Waterfront Backpackers - Cairns

83 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia, 4870show map
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Guest ratingBased on  36 reviews
Overview

The central 3-star Waterfront Backpackers is set in the lake district of Cairns. Including a luggage storage, a designated smoking area, a safety deposit box and a cash machine, this property also features good services.

Its central location offers great connectivity to Cairns Regional Gallery which is 5 minutes walk away. Within 100 meters from the venue, Kani's Restaurant and Iraya serve a wide selection of meals.

The hostel is located in Cairns within walking distance of Cairns Esplanade.

It is less than 15 minutes by car to Cairns airport.

Rooms

Offering 6-bed mixed Dorm, 8-bed Dorm, Double Room and 12-bed mixed Dorm, the hostel ensures a good stay. The rooms have an in-room safe, climate control, a LCD TV, pay television and a dining area for guests' convenience. Guests can find en suite bathrooms provided with hairdryers, dressing gowns and towels.

Eat & Drink

The onsite bar has free Wi-Fi and a terrace at guests' disposal. Waterfront Backpackers has a communal kitchen. There is a microwave, an electric kettle, a toaster, kitchenware and a washing machine.

Relax

Waterfront Backpackers offers recreational opportunities like a patio and barbeque grills.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hostel for free.

Guest Parking

No parking available.

Number of rooms:   18.

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Facilities
Wi-Fi
Parking
Kitchen facilities

Dryer

Electric kettle

Cookware/ Kitchen utensils

Shared kitchen

Air conditioning
Laundry
Food/ Drinks

Bar/ Lounge area

Outdoor dining area

Swimming pool

Outdoor swimming pool

TV

Leisure/ TV room

Sports & Fitness

  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Table tennis
  • Fishing

Services

  • Paid airport shuttle
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Tours/Ticket assistance

Dining

  • Bar/ Lounge area
  • Outdoor dining area

Business

  • Business centre
  • Fax/Photocopying

Children

  • Board games
  • Game room

Spa & Leisure

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Night club
  • Entertainment
  • BBQ facilities
  • Leisure/ TV room

Room features

  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Ironing facilities

Bathroom

  • Washing machine

Self-catering

  • Shared kitchen
  • Electric kettle
  • Dryer
  • Cookware/ Kitchen utensils

Media

  • Telephone
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Good to know
Check-infrom 13:00-23:30FREECheck-outuntil 10 amFREE
Children & extra bedsThere are no extra beds provided in a room. 
PetsPets are not allowed.
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Location
  • Nearby
  • Restaurants
  • City landmarks
Cairns Family CourtCairns Family Court1000 ft
Cairns Electorate OfficeCairns Electorate Office2000 ft
Cairns Central StationCairns Central Station2300 ft
Cairns Central StationCairns Central Station2300 ft
Cairns Convention CentreCairns Convention Centre2000 ft
The Cairns MuseumThe Cairns Museum1000 ft
The Center of Contemporary ArtsThe Center of Contemporary Arts700 ft
The Cairns Civic TheaterThe Cairns Civic Theater2000 ft
Cairns Regional GalleryCairns Regional Gallery400 ft
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Grill'dGrill'd100 ft77 The Esplanade
Devine GelatoDevine Gelato400 ftShop 3/5 Aplin Street
A La TurkaA La Turka100 ft4/77 The Esplanade
Pinocchio's PizzaPinocchio's Pizza100 ft79 Esplanade
Oasis KebabOasis Kebab100 ft83 Esplanade
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Cairns Regional CouncilCairns Regional Council4300 ft
TAFE Queensland North - Cairns CampusTAFE Queensland North - Cairns Campus1.4 mi
Cairns Flecker Botanic GardensCairns Flecker Botanic Gardens2.3 mi
Cairns Base HospitalCairns Base Hospital4000 ft
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural ParkTjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park8.3 miKamerunga Rd /Western Arterial Rd, Smithfield
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Getting around
Airports
Cairns (CNS)3.4 mi
Mareeba (MRG)25.9 mi
Train
Cairns Central Station2700 ft
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Reviews
5.8
Guest ratingBased on  36  reviews
  • 6.2
    Good

    Excellent location in Cairns, at the esplanade next to the lagoon. Friendly staff.

    They said there was a free pick-up service available, but it has a lot of conditions: Only free if you stay for 3 nights or longer, you should arrange your own pick up with one special company and than you can get your money back only with a receipt. Terrible. Stayed there 3 nights, but didn't manage to get my money ($18) back. Little bit noisy at nights (but it's a real backpacker-youth-hostel). Room was definitely not clean and no clean sheets at first.

  • 5.8
    Guest rating

    good location, clean with decent facilities.

    Staff not the best. lost our booking and we needed to find alternative accommodation on the night we arrived.

