Asylum Backpackers


Asylum Backpackers

149 Grafton Street, Cairns QLD 4870
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(07) 4031 1474 or 1800 065 464
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the atmosphere made it great!
25 June 2006
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not the cleaniest
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good times!
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Well, I'll admit I was very disappointed with this hostel when we first got there. You've got to walk outside to get to most of the different buildings. The reception area is pretty shitty. The only common areas are a small tv there and then a couple picnic tables outside and then there's a larger tv room. Our room was okay. I was in a 3 share and it was nice that the beds were all singles and not bunked. There weren't enough showers and the bathrooms were pretty dirty. So if you're looking for a high class hostel, this isn't for you. However, they've got some good hostel activities. On Mondays they have a party night where everyone goes out on a pub crawl and you get a tshirt, a meal, and like 5 free drinks for just $10. I had THE BEST time on this! You meet sooo many people and it's way fun. That's what made me love this place and sad to leave it. No doubt there are better hostels in Cairns, but this was fun.

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2 May 2006
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Price, people are nice
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GO TO GILLAGANS downtown instead

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Paddy
5 stars straight up
12 January 2006
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Best hostel in Cairns , admittedly i havent been to any others neither would i , free internet , pay tv , table tennis , pool table , swimming pool , good funny staff that laughed at my silly friend Mctavish renaming him (going once going twice) over his dumb phonecalls he made ! , This place has a great party atmosphere and is a great place to drink and meet other backpackers, Ya best be going!

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Anonymous
Not Central & Unclean
16 October 2005
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Good value pub crawl including free t-shirt which you MUST wear on the night to advertise the hostel. Vouchers available for reasonably priced meals at the popular Woolshed Bar in the town centre, although this seemed to be the case for most hostels in Cairns as everyone seemed to be using them in the Woolshed. Atmosphere generally OK although there were some older long term Australian residents. One tried to pick a fight with someone in the lounge area, although I have no idea if anything had lead up to it, it did seem unprovoked and the aggressor was very drunk. Our twin room smelled of putrid urine even with the fan on and every window open! Awful stinking toilets and shower area with regular blocked toilets and broken shower heads so you had to shower under a "tap" of water if the other cubicles were occupied. Generally VERY dirty compared to most other hostels we stayed at along the East coast of Austlalia. We were charged for the shuttle bus run to airport, which is advertised as free, as I hadn't booked any excusions with them; used Peter Pans in town as it cost less for the same tour which I think they were annoyed about. Attitude for anyone coming back late or not immediately returning used tea & coffee cups. There is about a 20min walk back from the town centre which seems a lot further and seems to take a LOT longer after a night out! Wouldn't go there again. There are several cleaner and more central hostels for a dollar or two extra.

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Anonymous
Asylum Alright ... Too Much So!!!
9 July 2005
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I recently went to the Asylum and paid for two nights' accomodation on arrival. The first night was okay, although the British guy at the front desk was a bit aggressive in manner and the male manager a bit aloof, and my floor looked unvacuumed, but I didn't care because I was only staying there two nights. The next afternoon, I came back from my activities, got myself a coffee, and logged onto a fifteen minute Internet session. Five minutes through it, I had finished my coffee and suddenly the guy at the desk demands that I take my teaspoon back to the table for others to use. He was really angry. There were plenty of teaspoons available and also plenty of cups, and I hadn't broken their "rule" of taking either out of the common room area, so I said I'd do it in ten minutes. It was rather rude of them to demand such a thing especially when I was in the middle of writing an email, but I tried to let it pass. He wouldn't let up and got verbally aggressive by saying I was being inconsiderate and I think he threatened me with "the rules" or some such. All through this, I was, naturally, pissed off, but didn't swear or insult them. Finally, I couldn't be bothered any more with such a ridiculous argument and got up to take the spoon back - but then I felt that this was humiliating, like a child that hadn't even been naughty. I can't remember what I said, but was polite enough despite their extrememly rude, aggressive attitudes. Then the male manager got into it, with very arrogant body posture, started abusing me by saying forcefully I was selfish etc. and said I must leave the hostel and they would refund my second night. I couldn't believe it. I said, "No, I'm not leaving". I even offered to wash the mug just because I couldn't be bothered moving just for one night. They wouldn't listen. When I tried to delete my Internet, the male manager threatened to throw me out without refunding my money. Their manner was utterly vile. They knew it was difficult to find a room (which was admittedly why I was there - but I never even said so in any way). So I was thrown out of a hostel for refusing to return a teaspoon which wasn't needed for anything while in the middle of an Internet session and they were very very nasty about it. This sounds like they were trying to pick a fight with me, but why they would want to I have no idea - I am a quiet, polite, considerate person and had been friendly towards them. Utterly unbelievable. Beyond comprehension in fact. I was lucky enough to get the tourist office to find me a nicer cheaper bed, where there were nicer guests. If you stay at the Asylum, and this happens to you, you might even be on the streets with nowhere to stay as it's peak season right now. Total psychos.

