JJ's Backpackers

11-13 Charles StreetCairns4870Australia
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About JJ's Backpackers

Set in casual two-storey property surrounded by palm trees, JJ's Backpackers is a five-minute walk from the Esplanade waterfront and a five-minute drive from Cairns train station. Wi-Fi, breakfast and parking are all complimentary at this relaxed, owner-operated hostel.

Mixed and single-sex dorms with three, four or five beds provide ceiling fans and shared bathrooms. Private rooms (also with shared facilities) are available too. All linen is provided free of charge; air-conditioning is offered at a fee.

Guests can relax in a modest outdoor pool and take advantage of a free town/train station shuttle service. Additional amenities include a table tennis table and a communal TV lounge with a DVD player and games console.

A communal kitchen and barbeque facilities are both available for guest use. A selection of eateries - including the stylish ‘Teshi’s Restaurant’ – are within a five-minute walk.

JJ's Backpackers is one-and-a-quarter miles from Cairns’ ever-popular Esplanade Lagoon.


11-13 Charles Street, Cairns, 4870, Australia
Telephone: +61(7)40517642 | Fax: +61(7)40517223 | 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
  • Convenience store
  • Deck chairs / Lounge chairs
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Organized activities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Parking garage
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Cosmetic mirror
  • Electric kettle
  • Fan
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Ironing board
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Room safe
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 07:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

Super-friendly staff members go the extra mile

The vast majority of visitors noted that the guys working here are more than happy to go far above and beyond what's expected of them if it means their guests will have a more memorable stay. Effort, enthusiasm and good old-fashioned hospitality are clearly the manager's watchwords here.

Free bus is a massive bonus

A great many travellers have sung the praises of the free shuttle service offered here. Available at set hours throughout the morning, afternoon and evening, it makes getting to and from the town centre and train/bus stations a veritable breeze.

Hostel has an infectiously enjoyable vibe

Guests looking for an enjoyable yet slightly more relaxed alternative to Cairns' plethora of party hostels have fallen in love with the laid-back, fun and friendly vibe here. The provision of nightly events like BBQ Sundays, pizza Thursdays and outdoor movie night Wednesdays helps maintain the casual yet highly sociable ambience.

Negative Reviews

You have to pay for air-conditioning

Very few travellers have been pleased to find out the air-conditioning here is only available for a price. Unfortunately, the accommodations are very stuffy so those travelling on a budget are often stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Location isn't the best for nightlife

Lots of visitors have said they found this hostel's location a little inconvenient after dark. This is because, once the shuttle service finishes for the night, the only way to get in and out of town is to get a taxi or - if you're up for a two-and-a-half mile round-trip - walk.

Can be noisy at night

It has been noted that getting to sleep isn't always an easy thing to do at this hostel. Noisy ceiling fans, manoeuvring vehicles and inconsiderate roommates were the chief disturbances highlighted by weary guests.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 752 reviews across the web
8.1 /10
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    8.9 /10
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    7.8 /10
8.1 out of 10 based on 752 reviews