Home to the world's greatest Hostels

30,000 properties, 180 countries Over 3.5 million guest reviews 21 million bookings

Surfside Backpacker Reviews

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

Reviews & Ratings Explained


130 Total Reviews
  • 79%Value For Money
  • 65%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 78%Atmosphere
  • 71%Cleanliness
  • 74%Facilities

The rating percentage is calculated from customers who booked within the last 12 months.

All ratings and reviews are based on the feedback and opinions of the customers who submitted them and do not express the opinions of Hostelworld.com. This way, you get an up-to-the-minute opinion of just how good a hostel really is.
Read our review guidelines »

  • Show:


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

  • 24th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


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.


Just a brief stopover for me and my wife as we drove the Great Ocean Road. For somewhere cheap to get your head down it's ideal and the staff are great. It's a little rustic looking (apart from the bathrooms which are really nicely fitted out) but the vibe is nice and laidback.


Good value for money. Simple room, but clean. Some noise at night. Nice staff.


This is a great location on the Great Ocean Road! There is a feeling of being at grandma's house when you're in this hostel; the decor has a cozy cottage feel and Robyn (the owner?) is a sweetheart who's there to make your stay enjoyable. The kitchens have all of the amenities one could ask for, the common areas have plenty of room to hang out. Definitely a great value and great place.


They couldn't find.the key to my room so another guest and I didn't get a key to the room so the room had to be left unlocked all the time. No lockers, grubby room, grubby toilet. Cheap but not that cheerful.


The lady running it is lovely, location fantastic. However it's a bit run down, leaking bathrooms. Had a good stay overall.


Everything is worn down and most of the hostel is dirty and old. Only 3 hrs free wifi per night, really bad. The manager is friendly though but they seriously need to invest in new buildings and installations. Sheets were clean though but there is no safety box and the doors are really thin/poor so don't leave any valuables in the room.

  • 10th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Mixed Group, 31-40
  • (1 review)

View all Apollo Bay Hostels

Please give us your feedback