  • 6.6
    Good

    The place is very well situated for those that are looking to make most of their time in Cairns with everything easily within walking distance. It also has a built in booking agent which seemed to have some reasonable deals going with regard to activities & excursion. With regard to cost the hotel is reasonably priced but you most definitely get what you pay for. So be aware!

    When booking there was definitely some ambiguity to the details of the hotel. Eg. 1. States that there is a free hotel transfer which there is technically but only if you stay min 3 nights & your outlay is then refunded. 2. We booked double expecting to get that however were given a twin (Bunk Beds) so might pay to call aheaded to clarify what it is that you are getting. 3. Bathrooms & amenities could do with an update or just a good clean. We originally booked 4 nights but only stayed the one as it wasn't what we expected & were able to find something more in line with our expectations. So if you're look for somewhere cheap to crash then this might be for you but in my opinion there better options available. Shop around, well worth it!

  • 7.4
    Very good

    Staffs are all nice!!!Bathrooms are clean.

    As we lived in touble bed in one room, the bed will make noise when people sit and leave. Need variety of dinner with beverage.

  • 5.0
    Guest rating

    The location. Air conditioner in room.

    No windows in the room! 2 bathrooms upstairs, in one the toilet was out of order, in the other bathroom the shower was out of order.The paintwork on the walls was atrocious.

  • 7.8
    Fabulous

    Can be walk to city and export(Marlin Jetty)

  • 5.4
    Guest rating

    Cheape

    Nosie and kitchen not enough cooker, and the big window can't lock

  • 6.2
    Good

    I made the booking on here so me and my boyfriend could have our own double room but when I arrived at the hostel, even with my confirmation email they had no record of me staying and had no double rooms so we ended up in a pokie small twin room with bunk beds. Wasn't really what we were planning!

  • 7.4
    Very good

    Room ok and reasonably clean. For such a price, ($23/px for a Twin room) don't expect too much. Friendly and helpful staff, Location is super near the city center. Free meal at a restaurant 2 blocks away every night (with a minimum purchase of a soft drink for $2.5, or add $6-8 for a steak/ bbq ribs)

    Only 4 shower rooms available (as one shower was damaged and did not repair). Room has no hooks to hang our clothing/towel. The temperature and pressure of hot water is unstable. The cups and pots were missing in the early morning (the people take away the cups and pots overnight in their own room), so we can't cook in the early morning. I don't know why the staff charge me $5 to book the fnq shuttle bus for me via his internet,( I believe you call the bus company directly, can save that $5)

  • 5.4
    Guest rating

    Staff was friendly. Location was great!

    No towels provided, only one fitted sheet for the bed, cockroaches and red ants in the room. The A/C unit worked , but was highly inefficient to even cool the room by 1 degree! The A/C and fan were noisy and had to be run all night.

  • 4.6
    Guest rating

    Leaving. Getting out doors for fresh air.

    No windows in the room. Room was worse than a jail cell I once spent 10 nights in!!! (Seriously). Hole in the roof of the room covered up by and advertisement poster... Power/aircon kept cutting out in the building and none of the workers knew how to fix it. Girl at reception was suppose to book my airport shuttle. Shuttle never arrived (she forgot to book it?!?!?!) had to wave down a taxi out front and race to the airport only just making my flight. Absolute shambles!

  • 4.2
    Guest rating

    The location was amazing, and it was very cheap!

  • 4.2
    Guest rating

    Not much really

    Dirty, noisey, outdated, no external windows, old air-conditioning, air-conditioning curfew (9:00pm), no security - our internal glass window was not lockable and just slid open. They lost our booking. Our booking for 2 rooms was made one week before. When we arrived only one of the rooms we booked (on Booked.net) was on their system despite the print out in my hand from Booked.net saying 2 rooms were booked. There was no offer to help fix the problem or arrange a booking else where. This turned out to be the busiest night in Cairns and wandering around with luggage trying to find somewhere to stay was just making us more tired and grumpy - after not being able to get accommodation. we went back to this hostel to demand they find us alternative accommodation as this was their fault. To the staffs credit, they were helpful after this. In the end we all squished into the one available room.

  • 4.2
    Guest rating

    We checked-out after one night. The bed was super uncomfortable, the toilet and kitchen was dirty. There was no mirror in the bathroom.

  • 5.8
    Guest rating

    Excellent location on the esplanade, very close to the reef terminal.

    Service can be a bit shabby. Most of the bathrooms were not functional. I had to check out at 7:30 AM and was assured that someone would be there to take the key and return the deposit. But they were late and I had quite a few anxious moments before I got to the airport.

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Highlights
6
Guest ratingBased on  36 reviews
Good to know
Check-infrom 13:00-23:30FREECheck-outuntil 10 amFREE
Children & extra bedsThere are no extra beds provided in a room. 
PetsPets are not allowed.
Cancellation
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Getting around
Airports
Cairns (CNS)3.4 mi
Mareeba (MRG)25.9 mi
Train
Cairns Central Station2700 ft
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