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Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort Cairns

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As a guest of Gilligans, you are entitled to a FREE airport transfer between 8am – 8pm to Gilligans! Cairns Airport Shuttle Bus operates this service.

If you wish to transfer to Gilligans before 8am or after 8pm, full fare must be paid to the driver.

Departure times are approximately every half hour. Go to bus bay 6 outside the domestic and international terminals.

You are required to book your shuttle bus, to do this please head to Cairns Airport Shuttle and use discount code gilarr57 to ensure you are not charged for your transfer.

For groups of 7 or more you can organise a private transfer which can be done by contacting our travel department for a small fee.

Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef

Centrally located between Sheridan & Grafton streets, in the midst of Cairns city centre, Gilligan's is the ideal base from which to explore the beautiful and tropical north. From Gilligan's, it's an easy stroll around Cairns inner-city streets lined with art & photographic galleries, shops, cafes. & many different multi-cultural dining experiences. The inner-city is also home to one of the city's most popular attractions - the magnificent Cairns Esplanade Lagoon lined with sandy beaches, lush grassed areas & picnic tables.

By night, this area comes alive with bars, nightclubs, concerts and various street entertainment. Cairns has a wide selection of restaurants offering everything including ala carte dining and fresh local seafood. If you want something a little more casual you can choose from a realxed pizzaria or local pub meal, and remember, Gilligan’s offers evening meals for just $4.00 to in-house guests each night from 6pm and VIP prices throughout the venue.

The great thing about Gilligan's is everything is at your finger tips without leaving the property.

Great Cafes for amazing coffee, bakery, newsagents, hairdressers, fashion, jewellery, day spa and to top if all off the famous Rusty's Markets where you can buy the freshest produce and sample what the tropics have to offer.