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Probably the newest and one of the cleanest hostels in Cairns, the Gilligan’s is a good place to stay, especially if you like the party atmosphere with the big pool and the bar right next to it. It is located on Grafton Street just 5 minutes walk from the bus stop and the small city center (CBD) with the shopping malls. The hostel – which appears more like a big, modern hotel building – seemed pretty clean when we visited last time, also the rooms were clean & tidy.
Gilligans Backpacker Hostel Cairns - Outside
Rooms from AU$ 26.00
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The Corona Backpackers in Cairns is probably the cheapest accommodation in Cairns. Dorm beds for just AU$9 were an unbeatable price at that time, a real bargain. However, management soon increased the price to AU$11 and later further to AU$15 – still affordable but not such a bargain anymore. Location-wise it’s right in the city center of Cairns, just across the street from Gilligan’s and only 5 minutes walk to Cairns Central Shopping Centre.

The place itself is quite basic. Rooms have a fan, but most don’t have windows at all or windows just facing the building next door an arm length away – no daylight. There are 2 kitchens with tables and seating, equipped with pots and pans, but unfortunately no cutlery – bit shameful for a self-describing ‘QUALITY BUDGET ACCOMODATION’ being forced to eat with your hands. On the plus side the reception hands out meal vouchers for a free basic meal at The Woolshed every night – great idea!

However, it would be good to have a common room other than a kitchen where people can meet and make friends, but there’s just none. As a result the social gatherings take place on the stairs at the back of the building (the infamous "CORONA STAIRS") next to the combined toilets and showers (just 2 per floor aren’t enough). While using those, make sure the window isn’t opened too wide as the people hanging out at the stairs might wanna take a glimpse. The best part of the hostel is certainly the staff, which was real awesome, friendly and helpful. The owner’s son Angelo Caravella, his mate Ivan and pretty Jodi Noden made our stay here unforgettable.

Good location
Fun place
Great staff
2 Kitchens
Bargain price
No internet
No cuttlery
No proper windows
No common room

Corona Backpackers - Cairns
Beds from AU$15.00
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Our Rating:
    3.0 / 5.0
Average place, but helpful staff & fun people.

(Last Reviewed: March 2005)

Caravella 77 Backpackers Cairns is located on the Esplanade – the waterfront of Cairns – just opposite the famous Cairns Lagoon. The place looked quite decent and clean, althought it was a bit crowded at times. Rooms are comfortable, have aircon or fan. Internet computer are provided near the reception. The kitchen is quite big and has some tables and benches. We found that the price was quite high for Cairns which is usually one of the cheapest places to stay in Australia.

Great location
Fun place
Good kitchen
Bit crowded
Bit expensive

Beds from AUD 24.00
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Our Rating:
    3.5 / 5.0
Decent place to stay.

(Last Reviewed: March 2005)

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