YHA has been providing group accommodation to schools for over 75 years.

Activities include snorkelling trips on the reef, Aboriginal culture, a day at the zoo, a rainforest adventure or explore the Atherton Tablelands, choose your school excursion adventure and we’ll make it happen.

Services and Facilities

  • Exclusive area - Group Centre
  • Comfortable 4, 6 or 10 share ensuite rooms
  • Private twin/double ensuite rooms
  • 24-hour access
  • Reception from 6:30am to 11pm and night supervisor after hours
  • Lockers in all shared rooms
  • Room card keys for security
  • Information desk and tour booking service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Reading room
  • Secure off-street parking
  • Communal kitchen facilities
  • Continental breakfast
  • Swimming pool and 2 spas
  • Laundry facilities
  • Large TV lounge
  • Luggage storage available

The security of our guests is of the upmost importance. We offer first class security, with CCTV cameras, security coded rooms and bathrooms. Cairns Central YHA complies with appropriate Risk Assessment procedures.

Things to do

  • Great Barrier Reef tours
  • Daintree Rainforest tours
  • Cairns Aquarium
  • Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Park
  • Tjapukai Cultural Park
  • Kuranda – including the Skyrail and Scenic Railway
  • City Tours
  • Hartley’s Crocodile Park
  • White-water rafting, Skydiving, Bungy Jumping and much more

Why choose a YHA hostel?
YHA Australia is a membership-based, not for profit association.
In Germany in 1909, schoolteacher Richard Schirrmann had the idea to create a network of budget accommodation options across the country to be used by school groups. The first permanent youth hostel, Altena Castle, was established in Germany in 1912 and still operates today. The YHA movement has over 60,000 members in Australia and records more than 1.5 million overnight stays annually.

Suitable for: 
Tertiary - Uni/TAFE
Year 6
Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
All Ages
Special Needs
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Physical Address: 
20-26 McLeod Street
Cairns QLD 4870
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Phone Number: 
1800 948 386