- Gilligan’s is the ultimate experience in affordable backpacker accommodation and entertainment.
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Gilligan's is Smack Bang in the heart of Cairns!
Aside from offering hotel style accommodation Gilligan’s has awesome facilities including a pristine lagoon swimming pool, where you can take a dip or relax & enjoy a refreshing beverage from the Deck Bar.
Gilligan's is also located right next door to Rusty's market and surrounded by various boutique shops, cafés and clubs. You will SAVE hundreds of dollars whilst staying at Gilligan's as we an evening meal for just $4.00 every night plus VIP pricing throughout the venue for in-house guests.
Gilligan's has crazy themed nights, fun & games, heaps of trips to be won and cash prize giveaways. There is a massive outdoor pub-screen plus 13 plasmas to watch all your favourite sporting events. Hosting two of Cairns best nightclubs with weekly events plus local & international DJ's, Gilligan's is home to Cairns’ best Backpacker entertainment venue and Backpacker accommodation.
Reduce your Carbon Footprint while you sleep! Gilligan’s is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint! We have upgraded the air-conditioning system making a 20% reduction in energy usage! All ensuites have been fitted with environmental water saving showerheads. We have ‘state of the art’ heat pumps for making our hot water which further results in an 80% reduction in gas usage! Our nightclub is then ‘chilled’ by the cold air these pumps produce. Ninety-nine percent of our lights in the Club are LED energy saving lights! All round Gilligan’s is a better choice when it comes to our environment!
The team at Gilligan's is bursting with enthusiasm to make your stay with us the "ultimate experience" whilst travelling in Australia. Friendly, knowledgeable Travel staff will point you in the right direction to begin your adventure holiday here in Cairns, whilst staying in one of our en-suited rooms. We host the biggest screen in Queensland so you and your mates can watch all of your favourite sports and our massive lagoon pool, break out areas, and fantastic nightlife make meeting like minded travellers too easy. You will have nothing but FUN!
Our head cleaner Lella Clelland is renowned for her extremely high standards in cleanliness throughout the property. Lella cracks the whip on all of her team to make sure your room will be spic and span for you to relax & enjoy. All rooms are serviced daily as are the 3 way en-suites to assure you don't have to wait to use the mirror while your mates in the shower. Remember every room at Gilligan's has a very clean en-suite!
Gilligan's Cairns is the most conveniently located Backpacker property in the city. Right next door to the famous Rusty's Market on Grafton Street where you can shop for fresh produce, souvenirs and nic nacs. In the centre of many café's, 2 blocks from Cairns Central Shopping Centre & only a 2 minute walk from the Cairns Esplanade and Marina.
Rusty’s Market situated conveniently next door to Gilligan’s has, over 30 years, developed into one of the largest, most successful & best known markets in Australia & overseas. From humble beginnings of some 6 stall holders Rusty’s has grown into an enormous three day event with over 180 stall holders. It has become renowned for its carnival atmosphere, colourful stall holders, sumptuous displays of exotic fruit, vegetables, exotic flowers, bric-a-brac, delicatessens, specialty products & an excellent selection of food & beverage stalls.
Rusty’s is named after the late Emrys “Rusty” Rees, who developed & expanded the market into the mega event it is today. The new owners, Gilligan’s Backpacker Hotel & Resort, have faithfully carried on the tradition & Rusty’s continues to offer it’s weekly delights to shoppers & tourists alike.
Rusty’s Market is now an established Cairns tourist icon & certainly worth a visit. When in Cairns why not drop in any Friday to Sunday. Browse the many stalls, pick up a bargain and meet some true local characters while you are in far north.
Market Opening Times:
- Friday 5am to 6pm
- Saturday 6am to 3pm
- Sunday 6am to 2pm