Cairns Backpackers Guide

Cairns Backpacker guide the best things to see and do in Cairns 

Well known as the Adventure Capital of Australia, Cairns is also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. Home to the only Bungy tower in Australia.

The must do’s in Cairns is scuba diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef there are plenty of Great Barrier Reef day tours. However, nothing comes close to staying on the Great Barrier Reef on a liveaboard.

Number 2 on the list is seeing the Daintree Rainforest, doing the walks, seeing crocodiles on a river cruise and hiking through the rainforest.

Cairns offers a range of backpacker hostels, nightlife and party venues

At Cairns Backpackers, we strive to provide useful information to backpackers from all over the world.

By partnering with local hostels and tour operators, we want to make sure you know exactly where to stay, what to do to ensure you can enjoy everything this beautiful city has to offer.

Whether you are looking for a great adventure or a relaxing beach vacation, you will find all the information necessary to make it happen here.

Cairns History

Founded in 1876, Cairns initially established to serve miners en-route to the Hodgkinson River goldfield in the tablelands to the west of the city.

After the construction of a regional railroad Cairns eventually developed into a regional hub, serving as a major export point for the agriculture produced on the lowlands and tablelands.

The city saw further development during WWII when it was used as a strategic base by both the Americans and the British for staging operations in the Pacific.

Where is Cairns

Cairns has come a long way from its rustic roots. Situated about 1,700 kilometres north of Brisbane and 2,700 kilometres north of Sydney, tourist flock to this city of 142,000 in search of tropical weather, beautiful beaches, excellent shopping, and a vibrant night-life. Grab a Greyhound Bus Ticket 

The fourth most popular international tourist destination in Australia,

Cairns also serves as a jumping-off point for those who want to explore the Great Barrier Reef or the dramatic landscapes of the Atherton tableland.

It’s the perfect spot for backpackers, offering great adventures, beautiful scenery, and several affordable accommodations.

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Cairns Backpacker Tours

Tropical Bliss 3 Day Getaway

Our 3 day tour will take you on an exciting journey visiting North Queensland's best, the Daintree Rainforest, The Atherton Tablelands and the Great Barrier...

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Cairns Backpacker Accommodations

Travellers Oasis

A charming little guest house offering cosy and clean facilities to a budget conscious travellers.

Cairns City Backpackers

A tropical oasis tucked away from the bustle of the city. An easy 5-minute walk to the Cairns City centre


On The Wallaby Eco Lodge

Nature, wildlife, adventure, friendly staff, great food & excellent tours in an Eco friendly environment on the Atherton Tablelands.


The Jack Backpackers

Tired of walking to the party? Well you can bring the party to you by staying at the Jack with nightly free entertainment!


Bounce Backpackers Cairns

Bounce Cairns offers resort-style, award-winning accommodation. The hostel is located in the heart of Cairns.


Cape Tribulation Beach House

The only resort in the Daintree with beach front rooms explore the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. For a wild unique and private tropical holiday!


Paradise Traveller’s Rest

Come and experience the laid-back North Queensland lifestyle; chill out by the pool, swing in a hammock and laze on the balconies.