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Apollo Bay is a nature lover's haven with deserted beaches, luscious, green rainforests, abundant wildlife and the amazing natural sights along the iconic Great Ocean Road drive.

Apollo Bay Eco YHA is located midway along the Great Ocean Road making it the perfect base to explore all the famous drive has to offer. Must see sights include the 12 Apostles, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge, Hopetoun Falls, Mait's Rest rainforest walk and the wild koalas at Kennet River.

The town of Apollo Bay has plenty of things to see and do including surfing, windsurfing, snorkelling, horseback riding along the beach, hiking, paragliding, kayaking out to the seals and wildlife watching in Great Otway National Park.

Apollo Bay Eco YHA is ideally situated within easy walking distance of the local cafes, restaurants and pubs. After sampling some of the fresh local produce relax by the hostels wood fire heater and watch the sunset from the rooftop terrace.

At the hostel

BBQ

Fire up the BBQ and get cooking! There's 2 BBQs at the hostel, so no waiting in line to get your snags on. 

When:
Every day
Where:
Patio or balcony
Cost:
$0

Grab some herbs

Head out to the herb garden and grab some herbs to add to your meals!

When:
Every day
Where:
Herb garden
Cost:
$0

Relax in the lounge room

The hostel has two lounge rooms for guests to use. The ground floor has a woodfire heater which is perfect to sit next to with a glass of wine on a cold winter night!

When:
Every day
Where:
Lounge room
Cost:
$0

Tours & activities related to this hostel

$135
per person

Great Ocean road 1 day reverse tour

Beat the crowds to the 12 Apostles by taking the reverse tour! Get the inland route out of the way first and enjoy spectacular ocean views on the return journey to Melbourne.

If you would like to beat the crowds to the 12 Apostles this reverse tour is for you! In the morning the tour will travel to Port Campbell through country Victoria, while all the other tours head straight to the coast.

You will arrive at the 12 Apostles hours before the other buses and will be able to get those perfect photos without having to compete with the masses.If you were thinking about adding on a helicopter flight at the 12 Apostles, the reverse tour option will reduce your waiting time and give you more time at the coastal viewing points and boardwalks. Admire the mighty limestone stacks from the cliff side trails, walk down onto the sand in Loch Ard Gorge and learn the history of the shipwreck coast. 

Enjoy the spectacular ocean views, ancient rainforest and wildlife as your wind your way along the Great Ocean Road back to the city. Take a 30 minute walk through the serene forest of towering trees at Maits Rest. Keep an eye out for wildlife as you travel through the trees but don’t stress if you can’t spot any! At Kennett River you will jump out of the bus to spot wild koalas and some brightly coloured birdlife. 

You will stop in Torquay for a pizza dinner before returning to Melbourne. 

What you need to bring: Water, hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, warm and cool weather clothing.

When booking please advise if your pick up is Melbourne Metro YHA or Melbourne Central YHA in comments section

$225
per person

Great Ocean road 2 day tour

Escape the crowds and take your time along the Great Ocean Road with this 2 day reverse tour. See the 12 Apostles at sunset and in the soft morning light!

If you think 1 day travelling the Great Ocean Road is not enough, this 2 day/1 night tour is for you. Get the long inland drive out of the way first, as you drive direct to Port Campbell and the stunning 12 Apostles. Not only do you get to see them as the sun sets, but again in the morning at sunrise. Perfect for all those keen photographers out there!

Itinerary:

Day 1:
Departing Melbourne you will travel the inland route as you make your way to Tower Hill, a beautiful sunken volcano home to loads of kangaroos, koalas and emus. Then it's onto the Great Ocean Road where the amazing coastal views begin. See the Bay of Islands, Bay of Martyrs, The Grotto and London Bridge. As the day is coming to an end you will head up to the 12 Apostles for an amazing sunset experience. Overnight: Port Campbell 

Day 2
It's back to the 12 Apostles to see them again in daylight before going to Gibson’s Steps to see one of the Apostles from the beach and admire the magnificent size. You will get a chance to stretch your legs on a walk through ancient rainforest at Maits Rest then stop in the charming seaside town of Apollo Bay for lunch (own expense). Great scenery all afternoon as you wind your way back towards Melbourne.

When booking please advise if your pick up is Melbourne Metro YHA or Melbourne Central YHA in comments section

$119
per person

Great Ocean road day tour from Melbourne

Enjoy a tour along one of the world’s best scenic drives and be blown away by the magnificent 12 Apostles.

The Great Ocean Road winds over 200kms of spectacular coastline with incredible ocean views, ancient rainforest and an abundance of unique Australian wildlife. If you are lucky in winter you might even spot the odd whale passing by! After an early morning morning departure your first stop will be at a surf beach to enjoy the fresh ocean air and enjoy a complimentary morning tea. Then this is where the Great Ocean Road starts, a quick stop at the Memorial Arch for a photo then onto those incredible ocean views!

Be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife! Don't worry if you miss them while you are on the road as you will get to meet some snoozing koalas and brightly coloured birds, who certainly aren't shy, at Kennett River. 

After a lunch stop in the charming seaside town of Apollo Bay you will get a chance to get some quality time off the bus to stretch your legs on a walk through ancient rainforest. 

Upon arrival at the 12 Apostles you will be awestruck by the mighty limestone stacks and intrigued by the stories of the shipwreck coast at Loch Ard Gorge. For a bird’s eye view, add on a 15 minute helicopter at the 12 Apostles (this may reduce your viewing time at the 12 Apostles main lookout).

As the sun sets, you will make a stop to purchase dinner to prepare for the return drive to Melbourne via the inland route.

If you would like to take your time along the Great Ocean Road upgrade to the hop on/hop off tour. You will be dropped off at Apollo Bay YHA after lunch. Explore the charming seaside town, stay at our eco friendly hostel and rejoin the tour after lunch the following day.

What you need to bring: Water, hat, sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, warm and cool weather clothing. 

When booking please advise if your pick up is Melbourne Metro YHA or Melbourne Central YHA in comments section

$340
per person

Great Ocean Road, Grampians And Phillip Island 3 Day Adventure

Visit 3 iconic destinations in Victoria; The Great Ocean Road, Grampians & Phillip Island! Encounter unique Australian wildlife, enjoy a scenic drive & experience great walks.

This package includes our 3 favourite locations in Victoria;
- The Great Ocean Road: One of the world’s most scenic drives
- Grampians National Park: Victoria's best hiking destination
- Phillip Island: Home to the adorable penguin parade

You will have 1 day enjoying the highlights of Phillip Island followed by 2 days travelling along the Great Ocean Road and through the magnificent mountain ranges of the Grampians National park.You can do this tour: Melbourne to Adelaide, Adelaide to Melbourne or a Melbourne round trip.

Itinerary:

Phillip Island 1 day tour
Enroute to Phillip Island you will stop at an Australian Wildlife park to get up close and personal with animals including koalas, emus, wombats and Tasmanian devils. You will even get the chance to hand feed the kangaroos! Once you have arrived on the island you will explore the spectacular coastline from the boardwalks and lookout points set amongst natural sea bird gardens at the Nobbies. As the sun sets, watch hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach at the famous Penguin Parade. 

Great Ocean Road & Grampians 2 day tour
Day 1 - Enjoy the views as you wind your way along the Great Ocean Road. You will explore an ancient rainforest, spot wild koalas and travel through rolling hills as you make your way to the breathtaking 12 Apostles. At the end of the Great Ocean Road you will head inland to Halls Gap. Overnight in the Grampians 
Day 2 - Start the morning with a hike to get your blood pumping, spotting the wildlife as you go. Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre then spend the afternoon in the great outdoors, exploring lookouts and magnificent waterfalls in Grampians National Park. As the day comes to an end, to you will take the inland route back to Melbourne OR transfer onto Adelaide.

Important
Adelaide to Melbourne itinerary is in reverse and starts the day travelling along the Murray river.
A medium fitness level is recommended for this tour due to being a nature based walking tour.
Photography is not permitted at the penguin parade.
Parts of the itinerary may be altered or omitted due to seasonal changes
Accommodation included at Grampians is not a YHA property

When booking please advise of your pick up location in comments section

$285
per person

Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island & Mornington Peninsula

Discover the breathtaking coastlines and unique wildlife of Victoria on this 2 day tour of the Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island and Mornington Peninsula.

Can't decide if you should visit the famous penguin parade at Phillip Island or head down the Great Ocean Road to the iconic 12 Apostles? Why not both?

Itinerary:

Day 1
Departing Melbourne you will take the inland route to Port Campbell, heading straight to the 12 Apostles. Stroll along the board walks and check out the various lookout points to admire the magnificent size of the limestone stacks. You can head down to the beach at Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson Steps to get the sand between your toes. As you wind your way along the Great Ocean Road you will get the chance to walk through an ancient rainforest, spot wild koalas and visit small coastal towns. Overnight at Bellarine Holiday Park.

Day 2
Start the morning with a ferry transfer from Queenscliff to Sorrento, keeping an eye out for dolphins as you cross the bay! Along the way to Phillip Island you will visit the brightly coloured bathing boxes at Portsea and stop in at Moonlight Sanctuary to encounter some of Australia's most adorable native animals. Explore the spectacular coastline of the island from the boardwalks and lookout points set amongst natural sea bird gardens at the Nobbies. As the sun sets, watch hundreds of little penguins make their way across the beach at the famous Penguin Parade. 

Important
Photography is not permitted at the penguin parade.
Luggage is limited to a 5KG overnight bag.

When booking please advise if your pick up is Melbourne Metro YHA or Melbourne Central YHA in comments section

$522
per person

Greyhound pass Melbourne - Cairns

Travel Australia's famous East Coast in comfort with this Hop on Hop off Greyhound pass. Exclusive discount, save $27 when you book with YHA!

Travelling Australia's East Coast is a popular route for backpackers and using this hop-on hop-off coach pass is a perfect way to do it!

Greyhound makes travelling easy with daily departures so you can travel when it suits you. Once your pass is issued, you have the flexibility to reserve seats up until 24 hours before each departure either online or by phone. Greyhound coaches are safe, comfortable and offer free WIFI and USB chargers at every seat.

Stop at all the must see destinations; Sydney, Byron Bay, Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach! 

Why rush? Take your time to discover some of Australia's best kept secrets along the way… Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Lennox Head, Townsville or Mission Beach.

BUY NOW AND SAVE. You have 6 months from date of purchase to start travelling. Once you start you have 3 months.

Pass is valid:

  • For 3 months (90 days) from the date of first departure from Melbourne or Cairns
  • For use on Greyhound Services on the East Coast between Melbourne and Cairns
  • Hop-on hop-off unlimited times in one direction only

There are also Sydney to Cairns or Brisbane to Cairns Greyhound passes available.

$135
per person

The Grampians national park 1 day tour

Explore one of the world's oldest and most spectacular mountain ranges. Spot native wildlife, learn about local Aboriginal culture and hike the trails to breath taking lookouts.

The Grampians National Park is one of the world’s oldest and most spectacular mountain ranges. The area is home to an abundance of native wildlife, rich in local Aboriginal history and is Victoria’s premier hiking destination. 

En-route to the Grampians you stopover at the township of Beaufort to enjoy your morning tea and give your legs a bit of a stretch. You then travel into the heart of the Grampians National Park where breathtaking mountain views await. 

As you drive through the region your experienced guide will point out unique wildlife including kangaroos, emus and a vast array of birdlife. Visit the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn about the local indigenous art and heritage. 

Experience the majestic views and scenery from Reeds Lookout, then hike the trails to the remarkable Jaws of Death/Balconies. Then get some time to relax and cool off at the base of Mackenzie Falls or Silverband Falls. 

Return to Melbourne, stopping along the way for dinner (own expense). 

What you need to bring: water bottle, hat, sunscreen, warm clothes, comfortable walking shoes. 

IMPORTANT: A medium fitness level is recommended for this tour due to being a nature based walking tour.
When booking please advise if your pick up is Melbourne Metro YHA or Melbourne Central YHA in comments section

$130
per person

Wilsons Promontory 1 day tour

‘The Prom' is Victoria’s best kept secret. Located at the southernmost point of mainland Australia, it will inspire with its panoramic views, pristine beaches and coastal forests.

‘The Prom' or Wilsons Promontory, is one of Victoria’s best kept secrets. The southernmost point of mainland Australia, it is truly one of the most beautiful spots in the state and makes for a great day tour!

You will experience breathtaking views where the mountains meet the ocean and hike spectacular walking tracks. Enjoy 3-4 hours of hiking the trails such as Mt Bishop, Vereker Outlook or Pillar Point (easy – medium graded walks).Take a walk on Squeaky Beach and be amused by the 'singing sands' as you go. 

With a bit of luck you will see a diverse range of Australian wildlife throughout the national park such as emus, kangaroos, wombats and echidna's.

What to bring
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Large water bottle
• Lunch - you will make a stop to purchase lunch if needed
• Sunscreen & hat
• Swimwear & towel

IMPORTANT
Must have a medium level of fitness as this is a nature walking based tour.

When booking please advise if your pick up is Melbourne Metro YHA or Melbourne Central YHA in comments section

FREE things to do in Apollo Bay

  1. There's more to Great Otway National Park than just Mait's Rest. Explore Beech Forest, get lost among the towering California Redwoods, fly through the trees at the Otway Fly or visit a waterfall or two and enjoy the serenity.
  2. Cruise the Great Ocean Road and stop off at all the look out points - the 12 Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Gibson Steps, London Bridge and the Grotto. If you're after smaller crowds and stunning photos, visit at sunrise for an amazing once in a lifetime experience.
  3. Apollo Bay has a great beach that is perfect for lazing about on. If lying on beach doesn't really appeal to you, hit the water and go swimming, snorkelling or stand up paddle boarding or enjoy a nice stroll on the sand.

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