Sweet 16yrs Southern Ocean Lodge

Mar 25, 2024

Luxury Lodges of Australia Congratulates Southern Ocean Lodge on a Sweet 16 Years Changing the Game in Tourism

This week marks a very sweet sixteen years since Southern Ocean Lodge first opened its rust red doors on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island to one of the most jaw-dropping ‘moments of arrival’ to a luxury lodge in Australia. March 29, 2008, was a moment that would signal a dramatic new benchmark for the future of luxury experiential tourism in Australia and set the foundations for the 19-member strong Luxury Lodges of Australia collection.

Baillie Lodges founders James and Hayley Baillie created their flagship property Southern Ocean Lodge from concept and planning, through building, opening and operating. The luxury property was cleverly set halfway between Kangaroo Island’s iconic natural icons, Flinders Chase National Park and Seal Bay Conservation Park which had historically been covered off in one-day tours covering long distances on Australia’s third largest island.

Southern Ocean Lodge offered travellers reason to stay longer on Kangaroo Island, to stay as guests and discover more of the destination, its landscapes, people and abundant native wildlife – a game changer for Kangaroo Island and South Australian tourism.  

Essential to the guest experience at Southern Ocean Lodge was a very real sense of place, created by an almost exclusively local policy regarding suppliers, which would in turn work to support the community and its economy. A steady demand for supplies offered viability for new small businesses to set up for the future. 

From the outset, the lodge team worked with a local architect and tradespeople, suppliers and producers, shining a light on Kangaroo Island’s food and beverages, artists and designers and premium tour operators to a world stage.

An exclusively local approach to food and drink suppliers is de rigueur in 2024, but in 2008 this approach, shared by several other notable lodges, was a shift away from celebrating more global brands and products. In the sixteen years of Southern Ocean Lodge’s operations the diversity and volume of small batch, locally grown produce, wines, beers and non-alcoholic drinks has proliferated.  

Southern Ocean Lodge signalled the emergence of a new breed of luxury lodge in Australia, offering a heightened level of experiential tourism that combined clever design that welcomed the outside in, as well as meticulous attention to detail celebrating everything local in every aspect of the lodge – dining, art, spa, service.  And importantly, an itinerary of personally guided signature experiences of the destination. 

The lodge’s success was on a global scale and was both immediate and sustained. This new breed of high-end experience tourism was part of the genesis for the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection, founded in 2010 and bringing together a small group of carefully selected, geographically independent luxury lodges that each shared an essential DNA in its approach to the guest experience and the community and environment in which each was located.  

In late 2023, Southern Ocean Lodge reopened as a gamechanger in a new era, following its recreation and four-year rebuild after it was razed in the 2020 summer wildfires. The elements that had made the lodge so popular were returned in precise replica, while the redesign and a decade’s worth of technological advancements offered the Baillie Lodges team a chance to make significant upgrades to its sustainable operations, boosting its solar power generation, rain- and bore-water capture, remote controlled sprinkler systems and planting a 20-metre buffer of native succulents to aid with fire prevention.

Luxury Lodges of Australia Executive Chair Penny Rafferty said the return of Southern Ocean Lodge to the beautifully wild south coast of Kangaroo Island marked a second era for the luxury property as a gamechanger for the Australian tourism industry. “It was a gamechanger then, and it is a gamechanger now.”

“On behalf of our Luxury Lodges of Australia family, we’d like to honour and celebrate the living legacy of Southern Ocean Lodge as it continues to lead the way in a next generation of luxury, experiential and sustainable tourism,” Ms Rafferty said.

“A very happy sweet 16th birthday to Southern Ocean Lodge and congratulations to everyone who has contributed to her ongoing, game-changing success,” she said.  

