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Wanna Stay?

Budget-Friendly Hostel Accommodation with a Stylish Twist

Kitchen Coffee Bar

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Cairns Backpacking Made Easy: Connect and Explore on a Budget

Welcome to Wanna Stay, a top choice for Cairns backpacker hostels. Located right across from Gilligans Backpacker Hostel, we offer budget-friendly stays with easy access to Cairns' best attractions, perfect for travelers exploring Australia on a budget.

Your Cairns Adventure, Enhanced with Our Exclusive Perks

At Wanna Stay, we're not just about providing a place to sleep; we're about enriching your travel experience. Why settle for less when you can enjoy:


  • Complimentary kitchen essentials including pasta, rice, herbs & spices, tin foil, and cling film.

  • Endless entertainment with free access to PlayStation games, Netflix, Disney+, and Gaia.

  • Stay fit and relaxed using our yoga mats and join in on our hosted events.

  • Essential comforts with air conditioning and high-speed Wi-Fi across all areas.

  • Exclusive transport to must see local hotspots


All this comes along with cozy and comfy beds in both spacious dorms and deluxe privates, ensuring your budget-friendly stay doesn’t sacrifice comfort. Our facilities are designed for backpackers like you, who seek a blend of affordability, community, and convenience. Choose Wanna Stay for a hostel experience that’s inclusive, engaging, and packed with value – the ideal backdrop for your Cairns adventure.

Lake Eacham
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Cairns Waterfall Wanna Trip
Pancakes Wanna Stay Events
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Kuranda Wanna Trip
Port Douglas Wanna Trip

Your Hostel Accommodation Options: From Solo to Social

Discover the perfect fit for your travel style with our range of accommodation options. From the quiet solitude of private rooms to the lively buzz of our social dorms, we've crafted each space to suit your needs. Embrace the freedom of solo travel or join the vibrant community life at Wanna Stay — where every traveler finds their place. Enjoy the comforts of home with our array of amenities, designed to make your stay both enjoyable and convenient, all while nestled in the heart of adventure and connectivity.


Indulge in Our Hostel's Premier Amenities and Social Spaces

Games & Activities Space:

Chill out or challenge new friends in our air-conditioned games room, featuring a PS4 with gaming subscriptions and a selection of classic and modern board games for endless entertainment.

Spacious Dining Area:

Dine in style or plan your day over a meal in our expansive, banquette-style dining room, complete with secure food storage and individual dining sets.

State-of-the-Art Kitchen Facilities:

Craft gourmet meals or quick snacks with our modern kitchen amenities, including a high-end Nespresso machine, health-friendly air fryer, and a custom pizza oven. Plus, enjoy personal food storage options to make you feel at home.

Fully Airconditioned Cinema:

Relax in luxury seating and enjoy the latest films and shows with our inclusive Netflix, Disney+, and Gaia subscriptions in our cool, comfortable cinema room.



Reception Hours

72-74 Grafton Street





  • Wanna Stay Backpacker Hostel
  • Wanna Stay Backpacker Hostel

Mon - Sun


On-Call Hours

Mon - Sun

4:00pm - 10:00pm

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