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Raleigh, North Carolina
Reviewed 31 October 2016

This was a very nice, family/locally owned hostel. It was very reasonably priced and provided all the basic amenities a hostel should for a good price. It is about a 15 minute walk from downtown, however, they offer shuttle service around to the entire city. Very down to earth staff and guests, and everyone was kind and wanted to help...

Thank conorquarry
Cairns, Australia
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Castaways Backpackers has been nothing short of Astounding, Facilities are Great the Kitchen is equipped, activities are often happening and the Staff are Helpful the Owner Wayne has worked a lot on the Hostel and you can tell. Kenny and Morgan Cook a delicious $10 BBQ on Sunday and are always Helpful where they can be, also ask Kenny about...

Thank JackRuby2016
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Great hostel in Cairns. Not in the centre but they do offer a shuttle service and it's not too far. Just a 20 min walk. Great variety of stuff to keep you occupied if not going out. Nintendo Wii and Playstation 4, movie room with Netflix, pool table, free slushies, pool. Also shout out to Kenny for being a top...

Thank EmmP22
Aarhus, Denmark
Reviewed 14 October 2016

As hostels go this is a good one. The rooms are clean with fresh sheets and quilts, and no bad smells. I had a single room with ensuite bathroom. The room, which actually had a double and a single bed, had a fridge and a TV, and shelves to put your stuff, which I haven't seen in other hostels I've...

Thank SZDenmark
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

I would strongly recommend this hostel to anyone visiting Cairns! It's without a doubt the best hostel we have ever stayed in. Rooms are spacious (no bunk beds) and have air con and a fridge. The staff are very kind, friendly and always doing their best to help with anything they can! We have tried to leave this hostel numerous...

Thank Stanislava D
Rostock, Germany
Reviewed 17 September 2016

I can only recommend this hostel to anybody who likes to stay in Cairns for a while. In general the facilities and rooms are good and the price is pretty good. It´s a little bit out of town and has a more relaxed atmosphere than other hostels I stayed in. But the service made it extraordinary. Kenny and the other...

Thank maxpos92
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We went to Cairns to pay a visit to the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation in our trip along the East Coast. I booked this hostel based in the decent reviews in Trip Advisor, but it was a big mistake. Our double room was in front of the patio and every night some staff members and guests were drinking...

4Thank david a
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Terrible experience the staff didn't really know what they were doing. People were sleeping in the tv area because they couldn't afford rooms and the staff let them... the filth in the rooms were unneceptable the sink was always full with food and plates. I have stayed in many hostels around australia and this has the worst atmosphere by far...

1Thank Tommyc1990
CastawaysBP, Owner at Castaways Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Toni, Im not sure why you would assume that people are sleeping in the cinema room because they cant afford a room, There is no way we would let this happen. Sometimes people do fall asleep while watching movies as the cinema room is very comfortable and relaxing. Im sorry you didn't enjoy our friendly and relaxing atmosphere by...

Cologne, Germany
Reviewed 7 September 2016

I was staying with Castaways for 3 months. The Hostel itself is big, big kitchen and several common areas. BBQs on Thursday night were always amazing! The staff is super helpful and friendly and will help you out in any Problem. Especially I want to mention Kenny, Kieran, Jenny and Liv, they keep the place running! I would recommend it...

Thank laurassternchen123
Nancy, France
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

I think this hostel probably is best for longer term stays (it notably has space to park camper vans) I however was only there for four nights and didn't enjoy it so much. Indeed while it is nice enough (clean, and friendly staff) it is too far away from the city center (20 mins walk) to be only nice. That...

Thank Marouxna

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Pool
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  • Kitchenette
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking

Additional Information about Castaways Backpackers

Address: 207 Sheridan St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: ₹ 1,357 - ₹ 3,297 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Castaways Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 24
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  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“Had en suite double room with double bed and single bed, great for families”
shelleyblackstein, 25 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Rooms vary in size :)”
JackRuby2016, 27 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Awesome environment”
adriennem196, 12 Jan 2016 | Read review
“not right next to the kitchen just in case there are early risers”
Syd_T-K, 17 Dec 2015 | Read review
“choose rooms that are located in the 2nd floor which may have better ventilation”
FionaCheng, 7 Dec 2015 | Read review
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