Southern Ocean Lodge has reopened

Baillie Lodges' flagship property on Kangaroo Island returns

Credit: George Apostolidis

After almost four years in the planning, design and construction, Baillie Lodges flagship property Southern Ocean Lodge has today reopened on the south coast of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island. Southern Ocean Lodge’s original architect Max Pritchard and his team have led the recreation of the property and have included all the features guests loved best along with some considered extras, set for a new era of travel on Kangaroo Island.

Today’s opening date of 6 December 2023 was revealed in April 2023 in response to guest demand.

The new iteration of the globally acclaimed Southern Ocean Lodge holds almost the same footprint as the original with the Great Room taking centre stage on the island’s limestone cliffs and with twenty-three luxurious suites easing along the coastline. Guest suites have been reoriented to open towards the southeast, each taking in uninterrupted views of the Southern Ocean and rolling coastal wilderness. All guest suites feature private decks, an EcoSmart fireplace and sink-in bathtub.

Remarkable Suite, Southern Ocean Lodge | Credit: George Apostolidis

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New to the property is the ultra-premium Ocean Pavilion, cleverly designed to offer a single four-bedroom owner’s residence or two separate two-bedroom suites to create the ultimate Kangaroo Island hideaway for families and friends travelling together. The Great Room terrace now boasts a wet-edge pool, while spacious new surrounds for the Southern Spa allow for three treatment rooms, a gymnasium, sauna and hot and cold plunge pools.

Designed for a new generation of travel to Kangaroo Island and in the context of a changing climate, Southern Ocean Lodge sets new benchmarks for environmental sustainability in the tourism industry.

The Great Room, Southern Ocean Lodge | Credit: George Apostolidis

Clever design employs cutting-edge technologies including boosted rainwater water capture and solar power generation, smart building materials, a remote-controlled sprinkler system and a reinvigoration of the surrounding natural environment with some 45,000 biodiverse native plants propagated onsite and planted in a natural buffer from the wilderness. There’s more detail on the Sustainability Backgrounder here.

Guests arriving at Southern Ocean Lodge can tune in to a virtually guided welcome via Baillie Lodges Luxury Redefined podcast which features interviews with those closest to the lodge’s recreation, including Baillie Lodges founders James and Hayley, Southern Ocean Lodge General Managers Alison Heath & John Hird, architect Max Pritchard as well as local artists, winemakers and food producers – the podcast is ideal listening for guests as they commence their journey to the lodge.

Baillie Lodges Founder James Baillie said the occasion to open the recreated Southern Ocean Lodge on December 6, 2024 was both a real privilege and an emotional day for the whole team.

“We feel very fortunate to be able to present the new-look Southern Ocean Lodge to the world. Hayley and I had lived and breathed the original lodge from the concept and planning stages to its award-winning reality, celebrated for its timeless design,” Mr Baillie said.

Clifftop view of Southern Ocean Lodge | Credit: George Apostolidis

“With the benefit of hindsight and learning, we saw the chance to rebuild Southern Ocean Lodge as a special chance to return the property that seemed to touch so many guests over the years and with some considered additions to take her to a next-generation traveller and a sustainable future,” he said.

“It’s a ‘full-circle moment’ for us and one that brings some closure to the past, as well as an optimistic look towards the future and an even more sustainable, leading experiential tourism offering for South Australia,” he said.

Baillie Lodges founder Hayley Baillie said it had been wonderful to work with the original lodge’s local suppliers as well as discovering new entrants to the region, including food and beverage producers, artists and designers.

Restaurant, Southern Ocean Lodge | Credit: George Apostolidis

“We have a chance now to show the world the incredible depth and diversity of the regional Southern Australia and Kangaroo Island offering as its stands today and into the future, and we’re looking forward to working in rewarding partnerships with local communities once again,” Mrs Baillie said.

“We’ve been buoyed by the unwavering support of so many of our guests and the broader tourism industry for which we’re very grateful, and we’re thrilled to be bringing Southern Ocean Lodge back today,” she said.

With the same generous inclusions as the original – all dining, the renowned open bar, five signature Kangaroo Island experiences and airport transfers – rates at Southern Ocean Lodge start at AU$3,400 per couple per night.

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