In Profile: Executive Chef – Cooper Dickson

Capella Executive Chef Cooper Dickson spends his time away from the kitchen on the hunt for food – either fishing the oceans surrounding the tiny island in the Tasman Sea for its abundant tuna and kingfish or roaming Lord Howe’s sheltered coves and hidden shores for the chance to forage for edible sea vegetables. A […]

Longitude 131° Artists Among Wynne Prize 2018 Winners

This year’s exhibition of the Wynne Prize winners and finalists currently running at the Art Gallery of New South Wales features a large number of Indigenous artworks. Following a record number of 15 Indigenous landscape artists finalists – or more than a third – selected for last year’s Wynne Prize, this year’s collection sees Aboriginal […]

Kangaroo Island’s Renowned Ligurian Honey

Kangaroo Island is home to the world’s only genetically-pure population of the renowned Ligurian honey bee. A pure strain of any species is rare these days, especially in the world of bees where continental population shifts resulted in the crossing of species for centuries. Since the bees were first imported in the 1880s from the […]

In Profile: Executive Chef – Asher Blackford

In May 2018 it’s coming up for 12 months since chef Asher Blackford took the lead in the kitchen at Southern Ocean Lodge. With a history of running and owning his own restaurants in Brisbane and Melbourne, the move to take up the role as Head Chef of one of Australia’s best known luxury lodges […]

Southern Ocean Lodge Celebrates a Decade of Excellence

Kangaroo Island’s multi award-winning luxury retreat Southern Ocean Lodge celebrates ten years of operations on March 29th, offering a chance to reflect on the boost generated to the island and South Australian economies over the decade. The Baillie Lodges property envisioned by life and business partners James and Hayley Baillie was an ambitious project for […]

Baillie Lodges’ luxe_essential*

With the reinvention of outback icon Longitude 131° and Qantas commencing direct flights to Kangaroo Island from Adelaide and Melbourne, 2017 was one to remember! Now that 2018 is well and truly underway, Baillie Lodges is excited to announce refurbishment plans for Capella Lodge which will close for a four-month renovation program. Catch up on […]

Ernabella Artists Hit the Tiles

Hayley Baillie and the team at Longitude 131° worked with artists from several outback Indigenous communities to commission incredible works for the lodge’s 2017 refurbishment. Vibrant ceramics and artworks from nearby Indigenous communities feature throughout the property, rich in colour and textures and offering a cultural connection with the land’s Traditional Owners. Works were commissioned […]

TripAdvisor 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards

Longitude 131° is a TripAdvisor 2018 Travellers’ Choice Award Winner! Based on the reviews and opinions from millions of travellers, Travellers’ Choice awards are the highest honor TripAdvisor can give – placing the lodge in the top 1% of hotels. In 2018 the lodge is recognised in no less than six categories including Australia’s Top 25 […]

TripAdvisor Review

This is a world class lodge at what seems like the end of the world… I have been doing reviews since 2009 and have probably given less than ten five star ratings, but the Southern Ocean Lodge deserves more than a five. We were picked up at the Kingscote airport by two staff members from […]

Rare Wonder

A sight to stir the spirit, captured by Thomas, a Longitude 131 guide, who had these words about the moment: ‘We went out worried about not giving our guests a good experience, but Mother Nature had our back and delivered a glorious sunset and that rainbow that legitimately brought a tear to my eye. The […]