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4.1 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 ... " More

By a verified traveller on Wed 13 Feb 2019

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Hotel Description

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort puts you in the heart of Cairns, within just a 10-minute stroll of popular attractions like Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Reef Fleet Terminal. Highlights at this hostel include 2 bars/lounges, a restaurant, and an outdoor swimming pool.

Free WiFi and safes are featured in all 120 rooms.

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

Attractions within a 15-minute walk of this Cairns Central Business District hostel include Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Convention Centre.

Hotel Twin Room

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$81* Per night/room 1 Sep. - 2 Sep.

8 Bed En-suite Female

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

6 Bed Mixed Dorm With En-Suite

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

4 Bed Female Dorm With En-Suite

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

4 Bed Mixed Dorm With En-Suite

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

6 Bed Female Dorm With En-Suite

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

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)
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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4 out of 5
Pros: Front desk staffs are friendly and helpful
Cons: Security staffs are mean and shows some signs of discrimination
I wont go there anymore

Posted by , from Papua New Guinea on 4 Feb. 2015

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5 out of 5
Pros: The biggest party in Cairns
Cons: Noisy at night especially in weekends

Posted by , from Australia - QLD - Brisbane on 25 Dec. 2014

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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
  • Dining venue
  • Bar by the pool
  • 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

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS) (6.5 km / 4 mi)
  • Train station: Cairns Station (1.6 km / 1 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort offers 120 air-conditioned accommodations with safes. This Cairns hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Bathrooms include showers. Housekeeping is offered daily and hair dryers can be requested.

  • Communal kitchen access
  • 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
  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

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.

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • UnionPay
  • Staffed front desk
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available

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 of 0 percent

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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You should know

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