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.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar

Show Prices
Book on TripAdvisor
Trusted partner. We work with to make your booking as easy as possible.
Secure payments. We use industry-leading practices to keep your information secure.
Enter dates for best prices
powered by PriceFinder
Check In Check Out
1 room 2 adults 0 children
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
Professional photos
Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar
View Map
{"widget":{"name":"ibex_photo_carousel_streamline","template":"ibex_photo_carousel_streamline__widget","dust":{},"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel_streamline","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"moduleList":["handlers"]},"scriptFlags":null,"containerClass":null}
Add Photo Write a Review

371 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 328: English reviews
Southampton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stayed here for week... average hostel. Nice size, showers are great. Kitchen is kept clean and bar area is nice. Had a fair few disturbances (7x in one day) in our room from cleaners to maintance - just knocking and coming straight in even when told no! Some staff were very friendly while others were rude. Overall it is an...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Sophie P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hostel has a very relaxed atmosphere, the people are very friendly and the pool is a great reason to just lay down and enjoy the sun. The showers are great and clean and so are the toilets. You get free breakfast and 30 minutes of free wifi. The only negative point is the location but the offer a free...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Dominique T
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hostel is quite a walk out of town, they do run a free shuttle service but still a bit of a paid for nights out as it doesn't run late. I found the hostel quite social and enjoyed the pool, bar and food. Rooms are average, as are the bathrooms but not bad for the price.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank lazyeyebailey
Melbourne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hostel was clean and welcoming, it offers a lot of facilities and free transportation! The staff is friendly and keen on helping. The only problem are all the facilities like kitchen and bar that close way to early! (8 pm!) That's not ok for an hostel and above all during summertime and holidays

 Report
Helpful?
1Thank Kay N
BryonySumner, Manager at Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar, responded to this review

Hiya! Thanks for your review we are so glad you enjoyed your stay! Our bar is normally open until midnight each day serving food all day - we did close early a few days over Christmas though and I think this is when you stayed. Enjoy the rest of your travels and we hope to see you back in Cairns...

Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Myself and friends stayed here for a few days. The hostel over all was very clean, staff were very helpful and had everything you needed. In good location and offer a free shuttle bus into the town. I found that the majority of guests at the hostel were working at the hostel. The staff didn't interact with us and weren't...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Annmarie S
BryonySumner, Manager at Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar, responded to this review

Hiya - thanks so much for your review we are so glad you had a good stay! We've got a few new staff at the moment so I'll make sure that they all know exactly what's happening in the bar and hostel each day. Enjoy the rest of your travels!

England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

The hostel was great, there is a big common area, pool and a bar selling breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests of the hostel also get free toast, tea and coffee in the morning. The rooms were basic but clean and bathrooms were clean too. The staff were really friendly and helpful. The hostel isn't close to town- a good half...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Charlotte W
BryonySumner, Manager at Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar, responded to this review

Thanks for your review we are so glad that you had a great stay! Enjoy the rest of your trip .

Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Nothing either special or awful about this hostel to report really. It's been one of the nicer cheap hostels I've been in - better than Base on Magnetic Island for example. My only complaint is that this was my first stay on my Base Hostel pass and therefore I had to collect the physical pass card from the Reception here....

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Amy K
BryonySumner, Manager at Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review and great feedback which we will follow up on! We have a team of paid cleaners so I will be sure to show them your comments. Apologies for the confusion with the Bedhopper/Base Card we hope this was OK in the end. We have also now fully stocked our bar and shop. We hope...

Germany
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I have no words. Public bathrooms are cleaner than the rooms or bathrooms. I've changed rooms cause the first one smelled so unbelievably disgusting. I thought my nose hairs were going to burn away..the second room was even worse ! The reaction of the reception and management was like "if you're to girly to live in a backpacker place you...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Sjadil
BryonySumner, Manager at Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar, responded to this review

Oh wow I'm so sorry to hear this! I am one of the managers and was not made aware of this - I can assure you that you did not get a typical reaction from the staff or management as we care deeply about our hostel and the cleanliness and standards. We hope that you enjoy the rest of your...

Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Rooms were not that clean, they said there would be free breakfast but you're not allowed to get more than 2 slices of bread. Far away from the city centre, but there is a shuttlebus every hour. Kitchen was okay.

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Bram J
BryonySumner, Manager at Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar, responded to this review

Hiya thanks for your comments - I will pass your comments on to our housekeeping department and we will strive to improve! We do offer more toast for free on request at breakfast. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

Antwerp
Reviewed 7 November 2016

When I arrived the girl at the desk was very nice and helpful with my problems. But then it only went down hill... My bed was not cleaned when I arrived in my room. As the girl at the desk was very helpful I didn't mind and asked for clean sheets myself. But then we found used cotton tips under...

 Report
Helpful?
Thank Hold_On_Dude
BryonySumner, Manager at Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar, responded to this review

Hiya thanks for your comments - I would like more information on some of your comments and have sent you a message - hopefully you get a chance to respond. I am really happy to hear that you had a great experience with the receptionist. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

71 photos of this hotel

Traveller photos: See what travellers like you saw

Viewed
All Traveller Photos (52)
Viewed
Bathroom (2)
Viewed
Dining (3)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (11)
Viewed
Room/Suite (4)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (1)
Viewed
Other (31)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All Management Photos (19)
Viewed
Pool/Beach Area (3)
Viewed
Hotel & Grounds (5)
Viewed
Room/Suite (4)
Viewed
Other (7)
Check In Check Out
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Cairns hotels
0.1 km away
Edge Apartments
Edge Apartments
#49 of 88 in Cairns
31 reviews
1.0 km away
Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort
1.7 km away
Caravella Backpackers
Caravella Backpackers
#8 of 88 in Cairns
450 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.3 km away
North Cove Waterfront Suites
2.6 km away
Gecko's Backpackers
Gecko's Backpackers
#10 of 88 in Cairns
380 reviews
1.8 km away
Njoy! Travellers Resort
Njoy! Travellers Resort
#13 of 88 in Cairns
325 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
Internet
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Nomads Cairns backpackers resort is a 4 ½ star AAA rated budget accommodation with resort style facilities and onsite Serpent Bar, and has been designed to provide you with a great night's sleep. Located only minutes away from the Cairns Esplanade, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, it includes everything you need to enjoy Tropical North Queensland in style. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar

Address: 341 Lake St, Cairns, Queensland 4870, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Cairns Region > Cairns
Price Range: $21 - $67 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar 2*
Number of rooms: 20
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with HostelWorld, Booking.com, Travelocity, Expedia and Hotels.com so you can book your Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar 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.
Also Known As:
Nomads Serpent Cairns Hotel Cairns
Nomads Cairns Backpackers And Serpent Bar Queensland
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 Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar staff and other travellers.
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Nomads Cairns Backpackers and Serpent Bar 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

“Bad location decent hostel”
 of 5 bubbles loveshotels4, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Book well ahead of time. Sometimes there's tour groups that book, and rooms are not always available.”
 of 5 bubbles D6546GZjohnr, 29 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Any of the 4-bed dorms were better than the rest”
 of 5 bubbles lucydriver925, 23 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Do somthing else if you want a good room.”
 of 5 bubbles alaxanderr, 20 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Don't shut yourself away in your room.. go to the bar and drink..then go to whoolshed...”
 of 5 bubbles R5186UHgeorgep, 18 Jul 2016 | Read review
5 of 5
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay