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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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Robb Report’s Best of the Best Awards 2024

Southern Ocean Lodge has been announced in the Robb Report’s Best of the Best Awards for 2024. In the travel category, Southern Ocean Lodge was a clear winner and the reason was simple: this wasn’t a renovation, it was a reinvention. Read the full list of the world’s supremo travel destinations now.

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Far from the Fray

Baillie Lodges flagship Southern Ocean Lodge is the headline act in this story in Departures magazine which also highlights the success of the Luxury Lodges of Australia brand of experiential luxury in the nation’s most extraordinary destinations.

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100 Aussie Wonders

Australian Traveller magazine’s 100 Aussie Wonders issue is just out, with Seal Bay Conservation Park included in its Coastal Wonders line-up. Home to hundreds of cute and endangered sea-lions, Seal Bay is a signature experience on a stay at Southern Ocean Lodge.

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Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island: an eco hotel on Australia’s Galapagos

Esteemed travel writer Mary Lussiana travelled to Australia to try out the new-look Southern Ocean Lodge. Her story is up now in the UK Evening Standard.

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The 100 Best New Hotels of the Year

Southern Ocean Lodge has been named in two categories in the prestigious Travel + Leisure’s It List 2024. Our newly reopened flagship lodge has been named in both The 100 Best New Hotels of The Year and The Most Luxurious New Hotels of 2023 lists.

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These Are the Best New Hotels of 2024

AFAR, the award-winning travel magazine with a focus on sustainability, has revealed its 31-strong list of the world’s best new hotels of 2024. The selection features the best in design, comfort, and sustainability while delivering extraordinary guest experiences to guests. Contributor Lee Tulloch's review is here.

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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 Kangaroo Island to host two unforgettable five-day photo safaris from August 1-5 or September 5-9, 2024. Limited to just ten 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.

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Bests of the South Pacific

Condé 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 Town&Country 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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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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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

South Australia's Premier, the honorable Peter Malinauskas MP, and Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison MP for a Country Cabinet recently visited the Southern Ocean Lodge worksite. With increased Qantas flights and the upcoming reopening of the lodge 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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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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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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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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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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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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New KI Travel Guide

Make a cuppa and take a moment to flick through Tourism Kangaroo Island's 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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On the socials

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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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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