We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“My favourite Hostel in Australia”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
Flying Monkey Backpackers
Ranked #74 of 85 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“My favourite Hostel in Australia”
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Before I came to cairns I've read all the bad reviews about this hostel but when I came there I Fell compeltely in Love with it. I stayed in a 12 bed room (room 26) and I can not complain about anything. The showers and toilets are alright and the room was really really big and clean and the kitchen is social and you have everything you need to cook there. The free breakfast (on Sundays it's pancakes) is a plus point as well. The whole hostel is full of nice people and you feel like being a part of a small family then just being in a hostel. If I would recommend one hostel in Australia then it would be the flying monkeys backpacker hostel.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Paulinefurt
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

136 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    38
    30
    14
    6
    48
See reviews for
3
26
38
1
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (12)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 April 2014

stayed in a dorm with 18 people, some complain about the bad smell in the room at midnight and the staff came in the room AT MIDNIGHT, open the lights, speak loud and put some worse smelly detergent all over the room, thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
they also took one more night fare from my bank account AFTER MY CHECK OUT just because they didn't record my payment..... And don't want to refund me that money.
after a year in australia i never saw that before. WHATS WRONG WITH YOU????????????????????????

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank elo a
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers are raving about these Cairns hotels

Wien
Level Contributor
22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We stayed at flying monkeys for one night, and this is the worst place I have ever stayed...
Everything was dirty and unwashed and the sheets stank. The carpet is rubbish.
The aircon was so loud that we couldn't turn it on during the night.

The was a party the evening we stayed, ok this predictable in a place like this, we didn't bother.

But everytime the schower or basin was turned on there was a horrible loud noise... As people did this the entire night we couldn"t sleep the whole night. The noise was hearable all over the first floor, at least.

It was just horrible. At four o'clock in the morning the shower was used as a toilet and the whole floor stank incredible disgusting.

don"t go there! This is an terrible place!!!
We stayed in room number 12

Room Tip: The motel next door, i dont remeber the name has good rooms for 75 dollars.
See more room tips
  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Verena130
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Stockholm, Sweden
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Stayed at Flying Monkey with a friend, we were there for a week and we really liked it! Most of the staff and the manager were cool, really chill and we had some fun party nights with them and other guests. This is a great hostel if you like to party, live close to everything and pay a reasonable price. Was clean enough and kitchen was fine! The showers were a bit tricky at times but thats the only "bad" thing we have to say :) Felt kind of like home after a week, would definitely stay there again if returning to Cairns!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Sofia V
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2014 via mobile

Not a good Place to stay.
Everything was NOT clean and we had to stay with foreign people in a room. The kitchen was dirty, also the bathrooms. It was a horrible Night, the aircondition was Not working and the sheets were dirty. The smell was very Bad. DON'T stay there!!

Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
Helpful?
Thank USSG
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2014

Good location, opposite lagoon. Kitchen pretty big. We paid 25 dollars each for a twin room which was pretty good price.
However, the sheets were not clean and we were not really given the intro you sometimes get at hostels. Stuffy rooms. They tried to tell us we hadn't booked when we had, which I've seen happen to a couple of others on here. The worst part was that we booked an airport transfer for half 3 in the morning and paid a four dollar deposit to the hostel, the transfer never showed and we had no way of getting back in the hostel to ring them up. Probably the transfer company's fault rather than the hostels but was still rather frustrating.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Jemima S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Leoben, Austria
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

We spent the most horrible night in this hostel! The 4dorm room itself was okay, but the air was really stuffy and opening the tiny window didn't help a bit. The mattresses were rather saggy and you could feel every spring in it. Additionally, there were bed bugs and the waterpipe on the floor must have been damaged in some way, so whenever someone used it, the water conduit that went right through our ceiling made a sound like a fire alarm! Of course this was probably only the cause in our room, but honestly, bed bugs are no fun! They crawl into your bags and your clothes as well and it is hard to get rid of them again.
Wifi didn't work when we were there.

On the good side the location is right next to the center. And it was cheap. Bathrooms were spacious and clean.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
Helpful?
Thank Zuckerbaecker
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Cairns hotels
0.0 mi away
Cairns Waterfront Backpackers
0.0 mi away
Jazz Cairns Backpackers
Jazz Cairns Backpackers
#53 of 85 in Cairns
45 reviews
0.4 mi away
Asylum Cairns Backpacker Hostel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.2 mi away
Global Backpackers Central
1.5 mi away
Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar
0.9 mi away
Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Flying Monkey Backpackers? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Flying Monkey Backpackers

Property: Flying Monkey Backpackers
Address: 89 Esplanade, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #74 of 85 Speciality Lodging in Cairns
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Flying Monkey Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Flying Monkey Backpackers is located right in the center of Cairns and opposite the famous Esplanade Lagoon where you can throw down a towel and enjoy the sun or go for a refreshing swim. Room for two.... couples, lovers and friends... we are a small, well located hostel with mainly private rooms. With free airport pick-up, free light breakfast, free dinner, free WiFi plus being only a few minutes ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Expedia, Agoda, Odigeo, HostelWorld and Priceline so you can book your Flying Monkey Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing