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

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135 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 70%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 76%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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


Lovely place, very homely, nice atmosphere, amazing views, good facilities and Robyn is so sweet! Things that could be improved would be to have wifi available all day (is available for 4 hours), have bins in the rooms and switch the heating on in the lounge - it was freezing in there!


Nice quirky hostel, loads of space to relax and chill out. Made some good friends here too who we ended up travelling with for the remainder of the great ocean road.


The office, which is the first thing you see, was dirty and cluttered it was almost impossible to walk in to. I could not get in contact with the woman in charge when we first got there to check in either. The room was dingy and musty and looked nothing like the pictures on the website. I felt disgusting staying there. Not the end of the world, but we had to walk outside to a different area to access the bathrooms. It was a free for all and no one was in charge, kids were just partying all night

  • 27th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Interesting place. However I think the owner is the only one who cleans here. he works very hard but maybe a few staff would help the place go from ok to good. Nothing really wrong with it, but it's more of a one night stop off.


This place is so cute! Robyn the owner is so lovely and can't help enough! The rooms were clean and tidy. Wifi was good. Really enjoyed our stay here


Basic backpacker stay, more of a big house converted to a multi room backpacker lodge.

  • 19th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Berry good hostel


Great place! It's close to town and right by the Great ocean walk/road. There's nothing to complain about, except maybe the speed of the wifi unless you find that good spot where reception is slightly better. It's a chilled out and friendly place with a couple of kitchens/bathrooms in different houses. A pool table and relaxed lounge are. There's a nice garden and comfy hammock.


The place its self feels a little tired but added to its charm. It is not a large YHA type place but a small hostel run by a lovely woman. Intimate place where everyone hung out together and played pool or chatted. The woman who runs this place is fantastic. Went above and beyond with maps and recommendations for additional sights to see along the great ocean road.


This is the first hostel I really loved while travelling. Staff went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Met a lot of lovely people, a very social hostel which felt like home. the location was great too - right by the beach. My friend and I agreed that this was the best part of our great ocean road trip and will return if we get the chance to. Not a place to go to if you like sterile, modern, hotelesque rooms.

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