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guv
Best Hostel in Oz
16 February 2005
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If you go to Cairns, don't miss the opportunity to stay in Asylum, the best hostel I've stayed in. The place isn't 5 star luxury, but it's fun, friendly and perfectly-sized. The staff (who are also the owners) are incredibly helpful and well-informed and do their best to make you feel at home. The Monday night pub crawls are legendary and ridiculously cheap ($10 for a t-shirt, 5 free drinks, free slice of pizza and free internet for a week), and the rooms are all bunk-free. There are also Friday night BBQ/pizza nights which are even cheaper. Oh, and a DVD projector screen at the frint. Oh, and hammocks. Oh, and Foxtel in the TV room. Oh, and free shuttle bus. Oh, and free meal vouchers. Need I go on? A crazy, welcoming place.

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coollamu
It's dirty
11 May 2004
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I just spent 3 days there, and while i was filling up my details,ants were crawling all over my hand. I asked for a single room and they put me in room 14, which was sooo dirty, big line of ants on the wall, spiders underneath the bed, like the room was not been cleaned for months. Had to stay there as i paid already thruough internet. Yeah the staff was friendly, quite big kitchen,but reception was absolutely messy, old and filthy. If you gonna have the coffe, make sure there's no ants in the cup...and book at Gilligans i've heard it's like a 5 stars hotel.

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John Koropchak
If U are in Cairns The Ayslum is the only place 2 stay
25 December 2003
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Thanks for everything Anne, Ray, Leslie, and Janet! The Asylum is the best hostel I stayed during my trip to Australia. I did not come across a more friendly and helpful hostel. The staff makes you feel like you're at a second home. It's like one big family. :) They set it up so you can't help but have a great time. I was sad to leave but I was lucky to have stayed here.

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Baier
You have to try it to believe
15 December 2003
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Certainly Cairns' most unique hostel, from the wonderous family host staff including the infamous pink bikini clad hostess, the old school song singing host, and the insatiably charismatic Casio-playing Ariel, this has certainly been the best hostel I have had the priviledge of staying in during my time in Australia. Their party specials are a cut above the rest, their knowledge of things to do in Cairns exceeds any normal human capacity, and they certainly know how to have a good time. Thanks for the room guys, it was a blast :)

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tim-sutherland@excite.com
It is really Mad!!!!
27 October 2003
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Asylum has been an interesting and enjoyable place to stay, the staff have been particularly helpful and really go out of their way, to ensure that your stay has been a memorable one. I highly recommend the pub crawl on a Monday evening, but would write the next day off if I were you.

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Lin
The BEST in OZ, with the FRIENDLIEST PPL!
3 September 2003
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Original plan was to stick around for a couple of days. Ended up staying in Asylum for 2 weeks (out of 3 I was supposed to be there!) and having lots more fun than I could have ever imagined! If you dun stay in Asylum, you're missing out a great deal, cuz the PEOPLE (esp. the owers) are super friendly, and that's what travelling's all about! I give it 3 Michellin stars! :) Way to go!

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samewilliams@yahoo.com
best hostel in oz
12 August 2003
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originally planned to stay for a week but ended up staying for 6 wks. loads of decent and friendly backpackers not to mention the staff aswell very nice, helpful and friendly. the pub crawl aswell was good fun and have excellent facilities, will recomend this to any1 who is looking for a hostel in cairns.

