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Castaway's Backpackers
Ranked #16 of 89 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
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Munich, Germany
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Great atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

I spent almost a week at Castaways and had a great time there. Staff was very friendly and helpful (btw thank you Callum for throwing in my postcards - they all made it to Germany :-)), rooms, bathroom, kitchen etc. were always very clean. Plus: no bunkbeds!!! Unfortunately the location is a bit of a walk from downtown (20 min to Esplanade) but the frequent free shuttle rides makes it a non issue. All in all I had a wonderful time and would recommend this place to anyone!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Alfortville, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2014

I spent nearly two weeks in this hostel and it was by far the best time I ever had in Australia. The staff are so friendly and helpful, the hostel is always clean, the rooms with real beds, a really nice atmosphere... Everything you need !

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014

Had an excellent experience at Castaways in Cairns this past May! I traveled here with a group of students and found the accommodations to be extremely comfortable during our stay. We were able to book 2 spacious rooms. The location is a bit of a walk from downtown, but that allows for a better chance for exploring more of Cairns than what the noisy esplanade has to offer. My only chief complaint is a lack of outlets in the rooms. Even so, the staff were out of this world and extremely helpful, patient, and knowledgeable. They felt more like friends then folks working at a hostel. I would recommend Castaways to anyone visiting this special corner of Queensland!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Cairns, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

Castaways backpackers is a great hostel to stay at weather your looking for a good time or for some peace and relaxation. The staff are welcoming and very friendly. They also have an abundance of knowledge about the trips they have on offer ranging from the dives on the reef to the rainforest tours, plus they will always try and get you the best price. The communal facilities and rooms where very clean and tidy. The hostel isn't bang in the middle of the city centre but the frequent free shuttle rides makes it a non issue. You ask for nothing more from a hostel.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

What a great, small, friendly hostel! Our stay in cairns got extended due to the cyclone but castaways did everything possible to make our stay great, from poker nights to pool partys!
The staff are really friendly and make you welcome!
Would defo recomend this hostel to anyone traveling to cairns!

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

I've stayed at nearly every hostel in Cairns and Castaways in by far the best.
Although it is a bit of a walk from the city centre (15-20 minutes) the staff offer a free shuttle bus the leaves frequently and sometimes by request. During the day the friendly staff often organise small trips to the beach or to local swimming holes which really allows us backpackers to see the local attractions that we normally wouldn't.
The hostel is clean and tidy but still has that homey feel to it. Dorms are 3, 4, 5 beds and no bunks! Reception also organises local tourist activities like reef tours, Daintree day tours, and more.
Guests are encouraged to socialise, and Castaways is one of the most social hostels in Cairns. There is no curfew at nights and everyone often gathers on the back deck for drinks and dinner. Those guests that like to get to bed early are respected and frivolities usually moved to the front by the pool after 10pm.
Kitchen facilities are great and there are free cooking utensils as well as cutlery.
Price includes free wi-fi and a fridge in your room.

Absolutely loved staying here and getting to know everyone. See you all again soon, I'm sure (:

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

I booked a room for to nights and in the end I stayed 1 week.

A small hostel with wonderful, friendly, helpful staff, clean rooms, big tour board and nice guests also.

Was stuck here because of the cyclone and it could be no better place. There is not much to do in cairns but in this hostel you'll always find something.
You will always feel like part of the "family" although when you travelling alone.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Property: Castaway's Backpackers
Address: 207 Sheridan St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 89 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Castaway's Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 24
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