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1 room, 2 adults

Why Not Backpackers

2-star2 stars
5-9 Digger Street, Cairns (and vicinity), QLD, 4870, Australia

Adults-only hostel with outdoor pool, near Cairns Esplanade
  • Free continental breakfast and free WiFi

Restrictions related to your trip

COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.  Check restrictions for your trip.

  • Great facilities and great atmosphere. Liked the free breakfast.May 3, 2019
  • Really good swimmingpool, also great commonarea with a lot of space.Feb. 9, 2019

Why Not Backpackers

  • Bed in a 4-Bed Dorm, Shared Bathroom
  • Twin Room, 2 Single Beds, Shared Bathroom
  • Bed in a 8-Bed Dorm, Shared Bathroom
  • Double Room, 1 Double Bed, Shared Bathroom
  • Bed in a 4-Bed Dorm, Women only, Shared Bathroom
  • Bed in a 6-Bed Dorm, Shared Bathroom
  • Bed in a 6-Bed Dorm, Women only, Shared Bathroom

What’s around Why Not Backpackers


  • In Cairns North
  • Cairns Esplanade - 19 min walk
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre - 23 min walk
  • Cairns Marlin Marina - 26 min walk
  • Reef Fleet Terminal - 29 min walk
  • Cairns Convention Centre - 30 min walk
  • Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland - 3 min walk
  • Cairns Base Hospital - 9 min walk

Getting around

  • Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS) - 6 min drive
  • Cairns Station - 25 min walk
  • Freshwater Station - 9 min drive
  • Redlynch Station - 14 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

At a glance

Key facts


  • 30 rooms


  • Check-in time 2:00 PM-11:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.
The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum guest age is 18
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Airport shuttle from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM*


  • No onsite parking

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • Caters to adults only
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast daily
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free use of nearby fitness centre
  • Billiards or pool table
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Picnic area
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
Freshen up
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping

Why Not Backpackers’s small print

Also known as

  • Calypso Backpackers Cairns North
  • Why Not Backpackers Cairns
  • Why Not Backpackers Cairns North
  • Why Not Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Why Not Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cairns North
  • Calypso Backpackers Hostel
  • Calypso Backpackers Hostel Cairns North
  • Calypso Backpackers


This property does not have elevators.

Parties and events are allowed on site.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Personal protective equipment will be available to guests.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless check-out is available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast.

For transfers, guests must contact the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

Mandatory fees

Deposit: AUD 20.00 per stay

Optional extras

Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 1 percent

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of AUD 15 per person (one-way)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Why Not Backpackers

  • Does Why Not Backpackers offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Why Not Backpackers does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Why Not Backpackers?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and gives staff personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Why Not Backpackers?
    Sorry, there's no onsite parking at Why Not Backpackers.
  • Is there a pool at Why Not Backpackers?
    Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Are pets allowed at Why Not Backpackers?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Why Not Backpackers?
    You can check in from 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Why Not Backpackers?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Little Ricardo's (5-min walk), Bayleaf (5-min walk), and Dunwoody's Tavern (11-min walk).
  • Is airport shuttle service offered by Why Not Backpackers?
    Yes, an airport shuttle is available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The charge is AUD 15 per person one-way.
  • Is there an onsite casino at Why Not Backpackers?
    No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but Cazalys Cairns (6-min drive) and Reef Hotel Casino (6-min drive) are both nearby.
  • What is there to do at Why Not Backpackers and nearby?
    Why Not Backpackers has an outdoor pool and a picnic area.

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.8 From 28 reviews

Very good 8.0
The bedroom was suprisingly clean but location is a bit of far from centre of the city.
au1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Loved staying here. Friendly layback staff
Fabulous place to stay. Mostly I stayed in my own but I felt really great staying here with friendly layback staff and other young people my age. It was great fun. Loved playing volleyball and soccer. Thank you
Ziggy, au7 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Loved this hostel...swimming pool is great as it's super hot and humid up north! There's a bar and burger place in the hostel as well as a kitchen which is handy if you're arriving late!
gb1 night trip
Very good 8.0
To easy!
Cheap and cheerful. The location is a bit out of town which means you get less beds in your dorm for the same price as places in the centre. They provide a shuttle bus that gets you to the reef in the morning and two and from the night market every hour till 11pm
Stuart, gb3 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Helpful staff very clean rooms and great bar and food on site Very homely atmosphere
V, gb1 night trip
Very good 8.0
Great value for money in Cairns. A bit of a walk to central Cairns but the hostel provides a shuttle. Free breakfast a plus (pancakes, yogurt, granola, toast, tea, and coffee).
Rpar, us2 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great place to stay. Friendly staff, great amenities.
us6 night trip
Good 6.0
A chill hostel. The location was convenient as there were services to take you to the city every hour. Only complaint was that there wasn't any hot water in the showers outside, but there was in the women's bathroom. It can get pretty loud at the hostel if your window is facing the pool/bar/restaurant area.
us6 night trip
Very good 8.0
It was conveniently located next to the Esplanade. I really appreciated that there was a separate bathroom for women to provide privacy at the hostel.
ca3 night romance trip
Exceptional 10.0
The hostel and its facilities were absolutely amazing. The breakfast buffet was outstanding!! They even had pancakes!! You also had free WiFi and the room where very clean!! I really loved this place!!!
us1 night trip with friends

Why Not Backpackers