I'm venturing to Cairns for a few days (from the UK) in May 2013. I've looked at pretty much every hostel available and can't make up my mind where I want to stay, so I'm looking for recommendations. I am travelling solo, female and 24 years old.
What I'm looking for is a reasonably priced hostel, that is social where I can meet lots of people to go out some nights, but not party central (i.e. Gilligans).
I'd obviously prefer the place to be very clean and friendly.
Added bonus would be free breakfast, airport pick-up, good location. I arrive in Cairns at 04:30am so I suppose I may struggle to get a pick-up but the hostel I choose would preferably have either an early check-in or somewhere I can drop my luggage off.
Hostels I have on my short-list at the moment are Dreamtime travellers rest (wasn't sure of the social side?), JJ's, NJoy, Calypso Inn, BHA central and Caravella Backpackers. But please let me know if there's any I've missed that fit the above description.
Any help would be extremely appreciated,