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Dave Dawson
A nut house that is super helpful and friendly
12 January 2003
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Asylum backpackers is a great place, I recommend the a/c rooms, the staff are really helpful, probably more helpful than any staff I have ever spoken to ever. Its a great place to sit and do nothing, which is a good thing, and the hostel is big enough to make it likely you'll meet at least one person you like - but it won't be Ray! Only joking. Really good, 10/10

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Dennis
Cheerful and friendly
9 December 2002
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A place where everybody feels at home, thanks to the ever-smiling owners and staff. Nothing is too much trouble for them. Free coffee and tea all day plus evening meal vouchers make the Asylum very friendly on the pocket too! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there and look forward to the next visit. The Asylum? You'd be mad not to stay there!!! Good luck Anna and Ray! Dennis: http://www.ats.com.au/~damor

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Dave
Really cool
11 October 2002
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Tracks or the Asylum as it's now known has to be one of the best... no, scratch that, THE BEST HOSTEL in Australia. Why? Super-friendly staff, a brilliant atmosphere and value for money. I came to the Asylum purely because they had hammocks outside. But it proved to be a money saver for me because of the all the free stuff: internet, tea & coffee, bike hire, evening meal, and they even picked my friends up for nothing. They had small dorms and thankfully no bunk-beds. Everything is pretty clean and spacious. Many people I met there had been staying for months and months. The owners were really helpful when I was booking tours and they went by which trips were recommended by guests and not by the ones they got big commission on. They really bend over backwards to help you out. But don't believe me check out www.asylumbackpackers.com and check out the guest book for the hostel. I had a wicked time at asylum and you will too.

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William York
Yes Asylum Cairns/Tracks Hostel rocks!!!
2 October 2002
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I read the last review and decided to try Asylum Cairns out. It is better than I had expected. I came alone and made more friends in one hour than staying a week in other hostels. Yes the staff are superfriendly and they help you to save money whenever possible. Would you believe that they close at 4am on some nights and open at 630am? And oh yes their $2 BBQ all you can eat is the best and cheapest in the world. No hostel provides free drop offs but they do. This place is relaxing, like a home to me and is also mad. You cannot but shake your head in disbelief at the jokes and antics that they do. They even have a dog that loves playing with cat. I cannot fault this hostel. I wish more would operate like them. For once I was not treated like a dirt for staying in a backpackers. I left the hostel with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes, getting hugs from friendliest staff in Australia. Anne Ray Les Jan and Kev, you're the best!!! Keep it up

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Jason Lee
Asylum Cairns (Tracks) is the friendliest hostel in Oz
2 September 2002
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We have travelled from Melbourne to Cairns in a campervan because we dont like staying in Hostel. I sold my campervan in Cairns and wanted to stay at the Asylum for a night but I stayed there for one month!!! It is cheap and good.The staff are crazy mad and extremely helpful. It provides free internet for 15 mins, free coffee tea and free meal as usual at the Woolshed. If you want to use longer for the internet it costs $1 per hour. It is nice to see for once a hostel that does not rip you off for the internet usage. They have a new owner there and they dont mind if you are pissed as long as you don't sing or shout at 2am in the morning. In fact during their $2 eat all you can BBQ, they will shuttle you in their booze bus to the bottle shop to get as much grog as you can. It is a great place. I strongly recommend it as the best and friendliest hostel in Australia. They have a guest book in their website and you can see what all the happy guests have written. It is mad!!! Make sure you stay there on a Friday where they have their BBQ. $2 all you can eat is super bargain. They didnt stop till 2am when I was there.

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Anonymous
good grief
29 June 2002
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this place is a dump right opposit a park full of noisy drunks,that seem to have a corrobarie every other night.it is cheap but even that can be expensive with what you get at this place,i beleive the nickname for this place is the asylum.say no more.

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lizzy,kathand kate
WATCH OUT FOR THE CLEANER!!!
6 May 2002
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It was fun and very cheap staying at Tracks but a word of warning- even though they give you free drinks vouchers in abundance (ie EVERY NIGHT!) they dont like you coming home drunk and having fun!- GO FIGURE! In Cairns??????????????? If you want to get good info about Cairns+are brave enough to get drunk and face a lecture the next day!- then youll love Tracks! The owner is knowledgable and can be a laugh, the cleaner is ancient and doesnt clean alot!(although she was cleaning once at 5am when she caught us coming home and reported us!) All this being said its cheap and you get good value meals at the Woolshed!Air con is not much more expensive and its pretty central! We enjoyed it and im sure you will!

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