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The Jack Backpackers
Ranked #25 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Certificate of Excellence
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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“Good party hostel”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

We stayed at the Jack as it's cheap and you get a free evening meal every day which are really good. The staff are all very friendly and helpful, and you get a wifi allowance of 500mb everyday. The hostel itself is OK. I wasn't keen on the open plan unisex bathroom facilities. The rooms have their own mini fridge which is great, and they allow BYO alcohol. This is a very social hostel with a large balcony that surrounds the hostel. Great if you want to party every night, not so great if you have an early tour the next morning and want to sleep. They do, however, have motel style, ensuite rooms in a different building, bit more expensive but worth it if you're looking for a quieter time. These also include a free parking space in their car park, which in the middle of Cairns, is extremely useful.

Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

Ive stayed at the jack on 2 seperate occasions. Both for 3 weeks at a time. Each time I had the best time and met the greatest people ive met in australia. It is definitely the hardest place to leave that ive been to in 2 years. The staff at reception is so helpful and friendly its ridiculous. The service is outstanding. The free food is clutch everynight. Harriott the room cleaner is an absolute legend and goes way beyond expectations to keep the hostel in tip top shape. If you dont stay at the jack,

Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Airlie Beach, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2014

It's the best hostel in Cairns. Location is great, near Cairns Central, all the bars/clubs, and not a far walk from the esplanade and lagoon. Always very clean! I've stayed in a few different room types, big dorms and smaller ensuites and they're all great. The staff is pretty much the best ever. Loved everyone there! You have the best of both worlds - drink upstairs on the balcony or go down to the bar. There's fun things to do every night. If you go on Thursday, you can NOT miss Jack Ball. I didn't want to leave The Jack. It was wonderful and I'd never stay anywhere else in Cairns. I went there alone but left with so many friends with plans to meet up again soon!

Some negatives though - if you're vegetarian, you don't get the free meal like everyone else. You have to pay for a veg option, which I think is rather ignorant. Also, the kitchens aren't great. The stoves are awful to try to cook something - takes forever.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Eyemouth
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Very good clean hostel. Just a short walk to all the shops and bars on the water front. Also the fact you get a free evening meal proved very handy. The only bad thing i can think of Is that some of the cooking equipment in the kitchen didn't work. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2014
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

Every time I have been here I have the best time of my life. The staff are amazing people and keep the place spotless. Will pick the Jack over any hostel in cairns. Everything you need is close by and to be on that balcony having a drink in the sunshine with new friends is all part of the experience

  • Stayed July 2014
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Cairns Region, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 10 July 2014

I stayed in this hostel for almost 2 months.
The Jack, is really close to almost everything, 10 min to the lagoon, 5 mins to woolthworth, and probably too close to all the bars and nightclubs.
We have an amazing service:
- Reception open to 8 am to 9pm, all the day they help you for everything, give to you 300mo wifi everyday.
-Rooms are absolutely clean, every day the house keepers come inside your room and clean it PROPERLY!!!!
-kitchen/bathroom are clean, one of the cleanest backpacker I've stayed
-Free dinner everytnight! And vegeterian option.
-Backapackers' prices at the bar $4.50 drinks, $10 jugs of beer 3 games nights (trivia, beer poong, and slippery soocer) a lot of fun. Allowed to drink your own alcohol on the social balcony
- But loud the weekend nights from live music.

Room Tip: Motel side is the best part, you have your own bathroom for privacy.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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menton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

We staid few night in Jacks hostel and I really enjoyed my stay there.
It's really close by the Lagoon,by 10 min walk from it, the pub and free meals are cool.
Noisy for people who like quiet places.
I recomand it
wi fi 300 mo per day + wi fi of the city.
Kitchen and bathroom clean which is good to see!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Jack Backpackers
Address: 48 Spence St | Corner Sheridan and Spence Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shenannigans)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — The Jack Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Jack Backpackers is newly refurbished pub-style backpacker accommodation. The accommodation has 120 beds, ranging from 8 bed dorms with shared bathrooms, to four bed dorms and private double rooms with ensuite. The massive pub downstairs has three different bars, a beautiful outdoor undercover beer garden, top quality meal deals for the budget traveler, our famous Friends With Benefits VIP guest discount card, SETANTA & FOX sports action shown on our BIG screens daily 7 days a week, pool tables, a CASINO gaming lounge, plus free entertainment & activities 5 nights a week from Wednesday to Sunday, between the hours of 6pm & 12am. Entertainment on offer ranges from some of the best local & national live bands and DJ's, themed parties, crazy games, beer pong, open mic nights, + much more ... more   less 
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