Summer House Backpackers Cairns

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Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool

Overview of Summer House Backpackers Cairns

Summer House Backpackers Cairns

2.0 star property

Guests rated this property 3.3/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • On private beach
  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Business services
341 Lake Street,, Cairns, QLD, 4870

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationCairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland13 min walk
  • Popular LocationCairns Base Hospital15 min walk
  • Popular LocationMount Whitfield Conservation Park19 min walk
  • AirportCairns, 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.

What's nearby

  • Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland - 13 min walk
  • Cairns Base Hospital - 15 min walk
  • Mount Whitfield Conservation Park - 19 min walk
  • Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens - 3 min drive
  • St Monica's Cathedral - 5 min drive

Getting around

  • Cairns Station - 8 min drive
  • Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 4 min drive


  • Poemphun Thai - 7 min walk
  • Bayleaf - 17 min walk
  • Little Ricardo's - 18 min walk
  • Jamdrop Cafe - 20 min walk
  • Ozmosis Cafe Kitchen - 3 min drive

About this property

Summer House Backpackers Cairns

Beachfront Cairns hostel in Cairns North, near Cairns Esplanade
Along with a private beach, this hostel has an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Self-service breakfast is free. Additionally, a bar/lounge, a poolside bar and a coffee shop/cafe are on-site.
Summer House Backpackers Cairns offers 85 accommodations with air conditioning. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.
Recreational amenities at the hostel include a private beach and an outdoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: WiFi (AUD 4 per 24-hour period)
  • Available in some public areas: WiFi (AUD 4 per day)

Parking and public transport

  • Self parking on site (surcharge)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available
  • Return airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free local area shuttle
  • Free train station pick-up shuttle
  • Free cruise terminal shuttle
  • Free shopping centre shuttle
  • Limo/town car service

Food and drink

  • Free self-service breakfast available daily 6:30 AM–8 AM
  • 1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/cafe
  • 1 poolside bar and 1 bar

Things to do

  • Arcade/games room
  • Billiards/pool table
  • Motorised watercraft
  • Outdoor pool
  • Volleyball

Family friendly

  • Arcade/games room
  • Free area shuttle
  • Corner/local shop
  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool


  • ATM/banking services
  • Corner/local shop
  • Library

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry-cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Business services

  • Computer station


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Private beachfront location
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


  • Designated smoking areas
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning

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Check-in from 2 PM - 3 AM
Late check-in subject to availability


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

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.

Access methods

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

Important information

Optional extras

  • 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

Cairns Nomads
Nomads Cairns
Nomads Hotel Cairns
Nomads Cairns Hostel
Nomads Cairns
Summer House Backpackers Cairns Cairns
Summer House Backpackers Cairns Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

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Overall score and ratings

Rating 5 - Excellent. 25 out of 161 reviews
5 - Excellent 16%
Rating 4 - Good. 57 out of 161 reviews
4 - Good 35%
Rating 3 - Okay. 48 out of 161 reviews
3 - Okay 30%
Rating 2 - Poor. 19 out of 161 reviews
2 - Poor 12%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 12 out of 161 reviews
1 - Terrible 7%




Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

1/5 Terrible

Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Hostel was closed. Had been closed for 2 months. No contact from Nomads or Expedia to tell us this. This is the last time I book accommodation with Expedia.
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2018

1/5 Terrible

Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Worst Hostel Yet
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.
Stayed 6 nights in Mar 2018

2/5 Poor

Liked: Cleanliness
Disliked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
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. Pros: Clean, and accessible check in till 8pm. Laundry services cheaper than external laundromat. Cons: 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.
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2018

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Was amazing

3/5 Okay

Disliked: Room comfort
The air conditioner cannot be controlled from the room. It can only be turned on or off from the office, making it too warm or too cold.
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2018