreciate the location of this hostel. The swimming lagoon is only minutes away. Additionally, guests enjoy that Esplanade Boardwalk and Michaelmas Cay are nearby, as are many dining options, include the nearby Devine Gelato and Grill’d.

Negative Reviews

Basic rooms

Unsurprisingly, as this is a hostel location, the guest rooms are quite basic. Still, guests wish that there was more to these rooms, and that they offered a greater range of available amenities.

Poor beds

Guests note that it can be hard to sleep upon the beds in the rooms at this hostel. They are reportedly poor in their construction, with uninspired mattresses that can feel “springy” and otherwise dissatisfactory. If you're already a light sleeper, you'll want to be wary of this fact.

Poor Wi-Fi

While there is complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access at this destination, guests report that it doesn't work particularly well. The Internet access reliability is instead said to be spotty, and sometimes does not work at all. As a result, you shouldn't expect to get any business done during your stay.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index ® based on 200 reviews across the web
6.2 /10
  • hostelbookers
    6.7 /10
  • Other Sources
    6.8 /10
6.2 out of 10 based on 200 reviews