3.9 out of 5

"A room i needed for a couple of niights. Served its purpose. Staff were friendly and helpful which made staying there enjoyable. Only problem were t ... " More

By a verified traveller on Wed 30 Aug 2017

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Hotel Description

At Nomads Cairns you'll be 1.6 km (1 mi) from Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens and 2.3 km (1.4 mi) from Cairns Esplanade. Highlights at this hostel include a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and free continental breakfast.

All 85 rooms feature WiFi.

The hostel's own poolside bar and bar/lounge are nice places to enjoy a drink. Other amenities include WiFi in public areas, a coffee shop/café and laundry facilities. Each morning free breakfast is served. There's also free self parking, along with the convenience of a free area shuttle.

With a stay at this Cairns North hostel, you'll be 2.3 km (1.5 mi) from Mount Whitfield Conservation Park and 2.5 km (1.6 mi) from Cairns Night Markets.

Double Room (Shared Bathroom)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

King Room (Ensuite)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Shared Dormitory, 1 Single Bed (4 Bed)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Shared Dormitory, Women only (4 Bed)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Double Room, Ensuite

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Twin Room, 2 Single Beds, Ensuite

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Nomads Cairns ratings based on 50 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.9 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Nomads Cairns

Everyone (37) Couples (8) Students (1) Family (4)
2 out of 5
It’s a backpackers so it will always be fairly basic. Nomads is at the Northern end of Lake street, so nowhere near the lagoon or main CBD. We booked a private room with separate bathroom. The first room had a portable air conditioning unit that wasn’t properly vented. Basically the fumes stayed in the room instead of the exiting the window. The second room had no air conditioning which made it stifling hot. Given that weather for the day was 32.c, with a feels like temp of 41.c, the room maintained an unhealthy heat. Pros: Clean, and accessible check in till 8pm. Laundry services cheaper than external laundromat. Cons: Wotif advertised a room with breakfast. No breakfast was provided. Staff unclear on room payment so am currently following up with my bank to see if I have paid twice. The overall low rating is based on staff knowledge and climate control in the room.

Posted by on 4 Apr. 2018

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4 out of 5

Good hotel close to airport

A room i needed for a couple of niights. Served its purpose. Staff were friendly and helpful which made staying there enjoyable. Only problem were the guests made a lot of noise till early in the morning. Room was clean and tidy and bathroom could have needed more attention.

Posted by , from Perth Australia on 30 Aug. 2017

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3 out of 5

Great for backbackers

Pros: Price and facilities
Cons: Room and noise control in corridors
Location: Bit of a walk into town, and to Marina, but Esplanade is beautiful at any time of night or day, with several public pools along the way, free to use.
Excellent for backpackers with everything available at reasonable prices. Room was very, very basic.

Posted by , from Sydney on 27 Jul. 2017

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4 out of 5

Welcoming atmosphere & fun staff & clean

Although technically in north Cairns Shuttle is excellent. Its all good, very good service very clean premises and cleaned daily including ablutions. Comforting at home feeling. Great place to meet people. Cheap and includes shuttle to and from town hourly. Cool

Posted by , from cairns QLD on 16 May 2017

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3 out of 5

Good shuttle service into town!

Dylan at the travel desk was super helpful and chill, it was raining for our 3 day stay and he helped us not only book the next part of our trip but find something cool to do (Kuranda sky and railway) The room itself, well it's a hostel so probably do go if you expect Hilton service, but it's got a good vibe and it's pretty clean. The sheets were a bit damp for our first night and the room was freezing cold (only due to the weather at the time) Overall I'd stay again if travelling Oz

Posted by , from London on 18 Aug. 2016

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3 out of 5
Staff at the front desk were really helpful, the only problem I had was trying to lug 2 heavy suitcases up all the stairs, but that is no fault of the staff.

Posted by on 8 Aug. 2016

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3 out of 5

Reasonable with all facilities and friendly staff

Courtesy bus in and out to night market .Bit noisy when bus returned later in night with party animals returning but ok and close to everything

Posted by on 11 Jul. 2016

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4 out of 5

we had a good experience at Nomads

The staff picked up us from the airport at middle night. Very good service :)

Posted by on 15 Jul. 2015

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3 out of 5

Cheap rates, nice facilities

Excellent cost to stay 2 nights. Lots of international visitors staying as guests. Good central kitchen, great pool, limited shared spaces.

Posted by , from Melbourne AU on 2 Jun. 2015

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4 out of 5
Pros: Good price
Cons: 3 levels but no lift

Posted by , from Australia - QLD - Townsville on 3 Jan. 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

3 Jan. 2015 by

Thanks for the review - we are glad you enjoyed your stay - we do have rooms available on the ground floor for anyone who cannot manage the stairs. Hope to see you again soon!

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include A poolside bar and A bar/lounge. Free breakfast is available daily. A computer station is on site and WiFi is available in public spaces for a fee. An outdoor pool, a library, and tour or ticket assistance are also featured at Nomads Cairns. A cruise ship terminal shuttle and A train station pick-up shuttle are free. Self parking is free. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Cairns North hostel.

  • 85 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Games room or arcade
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Library
  • Corner/local shop
  • Garden
  • Computer for guest use
  • ATM
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Outdoor pool
  • Free area shuttle
  • Grocery/convenience store
  • Laundry facilities
  • Arcade/game room


Available in all rooms: WiFi (surcharge)

Available in some public areas: WiFi (surcharge)


Free self parking


  • Airport: Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) (3.8 km / 2.3 mi)
  • Train station: Cairns Station (3.3 km / 2.1 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free area shuttle, train station pick-up, cruise terminal shuttle, and shopping centre shuttle; airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Nomads Cairns offers 85 forms of accommodation with air conditioning. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Air conditioning

Food & Drink

Guests are served a free continental breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 8 AM.

Nomads Cairns has a restaurant serving dinner only.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time ends at 3 AM
  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM.

A night-watch staff member is on duty for guests arriving outside these hours. Guests will be required to leave their passport or driver’s licence in the resort safe overnight and be checked in the next morning (when the passport/licence will be returned). Passport number or licence number is required for registration card.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed


This property's free breakfast consists of continental breakfast provisions that guests must prepare themselves. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

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 are 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 rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available


Optional extras

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

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: AUD 4 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: AUD 4 per day (rates may vary)
  • On-site 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

  • Nomads Cairns Hostel
  • Nomads Cairns
  • Nomads Cairns Hostel Cairns North
  • Nomads Cairns Cairns North

You should know

  • Nomads Cairns 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.