Editors’ Notes: Luxury Lodges of Australia is a collection of intimate luxury lodges and camps located in some of Australia’s most spectacular and diverse destinations. Location is key, each with a compelling reason to visit to ‘do’ something. Each member property offers guests a luxury base from which to explore and offers a unique and personal experience of the region, the chance to connect with landscape, wildlife and local culture as well as all the soft luxuries of eat well, drink well and sleep well. However, it is the exclusivity of access, to place, people, knowledge, craft and more than 350 experiences delivered by the lodges that showcase our extraordinary diversity and defines Australian luxury. A sustainable approach to the environment, the community and local culture is key to each lodge’s operations and to delivery of genuine, often life-changing guest experiences.

Media enquiries:
Sarah Shields               
media@luxurylodgesofaustralia.com.au
+61 425 318 966


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Mar 11, 2018 | 为了以无比舒适的方式体验南澳的无限荒原 writes Helen Anderson. 连续在弗林德斯山脉和袋鼠岛的海边悬崖徒步。 More »

Mar 11, 2018 | 为了以无比舒适的方式体验南澳的无限荒原 writes Helen Anderson. 连续在弗林德斯山脉和袋鼠岛的海边悬崖徒步。 More »

Dec 30, 2023 | Longitude 131 has been voted in the top 50 best luxury hotels for 2023 by the prestigious Robb Report. More »

Dec 30, 2023 | Longitude 131 has been voted in the top 50 best luxury hotels for 2023 by … More »

Dec 30, 2023 | Longitude 131 has been voted in the top 50 best luxury hotels for 2023 by the prestigious Robb Report. More »

Mar 30, 2018 | Jane Reddy explores Kangaroo Island, including a stay at Southern Ocean Lodge. More »

Mar 30, 2018 | Jane Reddy explores Kangaroo Island, including a stay at Southern Ocean Lodge. More »

Mar 30, 2018 | Jane Reddy explores Kangaroo Island, including a stay at Southern Ocean Lodge. More »

May 21, 2018 | Why Kangaroo Island should occupy a place on your travel to-do list, including a stay at Southern Ocean Lodge. More »

May 21, 2018 | Why Kangaroo Island should occupy a place on your travel to-do list, including a stay … More »

May 21, 2018 | Why Kangaroo Island should occupy a place on your travel to-do list, including a stay at Southern Ocean Lodge. More »

Apr 19, 2023 | Discover the privacy and leisure of a villa within a Luxury Lodge for your next celebration escape with friends. More »

Apr 19, 2023 | Discover the privacy and leisure of a villa within a Luxury Lodge for your next … More »

Apr 19, 2023 | Discover the privacy and leisure of a villa within a Luxury Lodge for your next celebration escape with friends. More »

Jan 12, 2021 | While international travel is off the agenda, many tourism operators are having to take a ­locals-only approach. More »

Jan 12, 2021 | While international travel is off the agenda, many tourism operators are having to take a … More »

Jan 12, 2021 | While international travel is off the agenda, many tourism operators are having to take a ­locals-only approach. More »

Nov 21, 2022 | The Times UK points to what's hot in the world of travel - luxury villas around Australia. More »

Nov 21, 2022 | The Times UK points to what's hot in the world of travel - luxury villas … More »

Nov 21, 2022 | The Times UK points to what's hot in the world of travel - luxury villas around Australia. More »

Dec 03, 2021 | Journalist Susan Kurosawa interviews Hayley & James Baillie on their luxury lodge legacy. More »

Dec 03, 2021 | Journalist Susan Kurosawa interviews Hayley & James Baillie on their luxury lodge legacy. More »

Dec 03, 2021 | Journalist Susan Kurosawa interviews Hayley & James Baillie on their luxury lodge legacy. More »

May 02, 2023 | News of the reopening of Southern Ocean Lodge features in a recent article by the Australian Jewish News. More »

May 02, 2023 | News of the reopening of Southern Ocean Lodge features in a recent article by the … More »

May 02, 2023 | News of the reopening of Southern Ocean Lodge features in a recent article by the Australian Jewish News. More »

