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Summer House Backpackers

341 Lake St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 22/01/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 22/01/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#39 of 101 Speciality lodging in Cairns
Summer House Cairns is a resort-style backpacker accommodation located in tropical Cairns, the gateway to the Barrier Reef, and minutes from the Cairns Esplanade. Fully refurbished in 2019, the property boasts stunning facilities including an enormous lagoon style pool, volleyball court, onsite bar, restaurant, secure parking, numerous common areas, lounges, gardens and a travel desk. All rooms are air-conditioned with free lightning-fast WiFi available throughout the entire property. Free breakfast is provided daily as well as free coffee and tea, while guests can benefit from heavily discounted food and drinks every day. The property is located close to Cairns Airport at the start of the Esplanade. A pleasant stroll along the waterfront esplanade will have you arriving in the centre of town in 25 minutes where you will also find Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cairns Night Markets and the famous Esplanade Lagoon. A free return shuttle bus is also available to drop guests off in town and back. We are a genuine international backpackers hostel best suited for foreign travellers aged between 18-35.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Free shuttle or taxi services
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Shallow end in pool
Fence around pool
Fitness classes
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Happy hour
Outdoor dining area
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Poolside bar
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Table tennis
Board games / puzzles
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
ATM on site
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Self-serve laundry
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Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German and 2 more
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Céline wrote a review Nov 2020
Airlie Beach, Australia2 contributions
Welcomed by a warm and funny staff member who immediately made me feel good in this place! Good vibes and atmosphere in the various open common areas. Clean and safe rooms, big kitchen, living room loaded with entertainements, pool and sport area surrounded by trees and plants that makes you forget that you are in a city. In general, good experience at the Summer House - I recommend it!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
Callie C wrote a review Jul 2020
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I’d booked for a private room here based on its good reviews. While trying to check in, I handed my drivers licence but the receptionist (young man) wanted my passport which I thought was odd as I’m an Australian. Drivers licence is usually the norm. Luckily I had my passport with me. He then proceeded to ask if I’m from any of NSW hotspots. I said no. The man then asked for PROOF that I haven’t been to hotspots. I asked how do I prove that? He said through bank statements or payslips. I thought that was ludicrous. I understand the importance of mitigating Covid risk but my payslip doesn’t prove anything! He wouldn’t check me in and said to wait for the manager. I stood at the reception for 20 min and no sign of manager. When she finally shows up, she was helpful and said that a driver licence was all that’s needed. That was what I offered in the beginning. That receptionist honestly needs training and a better attitude.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
Nanna wrote a review Mar 2020
11 contributions23 helpful votes
Stayed here for a week in a private double room (thankfully). There was a lot of noise at night even though it Said on several posters that there had to be quiet by 10 pm. Grateful we had our own room so that we could get some sleep. Overall our experience here was not good. The Place is very old and dirty. To start with the bathroom, it was so disgusting. There was hair everywhere on the floor, in the sink etc. I Saw someone cleaning, but certainly not where it actually needed to be cleaned, and there was never any paper in the toilet. The whole common area is disgusting and you dont want to sit anywhere because it is so dirty. Ended up having breakfast in our room every day because we didnt feel like eating on a dirty chair and table. But to say something positive, there is free breakfast which is Nice. There is a pool at the hostel, which would have been great, if it wasnt for the fact that it to is dirty and the water is the opposite of clear. The wifi worked really bad and the aircondition were dripping on our floor the whole time, so we had to have towels covering the floors (the staff didnt do anything about it). The Place has a free shuttlebus to the city, which worked all right, except for the fact that the driver overslept the early trip so that a lot of people where late for their trips to the reef. Besides that, the minibus is old and very dirty inside and the driver drives really fast which makes it kind of uncomfortable. Would recommend to just walk to the city and back, it is a Nice trip along the esplanade and only takes about 30 minutes. Another thing that bothered me about this Place was the fact that they allow people to live here for free if they work a couple of Hours Per week. The idea is great, but we felt quite uncomfortable about the fact that complete strangers had access to our room and that they werent that helpful because they were all new and temporary staff. All in all a kind of bad experience, but our room and the breakfast was okay. Would find another place next time.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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honeybubble wrote a review Feb 2020
Cairns, Australia60 contributions5 helpful votes
The staff there are just the best,so friendly and happy,its the only place to stay if ever in cairns,the pool is huge,beach volley ball area is great,couple table tennis tables,a huge tv outside where people all sit and watch movies always something going on,and they each night have either trivia night,next night a groovy live band,ect also the bar and the meals are beautiful and all great value.They upgraded me to a room on my on for the 6 days I was there been there another time,just such a great positive happy vibe!!And a hourly courtesy bus that takes and drops you right out side the night markets 6.45am right through till 11.35 PM,I mean there is nothing this place does not have,there always there to help in anyway
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
maritahemingway wrote a review Feb 2020
Eromanga, Australia3 contributions1 helpful vote
I would definitely recommend staying here. There is so much going for this place. From the daily free breakfast and tea/ coffee to the $5 meals and happy hour promos. The bar is well stocked and nice to hang in the aircon on a hot day. They offer a number of free activities each day from fitness classes, yoga and beach volleyball. Yoga with Yonna was a great way to start the day and she has a fun and enjoyable teaching style. All the staff are very friendly and helpful and will go out of their way to make sure your stay is stress free and enjoyable.
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Date of stay: January 2020
US$20 - US$43 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Summer House Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Summer House Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Tobruk Memorial Pool (0.4 km), Cairns International Tennis Centre (0.2 km), and Landmark Gallery (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Summer House Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Summer House Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Summer House Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Summer House Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Poemphun Thai Takeaway, Dunwoody's Tavern & Liquor Barn, and Houdini's Gourmet Pizza.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Summer House Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, fitness classes, and yoga classes during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Summer House Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, Polish, and Hebrew.
Is Summer House Backpackers accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.