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1. Posted by xxshirxx (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hi guys,

Heading for Cairns end of nov 09.. just wondering should we book all our hostels in advance or just book as we get there? getting the greyhound down the coast from dec onwards..

Thanks ! :):):):):):)

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

This is kind of a travel type/personal preference thing, but here's how I usually approach it.

If I was travelling alone, I'd probably just book the first hostel if it was a longer trip and outside of holiday seasons. If I was travelling to somewhere like Sydney around Christmas, well, then you'd have to book now (it might already be too late actually to get a decent spot there; sells out mighty quick!!), regardless of if travelling alone or with a family (actually hotels tend to get booked out later than hostels in Sydney around xmas). When backpacking around Oz a 'few' (that'd be 10) years ago I'd just never book in advance, but booking over the internet wasn't an option then either. I imagine for a lot of backpackers in Oz, that is still the way it's done considering good accommodation is usually pretty easy to come by. Assuming you are backpacking, book a few nights/the first week and then see after a few days how things are turning out. From experience I can say that plans change pretty rapidly :)

When travelling with the fam, I usually book quite a few of the places in advance. On a recent trip to Malaysia for example I had the hotel for the first night sorted, and a place to stay for the 10 days afterwards (same place), but nothing for the last night. My main thinking here is that I really don't like standing at the airport with wife and a crying three year old trying to make a decision on where to head to, whilst taxi drivers bombard you with ideas and special deals

When on business trips alone or short trips, I absolutely book in advance as I just don't have the luxury of not knowing where I'm going to end up, + I've usually got a different type of luggage along.

So that's my rather long-winded response to your quite simple question

[ Edit: Tidied up response. ]

3. Posted by xxshirxx (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Thanks for your reply very helpful!

its only cairns and the route downwards i will need hostels for because as soon as i get to sydney (hopefully for xmas eve if not definetly new years) i will be staying with some friends which is really lucky !! ive heard so many people who cant find accom for new years!

i arrive in cairns at 9.30am so im hoping to just go on the lookout for a hostel then? only plan on staying in cairns one night. So do you think i should just go with the flow and see wat happens? :):):):):):)

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Are you travelling alone? If so, then it'd probably be fine to just wait and see. The only downside is you might be walking around Cairns for a few hours trying to find a place to stay :) If the group is bigger, it gets trickier just showing up, especially if you have requests like wanting to stay in the same room etc. Keep in mind it's been ten years since I stayed here, but when I was in Cairns I stayed at Calypso. Nice place and good vibe. It was a little bit of a walk into the city, but nothing too bad. And if I'm not mistaken, they had shuttle buses running as well (just checked that listing and they do indeed list "free courtesy bus and pick up 7am - 10pm from airport and coach station". Might save you some money :)

5. Posted by xxshirxx (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

im travelling alone from Ireland to Cairns and hopefully meeting a friend in cairns when i arrive to travel down the coast.. she is currently working in broome so her plans could change and may not end up meeting me but i dont mind travelling alone if this happens.. just looked at the calypso and it looks great ! thanks again ! :):):):):):)

6. Posted by HostelSYD (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

i find booking last minute is the best way to do things, like a previous poster said, plans can change and being as its the quiet season at the mo, it's easy to find accommodation. Also book only 2 nights at a time in a hostel, that way its long enough to relax but short enough to leave if you dont like it.

7. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 7y

Have a look on a site like and get a feel for availability at that time of year....I imagine you'll be fine to just wing it and do it as you go, but if you find a place that looks great and has positive reviews, there'd be no harm in booking ahead :)