Basic to Deluxe rooms

The Jack Flashpackers™


Make some mates

The Jack Flashpackers™


See the Great Barrier reef

We can plan your adventure

Why stay with us?
  Discounts on all food and beverages at The Jack Hotel!

 Free quality wi-fi

 Five minutes from the Great Barrier Reef Terminal

 Nightly activities especially for guests

Discounts on tour bookings
All rooms include
 Air conditioning


Security lockers

Free luggage storage

Use of communal BBQ



Choose from Backpacker rooms to Deluxe ensuite, with a range of 8, 6 or 4 bed dorms, private twins and doubles to suit any traveller. Select below and book oline or give us a call with any questions.

This is an international backapackers, we require a passport to be shown upon check in. 

Please note; we are a social hostel with a bar so noise is to be expected, especially on weekends.






Private Double/Twin

6 Bed Dorm

8 Bed Dorm

Getting here
5 Minute walk from Railway station

 5 Minute walk from Premier bus stop

 5 Minute walk from Greyhound Bus Depot

 5 Minute walk from Great Barrier Reef Terminal

 10 Minutes Taxi From Airport. (Own Expense)

 20 Minutes by Airport Shuttle (Own Expense)

 Book online


The Jack Backpackers only accepts bookings with a valid ID and a credit card will be required upon check-in. The Jack Backpackers is unsuitable for persons under the age of 18. Bookings made by any guests under the age of 18 will not be confirmed. We do not accept large group bookings, unless a group booking has been authorized.

Please note that we are a social hostel with a bar so noise is to be expected.

Our reception is open from 9am – 7pm. For out of hours check in, please call to arrange.


Moved here after having been at a disastrous hostel not too far away
Found The Jack to be a nice clean (every room and common area gets a good seeing to by the cleaning team), friendly (promo team, receptionists and security were all very welcoming and helpful) and well priced hostel (with an evening meal included).

Only issue for some could be that it is located above a pub so there is live music playing on the weekends but if you're put off by this then maybe you shouldn't stay in hostels...?

Would definitely stay here again if I'm in Cairns!


I came up from Melbourne to do my farm work around the Cairns area and didn't know anybody. By chance, I booked into the Jack for a week (and adamant that I would leave after) and was put in the side above reception as i wanted an ensuite room.

These rooms were clean and tidy with one bathroom between 4. I decided to go for an all girls room as it had been a while since I had been in a hostel, and by chance, was only sharing with one other girl. She realised I didn't know anyone and invited me down to dinner with her and her friends (free dinner between 6 and 8- great for a free dinner!). Turns out she had been at the Jack for a month or so and all her friends gave off a real family vibe. Although I was only planning on staying a week, all people who had been there for a little while, really took me under their wing and made me feel at home and comfortable. They invited me to cook with them (great cooking facilities) and out for a couple of drinks.

At the end of my week, I decided I had such a good time with everyone (and a laugh with the bar and reception staff) I had met there, I got a job and extended my stay week by week for 3 and a half months.

I made some great friends at the Jack, and ended up finding two other girls who wanted to do their farm work to (couldn't think of doing anything worse than farm work alone in the middle of nowhere) and even now, months later, i keep in great touch with the Jack family. Even if you are just here for a couple of nights, there's a real community feel about the place, and I certainly found it hard to leave.


Loved the jack, stayed here for 2 months and had a great time. The byo and bar mix is perfect for everyone and gives you a great place to meet people. The atmosphere is amazing and even local parties in the bar really add to it. The free dinner was very welcome and the location is great. This hostel has the hardest working cleaning team ive seen in any hostel and you can really tell all that they do. Overall great place i will definitely be returning


The Jack Backpackers hotel is a great hostel where you will get great rooms for great price. It's big, clean and had everything you need. Located in the center of Cairns you are walking distance from the the lagoon, shopping and food.
The hostel is know for being a "party hostel" because it has a bar linked to it. But! Me and my friend spent 5 days here and we never had a problem with to much noise. We went to bed around 10/11 everyday and up early. Our fellow backpackers who stayed with us respected the 10pm noise curfew and we sleep good^^
The reception will help you book cheap and great thing to do in Cairns, like diving, snorkeling, bundyjump, boat trips and much much more.
We also went to Botanic gardens, which is only 10 min away by bus. Was really good:)

I recommend this to people who want to have a good time, get good rooms and location for a good price and (!) it's free dinner every night between 6-8pm. And it's good food:D


Its well located, near the centre and just a 5 min walk from the Greyhound bus stop and the harbour where the boats sail to do the reef tours. We enjoyed the fact that there was a free meal for dinner every night (excellent food, by the way!) and the room was spacious, comfortable and clean.

GabrielaThe best place in Australia for Backpackers


How close is the City Centre?

We are situated in the City Centre, 2 minutes away from the Shopping Centre & 5 minutes away from the Esplanade, Lagoon & Reef Terminal.

Do you have kitchen facilities?

We have a kitchen & a BBQ area. You can rent plate sets for $10 at the reception.

How do I get to The Jack?

– From the Airport : a Taxi will cost you around $25 and will take approximately 12 minutes. The Airport Shuttle is $10 per person and will take approximately 30 minutes.
– From Greyhound bus stop : we are situated 5 blocks from the bus stop. It should take you around 10 minutes to walk to our hostel.
– From Premier bus stop: we are situated 2 blocks away from the bus stop. It should take you around 5 minutes to walk to our hostel.

Do you have any jobs available?

We do offer work for accommodation. We generally ask for 2 months commitment. You can email us your resume prior to your arrival date to see if we have any jobs available at

Are there lockers in the room?

Yes, each guest gets locker for his valuable. You need to bring your own padlock.

What are the reception hours?

The reception is open from 9am-8pm. If you need to check in after the reception hours, we will organize a late check in for you. Please email or call us to let us know about your late arrival.

Do you offer early check in or late check out?

Unfortunately, due to high occupancy, we don’t offer early check in or late check out. If you would like to check in early, you need to pre-book the night before of your arrival.

Do you offer luggage storage?

Yes we do! You can store your luggage for free, at check in & at check out.

Where can I park?

We only offer parking space for the deluxe private rooms.There are parking spaces available 5 minutes drive from the hostel

Do you book tours?

Yes! We have a tour desk with local staff full of knowledge about the area. You can book tours prior to your arrival by emailing or calling us.

Do you offer an Airport Shuttle service?

We do not offer an Airport Shuttle for free but we can book the Cairns Airport Shuttle for you. Or you can book online through

Do you have a laundry?

Yes we offer laundry on the motel and hostel side. You can also buy washing powder for $2 at reception

Does the Wi-fi work in the rooms?

Yes the wi-fi works in all communal areas and every room. Guests get 500mb per day and if you would like to purchase extra is it $3


9am – 7pm 7 Days


Lunch 12pm – 2:30pm  7 Days

Dinner 5pm – 9pm 7 Days


10am – 2am 7 Days

Public Holidays Closed

PHONE 07 4051 2490

The Jack Cairns Winner Of Best Pub Three Years In a row