Dec 03, 2022 | TTG looks at the all-inclusive Luxury Lodge stays and experiences to tempt travellers to stay even longer. More »

Dec 03, 2022 | TTG looks at the all-inclusive Luxury Lodge stays and experiences to tempt travellers to stay … More »

Dec 03, 2022 | TTG looks at the all-inclusive Luxury Lodge stays and experiences to tempt travellers to stay even longer. More »

Jul 23, 2021 | 18 months on from the summer bushfire of 2020, the Southern Ocean Lodge site on the wildly beautiful coast of … More »

Jul 23, 2021 | 18 months on from the summer bushfire of 2020, the Southern Ocean Lodge site on … More »

Jul 23, 2021 | 18 months on from the summer bushfire of 2020, the Southern Ocean Lodge site on the wildly beautiful coast of Kangaroo Island has been cleared. More »

Jan 03, 2023 | Southern Ocean Lodge's 'SOL2.0' features in the Independent UK’s roundup of hot hotel openings for 2023. More »

Jan 03, 2023 | Southern Ocean Lodge's 'SOL2.0' features in the Independent UK’s roundup of hot hotel openings for … More »

Jan 03, 2023 | Southern Ocean Lodge's 'SOL2.0' features in the Independent UK’s roundup of hot hotel openings for 2023. More »

Sep 20, 2021 | Travel + Luxury salutes the 50 innovators who have transformed luxury holidays here and abroad. More »

Sep 20, 2021 | Travel + Luxury salutes the 50 innovators who have transformed luxury holidays here and abroad. … More »

Sep 20, 2021 | Travel + Luxury salutes the 50 innovators who have transformed luxury holidays here and abroad. More »

Jan 17, 2023 | The Weekend Australian Travel + Luxury reports sole-use villas within lodges is the most significant trend. More »

Jan 17, 2023 | The Weekend Australian Travel + Luxury reports sole-use villas within lodges is the most significant … More »

Jan 17, 2023 | The Weekend Australian Travel + Luxury reports sole-use villas within lodges is the most significant trend. More »

Jan 23, 2023 | Business Events Australia highlight Lizard Island, qualia and Southern Ocean Lodge as luxurious island destinations for incentive programs. More »

Jan 23, 2023 | Business Events Australia highlight Lizard Island, qualia and Southern Ocean Lodge as luxurious island destinations … More »

Jan 23, 2023 | Business Events Australia highlight Lizard Island, qualia and Southern Ocean Lodge as luxurious island destinations for incentive programs. More »

Jan 19, 2023 | The Australian includes Southern Ocean Lodge in a raft of notable hotel debuts launching this year. More »

Jan 19, 2023 | The Australian includes Southern Ocean Lodge in a raft of notable hotel debuts launching this … More »

Jan 19, 2023 | The Australian includes Southern Ocean Lodge in a raft of notable hotel debuts launching this year. More »

Jan 11, 2022 | The Advertiser shares artist renderings as Southern Ocean Lodge’s rebuild after the KI bushfire starts next month. More »

Jan 11, 2022 | The Advertiser shares artist renderings as Southern Ocean Lodge’s rebuild after the KI bushfire starts … More »

Jan 11, 2022 | The Advertiser shares artist renderings as Southern Ocean Lodge’s rebuild after the KI bushfire starts next month. More »

Feb 03, 2023 | The Australian Financial Review features Cape Lodge and Southern Ocean Lodge in 25 ways to feed your wanderlust at home … More »

Feb 03, 2023 | The Australian Financial Review features Cape Lodge and Southern Ocean Lodge in 25 ways to … More »

Feb 03, 2023 | The Australian Financial Review features Cape Lodge and Southern Ocean Lodge in 25 ways to feed your wanderlust at home in Australia. More »

Feb 22, 2022 | South Australia is buzzing with the news that the rebuild of Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island has officially commenced. More »

Feb 22, 2022 | South Australia is buzzing with the news that the rebuild of Southern Ocean Lodge on … More »

