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Mad Monkey Waterfront

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Check-in/check-out kiosk
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Overview of Mad Monkey Waterfront

Mad Monkey Waterfront

2.0 star property
Adults-only hostel in Cairns

7.6/10 Good

29 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Gym
  • Non-smoking
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry facilities
93A Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, 4870

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In Cairns Central Business District
  • Great Barrier Reef - 1 min drive
  • Cairns Esplanade - 6 min drive

Getting around

  • Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 7 min drive
  • Cairns Station - 14 min walk
  • Freshwater Station - 16 min drive
  • Redlynch Station - 17 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Rattle 'N Hum - 2 min walk
  • Cairns Burger Cafe - 3 min walk
  • Coast Roast Cafe - 4 min walk
  • Spicy Bite - 4 min walk
  • Frydays - 4 min walk

About this property

Mad Monkey Waterfront

Mad Monkey Waterfront is a great choice for a stay in Cairns. The comfortable beds and helpful staff get good marks from fellow travellers.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 19 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until midnight
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
  • The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum guest age is 18
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • No on-site parking


  • Airport shuttle from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • Caters to adults only

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • BBQs
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • Water dispenser

What to do

  • Free use of nearby fitness centre


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Free bike hire


  • Picnic area
  • Television in common areas


  • English

Room amenities

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Refundable deposits

  • Breakage deposit: AUD 20.00 per stay

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of AUD 17 per person
  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 1 per cent

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

Contactless check-out is available.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession
<p>This property does not have lifts.</p><p>Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a smoke detector on site.</p> <p>This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.</p>

Also known as

Mad Monkey Waterfront Cairns
Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront
Mad Monkey Waterfront Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Mad Monkey Waterfront Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cairns

Frequently asked questions

Does Mad Monkey Waterfront offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Mad Monkey Waterfront does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Mad Monkey Waterfront?
As of 5 February 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Mad Monkey Waterfront on 26 February 2023 start from €51, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Mad Monkey Waterfront?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitiser and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Mad Monkey Waterfront?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
Is parking offered on site at Mad Monkey Waterfront?
Sorry, there's no on-site parking at Mad Monkey Waterfront.
Is an airport shuttle service offered by Mad Monkey Waterfront?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The charge is AUD 17 per person.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Mad Monkey Waterfront?
You can check in from 2 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 10 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
Is there an on-site casino at Mad Monkey Waterfront?
No, this hostel doesn't have a casino, but Reef Hotel Casino (7-min walk) and Cazalys Cairns (10-min drive) are both nearby.
What is there to do at Mad Monkey Waterfront and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as cycling. Mad Monkey Waterfront also has a picnic area.
Are there restaurants at or near Mad Monkey Waterfront?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Cairns Burger Cafe (3-min walk), Coast Roast Cafe (4-min walk) and Spicy Bite (4-min walk).
What's the area around Mad Monkey Waterfront like?
Mad Monkey Waterfront is a short 1-minute walk from Great Barrier Reef and 3 minutes' walk from Cairns Night Markets. Travellers say that this hostel is in a good location.







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Property conditions & facilities




8/10 Very good

age restriction is a bit weird. once you're over 35 you have to pay 3-4 times the price to stay in the same place
Matt, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

I like the common area! It’s very clean with big tv screen which makes it easier to meet people aged have fun.
Yen Kit Kelvin, 2-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

3-night trip
Verified Lastminute guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Yao, 2-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Yao, 1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

our first room smelled of mold and mildew. The staff moved us to a second room which did not smell but was very humid. Showers were clean but there were not enough of them. Washer/dryer was constantly in use by property cleaning staff. no air conditioned common areas. Wifi was terrible.
1-night romance trip
Verified Expedia guest review

4/10 Fair

1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

I really liked the location of this hostel. Good price, good beds, warm showers, good wifi. Easy to book tours. It’s more of a quiet hostel not the party type.
4-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Really clean and modern. AC worked amazingly which is really needed in the humidity of cairns. Bed comfy and nice linens. Bar on site decent prices, noise kept to a minimum never an issue during my stay. Free pancake breakfast :)
4-night trip
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8/10 Very good

I had to change my travel plans last minute and they were very accommodating
14-night trip
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