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Celebrated around the world as the pioneer of experiential luxury in Australia, the new iteration of Southern Ocean Lodge has returned to crown the wildly beautiful clifftops on Kangaroo Island. The new-look luxury lodge bears a similar footprint to its award-winning original, complete with breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean, magnificent Great Room and string of luxurious guest suites easing along the coastline. Combining contemporary design, world-class dining and a personal connection with nature, Southern Ocean Lodge celebrates the resilient spirit of Kangaroo Island, its wildlife and its community.

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First look: Southern Ocean Lodge opens its doors

Christine McCabe writing for The Australian’s Travel and Luxury section was among the first to visit Southern Ocean Lodge when it opened in December 2023. 'The impressive Great Room is eerily identical to the destroyed original', Christine writes, and '…it’s a new iteration for a new era on Kangaroo Island.'

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Condé Nast Traveller Southern Ocean Lodge Review

Chloe Sachdev has reviewed the newly reopened property for Condé Nast publications around the world, commenting, ‘The retreat has a light touch sustainable DNA that involves using local products, ingredients and people as much as possible… Long live Southern Ocean Lodge and Kangaroo Island!’ We couldn’t agree more.

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Kangaroo Island Photo Safari

Join Canon Master photographer Richard I’Anson as he returns to the wilderness of Kangaroo Island for a five-day, all-inclusive photo safari from August 1-5, 2024. Limited to just 10 like-minded guests, traverse the island for location shots and hands-on personal tutorials led by Richard.

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The 15 Best Hotels and Lodges in Australia

AFAR magazine has wrapped up 15 of its top accommodation picks in Australia, including three Baillie Lodges sisters, Longitude 131 at Uluru Kata Tjuta, Silky Oaks Lodge in the Daintree and the just-reopened Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and many more of our fellow members from the @ Luxury Lodges of Australia collection. There’s loads to explore in 2024!

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Artist Janine Macintosh

Just days before Southern Ocean Lodge is due to open on Kangaroo Island, Natasha Bazika has written of her visit to the studio of assemblage artist Janine Macintosh. “I spent five days scrounging through the debris looking for interesting relics — mostly ceramics, metal and glass,” says Janine. Read more.

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Bests of the South Pacific

Conde Nast Traveler has released its popular annual ‘where to travel in 2024’ global lists, with Kangaroo island and Southern Ocean Lodge running high in the Australia New Zealand line-up. Here’s a hint: “…it’s the reopening of the highly anticipated Southern Ocean Lodge in December 2023 that has signalled the island is back to life.”

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Best in Travel

Lonely Planet has announced its Best in Travel List 2024 with Kangaroo Island coming in at second place in the prestigious, much anticipated list. It’s perfect timing to spotlight this spectacular destination to the world, just as we prepare to open.

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Southern Comforts

As we edge towards 2024, Traveller rounds up a new generation of game-changing hotels including our own Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, with a smart new design ready for a new era of travel and all set to welcome our first guests on December 6 this year.

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Where You’ll Be Going Next

This month’s TownandCountry magazine includes a wrap of what to book now and what to put on your dream travel list, with this top tip: Be the first to snag a room at Australia’s famed Southern Ocean Lodge, reopening in December after four years. We agree!

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Package

Southern Welcome Package

The generously inclusive package includes a two-night stay at the newly reopened Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island plus the option of two nights at sister property The Louise in the Barossa Valley, complete with complimentary airport transfers.

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Khai liew

In planning for the original Southern Ocean Lodge in the early 2000s, James and Hayley Baillie commissioned Adelaide-based design master Khai Liew to create bespoke furniture and lighting pieces for the lodge.

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New Luxury Hotels 2023

Executive Traveller’s Chris Ashton puts together a wrap of the world’s luxury hotel openings slated for 2023 – including Southern Ocean Lodge. It’s an impressive line-up of must-visit destinations and their star luxury accommodations.

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SA Premier Visits SOL 2.0 Rebuild

We recently had the privilege of hosting South Australia's Premier, the honorable Peter Malinauskas MP, and Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison MP for a Country Cabinet visit at the Southern Ocean Lodge worksite. With increased Qantas flights and the upcoming reopening of Southern Ocean Lodge on December 6th after a $55 million rebuild, Kangaroo Island's tourism is poised for a remarkable comeback.

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Top 10 Emerging Stays in Australia

Australian Traveller lists its top ten emerging destinations for 2023 and includes The Louise and her ‘backstage pass to the Barossa’ and Southern Ocean Lodge whose rebuild is now well underway on Kangaroo Island ahead of its reopening on December 6 this year. Read the whole list here:

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Bookings Go Live

In a huge milestone towards the highly anticipated reopening of Southern Ocean lodge, reservations are now open as works continue on the rebuild towards reopening on December 6, 2023.

