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4.5 out of 5

"Great facilities and great atmosphere. Liked the free breakfast. " More

By a verified traveller on Thu 09 May 2019

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Hotel Description

At Why Not Backpackers you'll be 1.6 km (1 mi) from Cairns Esplanade and 1.9 km (1.2 mi) from Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Highlights at this hostel include an outdoor swimming pool and free continental breakfast.

All 30 rooms feature free WiFi. Bathrooms are shared.

This smoke-free hostel offers free WiFi in public areas, barbecue grills, and a picnic area. Added amenities include coffee/tea in a common area, laundry facilities, and a microwave in a common area. Each morning free breakfast is served. There's also the convenience of an airport shuttle.

Attractions within a 30-minute walk of this Cairns North hostel include Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal.

Bed in a 4-Bed Dorm, Women only, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Double Room, 1 Double Bed, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Bed in a 4-Bed Dorm, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Bed in a 6-Bed Dorm, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Twin Room, 2 Single Beds, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Bed in a 6-Bed Dorm, Women only, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Why Not Backpackers ratings based on 2 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 0.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Why Not Backpackers

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 28 Oct. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

29 Oct. 2019 by Jenna

Hey! Thank you for leaving us an outstanding 5/5 review! Good luck with your future travels :)

4 out of 5
Great facilities and great atmosphere. Liked the free breakfast.

Posted by on 9 May 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

10 May 2019 by Mila

Dear guest, thank you for your review! We are very glad you've enjoyed your stay with us. We offer different activities so that our guests can have a good time and meet other travellers, and we pride ourselves in our brekky, which has many different options so that everyone can find something they like :) We wish you the best on the rest of your travels! Kind regards, Mad Monkey Calypso Team

Property Features

Free breakfast is served daily. Public spaces have free WiFi. An airport shuttle during limited hours is available for a fee. An outdoor pool, tour/ticket assistance, and barbecue grills are also featured at Why Not Backpackers. This Cairns hostel is smoke free.

  • 30 guestrooms or units
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Pool or billiards table
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • No smoking on site
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area
  • Water dispenser

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Transport

  • Train station: Cairns Station (2.3 km / 1.4 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle

Room Amenities

Why Not Backpackers offers 30 accommodations with air conditioning. This Cairns hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include showers. Housekeeping is offered daily and hair dryers can be requested.

  • Bathrooms are shared
  • Communal kitchen access
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Air conditioning

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily from 8:00 AM to 10 AM.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hostel include an outdoor pool.

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 11:00 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. To arrange for check-in, guests must contact the property at least 24 hours prior to arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in information. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children younger than 18 are not allowed at this adults-only property. All guests 18 and older are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome

Policies

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

No onsite parking is available. This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash. Parties and events are allowed on site. For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Personal protective equipment will be available to guests. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions. Contactless check-out is available. Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Minimum guest age is 18
  • Caters to adults only
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Debit cards
  • Events/parties allowed
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are available
  • Individually wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association
  • Guest accommodation is not sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is not used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property
  • Contactless food service / room service is not available
  • Reservation is not required for facilities on site
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Food service not has not been amended for enhanced safety

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: AUD 20.00 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: AUD 15 per person (one-way)
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 1 percent

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Calypso Backpackers Cairns North
  • Calypso Backpackers Hostel
  • Calypso Backpackers Hostel Cairns North
  • Calypso Backpackers
  • Why Not Backpackers Cairns
  • Why Not Backpackers Cairns North
  • Why Not Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Why Not Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cairns North

You should know

  • Why Not Backpackers offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • This is an adults-only property and guests under 18 years old aren't allowed.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.