Spiky yet loveable: meet KI’s Short-beaked Echidna

Kangaroo Island is renowned as a wildlife mecca, drawing in animal lovers from all over the world. Across the rugged mallee scrub, eucalyptus groves and pristine beaches there is an abundance of free-roaming wildlife, ranging from colourful bird life and impressive reptiles to well-loved native Australian animals such as the kangaroo, koala and the quirky […]

Ten Fun Facts About Lord Howe Island

Regarded as the world’s ‘last paradise’, Lord Howe Island lies 600km east of the Australian mainland. A World Heritage-listed ‘treasure island’ of extraordinary contrasts, it has long been recognised for its pristine natural environment characterised by volcanic peaks, lush forests, serene lagoons, coral reefs and prolific marine and bird life. Lord Howe Island and its […]

Guides at Longitude 131° | Exploring the Red Centre with Caroline Haden-Smith

Whilst it’s tempting to take in the beauty of Uluru and Kata Tjuta from the comfort of your luxury tent’s daybed or from the lounge chair by the lodge plunge pool – with a glass of wine or ‘outback margarita’ in hand – guests at Longitude 131° can get up close and personal with the […]

In Focus: The KI Photo Safari

Located a hop away from the South Australian mainland, Kangaroo Island is most celebrated for its pristine natural environment and abundant native wildlife. With more than a third of the island protected in 30 national conservation parks, ‘KI’ (as the locals call it) is renowned as Australia’s own Galapagos, making it a natural attraction for […]

Indulge in the New Capella Spa

Nestled among Lord Howe Island’s gently swaying kentia palms, the Capella Spa is a private sanctuary offering a balm to the bustle of every-day life. As part of Capella’s 2018 makeover the spa was reimagined in a loft setting, looking towards the ocean. Linocuts, artworks and textiles with a distinctly Mambo-feel by artist Bruce Goold […]

Discover the Red Centre by Heli

A helicopter tour offers a thrilling aerial perspective of Uluru-Kata Tjuta. Preparing for a heli ride over Australia’s vast Red Centre is almost as exciting as the trip itself. First up, passengers meet the pilot and receive a drill about what to do and not to do when approaching the helicopter: keep your head down! […]

John’s Walk in Wine Cellar

With choice of convivial open bar, in-suite bar and walk-in cellar, guests at Southern Ocean Lodge can easily help themselves to their choice of wine, beer or fix themselves a cocktail. The staff are more than happy to help too! With a commitment to local produce, the lodge showcases the best of South Australian wines […]

In Profile: Capella Lodge Managers – Mark McKillop and Libby Grant

Anyone who has stayed at Capella knows lodge managers Libby Grant and Mark McKillop. Resident managers since the lodge opened as a Baillie Lodges property in 2003, Mark and Libby have welcomed every guest to Capella with their genuine, relaxed warmth. Guests might go out with Libby on her ‘tiki tour’ of Lord Howe, get […]

Tuck-in to Australia’s Bush Ingredients

Sourcing local ingredients for the menus at Longitude 131° in the remote Australian outback would appear to be a significant challenge for a chef heading up one of Australia’s most luxurious lodges. However, this seemingly harsh environment is in fact abundant with native produce. Grasses, plants and berries thrive and have been sourced by local […]

Cactus, Caravans and Chef Hats

Former Southern Ocean Lodge staff follow-up with foodie success on Kangaroo Island From a local Kingscote café to an award-winning bistro in Penneshaw and a quirkily refurbished caravan selling bite-sized food and cocktails at Emu Bay, former Southern Ocean Lodge staff have set-up a range of entrepreneurial food outlets on Kangaroo Island. With an abundant […]