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Castaways Backpackers

207 Sheridan St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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#4 of 101 Speciality lodging in Cairns
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
BBQ facilities
Outdoor pool
Shuttle bus service
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour check-in
Express check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Italian
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Mochipro wrote a review Jul 2020
24 contributions11 helpful votes
I had an unforgettable experience in Cairns, and it all started at Castaways. The staff are absolute gems, incredibly helpful, relaxed, and friendly. There aren't many hostels where you see the owner (Wayne) socialising with guests... He even took a number of us out to Walsh's Pyramid for spectacular views of the coast and mountains... Thanks Wayne! Highly recommended for solo travellers as the layout of the hostel means you can't help but congregate and socialise, and the staff know the region very well, so knowledge sharing comes easily and you'll always feel welcome. There's two kitchens, one outdoors, replete with a BBQ, a pool to relax by, pool table, and an upstairs patio to chill in if you need it. The only downside was that I had to leave, but will be going back to stay again for sure!
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
.ia wrote a review May 2020
Lizard Island, Australia3 contributions
Great atmosphere and great rooms. It feels like one big family. Would stay there again and again whilst in Cairns. Lots of restaurant choices within 200m of Castaways. Great pool table. Wayne, owner, is a gem and has so many interesting stories.
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
Olivia wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
Me and my boyfriend got into Cairns after travelling up the east coast of Australia. Our first hostel was castaways and we loved it so much we stayed for a week. When we arrived we booked a 3 bed dorm and the owner put us into a nice room and also gave us special treatment by not putting anyone else in there with us which we were very grateful for. We wanted to go onto the Gt Barrier Reef which Wayne (manager/owner) recommenced us to go onto the best one to dive and snorkel - the company also picked us up outside the hostel. This was probably the best experience we have been on since staying in Australia. It’s nice being able to play pool and table tennis in the evening and socialise with the other guests and staff. 20 minute walk into the town, 2 minute walk to a bottle & food shop. Friendly and clean place to stay! Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from CastawaysBP, Owner at Castaways Backpackers
Responded 22 Feb 2020
Hi Olivia, So great to hear we made your experience in Cairns wonderful, thank you for taking your time to write a lovely review. Wayne and the rest of the castaways family wishes both you and your boyfriend happy travels! Hope to see you again if you choose to visit Cairns in the future. Thank you for staying with us. Kieran :)
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Tillyb1998 wrote a review Jan 2020
Clayton-le-Moors, United Kingdom74 contributions28 helpful votes
Upon arrival we were greeted by the owner at reception who had no issue in storing our luggage as we arrived before check in, he kindly showed us around the small but homely hostel and showed us to our rooms. The room itself was exceptionally clean and offered a spacious mini fridge, a double and a single bed (we only expected two single beds so this was a nice surprise) and there was also space to hang our clothes with hangers provided. The room had a ceiling fan which worked perfectly fine and additional air con was $1 which lasted for 3 hours but it cooled down the room very quickly and seemed to keep us cool throughout the night. Whilst the location of the hostel itself isn’t in the centre of Cairns (approx 20 min walk away), we didn’t mind this so much as it meant that at night it was quiet and we could get a good nights sleep. The toilets and shower rooms were again very clean and also very spacious - not your typical cubicle but had more of a homely bathroom vibe. The kitchen was fully equipped, very clean, and offered free amenities such as tea and coffee, as well as other dried goods which other backpackers had left. I would recommend this hostel to someone who is perhaps looking for a quiet hostel - especially if you’re staying for a prolonged period of time as it did feel very homely and safe.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from CastawaysBP, Owner at Castaways Backpackers
Responded 22 Feb 2020
Thank you for taking you time to write such a nice review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Happy Travels :)
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Brigitta T wrote a review Nov 2019
4 contributions
Awesome hostel with nice staff and a very kind owner. It was my first hostel during my first trip to Australia and I felt very comfortable and familiar. The rooms are nice and clean like the bathrooms. It's easy to get to know with the other poeople. I would definetly come back. Thanks for this amazing start, you made my trip to Down Under!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Response from CastawaysBP, Owner at Castaways Backpackers
Responded 22 Feb 2020
Hi Brigitta, We are glad to have made your first stay in Australia! Thank you for writing us such a nice review. Wishing your safe and happy travels. Kieran :)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Castaways Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Castaways Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include McLeod Street Pioneer Cemetery (0.07 km), Torres Strait Cultural Experience (0.5 km), and Crackerbox Palace (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Castaways Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Castaways Backpackers?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a separate dining room.
What food & drink options are available at Castaways Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Castaways Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Castaways Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Little Ricardo's, Bayleaf Balinese Restaurant, and Cock & Bull, Cairns.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Castaways Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Castaways Backpackers have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Castaways Backpackers offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Castaways Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Cairns.
Are any cleaning services offered at Castaways Backpackers?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Castaways Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.