Southern Ocean Lodge Bushfire Update

Jan 04, 2020

All of us at Luxury Lodges of Australia are devastated at this news from one of our founding members, Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island. Our hearts go out to the entire lodge team, and their wide network of Kangaroo Island suppliers and partners.

Baillie Lodges regrets to advise that Southern Ocean Lodge on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island has sustained significant damage by bushfire during the afternoon of Friday January 3, 2020.

All guests and most lodge staff were evacuated to Kingscote and Adelaide earlier on Friday before the threat intensified.  A small team of six senior staff members remained onsite to monitor the situation and activate the lodge’s fire emergency plan.

Whilst the lodge has sustained structural damage, all guests and staff have been safely evacuated and no injuries have been sustained.

Baillie Lodges would like to thank Lodge Managers John Hird and Alison Heath and their team for their outstanding dedication in this crisis and for successfully managing this very difficult situation.

Southern Ocean Lodge is now closed. It is currently too early to accurately estimate a reopening date.

The Southern Ocean Lodge team will embark on contacting guests as well as travel industry partners over the coming days to make alternative arrangements for upcoming reservations.

Baillie Lodges founder and Executive Chairman James Baillie said initial plans were already at hand to rebuild the award-winning luxury lodge.

“We are absolutely shocked and saddened by today’s events,” Mr Baillie said.

“A bushfire incident such as this is really our worst nightmare come true. In the short to medium term we would like to take the lead in rebuilding the Kangaroo Island tourism industry. As much as possible we would like to contribute to the economic and social recovery of the broader Kangaroo Island community, which has really been such a genuine part of the lodge’s resonance for both our Australian and international guests. Our immediate priority is to the wellbeing of our guests and staff, an overarching aim which we are relieved to report has been achieved today.”

Should you require further information or support at this time, please contact Baillie Lodges Reservations on +61 2 9918 4355 or email reserve@baillielodges.com.au.


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