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4.1 out of 5

"The best set up you will ever find. Not only is there a great pool and bar; the layout is amazing, and every day has a different themed party. The a ... " More

By a verified traveller on Tue 08 Dec 2020

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Hotel Description

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort puts you in the center of Cairns, 0.9 km (0.6 mi) from Cairns Esplanade and 0.5 km (0.3 mi) from Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Highlights at this hostel include 2 bars/lounges, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Free WiFi, Smart TVs, and safes are featured in all 120 rooms.

At the hostel's own poolside bar, you can stop for a drink. Enjoy access to basketball and volleyball. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. There's also the convenience of self parking.

With a stay at this Cairns Central Business District hostel, you'll be 0.7 km (0.4 mi) from Reef Hotel Casino and 0.7 km (0.4 mi) from Esplanade Lagoon.

Hotel Twin Room

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$81* Per night/room 23 Jan. - 24 Jan.

8 Bed En-suite Female

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

6 Bed Mixed Dorm With En-Suite

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4 Bed Female Dorm With En-Suite

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.TwinXLBed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

4 Bed Mixed Dorm With En-Suite

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6 Bed Female Dorm With En-Suite

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Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort ratings based on 42 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.1 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort

Everyone (34) Couples (6) Family (2)
3 out of 5

Posted by on 26 Dec. 2020

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5 out of 5
The best set up you will ever find. Not only is there a great pool and bar; the layout is amazing, and every day has a different themed party. The atmosphere is sensational, and you also have the option of staying in a hotel room which is spacious and on par with non-backpacker options. So you can get the best of both worlds in enjoying the social experience while having your privacy and space in your room. A great and fun place to stay, and I can’t wait to go back.

Posted by , from Gold Coast on 8 Dec. 2020

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4 out of 5

Posted by on 23 Apr. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

22 May 2019 by Theo C

Thank You for your good score we hope you come again and have a 5/5 experience next time!

4 out of 5
I didnt realise the party reputation of the hotel ans was a bit put off by the 'jelly wrestling' being shown the day i arrived, but i only had 1 night here and was fairly jetlagged so chose to just crash. The beds were comfy, the hotel style room was spacious, and i wasnt aware of any noise overnight.

Posted by on 13 Feb. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

12 Apr. 2019 by Theo C

Thank you for your feedback.

4 out of 5
Nice place value for money....Good rooms....Everthing at one place

Posted by on 20 Apr. 2017

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5 out of 5

Very central

Get stay, tidy rooms. Central to shops, lovely staff Just be willing to here some noise from music at night.

Posted by on 16 Aug. 2016

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4 out of 5

Great backpackers with awesome facilities

Central, professional and modern backpackers, with bars, restaurant, nightclub, travel agency and pool all attached. Beds could've been a bit more comfy, but the staff and overall friendliness made up for it. Great location and warm welcome feeling.

Posted by , from Nelson Bay, NSW on 13 Aug. 2016

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5 out of 5

Great facilities, great location

Second best backpackers I've stayed anywhere in the world. Would recommend all- facilities, staff, pool, meals, location. Respectful, quiet feel and vibe. Awesome digs

Posted by , from Yarrawonga on 20 Mar. 2016

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4 out of 5

Excellent Centrally Located Accomodation

Cons: Security need to ensure safety and security of customers is a priority. My daughter was refused by security for her cousin to walk her safely to her
Location: room.
Excellent accommodation, rates were reasonable, clean spacious room and central location in the city was a bonus. Security staff can be heavy handed (no need)

Posted by , from Brisbane on 26 Aug. 2015

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 7 Feb. 2015

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About the Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort

Location 57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD 04870

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include 2 bars/lounges and a poolside bar. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. An outdoor pool, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort. For a fee, parking is available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Cairns hostel.

  • 120 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • 2 bars or lounges
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Computer for guest use
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas
  • Bar by the pool
  • Dining venue

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Train station: Cairns Station (1.2 km / 0.8 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort offers 120 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and shared/communal kitchens. 45-inch Smart televisions come with digital channels. Bathrooms include showers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is offered daily and hair dryers can be requested.

  • Communal kitchen access
  • Smart television
  • Digital channels
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Safe
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Wheelchair accessible

Food & Drink

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort has a restaurant on site.

Hotel Policies

Check-in

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

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. At check-in, guests must provide either a negative PCR COVID-19 test result or a record of full COVID-19 vaccination. The negative COVID-19 test result requirement applies to all guests aged 18 and up, and test must have been administered no more than 72 hours prior to check-in. COVID-19 vaccination record requirement applies to all guests aged 18 and up; guests must have received complete vaccination at least 7 days prior to check-in.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children 18 and younger are not allowed at this property. All guests older than 18 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.

This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Union Pay. Cash is not accepted. 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; the property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray. Social distancing measures are in place; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions. At check-in, guests must provide either a negative PCR COVID-19 test result or a record of full COVID-19 vaccination. The negative COVID-19 test result requirement applies to all guests aged 18 and up, and the test must have been administered no more than 72 hours prior to check-in. COVID-19 vaccination record requirement applies to all guests aged 18 and up; guests must have received complete vaccination at least 7 days prior to check-in.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • UnionPay
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff do not wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • 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 not available
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Staff temperature checks are not 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 not available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association
  • Guest accommodation is not sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is 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
  • Guests must provide health documentation
  • Guests must provide a negative COVID-19 test result
  • Guests must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Negative COVID-19 test result must be of specific type(s): PCR
  • Negative COVID-19 test result must have been issued within a specific period before check-in: 72 hours
  • Minimum age for negative COVID-19 test result requirement: 18
  • Minimum age for proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirement: 18
  • COVID-19 vaccine must have been received a minimum number of days before check-in: 7
  • Property does not offer on-site COVID-19 testing

Fees

Optional extras

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

  • Self parking fee: AUD 8 per day
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

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

Hotel Names

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  • Gilligan's Backpackers Cairns
  • Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
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  • Gilligans Backpackers Hotel And Resort
  • Gilligans Backpackers Hotel Cairns
  • Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel Resort Cairns
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You should know

  • Children 18 years old and younger aren't allowed at this property.
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Frequently asked questions

*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.