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Surfside Backpacker Reviews

Corner Great Ocean Road & Gambier Street, Apollo Bay, Australia

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94 Total Reviews
  • 71%Value For Money
  • 73%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 76%Staff
  • 72%Atmosphere
  • 72%Cleanliness
  • 71%Facilities

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We were greeted by a lovely lady who was very helpful, we had been driving all day and she made us feel very welcome! It was a freezing day so was great to find that all the beds had heated blankets! Beautiful waking up to see the ocean. But could have done with some towels in the room as we had paid for a private room.

  • 22nd Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Great location. nice owner. would stay again

  • 17th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Nice hostel but unfriendly owners that switched off lights without any comment in the living room around 10pm...they were not willing to offer any solution after complaining about that, but reacted pretty unfriendly and just referenced ti the house rules...cannot recommend this hostel even though the house was clean...


I really liked this hostel, Robyn was lovely and went out of her way to make us feel welcome and helped us the following day with directions and places to see. The hostel has a really homely feel to it, and beds were comfortable and clean. Bathrooms spotless too. Would definitely stay here again.


not really clean..


I really enjoyed this hostel. I was only there for 1 night but i would come back in the future. there were two big kitchens which was really nice! the only problem was that there were flies EVERYWHERE! they were really annoying. The bathrooms were really nice, and the lady who owns the hostel was very kind.


no security lockers, but owner willing to store luggage in locked area. very homey feeling, a little bit of a walk from the town center/grocery store (not far, unless you have heavy grocery bags). free wifi for 3 hours per night. owner very helpful/accomodating and plenty of space/common areas.


Nice little place with ocean view, but facilities are highly dated. It was quiet while we were there but if it was full I have a feeling the bathrooms woudl have quite a wai. It would appear the owner needs some help keeping it clean and such. She seemed very nice, but there's a lot to keep up for just one old woman. The whole internet for only a little while in the evening is a bit weird...


Robyn, the manager, was very helpful with recommendations. Thankssss

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