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Summer House Backpackers

341 Lake St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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#16 of 33 hostels in Cairns
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Summer House Cairns is a resort-style backpacker accommodation located in tropical Cairns, the gateway to the Barrier Reef, and minutes from the Cairns Esplanade. Fully refurbished in 2019, the property boasts stunning facilities including an enormous lagoon style pool, volleyball court, onsite bar, restaurant, secure parking, numerous common areas, lounges, gardens and a travel desk. All rooms are air-conditioned with free lightning-fast WiFi available throughout the entire property. Free breakfast is provided daily as well as free coffee and tea, while guests can benefit from heavily discounted food and drinks every day. The property is located close to Cairns Airport at the start of the Esplanade. A pleasant stroll along the waterfront esplanade will have you arriving in the centre of town in 25 minutes where you will also find Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cairns Night Markets and the famous Esplanade Lagoon. A free return shuttle bus is also available to drop guests off in town and back. We are a genuine international backpackers hostel best suited for foreign travellers aged between 18-35.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Free shuttle or taxi services
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Poolside bar
Billiards
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Karaoke
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German and 2 more
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Colman K wrote a review Dec 2023
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Really nice hostel, lovely pool, lovely drinks and lovely staff. Liam will sort you out with anything. Rooms are clean and simple. Food in restaurant is also really tasty. Would recommend to anyone staying in Cairns
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Foodie wrote a review Sept 2023
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Lovely pool area with hammocks, amazing food at the serpent bar, activities on everyday which are great fun, free days out which ended up being at the most beautiful waterfall, staff were lovely and so were the people staying in the hostel! We were sad to leave!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: There’s not a lot of room to hang your clothes out for how many people are staying there
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Bianca C wrote a review Aug 2023
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I wasn't made aware of the age restriction when booking a dorm bed, so when I arrived, I was forced to purchase a private room, making a $40 night, a $180 night! I arrived at 1830 and left at 0500. I understand the age restriction and had I known I could have purchased elsewhere...... $180 is very expensive for a backpackers. The room was fine. The staff were nice but could have offered a discount for my inconvenience.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Amie W wrote a review May 2023
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Daniel was super helpful with moving me and my friends into the same room. Went above and beyond. So grateful for him. Summer House has a really nice chill but social atmosphere. Plus they have Mario Kart.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nicholas C wrote a review May 2023
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The staff are friendly and helpful. Rooms have AC and the beds are comfortable and the pillows seem better quality than most places. Every bed has a double wall socket (even top bunks) which unfortunately is rare in places we’ve been to. There is a free shuttle into town which runs regularly, a big TV with sofas equipped with a WII to play Mario Kart, A TV room, amazing pool area with hammocks and loungers, a volleyball court and a ping pong table. Free wifi throughout, a vibrant bar with a stage for live music and the prices are very cost effective. Happy hour pitchers for $5 is a steal and we feel like we are robbing the place blind! Food options are tasty and fair priced. Kitchen is spacious and has all the amenities. Bathrooms have many showers and stalls. Plenty of events to sink your teeth into, if you like that kind of thing. Really regret not spending more time at this hostel when in Cairns as it truly is unbeatable for its price!
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Happy hour at the bar is a must!
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Amy wrote a review Mar 2023
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I was recommended to stay at Summer House and I have stayed there twice now! Each time I look forward to seeing the friendly staff, enjoy a free breakfast and get a good nights sleep! The hostel offers free shuttles into Cairns centre and also has a beautiful outside space. The bar on site is reasonable and serves good food however I never have an issue cooking as the kitchen is big and always clean.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Tina C wrote a review Mar 2023
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My boyfriend and I spent several nights in the Summer hostel backpackers, and we had a great time! Clean rooms, spacious kitchen, and really comfortable common areas. They offer transportation services such as bikes, scooters, and shuttles. Also, there is a good balance between fun and relaxation, thanks to the pool and the many activities organized by the staff. I highly recommend it!
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Marcogino86 wrote a review Mar 2023
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I've been at the Summer House Hostel Cairns with my girlfriend for 4 days. The place Is stunning, many activities to do! The manager gave us a double private room. The room was big, with 3 beds and very fresh with the AC! There's also a big pool with fresh water, a ping pong table and a volleyball field! You can enjoy the events all days during the night at the bar or in the pool! We met a lot of friendly and amazing people during out stay. I strongly suggest Summer House Hostel It you want to enjoy Cairns! Mattia
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Dan G wrote a review Feb 2023
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Love this place! The staff are really friendly and inviting, it’s got such a chilled out relaxed vibe throughout the whole place! Their bar has great food and you have to make the most of their 3pm - 4pm happy hour!! They have shuttles that run every half an hour back for to cairns centre so getting into town is easy, the comfy tv room is a highlight for me! Overall a really cool place to stay!
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Christy wrote a review Dec 2022
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Love this hostel! It has an amazing pool that you can chill at or in with lots of floaties for in the pool and hammocks and beds around. Facilities are good and clean, the room I stayed in was very quiet at night. There are a lot of areas where you can chill out at, game, make friends, watch movies. The service desk is open 24/7 which is also nice. All employees were very nice and helpful, and all the guests I've met were either fun or keep to themselves, good place to make friends. And don't let the distance to town scare you away from this hostel, because it has a shuttle that runs to and from the city centre every half hour. It always goes, no matter what hiccups, and it's always on time.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Room Tip: All floors are quiet, but the rooms that face the street (not the pool) are calmest I think
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PRICE RANGE
AU$46 - AU$150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
nomads serpent cairns hotel cairns
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar
LOCATION
AustraliaQueenslandCairns RegionCairns
NUMBER OF ROOMS
84
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Frequently Asked Questions about Summer House Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Summer House Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Tobruk Memorial Pool (0.4 km), Cairns International Tennis Centre (0.2 km), and Landmark Gallery (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Summer House Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Summer House Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Summer House Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Summer House Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Poemphun Thai Takeaway, Guyala Cafe, and Dunwoody's Tavern & Liquor Barn.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Summer House Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, fitness classes, and yoga classes during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Summer House Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Polish, and Hebrew.
Is Summer House Backpackers accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.