Southern Ocean Lodge
signalling a new chapter

As we help the Kangaroo Island community to recover from the 2020 bushfires and plan the recreation of Southern Ocean Lodge, the original website is still very much live and is a wonderful source of memories, Kangaroo Island information and inspiration for planning return trips in the not-so-distant future. To discover ways to contribute and be part of the KI recovery story, keep abreast of news and ultimately plans for the rebuilding of Southern Ocean Lodge, be sure to check-in regularly.

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Road to Recovery

Sharing good news from KI Spirits! It's good to see gin goes hand in hand with good deeds!

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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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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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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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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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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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Help Them Out

Encouraging travellers to support local businesses, the South Australian Tourism Commission has launched the #bookthemout social campaign.

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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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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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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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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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Help for the KI Dunnart

Kangaroo Island’s endemic dunnart, a small sooty-grey coloured marsupial is under threat of extinction following the bushfires. A campaign has been set up to help.

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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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RSPCA SA Rolls Out KI Rescue Plan

Volunteer wildlife feeding and caring teams from RSPCA South Australia are working on Kangaroo Island, led by former Southern Ocean Lodge guide Melanie Lambert.

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Signs of Life Emerging

Endangered glossy-black cockatoos have been spotted nesting in some of the bleakest corners of bushfire-damaged Kangaroo Island, giving hope to conservationists.

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