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"Staff weren't overly friendly in general, and wasn't very helpful when we asked about options for activities. Cleanliness is average, kitchen is prett ... " More

By a verified traveller on Sun 20 Dec 2015

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Hotel Description

Reef Backpackers puts you in the heart of Cairns, steps from Cairns Performing Arts Centre and within a 10-minute stroll of The Cultural Place. Highlights at this hostel include a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and free daily breakfast.

You can enjoy free WiFi, featured in all 20 rooms.

This smoke-free hostel offers free WiFi in public areas, a library, and a terrace. Other amenities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, laundry facilities, and a microwave in a common area. Each morning free on-the-go breakfast is offered between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM. There's also the convenience of an airport shuttle.

Sights within a 15-minute walk of this Cairns Central Business District hostel include Center of Contemporary Arts and Jute Theatre.

Reef Backpackers ratings based on 4 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.0 out of 5 2.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 1.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 2.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 1.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Reef Backpackers

Everyone (4)
2 out of 5

Posted by on 23 Jul. 2019

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1 out of 5

terrible idea

the room was dirty and had dirty bedding, we had to listen to music until 3.30am in the morning as house people where having a party unable to use bathroom in morning due to vomit being on the bathroom floor so unable to clean or brush teeth, never got our "free breakfast" terrible decision and will not be going back

Posted by on 12 Nov. 2017

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2 out of 5

Just not Clean and no air con not working lounge.

No sleep could not sit in the lounge area because of the rubbish around and on the tables

Posted by , from Central coast on 23 Oct. 2017

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3 out of 5

Plenty of better options around cairns

Staff weren't overly friendly in general, and wasn't very helpful when we asked about options for activities. Cleanliness is average, kitchen is pretty gross but that's because guests didn't clean up after themselves. Not a fun vibe either. Overall not too bad for its price but there are so many cheap option around cairns I would recommend staying elsewhere.

Posted by on 20 Dec. 2015

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. Free breakfast is available daily. Public spaces have free WiFi. An airport shuttle (available 24 hours) is available for a fee. An outdoor pool, a library, and a terrace are also featured at Reef Backpackers. A complete renovation of Reef Backpackers was completed in October 2018. This Cairns hostel is smoke free.

  • 20 guestrooms or units
  • To-go breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Self-service laundry
  • Express check-out
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Television in lobby
  • Smoking in designated areas
  • No smoking on site
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area
  • Water dispenser


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


  • Train station: Cairns Station (1.5 km / 0.9 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle

Room Amenities

Reef Backpackers offers 20 accommodations with air conditioning. This Cairns hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Bathrooms include showers. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Communal kitchen access
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Air conditioning

Food & Drink

Guests are served free on-the-go breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM.

Reef Backpackers has a restaurant on site.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hostel include an outdoor pool.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 6 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open during the following times:

  • Monday - Sunday: 8 AM - noon
  • Monday - Sunday: 2 PM - 6 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 6 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

This property's front desk is open during the following times:

  • Monday - Sunday: 8 AM - noon
  • Monday - Sunday: 2 PM - 6 PM
Guests arriving after 6 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children 17 and younger are not allowed at this property. All guests older than 17 are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


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

A credit 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 Visa and Mastercard.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Staffed front desk


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)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: AUD 15 (one-way), (up to 18 years old)
  • 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

  • Reef Backpackers Hostel Cairns
  • Reef Backpackers Hostel
  • Reef Backpackers Cairns
  • Reef Backpackers
  • Reef Backpackers Cairns
  • Reef Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Reef Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cairns

You should know

  • Reef 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.
  • Children 17 years old and younger aren't allowed at this property.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Alcohol isn't served at Reef Backpackers.
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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.