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Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort

  • 57–89 Grafton St. Map It
  • CBD
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  • Fun guests
  • Good gym
  • Comfy beds
  • Guest freebies


  • Noisy dorm rooms (rooms well away from the nightcliub are quieter)
  • Nondescript food
  • Dodgy washing machines. daily 9 am loudspeaker announcements about checkout

Updated 11/22/2013

Fodor's Review

If you're in Cairns for a party-style vacation and don'tmind noise, this upscale budget property is ideal: the clean, modern four-, six-, eight-, and 10-bed dorms, deluxe four- and six-bed "suites" and hotel-style twin and king rooms all have en-suite facilities; there's organised entertainment round the clock; and each drink you buy onsite gets you a free small meal. Deluxe suites and twin/king rooms come with fridges, TVs, and lounges, some even have balconies and DVD players. Terrific public facilities include a TV lounge, Internet café (wi-fi access, A$2 per day), beauty salon, gym, tour desk, licensed gaming room, pool tables, waterfall-fed lagoon pool and on-site nightclub Pure (nightly, 10 pm until late). Gilligans is hugely popular with gregarious younger travelers but everyone's welcome—though some might find it a little intense, what with the gigantic beer hall and deck, jelly-wrestling and cross-dressing nights, "dive-in" movies and sportscasts on Cairns's largest outdoor screen, and loud entertainment (including big-name bands and DJs), Tuesday through Sunday till late.

Hotel Information


57–89 Grafton St., Cairns, Queensland, 4870, Australia

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07-4041–6566; 1800-556–995

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 120 rooms
  • Rate includes Some meals

Updated 11/22/2013

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