Global Backpackers On The Waterfront (Cairns, Australia)

I choose this hostel because of its location – directly opposite the fun manmade lagoon. There are plenty of very nice hotels in the same area, however this is one of the few budget options.

Room was adequate – (double) bed wasn’t the most comfortable I’ve slept on, but did the job. There was an air conditioner, however it automatically turned itself off in the middle of the night, annoying when it’s needed to sleep (had to get up out of bed and flick the switch to turn it on again). Small sink in one corner of the bedroom (needed because the share toilets didn’t have sinks for some reason). There was one powerpoint in the room, however it was very high off the ground, making it challenging to charge phones and cameras. Room was what I consider “cleanish” (although the sheets appeared fine). No toilets or showers in the private rooms.

Hostel also had a large communal kitchen, laundry, general hangout space and a tour booking service. Shared showers looked a little grimy, but can’t really comment on them (I went over the lagoon both nights, so had a free (hot) shower there). Computers with internet (paid) available in the lobby.

Location is perfect – opposite the man-made lagoon and a short walk to the wharf from where all the cruises to the GBR leave. Plenty of restaurants in the area. Overall, considering the location, this is a great budget option for a short stay in Cairns. However keep in mind that this is a hostel, not a budget hotel, and adjust expectations accordingly.

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