Caravella Backpackers

149 EsplanadeCairns4870Australia
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About Caravella Backpackers

Positioned along the esplanade of Cairns, just seven minutes from the beach, Caravella Backpackers is a social property with an array of guest facilities. Free airport pickups are offered for all guests staying with the hostel.

The property’s bright rooms are all air-conditioned and feature fridges and fans as well as complimentary towels. A range of mixed and female-only dormitories are available, with shared or private bathroom options.

Facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool and sun-lounging area, a pool table and TV area. Free Wi-Fi is supplied in communal areas, luggage storage is also offered.

Two fully equipped kitchens provide excellent self-catering facilities, there are additional outside BBQ’s for guest use. Caravella Backpackers also offers special meal deals each evening with a nearby restaurant.

Cairns Pier is just fifteen minutes walking along the seafront, whilst the city centre and its bars, shops and restaurants is around a kilometre away.


149 Esplanade, Cairns, 4870, Australia
Telephone: +61(7)40512431 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Airport shuttle
  • Computer with internet
  • Concierge
  • Deck chairs / Lounge chairs
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • Wellness center / Spa
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Fan
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Refrigerator
  • Room safe
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

For children

  • Kids' playground

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 12:00

Positive Reviews

Exceptional front-desk staff

The front-desk staff of this hostel are praised time and time again for their friendly, helpful and welcoming nature. Reviews suggest the staff go beyond what is expected and are very accommodating to guests, assisting with local information and tips, this helping travellers to save money and time.

Close proximity to waterfront

Located yards from the esplanade and within a short walk of the nearby beach, the location of the hostel is repeatedly lauded in reviews. Guests enjoy being able to walk to the beach so quickly and often list this as a number one reason for staying with the property.

Free airport pickup

The property offers a free airport collection service, and a discounted return trip. Multiple guests mention this as an excellent touch from the hostel and appreciate the convenience and welcoming nature of the gesture.

Negative Reviews

Wi-Fi issues

The Wi-Fi is consistently slated by guests for a number of reasons. Guests report Wi-Fi only being available at certain times, being switched off during evenings. The range is said to be poor, and the quality very unreliable, many guests stated they had to go off-site to complete any online tasks.

Low bunk beds

Multiple reviews state the bunk beds to be very low and as a consequence guests find it  impossible to sit up on the lower bed. Guests mention the inconvenience of this, having only the option of lying down when using their bed.

Thin walls between rooms

The walls of the rooms at this hostel are consistently described as being extremely thin and very poorly soundproofed. Guests comment on being able to hear noise very easily from their room, sometimes providing issues with getting woken up during the night. The thin walls also made a number of guests feel uncomfortable and lack privacy.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 2598 reviews across the web
8.3 /10
  • hostelbookers
    8.7 /10
  • Other Sources
    7.9 /10
8.3 out of 10 based on 2598 reviews