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Summer House Backpackers Cairns

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Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Outdoor pool
Shared Dormitory, 1 Single Bed (4 Bed) | WiFi

Overview of Summer House Backpackers Cairns

Summer House Backpackers Cairns

2.0 star property
Beachfront hostel with outdoor pool, near Cairns Esplanade

6.8/10 Good

161 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Parking available
  • Pool
  • Internet access
  • Airport transfer
  • Air conditioning
341 Lake Street,, Cairns, QLD, 4870
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On a private beach
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • WiFi in the lobby
  • Free area shuttle
  • Free cruise terminal shuttle
  • Free shopping centre shuttle
  • Free train station pick-up
  • Pool bar
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Airport shuttle
Feel at home
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Arcade/games room
  • BBQ(s)

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Cairns North
  • Cairns Esplanade - 1 min walk

Getting around

  • Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 4 min drive
  • Cairns Station - 8 min drive
  • Freshwater Station - 8 min drive
  • Redlynch Station - 10 min drive
  • Free local area shuttle
  • Free train station pickup
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Free cruise terminal shuttle
  • Free shopping centre shuttle


  • 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

Summer House Backpackers Cairns is only 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from the airport and offers a shuttle. After splashing around at the outdoor pool, you can grab a bite to eat at the coffee shop/cafe or unwind with a drink at the bar/lounge. Other highlights include a poolside bar, a terrace and a garden. Fellow travellers like the pool and helpful staff.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 85 rooms
  • Arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until 3 AM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

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.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • WiFi in public areas*
  • WiFi in rooms*


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site


  • Airport shuttle*
  • Free train station pickup
  • Free cruise terminal shuttle


  • Free area shuttle
  • Free shopping centre shuttle

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free self-service breakfast each morning 6:30 AM–8 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Poolside bar
  • Coffee shop
  • BBQs

Travelling with children

  • Free local shuttle
  • Local/corner shop

What to do

  • On a private beach
  • Volleyball
  • Personal watercraft (motorised)
  • Pool table
  • Bike rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Scuba-diving nearby
  • Scooter/moped hire nearby
  • Skydiving nearby

Working away

  • Computer station


  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Limo or town car service
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • ATM/banking
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Library
  • Television in common areas
  • An outdoor pool
  • Arcade/games room


  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (select rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning

Stay connected

  • WiFi (surcharge)


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • WiFi is available in guest rooms for AUD 4 per 24-hour period (rates may vary)
  • WiFi is available in public areas for AUD 4 per day (rates may vary)
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge


Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

This property accepts credit cards and debit cards.

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

Frequently asked questions

Does Summer House Backpackers Cairns offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Summer House Backpackers Cairns does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
Is there a pool at Summer House Backpackers Cairns?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Summer House Backpackers Cairns?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Summer House Backpackers Cairns?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Summer House Backpackers Cairns?
You can check in from 2 PM - 3 AM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
Is there an on-site casino at Summer House Backpackers Cairns?
No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but Reef Hotel Casino (8-min drive) and Cazalys Cairns (10-min drive) are both nearby.
What is there to do at Summer House Backpackers Cairns and nearby?
Have fun with activities such as cycling, hiking and parasailing, and practise your swing at the nearby golf course. Additional recreation on-site includes volleyball. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hostel's other amenities, which include a private beach and an arcade. Summer House Backpackers Cairns also has a picnic area and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Summer House Backpackers Cairns?
Yes, there's an on-site restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Poemphun Thai (7-min walk) and Cafe Thailand (2.1 mi).
What's the area around Summer House Backpackers Cairns like?
Summer House Backpackers Cairns is in Cairns North, a short 4-minute drive from Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) and 13 minutes' walk from Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

2/10 Poor

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.
Tom, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

2/10 Poor

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.
6-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

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.
Sassy, 1-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Was amazing
Verified guest review

6/10 Good

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.
1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Sinnappapillai, 1-night family trip
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

This was a pleasant stay, clean, cheap, good clocation, friendly staff.
1-night trip
Verified Lastminute guest review

6/10 Good

central and good vibe
staff very friendly and good facilities I would like if there was an option to buy a cooked breakfast however
Roisin, 3-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

2/10 Poor

The air conditioning was broken so a portable unit was in the room instead. It had leaked on the floor in two large places and was still wet to touch. It smelled very mouldy and sour in the room even with the windows open. We asked the two staff members at the front desk how to set up the portable air con, but neither knew how or provided any further help. The portable air con had a broken tube and a clear pipe dripping water. It seemingly couldn't be moved close to the beds so the cool air just went out the window. It was advertised as an air conditioned room so we were a bit annoyed at the humidity and mosquitoes that we paid for instead with no accommodations made by staff to actively help. We were given two key cards to unlock the room, one didn't work at all and the other was temperamental. When we were checking in another hostel guest also had to swap his key card for a new one as his wasn't working, so this might be a common issue. One of the two beds in the room had dirty sheets with dust and hair on it. There were cobwebs in the room, and during the night when turning over in bed a slat on the bed fell off. There aren't signs to the shared bathrooms and on check-in no staff explained where they were. The bathrooms are dirty, and there are many torn, wet or fraying signs and posters throughout the hostel. On Expedia the hostel is advertised as "free wifi for every room", however staff said there is only free internet for a couple of hours in the lounge.
GM, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

This hostel has literally everything.
Cheap drinks, great staff, close to town and the airport, a pool. It’s literally got everything you need and it’s affordable as hell!
Malik, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review