We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

The Jack Backpackers

Show Prices
Certificate of Excellence
Enter dates for lowest prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
We check 200+ sites to find the latest and lowest prices.
Professional photos
The Jack Backpackers
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget","dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"}},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

208 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 182: English reviews
Start your review of The Jack Backpackers
 Click to rate
Reviewed yesterday NEWvia mobile

I stayed at this hostel two separate times, in a 4 bed room with bathroom en suite and an 8 bed room with shared bathroom, and ironically had a much better experience in the cheaper 8 bed room. The en suite bathroom makes it very difficult for the air conditioning to keep the room cold, so these dorms end up...

Thank Grace C
Cairns, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed my time in the Jack. I was in the Jack in January 2016. I was wondering if will be still the same, I remembered that the staff was really friendly and help with anything you needed and the room were the cleanest rooms I ever had in a hostel. I came back and it was exactly the...

Thank celinefankhauser
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I' ve stayed already in November 2016 at the Jacks and loved it so much that I came back for 6 weeks in January. This hostel is the cleanest one I have ever seen. Especially Harriet and her housekeepers, everyday they are do a great job. You get a free dinner every evening but unfortunately they don't have special food...

Thank Iva P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed at The Jack and it has been the most comfortable hostel I have stayed in Australia so far. I stayed on the side attached to the reception office. The rooms are spacious, ensuite and each have a refrigerator. The aircon is fantastic. The wifi is free and works great. Each person has their own locker and tub to...

Thank Devin E
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Hi, I've stayed in 5 different hostels in cairns. I ended up staying in the Jack from June on until December. The difference between this hostel and any other one is just it gives backpacker the feeling of being home. They've got loads of space, the rooms are nice and clean, the common areas are very comfortable and spacious. It's...

Thank Tara M
Enniskillen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Lovely clean hostel, rooms get cleaned everyday (ours was cleaned by an amazing woman called Harriett), good atmosphere and everyone was extremely helpful. FREE meal every night which was so good! Jason at reception literally could not do enough for us. The staff are a credit to the hostel! And the location was brilliant too, overall great stay.

Thank Jade-kirk1991
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

The time I stayed at the jack was amazing, every department was flawless from spotless comfortable rooms, impeccable bar service with great offers for backpackers and the food was out of this world, the must have great chefs! I will defiantly return, very highly recommend thanks to the jack crew Rhys

Thank lovefood159
los angeles
Reviewed 12 January 2017

I was fortunate enough to stay in a room by myself even though it was a 4 bed dorm but the noise level was unbearable at times. The balcony rooms face directly across a huge bar so on the weekends they have a live rock band playing until late in the night. I stayed 2 weeknights and 1 weekend night....

Thank oneinfivebill
Sudbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Good sized lockers and trays underneath the beds to put your bags in, which keeps room tidy. Fridge in room which is great. Beds a bit shaky when climbing up to top bunk, so it didn't feel too stable. Bathroom small but fine. Cheaper drinks in the bar when showing your room key, however staff did not mention this so...

Thank littlemisslisaj
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

I've spent my fair share of time in hostels across Europe and a few in Australia. This is by far the best value for your dollar and the cleanest hostel I have ever been. The staff is friendly, particularly Jason who works at the front desk was very helpful and always obliging when I wanted to change out bedding (I...

Thank WanderLust406

58 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

All Traveller Photos (38)
Room/Suite (13)
Dining (3)
Business Centre/Function Rooms (1)
Hotel & Grounds (2)
View from Room (1)
Bathroom (3)
Other (15)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All Management Photos (20)
Room/Suite (11)
Hotel & Grounds (5)
Other (4)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Cairns hotels
0.2 km away
Corona Backpackers
Corona Backpackers
#35 of 89 in Cairns
122 reviews
0.3 km away
The Northern Greenhouse
0.2 km away
Cairns Central YHA Backpackers Hostel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.5 km away
Tropic Days Backpackers
0.6 km away
Dreamtime Travellers Rest
0.1 km away
Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices


  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Jack Backpackers is newly refurbished pub-style backpacker accommodation. The accommodation has 120 beds, ranging from 8 bed dorms with shared bathrooms, to four bed dorms and private double rooms with ensuite. The massive pub downstairs has three different bars, a beautiful outdoor undercover beer garden, top quality meal deals for the budget traveler, our famous Friends With Benefits VIP guest discount card, SETANTA & FOX sports action shown on our BIG screens daily 7 days a week, pool tables, a CASINO gaming lounge, plus free entertainment & activities 5 nights a week from Wednesday to Sunday, between the hours of 6pm & 12am. Entertainment on offer ranges from some of the best local & national live bands and DJ's, themed parties, crazy games, beer pong, open mic nights, + much more ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Jack Backpackers

Address: 48 Spence St | Corner Sheridan and Spence Streets, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia (Formerly Shenannigans)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $22 - $60 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Jack Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 34
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, HostelWorld, Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, Agoda, Hotels.com and Despegar.com so you can book your The Jack Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what travellers have asked, with answers from The Jack Backpackers staff and other travellers.
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from The Jack Backpackers staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travellers prefer

“If there's a way to get a room not on the outside balcony, try that to avoid the noise”
 of 5 bubbles oneinfivebill, 12 Jan 2017 | Read review
“the best rooms are the smaller dorms that are behind reception.”
 of 5 bubbles 751clairey, 22 Nov 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are quite good”
 of 5 bubbles ninabenitz, 18 Jun 2016 | Read review
“Private rooms with the lower room numbers are quieter, as they are slightly further away from the kitchen area and nightclub speakers.”
 of 5 bubbles Supaatravelaa, 14 Apr 2016 | Read review
“The motel side has better equipped rooms and is quieter and less crowded.”
 of 5 bubbles D9104RVjamesg, 25 Jan 2016 | Read review
5 of 5