Date of stay: March 2014Trip type: Travelled solo
I've stayed at nearly every hostel in Cairns and Castaways in by far the best.
Although it is a bit of a walk from the city centre (15-20 minutes) the staff offer a free shuttle bus the leaves frequently and sometimes by request. During the day the friendly staff often organise small trips to the beach or to local swimming holes which really allows us backpackers to see the local attractions that we normally wouldn't.
The hostel is clean and tidy but still has that homey feel to it. Dorms are 3, 4, 5 beds and no bunks! Reception also organises local tourist activities like reef tours, Daintree day tours, and more.
Guests are encouraged to socialise, and Castaways is one of the most social hostels in Cairns. There is no curfew at nights and everyone often gathers on the back deck for drinks and dinner. Those guests that like to get to bed early are respected and frivolities usually moved to the front by the pool after 10pm.
Kitchen facilities are great and there are free cooking utensils as well as cutlery.
Price includes free wi-fi and a fridge in your room.
Absolutely loved staying here and getting to know everyone. See you all again soon, I'm sure (:
Room Tip: All rooms are great, although if you prefer an early night or a quiet environment I suggest...
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