Cairns Budget Accommodation

Cairns has a thriving and popular backpacker culture, with many restaurants, cafes and nightclubs supporting almost exclusively backpacker clientele. For those on a budget, backpacker hostels in Cairns are a popular option for cheap Cairns accommodation.

Mutual back scratching abounds, hostels support the backpackers who support them! Many have meal deals to go with the accommodation, as well as a wide network of backpacker supporting businesses which give discounts for various things around the city.

To go backpacking in Cairns is to PARTY! Backpacker hostels in Cairns have fun daily specials, and give out lengthy lists of discount vouchers to tours, restaurants and souvenirs. Some of the funky things you can expect to find in Cairns hostels include; white water rafting practice in the pool, strip naked for an adventure tour, boob painting with your native flag for a bar tab, sumo suit wrestling and many more crazy party antics!

Many fellow backpackers in Cairns can be found catching some rays around the lagoon on the Cairns Esplanade. It is permissable to sunbake topless on the Cairns Esplanade (within a designated area) and backpacker girls and guys alike flock to the area.

If you are planning to go backpacking in Cairns, enquire at your hostel's tour desk for special deals on Great Barrier Reef tours and diving trips, as many will have access to discounts unavailable to the general tourist public.

The best backpacker focussed learn to dive course we've found is Fitzroy Island Dive. Their courses are land-based, which means you don't bob around on the boat and get seasick, and you stay on Fitzroy Island, which is the ULTIMATE backpacker party island. The dive courses are exceptional value, and well worth checking out if you're interested in learning to dive.

Cairns Budget Accommodation Listings

Cairns Villa and Leisure Park

Cairns Villa and Leisure Park

Air-conditioned holiday villas, cabins and camping amongst 11 acres of lush tropical gardens. Located 5kms from the city centre, Cairns Villa and Leisure Park is a place to relax and get away from it all for an affordable price. Great facilities for kids including a playground, volleyball courts and games room.

The Villas are air-conditioned and have fully equipped kitchens, cable TV, bathrooms and linen. The Balinese style Cabins feature an open-plan layout with kitchen facilities, air-conditioning, ensuite and cable TV. The Barra Budgy's are an ideal budget option for couples and backpackers. Camping facilities include a laundry, camp kitchen and a games room.

Cool Waters Holiday Park

Cool Waters Holiday Park

Budget family accommodation north of Cairns. Cabins and caravan sites situated amongst tropical gardens by a freshwater creek. Cabins are air-conditioned and feature kitchens, televisions and most contain an ensuite. Property features a camp kitchen, laundry facilities, playground, pool, internet access and pets are welcome.

Nomads Serpent Hostel

Backpackers hostel on the north side of Cairns, a street back from the Esplanade and secluded enough to make a little noise. With air-conditioned rooms and a huge pool, Serpent Hostel is a funky place to stay. Cheap internet cafe and plenty of nightly action around the pool.

Nomads Cairns Beach House

Vibrant backpackers hostel just outside the city centre. Located on Sheridan Street, close to the airport, local shops and public transport. Features a bar and large beer garden to relax and get to know your fellow travellers.

Dormitory acommodation and doubles/twin rooms available. Free nightly meal and courtesy bus in to the city centre. 24 hour check-in, internet and laundry facilities available.

Nomads Esplanade Backpackers

Nomads Esplanade Backpackers

Situated in the heart of the Esplanade across the road from the famous Cairns Lagoon. You can't get closer to the action! 24 hour check-in, air-conditioned rooms to beat the Cairns heat and free airport pick-up. Modern communal kitchen and lounge with Sky TV. Get involved in the nightly activities for meal and drink specials.

Dorms, twins and double rooms available at great prices. Linen supplied.

Other Cairns Accommodation Options

Is a Cairns Backpackers Hostel not really the accommodation style suited to your next Cairns vacation? Browse our extensive selection of accommodation in Cairns under the general categories below to see if you can find something suitable:

Need to get out of Cairns? Try one of our surrounding area directories...

Port Douglas

North of Cairns is the star-stricken celebrity going areas proximate to Cairns; the Northern Beaches and Port Douglas. Calm azure waters and gentle crashing waves with white sandy beaches are the spectacular reality just north of Cairns. Regularly awarded Queensland’s cleanest beaches awards, Cairns Beaches are perfect for relaxing, lazing and working on the suntan!

Browse our range of Port Douglas accommodation, and see the luxury which awaits in this casual township of Port Douglas.

Great Barrier Reef

The area famous and well visited for its ‘largest living organism’, the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is a must see for any visitors to the Cairns.

Resort accommodation can be found on the Great Barrier Reef off Cairns on Green Island, Fitzroy Island and Double Island. Dunk Island and Bedarra Island near Mission Beach also sport luxury accommodation, and are great for couples who are looking for a relaxing and secluded getaway.

See our range of Great Barrier Reef tours for information about the companies who operate on the reef from Cairns. In Cairns city.

Atherton Tablelands

West of Cairns is a treat for gourmet food lovers, birdwatching enthusiasts, bushwalkers, photographers and hopeless romantics! The Cairns Highlands, formerly known as the Atherton Tablelands is a self-drive adventure land which is highly recommended for those staying a little while in the Cairns region.

The best aspect of staying on the Tablelands is that all Atherton Tablelands accommodation in very unique. Browse our range to see some of the best on offer in the region.

Innisfail & Mission Beach

South of Cairns lies the sleepy town of Innisfail which thrives on sugar cane and bananas. Drive a little further, and you'll be enthralled by an old Spanish castle at Paronella Park, and one of Australia's most magnificent beaches at Mission Beach.

Accommodation in this area can be found at Mission Beach Holidays.