Hi there! Thanks for finding us!

We may be just what you’re

looking for in a hostel…

JJ’s Backpackers is one of the few smaller hostels in Cairns. This is where you will get the chance to meet other travellers and create fun memories in a relaxed and friendly setting.

As an owner-operated hostel, we strive to provide a wonderful atmosphere and family feel with fantastic service from local ‘Cairnsians’ for every traveller visiting our magnificent little slice of paradise in Far North Queensland!

Established in 1994 by two backpackers (an Aussie and a Swiss), JJ’s was named after the women in the family – Julie and Jana.

One of the J’s of JJ’s – Jana – has brought it back to it’s roots of family and travel since 2017, hoping to continue on the spirit of fun, adventure, laughs and connection that her late-mother Julie was so well known for.

We offer and provide a friendly, social atmosphere and fantastic service!

The JJ’s family hope to make you feel at home at our home and create fun and happy travel memories without ‘breaking the bank’

‘Meet the Family’

We have Jana – the ‘little J’ of JJ’s – Owner/Operator in her late-20’s who was ‘born and bred’ in Cairns (so knows all the good spots!) and has returned home to run the hostel that was her second home when growing up,

and Kevin – the MAN-ager-Extraordinaire with the infectious laugh who joined the JJ’s family back when it was established in 1994.

Julie – the ‘Big J’ of JJ’s (original owner) – the vivacious and fun talkative Aussie from Victoria who was to thank for a lot of fun and amazing memories during the beginning years of the JJ’s family

Markus and Rebi – the boys of the family – Dad (original owner) and Brother, respectively, ‘behind the scenes’ with bucket loads of support for the family


Whether travelling alone or in a group, JJ’s is the perfect place to meet people, have fun and find that familiarity you may be looking for.

We hope to see you soon!