The Jack Backpackers


The Jack Backpackers

Corner Spence & Sheridan Streets, Cairns
Bus 110, 110N, 111, 113, 120, 120N, 121, 123, 130, 131, 131N, 133, 140, 141, 142, 143, 143W, 150, 150E (stop: Spence Street near Grafton Street)
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(07) 4051 2490
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This place is cheap and has everything you need
20 May 2006
Cons
the bar below can be very loud on busy nights
Pros
price, VERY clean, very friendly people, good cheap meals
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I stayed here for a little over a week. The first 2 night was $18 for an 8 bed dorm and $17 there after. To me this price was excellent! You can't get better for the value of this place. As well this is the cleanest hostel I've been to. It is cleaned thoroughly everyday by the staff! The showers and bathrooms are co-ed and outside of the rooms, but they are very clean and work very well! The kitchen is big and they supply all the dishes and utensils, unlike some hostels, as well you have a large fridge in your room to store your food! Also there is a large screen tv with 2 couches which makes for a very warm and friendly environment. ITs easy to meet people here and there is a large balcony to eat and drink on. I like also that there is a bar footsteps away to drink at. And you get 50% off the dinner at the bar below and 10mins free internet everyday to check your email. Not to mention its located in the city center so you are within walking distance from everything, the lagoon, the shopping center, other bars. Overall, to me, this place has everything you need as a backpacker and for an excellent price! I definitely suggest and recommend staying here! :grin:

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Very clean and comfortable rooms, excellent friendly staff.
17 May 2006
Cons
Not a lot
Pros
Brilliant staff and cleanliness. Good food and drink deals.
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Stumbled accross this hostel by chance and ended up staying for a week! The rooms and facilities are clean and well maintained and the friendly staff made our stay all the more pleasent. Highly recommended!! :D

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Extremely clean, spacious, with friendly and helpful stuff
11 May 2006
Cons
Perhaps the cleaner coming in the room at 10:00 every day...
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The verandah
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I would recommend this hostel to anyone. At $17 a night it is a bargain and I was shocked when I saw the facilities it had to offer. The 52 inch TV, sofas, the bar and live music, the huge verandah to sit out and eat and drink. The fact that the staff are so friendly really helped me to enjoy my stay here. If you are staying in Cairns, stay at Shanninigans! :D

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Anonymous
Absolute Dump!
8 August 2003
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I stayed in this hostel for a few nights (unfortunately as everywhere else was booked) and I thought it was the worst hostel I'd stayed in in Australia. The staff were unhelpful and the rooms were below average. I asked one of the staff (nicely) in the room next door to lower his voice (at 4.30am) and stop shouting and his reply was "Irish bitch!" I ended up working for quite a while in Cairns and having learned alot about the hostels I can honestly say it's the worst of the lot. Maybe it's fine if you're 17.

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Anna
The best time of my life!
28 May 2003
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We may have been lucky because the hostel was full so we got a motel room for the same price but nevertheless, Shenannigans is fantastic. We got free dinner every night and it was excellent grub. The pub is such a laugh and for staying there, you get beer vouchers! Ended up staying for 6 weeks and I'd recommend it to anyone. I'd go back tomorrow if I could. Made loads of friends there too. The staff are brilliant. Anna Dunphy

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