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

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147 Total Reviews
  • 78%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 92%Location
  • 95%Staff
  • 83%Atmosphere
  • 78%Cleanliness
  • 75%Facilities

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The location was fantastic, very central but the hostel was quiet cold in the evenings and needed some new renovations and a quick clean. The lady Robyn was lovely and seemed to be running the show by herself. The new showers and bathrooms were lovely.

  • 1st Nov 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Old beachhouse and nurses quarters turned into backpackers with view from lounge window which looks out on to great ocean road and ocean. Cosy lounge and dining areas - great place to nestle up and read a book or a have a few drinks with fellow travellers. Beach house standards for backpacker prices. A rare gem.

  • 31st Oct 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Unfortunately my bed was lopsided, the frame beneath might be bent? There was a toilet door that kept bumping open and shut throughout the night as it was windy. Not a lot of sound proofing with large groups staying up majority of the night in the common areas talking loudly. Needless to say woke up very unhappy :( I did enjoy the common spaces and the location was very lovely. The host was absolutely darling and very warm and welcoming.


The place was big and spacious. The building and rooms were old but good for those wanting for basic facilities only. One of the shower rooms was really small and it's very inconvenient without hook inside. Good that the hot water is good enough to take a hot shower. The family bedroom is spacious with 1 bunk bed and 1 double bed. But the bed is always making sound when climbing on & off.


Robyn was so sweet and accommodating, definitely recommend staying here!

  • 30th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


The owner is so nice!!! The place is beautiful with an awesome view!


Spacious, and satisfying :) Great stay with good people!

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