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About us

Mad Monkey Backpackers Cairns is a fun, clean, & affordable hostel right in the centre of Cairns. With our perfect central location, you’re just arms reach from the best bars, clubs, restaurants & trendy cafes; and only a short walk to the bus & train stations.

We won’t blame you if you find it too comfortable to leave our fully renovated hostel; from our awesome rooms with top quality mattresses & brand new Samsung air cons, to our amazing outdoor areas with pool & bar. However when you do choose to venture out, we are the perfect base to explore the amazing rainforests & waterfalls that Queensland has to offer. Or you can easily walk to the waterfront & catch a day trip out to the Great Barrier Reef.

Here at Mad Monkey we are known for our family atmosphere, so you are guaranteed to meet some amazing people, and we ensure there is a fun vibe with something always going on. Whether you are travelling by yourself or with friends, Mad Monkey is the perfect place to meet new & lasting friends, with our top class events board – hosting day & night activities, as well as our famous Family Meals. We look forward to welcoming you to the Mad Monkey Family!


Mad Monkey Backpackers is a top hostel in Cairns, which has just been fully renovated in 2017. With our brand new, modern equipment & furniture, it makes Mad Monkey a premium hostel with great facilities. Our spacious dorms, modern kitchen, outdoor garden & pool area, plus awesome common areas, allows guests to enjoy our first class facilities with affordable comfort.

24hr Reception

Dorm Rooms

Deluxe Private Rooms

Pool & Garden Oasis

FREE Hot Breakfast

Outdoor Cinema Area

FIFA Gaming Area

Designer Kitchen


Large Security Lockers

New Samsung Aircons

FREE Local Gym Access

FREE Ultra Fast Wifi

Outdoor Bar Area

Lush Pizza


Here at Mad Monkey we are known for our family atmosphere & what better way to get involved with our Mad Family than to check out our weekly events. Our events board is constantly updated but check out what a week with us could look like; you won’t want to miss out!

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About the Area

Mad Monkey is centrally located in Cairns City Centre. With this great location, you will be at the perfect base to explore the beautiful tropics of North Queensland. We’re just a stroll away from the best bars, clubs, restaurants & trendy cafes; plus only a short walk to the bus & train stations. A 5 min walk will also take you to the stunning Cairns Esplanade Lagoon or if you fancy venturing out further, you can explore the amazing rain forests & waterfalls that Queensland has to offer. Or catch a day trip out to the world famous Great Barrier Reef & Snorkel or Dive this iconic spot. One things for sure, there is plenty on offer in this great city.

How to get to us

Mad Monkey is located in the heart of Cairns City, so just a stones throw away from the bus & train stations. Don’t worry if you have heavy backpacks as you are just a short 5 min walk to a beautiful air con oasis at Mad Monkey Backpackers. Or if you are coming from the airport, simply catch a taxi, Uber or shuttle bus. A taxi is a short 15 min trip & costs roughly $15; or grab the shuttle bus which costs $15 for 1 person or $20 for 2.


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Meet The Team

Mad Monkey Backpackers is owned & operated by best friends, Peter McLeay & John Paull, born and bred in Sydney, Australia. The two 20-something-year-old mates admit they’re slightly immature, which makes for an amazing time living & laughing at Mad Monkey Backpackers. Between the two of them, Pete and John have travelled to most parts of the world and absolutely love the hostel experience.

Pete recently left the Military as a logistics officer and now splits his time between working on the businesses and backpacking himself. You will probably find him cooking a BBQ or organising pre drinks for the backpackers before heading out to the best night spots Cairns has to offer. John is a qualified doctor whom works in the A&E department, but loves to take some time out to backpack to remote areas, as well as volunteer in struggling international communities. They love all things travel so feel free to say hello. Come and join them in the common areas and share travel stories and adventures – they’re always keen for a chat. The boys hope that your stay at Mad Monkey Backpackers will be full of memories, and become your home away from home.

Our Mad Monkey Backpacker Teams are spread across Australia in our 4 Hostels – Mad Monkey Cairns, Mad Monkey Kings Cross, Mad Monkey Broadway & sister hostel, Kings Cross Backpackers.

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