Overview of Nomads Cairns

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3.4 / 5
164 reviews
Guests rated this property 3.3/5 for cleanliness.


  • Pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Free Parking
  • Air Conditioning


What's nearby

Popular LocationCairns Base Hospital17 min walk
Popular LocationCairns Aquarium3 min drive
Popular LocationMuddy's Playground4 min drive
AirportCairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.)5 min drive

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  • King Room (Ensuite)

    Room amenities

    • 108 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 King Bed OR 2 Twin Beds
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  • Double Room (Shared Bathroom)

    Room amenities

    • 108 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Double Bed
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  • Double Room, Ensuite

    Room amenities

    • 108 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Double Bed
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  • Shared Dormitory, 1 Twin Bed (4 Bed)

    Room amenities

    • 161 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Twin Bed
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  • Twin Room, 2 Twin Beds, Ensuite

    Room amenities

    • 129 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 2 Twin Beds
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  • Twin Room (Shared Bathroom)

    Room amenities

    • 129 sq ft
    • Sleeps 2
    • 2 Twin Beds
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  • Shared Dormitory, Women only (4 Bed)

    Room amenities

    • 161 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Twin Bed
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  • Shared Dormitory, 1 Twin Bed (6 Bed)

    Room amenities

    • 204 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Twin Bed
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  • Shared Dormitory, Women only (6 Bed)

    Room amenities

    • 204 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Twin Bed
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  • Shared Dormitory, 1 Twin Bed (8 Bed)

    Room amenities

    • 269 sq ft
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Twin Bed
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  • 10 Share Dorm

    Room amenities

    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Twin Bed
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About this area

Cairns North

In the suburbs, Nomads Cairns is in an area with good airport proximity. Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those in the mood for shopping can visit Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Cairns Night Markets. Esplanade Lagoon and Cairns Aquarium are also worth visiting. Discover the area's water adventures with scuba diving and snorkeling nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with skydiving and hiking/biking trails.

Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Cairns Base Hospital - 17 min walk
  • Cairns Performing Arts Centre - 3 min drive
  • Cairns Aquarium - 3 min drive
  • Muddy's Playground - 4 min drive
  • Cairns Esplanade - 6 min drive

Getting around

  • Cairns Station - 7 min drive
  • Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 5 min drive


  • Venue 1 – Serves dinner.

About this property

Nomads Cairns

Suburban hostel with free breakfast and free area shuttle
Along with a restaurant, this hostel has an outdoor pool and a bar/lounge. Free self-serve breakfast is provided, as well as free self parking, a free area shuttle, and a free cruise terminal shuttle. Other amenities include a poolside bar, a coffee shop/café, and WiFi in public areas. All 85 rooms offer WiFi.
Nomads Cairns offers 85 accommodations with air conditioning. In-room wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Housekeeping is provided daily.
Recreational amenities at the hostel include 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 transportation

Free self parking
Roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge)
Free area shuttle
Free train station pick-up shuttle
Free cruise terminal shuttle
Free shopping center shuttle
Limo/town car service

Food and drink

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

Things to do

Arcade/game room
Billiards/pool table
Motorized watercraft
Outdoor pool

Family friendly

Arcade/game room
Free area shuttle
Grocery/convenience store
Laundry facilities
Outdoor pool


ATM/banking services
Grocery/convenience store

Guest services

Daily housekeeping
Front desk (limited hours)
Laundry facilities
Luggage storage
Multilingual staff
Tour/ticket assistance

Business services

Computer station




If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
Accessible bathroom
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair-accessible parking
Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


Designated smoking areas

Room amenities


Air conditioning



Check-in from 2 PM - 3 AM


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM
For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation
A night-watch staff member is on duty for guests arriving outside these hours. Guests will be required to leave their passport or driver’s licence in the resort safe overnight and be checked in the next morning (when the passport/licence will be returned). Passport number or licence number is required for registration card.


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available
Cribs (infant beds) are not available

Property payment types


Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

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

We should mention

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

Property is also known as

Cairns Nomads
Nomads Cairns
Nomads Hotel Cairns
Nomads Cairns Hostel
Nomads Cairns Cairns North
Nomads Cairns Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Nomads Cairns Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cairns North

Frequently asked questions

Does this hostel have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.
Is Nomads Cairns pet-friendly?
No, pets are not allowed at this property.
How much is parking at this property?
Self parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at this hostel?
Check-in is from 2 PM–3 AM.
What time is check-out at this hostel?
Check-out is at 10 AM.
Does this hostel provide a shuttle to the airport?
Yes, there's an airport shuttle. A per person fee applies.
Where is Nomads Cairns located?
Situated near the airport, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Night Markets. Esplanade Lagoon and Cairns Marlin Marina are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Guest reviews

Guest rating
5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor
Service and Staff
Property condition


  • 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


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.

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Everything could be improved. With the amount of residents in this hostel, I highly doubt that they are not making enough money for upgrades.

Location: The furthest hostel from the city. Closer to the airport than the city.

Stayed 6 nights in Mar 2018


  • 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


  • 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