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Gecko's Backpackers

187 Bunda St., Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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#11 of 101 Speciality lodging in Cairns
Geckos Backpackers is a magnificent Historical, Heritage building perfectly positioned 1km west of the Cairns City centre. Beautiful Queenslander style building with very interesting architecture, all made of wood. Some rooms have 5 meter ceilings, just amazing how they built these buildings nearly 100 years ago. The property is very spacious with no bunk beds at all, large swimming pool and lush Tropical Gardens. Just across the road is Cairns Central Shopping centre including Coles Supermarket, Train Station, Transnorth bus services to the Tablelands and Premier Bus services to across Australia. Totally very quiet place ideal for those looking for a peaceful stay and also great for families as it is a totally no alcohol place. On site tour desk for all your requirements. Staff are well trained, are very helpful and very friendly. So for your budget holiday we invite you to stay at Geckos Backpackers, Cairns, Queensland, Australia - The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding World Heritage Rainforests.
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Sarah M wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions
Have stayed at geckos on numerous occasions and have always enjoyed my stay. Very clean and comfortable, across the road from shopping centre and bus/train depot so very handy. Peter the owner is great and very helpful. Highly recommended
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Response from Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers
Responded 6 Mar 2020
Hi Serriem. Thank you very much, really appreciate it and thanks a lot for keep coming back to stay. I wish you a safe and happy future. Kind regards Peter & Team.
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Gemma B wrote a review Feb 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom3 contributions
When I stayed at Geckos I felt unnerved. Upon arrival I immediately got a bad Gut feeling and texted my friends that I felt like I was at Bates Motel from the movie Psycho. I am very perceptive and my instincts have not failed me yet. My friend had booked on my behalf so I hadn’t checked reviews. After checking in before my friends arrived, Peter the owner repeatedly told me that mattresses were new and there were no bed bugs even though I had not asked about that. He was so insistent that it struck me as odd considering I didn’t make any mention of anything related. There was something about his eyes that made me feel scared. Due to this odd feeling, while waiting for my friends I checked other people’s reviews. There were many bad ones, including reports of violence from the owner, aggression and drugs. Peter had been accused of being a criminal elsewhere online. Even more worrying was the way Peter had responded to the online reviews- defensive and aggressive in most cases. I was told by Peter that there was a no alcohol rule, which suited me just fine as I was due to take an early trip to Great Barrier Reef. However I quickly learned that although there was a no alcohol rule, drugs made their way in. That night at dinner a 40 year old guest who looked like he was rolling on whatever he was on excitedly came up to us with his nerf gun and convinced me to have a go while I was eating. Shortly after, an older man approached us at dinner and asked us if we had any needles, to which we replied ‘no’. He then disappeared into a room, I think laundry room if I remember correctly, next to the outdoor table. Atmosphere in hostel was very quiet and odd. Peter was somewhat helpful but was also impatient when I asked standard questions about what was included in Great Barrier Reef trip in the morning. I Wouldn’t stay again, I was relieved to leave and that I made it through the night. I had intermittent internet on my travels and was very busy and overwhelmed when I returned to the UK but as I travelled this time last year I remembered my experience and want people to know before they book. AVOID AT ALL COSTS Especially if travelling alone!!
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers
Responded 2 Mar 2020
Hi 445gemmdo. Lets get the facts right and make it absolutely clear in your mind. 3 SEROIUS RULES AT THIS PEROPERTY ARE. ALL ABOUT HEALTH AND SAFETY. - NO ALCOHOL PERMITTED OR ACCEPTED - NO DRUGS PERMITTED OR ACCEPTED - PAYING GUESTE ONLY PERMITTED INTO THE PRPERTY. Please lets be mature about this and no I am not Superman. Those are the rules here and anybody found breaking these rules is asked to leave immediately, end of story.. Don't be so sure of yourself . those people if true ,I may not been aware of , trust me if I had known , they would be out quick and smart. You could of told me about this being that what you have described is extremely Important as well as a health and safety issue'. Take care and there is no need for you to carry such negative feelings, I have done nothing wrong to you and realise that it is possible for people in the world to do the wrong things and it could be any ware , anytime alright. Let your negative thoughts go and you will feel so much better. Its a matter of solving issues and moving forward. Kind Regards Peter & Team
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chezzyr wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia432 contributions49 helpful votes
Gecko's Backpackers is a terrific budget option in Cairns. Lovely old Queenslander, clean rooms, towels. Across the road from shopping centre and cinemas. Peter and team take pride in this place. Unfortunately some guests treat the bathrooms like a birdbath and don't attempt to clean up after themselves leaving the place wet and muddy for others. Maybe guests could take their (used) towel and clean up a bit in consideration of others outside of staff cleaning hours. A discreetly placed/accessible squeeze mop could help. We have stayed twice and hope to visit again sometime!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers
Responded 6 Feb 2020
Hi Chezzyr. Thank you very much, really appreciate it. Wish you booth a safe and happy new year, Best & Kind regards Peter &Team
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David H wrote a review Dec 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom6 contributions2 helpful votes
Stayed in the Deluxe Twin which had good a/c, was spacious, modern and immaculately clean, as was the shared toilets and wash rooms. Kitchen had plenty equipment and everything needed for our stay. Location was ideal, quiet and right next to Cairns Central Shopping Centre and 15minute walk to the Esplanade Lagoon. There was loads of information about tours and things to do in the hostel and all could be organised through the host. Great stay all round!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers
Responded 12 Dec 2019
Hi David. Thank you very much, very happy that you enjoyed your stay. All rooms have been renovated with modern colours, most importantly with the latest hygiene technology in mattress and pillow protection. We wish you a Merry Christmas & a happy new year, Peter & Team.
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Yatima M wrote a review Oct 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
I would recommend this hostel for everyone who is looking for the accommodation in Cairns. Peter & teams are more welcoming all of the guest, helpful, kindly, super friendly. You guys are the best. I really enjoyed my stay with you super clean & comfortable bed and absolutely I’ll come back. Cheers ^^
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Peter H, Owner at Gecko's Backpackers
Responded 18 Oct 2019
Hi Yatima. Thank you very much, really appreciate it. May you have a safe and happy holiday. Best & Kind regards Peter & Team.
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US$22 - US$48 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Gecko's Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Gecko's Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Cairns Central Shopping Centre (0.3 km), Grand Hotel Cairns (0.3 km), and Cruze Coffee (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Gecko's Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Gecko's Backpackers?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Gecko's Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Gecko's Backpackers?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Gecko's Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pete & Paulz Breaky Bar, La Fettuccina, and Jimmys Burger & Co..
Are there opportunities to exercise at Gecko's Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Gecko's Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Cairns.
Are any cleaning services offered at Gecko's Backpackers?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.