Southern Ocean Lodge closure announcement:Baillie Lodges regrets to advise that Southern Ocean Lodge on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island has sustained significant damage by bushfire and the property is now closed.
Currently, a reopening date has not been determined. The Tailor team will embark on contacting guests as well as travel industry partners over the coming days to make alternative arrangements for upcoming reservations.
Southern Ocean Lodge is regarded as Australia’s finest luxury wilderness retreat. The ground-breaking Lodge is built into a remote cliff-top on Kangaroo Island, a design born of peerless views, environmental ideology and air that’s freshly ionised by the pounding surf.
The 21-suite property enjoys a wellness spa (a destination in its own right) and a full program of events. When guests aren’t indulging in the Lodge’s heady aesthetics and eco-chic comforts, they can join exclusive island tours.
Offered daily, activities invite you to encounter wildlife, indulge in world-class food and wine and discover the Island’s natural attractions, often with exclusive access and always with a touch of luxe.
“Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island has been recognised among the most prestigious hotels on the planet in the Travel + Leisure awards.”
Kangaroo Island is famous for its abundant wildlife species and natural beauty. Covering almost 4500 sq km (a third of which is conservation land), the island is relatively free of feral species allowing animal and bird populations to thrive. See koalas in millennia-old native forests, walk among sea lions on pristine white-sand beaches, dive historic wrecks to see the famous ‘leafy sea dragon’, watch Ospreys wheeling over rocky headlands… Rich farmland and fertile seas have supported spirited island communities that are rich in history, culture and cuisine. Today, the passions of art communities, wine growers and artisan food producers help complete this extraordinary off-shore escape.
A range of Signature Lodge experiences are provided on an shared basis with fellow guests at scheduled times. Private touring can be arranged at an additional cost subject to availability.
Wonders of KI
This half day experience is a spectacular introduction to Kangaroo Island’s wildlife, maritime heritage and stunning coastal landscapes and takes full advantage of the Lodge’s unique location. Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and a fur seal colony are just some of the trip highlights. Wander amongst the rare Cape Barren Geese and search the leafy eucalypts for a sleepy koala.
Seal Bay is home to Australia’s third largest colony of Australian sea lions. Join our naturalist guide on the shores of the Southern Ocean for an exclusive tour on the beach with these wild animals. Learn about their unique breeding cycle and the ongoing research programs implemented on site. It’s just one of the many privileges of Kangaroo Island.
Coastal Clifftop Walk
Take a scenic walk starting right on the Lodge’s doorstep atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay. This easy walk affords a bird’s eye view of thundering waves crashing along the coastline. Stand on top of the cliff with the wind blowing, look out to sea and realise there is nothing but ocean between here and Antarctica. Experience and learn about local flora, fauna and coastline ecosystems.
Kangas & Kanapés
Soak up the history of the early island settlers at Grassdale, a historic island property reached by a short drive from the Lodge and where local wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies congregate to graze. Observe these creatures in their natural environment, sip premium South Australian beverages and enjoy a ‘Kanapé’ whilst the sun goes down on another magical day.
Discover Island Heritage
Discover the intriguing natural heritage of this wild island in the Baudin Lounge. This informative visual presentation hosted by resident naturalist staff provides insight into the Island’s discovery and natural history and gives an overview of its many spectacular attractions.
Southern Ocean Lodge offers a dining experience unique to the Island. The daily changing menu honours not only the rich soils and pure rain endemic to KI, but also the artisan growers who raise, grow and catch some of the worlds’ finest ingredients. An excellent menu of South Australian wines and beers has been selected to accompany your dining experience. Packages include all dining and all beverages.
The Flinders Suite features floor-to-ceiling glass to enjoy an uninterrupted view of the magnificent Southern Ocean and foreground of rugged coastline. Each suite features spacious interiors at 65m², king or twin beds, curved sunken lounge with bespoke soft furnishings, walk-in robe, ensuite with oversized rain shower and in-suite bar. An outdoor terrace features a day bed.
The Ocean Retreat enjoys fabulous views of the Southern Ocean and is generously spaced at 75m². It’s perfect for spending time at leisure, featuring lavishly appointed king bedding, sunken lounge with hand cut limestone EcoSmart fire place, walk-in robe and in-suite bar. A bathroom overlooking the ocean boasts an irresistible freestanding tub and oversized rain shower. Step outside to private terrace with day bed.
Perfect for an unforgettable family sojourn, the Ocean Family Retreat features two generously sized bedrooms, each with walk-in robe and ensuite. The bedrooms may be configured as king + twin beds, or as two king beds and are linked by a central sunken lounge area with hand cut EcoSmart fireplace, LCD TV and DVD player. At 120m² with outdoor terrace and daybed, the Ocean Family Retreat is a luxe retreat for all.
The aptly named Remarkable Suite is a luxuriously decadent retreat, with spacious interiors spanning 120m² and floor to ceiling glass commanding views of sea and sky. This suite features a sumptuous king bedroom with walk-in robe, a separate lounge area with custom occasional seating, EcoSmart fire and premium entertainment system, LCD TV and DVD player. A handmade timber bathtub overlooking the Southern Ocean distinguishes a generous ensuite. Revel in the landscape on an expansive outdoor terrace with day lounge and private spa bath.
The super premium Osprey Pavilion is the ultimate in luxury, perfect for a special occasion with soul-stirring panoramic views of the ocean, white-sand beach and coastal wilds. A unique curved floor plan in excess of 120m² features a magnificent king bedroom with generous walk-in robe, separate sunken lounge with lavish custom furnishings, EcoSmart fire, state-of-the-art audio visual system and laptop computer. The open bathroom commands views to the horizon, and boasts a hand-sculptured granite bath, heated limestone floors and deluxe rain shower. An outdoor terrace with sun lounges and private plunge spa extends into the coast for a personal nature-meets-luxury experience.
Kingscote, the largest town on Kangaroo Island Adelaide, the capital of South Australia
Air access Regular daily scheduled or charter flight from Adelaide to Kingscote is approximately 30 minutes. Vehicle transfer from Kingscote Airport is approximately 50 minutes.
Road access Southern Ocean Lodge is located approximately 50 minutes drive from Kingscote Airport and 100 minutes to Penneshaw.
Sea Access Sealink operate regular ferry transfers from Cape Jervis (South Australian mainland) to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island Southern Ocean Lodge is located approximately 50 minutes drive from Kingscote Airport.