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 […]

#BLWanderluxe Instagram Content Contest

Instagram offers a first-hand visual insight into daily moments that inspire, bringing you closer to the people, places and things that you love. As the Baillie Lodges teams have some of the best ‘offices’ in the world, we thought it would be great idea to offer our Instagram friends insider access to the happenings at […]

Longitude 131˚ Celebrates a Vibrant Partnership with Ernabella Arts

Since Baillie Lodges assumed management in November 2013, Longitude 131˚ has developed a mutually rewarding, multi-faceted partnership with indigenous arts community Ernabella. Located some 250km – or a 30-minute scenic flight – from Uluru in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, Ernabella now supplies its vibrant ceramics and canvases to Longitude 131˚ for display around […]

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 […]