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How to Be the First to Stay

Delicious Magazine checks out the best way to check in to Southern Ocean Lodge for a good cause, as bidding for the ‘First In Fundraiser’ online auction continues. For those keen to make a contribution to our community partners please head to our Journal to donate directly.

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‘First-in’ Fundraiser

Breaking news: we're excited to announce that Southern Ocean Lodge will open on December 6 this year. To say thanks to the community which has supported us over the past three years, we are auctioning three 'first in' three-night preview stays, arriving on December 5. Learn more.

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World's Greatest Places

We’re thrilled to announce today that Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island has been named in TIME’s World’s Greatest Places List for 2023. There are 50 extraordinary travel destinations named in this, TIME’s third annual list – and you can see the full list here:

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Revelled Re-openings

As work continues on the rebuild of Southern Ocean Lodge, the Baillie Lodges flagship property has been named in Bloomberg’s round up of seven stunning island hotels opening around the world in 2023. Read more right here:

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Back from the Black

Writing for The Weekend Australian, Roy Eccleston travelled to Southern Ocean Lodge to see the new iteration of the globally celebrated original. Roy was one of the last writers to stay at Southern Ocean Lodge before it was destroyed in the summer fires of 2020 and wrote the award-winning exclusive shortly afterwards.

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Top 52 Places for 2023

The prestigious New York Times has today published its list of 52 places for travellers to visit in 2023. We’re thrilled that Kangaroo Island and Southern Ocean Lodge come in at number seven! Baillie Lodges founder James said the inclusion was a ‘full circle’ moment for the lodge where building is now well underway.

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Luxury Incoming

‘SOL 2.0, as it is affectionately dubbed by its owners, is a brand-new ground-up build and qualifies for our list of the best hotel openings to look forward to next year’ writes Will Lennox for The Australian. Read about the other top luxury hotels opening in 2023 that are worth travelling for…

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Chasing Adventure

AFAR magazine embarks on a journey to Kangaroo Island, almost three years after the bushfires which wiped out more than half the island’s wilderness and our own Southern Ocean Lodge. Writer Katherine LaGrave marks the progress of SOL 2.0 and witnesses the parallel regeneration of the landscape, its wildlife and the resilient community.

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Lodge Update

Turning of the Sod

Two years after Baillie Lodges’ award-winning
flagship property Southern Ocean Lodge was
razed in the Kangaroo Island bushfires,
company founders James and Hayley formally
marked the start of building in a sod turning
ceremony on the lodge’s original site on KI’s
remote southwest coast, breaking the ground
using a shovel retrieved from the ashes.

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Build It. They'll Come.

Baillie Lodges founders James and Hayley meet journalist Helen Dalley on her popular podcast, ‘Build it. They Will Come’ to chat about the joys and challenges of building luxury lodges in Australia and overseas. It’s perfect timing as we look forward to the rebuild of flagship Southern Ocean Lodge 2.0 on Kangaroo Island. Stay tuned for more!

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Lodge Update

Camp SOL Heralds New Beginning

Eighteen months on from the bushfire, the Southern Ocean Lodge site has been cleared. Small teams of friends and industry colleagues banded together in a series of working bees, led by intrepid Lodge Managers John Hird and Alison Heath and documented on film by 57 Films.

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Southern Ocean Lodge 2.0

March 29 marks the date the lodge doors first opened thirteen years ago. New plans for its successor, dubbed SOL 2.0, will make the most of the now blank canvas site on Kangaroo Island’s wildly beautiful coast. Max, James and Hayley discuss the journey ahead in a new short film by 57 Films.

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A Tale of Hope

One year after the devastating fires that destroyed Southern Ocean Lodge, James and Hayley address plans for the highly anticipated SOL 2.0. The rise of SOL 2.0 will be documented by Adelaide-based filmmaker Paul Ryan of 57 Films - watch the trailer here.

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Little Possum, Big News!

A Little Pygmy Possum has been found on Kangaroo Island for the first time in almost a year. A conservation team made the discovery during a recent wildlife recovery initiative in the wake of the devastating bush fires. ABC News reports on the delightful sighting here.

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Wild Kai a Koala Hero

Sydneysider Kailas Wild drove several hundred kilometres to Kangaroo Island where fires had ravaged the local bushland and the koala population. Then he put his skills as an arborist to good use, scaling gum trees to rescue as many injured koalas as he could. Join the ABC Conversations podcast here.

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Cocky Comeback

In what has become an almost daily event, the team at Exceptional Kangaroo Island have spotted endangered Glossy Black-Cockatoos feeding among trees planted as a food source in the wake of the fires. ABC News also reports 23 hatchlings have been discovered!