Feb 22, 2022 | South Australia is buzzing with the news that the rebuild of Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island has officially commenced. More »

Feb 06, 2023 | Southern Ocean Lodge listed in The Points Guy as one of the 40 most exciting new hotels opening this year. More »

Feb 06, 2023 | Southern Ocean Lodge listed in The Points Guy as one of the 40 most exciting … More »

Feb 06, 2023 | Southern Ocean Lodge listed in The Points Guy as one of the 40 most exciting new hotels opening this year. More »

Feb 24, 2022 | Travel Weekly reports the rebuilding of Southern Ocean Lodge has commenced in a sod-turning ceremony on the lodge’s original site … More »

Feb 24, 2022 | Travel Weekly reports the rebuilding of Southern Ocean Lodge has commenced in a sod-turning ceremony … More »

Feb 24, 2022 | Travel Weekly reports the rebuilding of Southern Ocean Lodge has commenced in a sod-turning ceremony on the lodge’s original site on Kangaroo Island’s remote southwest coast. More »

Feb 18, 2022 | Today, the Southern Ocean Lodge rebuild officially commences with turning of the sod ceremony on Kangaroo Island. More »

Feb 18, 2022 | Today, the Southern Ocean Lodge rebuild officially commences with turning of the sod ceremony on … More »

Feb 18, 2022 | Today, the Southern Ocean Lodge rebuild officially commences with turning of the sod ceremony on Kangaroo Island. More »

Jan 13, 2023 | Coming in at number 7 in the New York Times '52 Places for Travellers to Visit in 2023' is Southern … More »

Jan 13, 2023 | Coming in at number 7 in the New York Times '52 Places for Travellers to … More »

Jan 13, 2023 | Coming in at number 7 in the New York Times '52 Places for Travellers to Visit in 2023' is Southern Ocean Lodge on South Australia's wildlife haven, Kangaroo Island. More »

Jan 11, 2023 | The Australian features Southern Ocean Lodge in '6 Luxury Hotel Openings Worth Travelling For In 2023. More »

Jan 11, 2023 | The Australian features Southern Ocean Lodge in '6 Luxury Hotel Openings Worth Travelling For In … More »

Jan 11, 2023 | The Australian features Southern Ocean Lodge in '6 Luxury Hotel Openings Worth Travelling For In 2023. More »

Feb 12, 2023 | The Weekend Australian features Southern Ocean Lodge in an insightful story about the destruction and recreation of the K.I luxury … More »

Feb 12, 2023 | The Weekend Australian features Southern Ocean Lodge in an insightful story about the destruction and … More »

Feb 12, 2023 | The Weekend Australian features Southern Ocean Lodge in an insightful story about the destruction and recreation of the K.I luxury lodge. More »

Mar 17, 2023 | TIME has named South Australia’s Kangaroo Island as one of 50 extraordinary travel destinations around the world for 2023. More »

Mar 17, 2023 | TIME has named South Australia’s Kangaroo Island as one of 50 extraordinary travel destinations around … More »

Mar 17, 2023 | TIME has named South Australia’s Kangaroo Island as one of 50 extraordinary travel destinations around the world for 2023. More »

Apr 13, 2023 | Glam Adelaide reports on the highly anticipated reopening of the redesigned Southern Ocean Lodge. More »

Apr 13, 2023 | Glam Adelaide reports on the highly anticipated reopening of the redesigned Southern Ocean Lodge. More »

Apr 13, 2023 | Glam Adelaide reports on the highly anticipated reopening of the redesigned Southern Ocean Lodge. More »

Jun 05, 2023 | Ocean magazine recommends readers to personally experience the exceptional beauty and allure of Southern Ocean Lodge. More »

Jun 05, 2023 | Ocean magazine recommends readers to personally experience the exceptional beauty and allure of Southern Ocean … More »

Jun 05, 2023 | Ocean magazine recommends readers to personally experience the exceptional beauty and allure of Southern Ocean Lodge. More »

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