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Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

I spend a week in gilligans the hostel is really nice and in the city centre of Cairns. They have a lot of special offers for backpackers and friendly staff. The rooms are big and with balconies. The hostel is really modern. The kitchen is big but thr cookers working very slow. There is a bar nearby where you can...

Thank Lu N
Cairns, Australia
Reviewed 4 days ago NEWvia mobile

If you want to go to Gilligans, please be aware that it's the biggest party hostel in town, probably the best place to party in Cairns as well. A lot of people go there and complain about the noise, well yes there IS noise, but I think it's actually normal, people come here mainly to party. The facilities are good,...

Thank MargotIvanova
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

had some great nights of here, stayed for 3 days, hostel rooms pretty good, good aircon.... beds very squeaky, was on top bunk while my friend was getting some action on bottom bunk, felt awkward as he was pissing the rest of the room off, so felt the need to hold the bed against the wall spider man style to...

Thank xander57810
Reviewed 5 days ago NEWvia mobile

The bartenders didn't put alcohol in the 4 dollar basics "deal" available for those staying at the hostel. They were also very rude/racist when confronted about it. Other than that, the nightlife was awesome and the rooms were pretty nice for a hostel accommodation. Only come here if you're 25 and under and are ok with no sleep.

Thank Dan F
Northampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're coming to cairns you must experience this place even if it's only for 1 night! We stayed here for 5 nights and absolutely loved the place! You also don't have to go out every night and get smashed (like we thought after reading reviews) just to have a good time! The beds are so big and comfy we...

1Thank ZoeSmith2131
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gilligans is for one thing: partying, getting a tan by the pool and flexing those excellent muscles of yours. Gilligans is NOT for sleeping and relaxing and everyone I met on Oz's eastcoast agree. The decibel is waaay over the top and party goes on long into the night. The hostel has a tourist industry feeling to its atmosphere. Wifi...

Thank Magnesiun
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this hostel! Rooms were clean, beds comfy and rooms were spacious. There was also decent kitchen facilities on each level which was good as they were overcrowded. Amazing pool/bar area which was a lot of fun, great place to meet people. It's also located really central, close to everything. Only slight negative was that some of the staff were...

Thank Kirsty M
Venice, California, United States
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the things every backpacker must do at some point in Cairns, (even if one for one night), in stay at Gilligan's. I'm not quite sure if there is any hostel that parties quite as hard out there. Gilligan's includes a large resort-style pool, two bars, two dance floors, and a casino. That's right.. a casino in a hostel....

Thank DeeTravels94
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone knows full well going to this place it's going to be carnage and sleeping is not going to be a thing! People saying 'ohhhh I couldn't get to sleep, I spent the day stroking turtles and just needed an early night and I couldn't with the noise!'.....oh don't cry about it you little ferret faced weasels!! Rooms are very...

Thank Liam O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gilligans Backpacker Hotel and Resort is the place to go if you are looking for a good time in Cairns! I stayed here for a couple of months and it has been the greatest experience somebody could ask for. The bar serves good drinks which are cheaper than most places in town. There are daily drinking deals which are amazing....

2Thank Estelle D

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Gilligan's is the ultimate experience in accommodation and entertainment set in the heart of Cairns. Offering guests stylish backpacker accommodation, nightly entertainment and a relaxed atmosphere whilst soaking up the sun, why choose to stay anywhere else?All room types are fully equipped with full en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and four floors of communal areas. Or perhaps try our deluxe dormitories; designed to offer that little bit extra. Available in 4 and 6 bed configurations, these rooms offer TVs, refrigerators and some have a private balcony to kick back and relax after a long day at the reef, rainforest or even a lazy day by our pool.Free linen, Free car parking, Free crockery use in kitchens, VIP prices for in house guests, Half price to our international DJ eventsand so much more ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort

Address: 57-89 Grafton St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: £28 - £90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 120
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“Ask the reception staff about special offers for the different roomtypes.”
 of 5 bubbles 879estelled, 31 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Request a 4 bed dorm on the higher floors if you don't want to hear the club music till 3am.”
 of 5 bubbles Cristie2202, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Rooms facing the road are quieter than those facing the pool. Head up to higher floor kitchens, they have less people and better equipment.”
 of 5 bubbles TravellingTeacher22, 19 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Rooms on the street side are quieter than on the back, where there is the bar.”
 of 5 bubbles MYRiameke, 8 Dec 2016 | Read review
“The 4 bed rooms have plenty of room.”
 of 5 bubbles 362bretts, 17 Nov 2016 | Read review
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