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KI Spirits Celebrates Double Gold

Tucked away from the rest of the world, Kangaroo Island Spirits has been cleaning up the biggest awards on both sides of the Atlantic. Both their Wild and O Gins were rated higher than any other Australian gin in the ‘Oscars’ of world spirit competitions.

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From the Ashes

The Islander Estate Vineyards on Kangaroo Island was one of many Australian wineries to be severely impacted by the bushfires over summer in the southern hemisphere. But as notable wine reviewer James Halliday writes, they are determined to rise again.

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RSPCA SA Wraps Up KI Rescue Plan

Led by former Southern Ocean Lodge guide Melanie Lambert, the RSPCA has decommissioned the last feeding stations on Kangaroo Island, marking a milestone in the gradual scaling back of its bushfire emergency response.

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On the Socials

SA's Premier Marks KI Milestone

Six months after the devastating fires destroyed 96% of the park, Flinders Chase National Park has reopened for self-drive visitors to share in the bushfire recovery journey, prompting Premier Steven Marshall to witness the significant regeneration for himself.

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Hanson Bay Sanctuary

Our neighbours at Hanson Bay Sanctuary are helping surviving koalas and kangaroos resettle in their bushland home with bunches of fresh eucalyptus leaves making the transition so much easier.

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Kangaroo Island is Open for Business!

The locals on Kangaroo Island are in recovery mode. Here's why they need you to visit - and why you'll want to visit. Spoiler alert - the reasons include wildlife watching and gin tastings!

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How to help

Cut from the Cloth

Designer Julie Paterson created the ‘kanga’ fabric exclusively for Southern Ocean Lodge, and opened sales to the public as a fundraiser for the KI wildlife.

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Beekeepers Swarm on KI to Build New Hives

In an effort to help the renowned 'bee utopia' recover, teams of Adelaide beekeepers have travelled to Kangaroo Island and built 500 new beehives for local producers impacted by the devastating summer bushfires.

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Renewed Hopes for KI Dunnart

With the threat of extinction looming following the bushfires, Kangaroo Island’s endemic dunnart, a small sooty-grey coloured marsupial has been captured on camera at a new location boosting hopes for the species' survival.

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Enchilada Survives

We just couldn’t believe it when our resident echidna, Enchilada was spotted wandering along the pathways at Southern Ocean Lodge a week after the fire.

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Hoping for a Miracle

SA Weekend magazine editor Roy Eccleston scoops the exclusive, speaking to James and Hayley Baillie, managers John Hird and Alison Heath and architect Max Pritchard in this nail-biting story.

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30 Reasons to Visit KI

For those planning a roadtrip to KI, a passage on the SeaLink ferry is the start of a great adventure. SeaLink is offering free transfers for KI residents and their friends and family.

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KI Spirits

The award-winning, locally-flavoured gins produced by the Lark family at KI Spirits are already a reason to visit the distillery on KI; with $10 per bottle sold online and in the tasting room donated to the KI Bushfire appeal we think it’s a win-win with gin!

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A Remarkable Rock

The people of Kangaroo Island are showing the world they’re a resilient bunch, a close-knit community which is rallying together to come out stronger.

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New KI Travel Guide

Tourism Kangaroo Island has been fast to turnaround an updated travel guide, offering visitors the latest information on what to see and do on this incredible island.

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Treasure Island

When the flames were doused on South Australia's Kangaroo Island, locals faced another battle - the perception that all was lost. Travel Insider's Di Webster visits and finds the reverse.

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Road Trip for Good

Newly launched website Road Trip for Good makes it easy to plan a trip to support regional businesses affected by fire – already quite a few KI businesses are onboard.

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The Islander Estate - Buy Direct

One of Kangaroo Island’s best-loved wineries, the Islander Estate has plenty of wine stocks. Order direct here. Open a bottle (or three), share it with friends, tell them about KI and repeat!

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Seal Bay Conservation Park

Good news from Kangaroo Island as iconic natural attraction Seal Bay Conservation Park reopens, home to Australia’s third largest sea lion colony. More reason to travel to KI!

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Holiday Here This Year

Tourism Australia has launched a new campaign to get Aussies to go on holidays again… Like we needed any encouragement! Discover more here.

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Buy Them Out!

A new online shop front brings Kangaroo Island's producers of food, wine, beverages and arts together in one handy hub. Fill a basket with isolation essentials (and some treats!) for a taste of KI at home.

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Isle Where Locals & Wildlife Cast a Spell

The Australian's Christine McCabe ponders the KI spirit, the one that draws visitors back again and again, musing 'time slows and the wider world seems to melt away'. Take a moment and get travelling in spirit...

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