Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland13 min walk
Cairns Base Hospital15 min walk
Mount Whitfield Conservation Park19 min walk
Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.)4 min drive
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About this area
Located on a private beach, Summer House Backpackers Cairns is in Cairns North, a neighbourhood in Cairns with good airport proximity. Tanks Arts Centre and Rondo Theatre are cultural highlights, and some of the area's attractions include Muddy's Playground and ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Cazaly's Stadium or Barlow Park. Discover the area's water adventures with scuba diving and snorkelling nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with skydiving and hiking/biking trails.
This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
If you are planning to arrive after 10:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests arriving after check-in hours will be required to leave their passport or driver’s license in the resort safe overnight and be checked in the next morning (when the passport/license will be returned). A passport number or license number is required for check-in.
Staffed front desk
Pets not allowed
Children and extra beds
Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available
Payment types at the property
Fee for in-room wireless Internet: AUD 4 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: AUD 4 per day (rates may vary)
Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.
You need to know
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards and debit cards
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property
Property is also known as
Nomads Hotel Cairns
Nomads Cairns Hostel
Summer House Backpackers Cairns Cairns
Summer House Backpackers Cairns Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Frequently asked questions
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
Self-parking is available for a fee.
Check-in is from 2 PM - 3 AM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
Checkout is at 10 AM.
Yes, there's an airport shuttle. A per person fee applies.
Located in Cairns North, this hostel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland and within 3 miles (5 km) of Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Base Hospital and Mount Whitfield Conservation Park are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Yes, Summer House Backpackers Cairns offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Summer House Backpackers Cairns cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Overall score and ratings
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The worst hostel I've been to in my life. Between the dinginess, the springs in the mattresses, the cockroaches, the mold in the showers, the early closure of the kitchen and the fact that there werent bathrooms on each floor, I wouldn't recommend this hostel to my worst enemy. Never again.
It’s a backpackers so it will always be fairly basic. Nomads is at the Northern end of Lake street, so nowhere near the lagoon or main CBD.
We booked a private room with separate bathroom. The first room had a portable air conditioning unit that wasn’t properly vented. Basically the fumes stayed in the room instead of the exiting the window.
The second room had no air conditioning which made it stifling hot. Given that weather for the day was 32.c, with a feels like temp of 41.c, the room maintained an unhealthy heat.
Clean, and accessible check in till 8pm.
Laundry services cheaper than external laundromat.
Wotif advertised a room with breakfast. No breakfast was provided.
Staff unclear on room payment so am currently following up with my bank to see if I have paid twice.
The overall low rating is based on staff knowledge and climate control in the room.