Southern Ocean Lodge

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 […]

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 […]

Hiking Kangaroo Island from Southern Ocean Lodge

Opening in October 2016, the KI Wilderness Trail is a five-day, 61km trail developed by National Parks South Australia and is on track to be one of Australia’s great walks. The trail begins at the Flinders Chase Visitors Centre, takes in the Platypus Waterholes and Snake Lagoon, Cape du Couedic, Sanderson Bay, Grassdale and Kelly […]

In Bed With… Southern Ocean Lodge

Photographer and popular travel blogger Rhiannon Taylor stayed at Southern Ocean Lodge to write a post for her online magazine, In Bed With. In a beautifully written and photographed post, Rhiannon recounts her experience of Kangaroo Island and of its most famous luxury lodge, from boarding the two-propellered plane for the journey to KI and […]

Walk Among the Locals at Seal Bay

Seal Bay Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest sea lion colony, home to around 1,000 Australian Sea Lions who surf the waves to shore and – once on land – make tracks and burrow in the protected sand dunes and coastal scrub. An excursion to Seal Bay is included in a signature […]

Kangaroo Island’s School Students Float Out Aquaponics for Southern Ocean Lodge

Students at Kangaroo Island Community Education’s Parndana Campus have created a groundbreaking ‘aquaponics’ project, which now provides sustainably produced barramundi and a range of hydroponic herbs to Southern Ocean Lodge to the delight of the kitchen team and the relish of its guests. Established in 2004, the school’s Rural Production facility incorporates aquaculture, agriculture and […]

KI’s Islander Estate Makes its Mark on The Australian

Frenchman and celebrated winemaker Jacques Lurton first travelled to Kangaroo Island on his honeymoon in 1997 – he fell in love with the island (as well as his new bride!) and considered it an ideal place to to establish a vineyard. It was an unlikely match, but he vowed to return, and three years later, […]

Blogger Vanessa Jackman Falls for Southern Ocean Lodge

Earlier in the year we welcomed Vanessa Jackman, an Australian lawyer turned freelance photographer, based in the UK to discover Kangaroo Island and Southern Ocean Lodge.  It’s been a happy transition, and to date, her photographs have appeared in British/American/Australian Vogue, Harpers Bazaar US, Marie Claire Australia to name a few… She also writes an […]

Southern Ocean Lodge Awarded Best Lodge by Gourmet Travellers

The annual Australian Gourmet Traveller Awards are amongst the world’s most prestigious accolades for Australian travel and tourism products. The 2013 Awards were announced in a gala presentation at one of Melbourne’s most exciting restaurants, Conservatory. And, without further a-do, we are thrilled to announce the winner of the Best Lodge 2013 is, drum roll, […]