In Profile: Longitude 131° Managers – Ben and Louise Lanyon

Ben and Louise Lanyon took over the management reigns at Longitude 131° in January this year as a husband-and-wife lodge manager duo. Already familiar with the Baillie Lodges collection, Ben and Lou managed sister property Southern Ocean Lodge when it first opened its doors in 2008. For four years they embraced life on South Australia’s […]

Baudin, Flinders and the Discovery of Kangaroo Island

The discovery of Kangaroo Island and the way it earned its name is a fascinating tale embedded in modern Australian history. Referred to as the Ultima Thule – the farthest reach from European civilisation – Kangaroo Island played an important role in the earliest phase of European contact with South Australia. It is believed Aboriginal […]

Protecting Paradise: Howe to Make a Difference

Lord Howe Island is renowned not only for its spectacular scenery but also as an important breeding ground for colonies of seabirds and marine life. The island’s rich biodiversity includes many endangered and critically endangered species not found anywhere else in the world. With over 75% protected as park reserve, Lord Howe’s pristine natural environment […]

Max Pritchard and the Design of Southern Ocean Lodge

In 2002, James and Hayley Baillie made a trip to Kangaroo Island with their young son Finn. They’d been told about a stretch of land along the island’s remote south coast that was for sale which might have been a suitable location to build a luxury wilderness lodge. Capella Lodge on Lord Howe was the […]

Valley of the Winds

The Valley of the Winds day hike is considered by many visitors to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park a must-do, allowing walkers to wander among Kata Tjuta’s mighty domes and to experience a uniquely Australian landscape. Formerly known as the Olgas, Kata Tjuta is a group of ancient rock formations found 30 kilometres from Uluru. Made […]

Hiking Mount Gower

Ranked as one of the world’s best day hikes, the Mount Gower walk is renowned for being as tough as it is rewarding, taking in the incredible views of World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island and its pristine natural environment. Mount Gower stands 875 metres tall and offers game walkers breathtaking 360-degree vistas of crescent-shaped Lord […]

Tales From a Guest: Reflecting on Time Well Spent at Baillie Lodges

At Baillie Lodges, we often interview staff for the blog to provide a behind-the-scenes insight into each lodge. For the first time we have chosen to interview a guest for a personal account of a stay at Baillie Lodges. A great friend of Baillie Lodges, Bronwyn regularly travels to Southern Ocean Lodge with her husband […]

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 […]