Experience

Southern Ocean Lodge offers guests a complete and personal Kangaroo Island experience. A signature itinerary of guided island excursions is designed daily and included in the tariff, allowing guests to encounter abundant wildlife around the ‘zoo without fences’ and discover the island’s unique natural attractions. View and download our experiences fact sheet here.

Full day experiences

A range of excellent private itineraries is available from highly-regarded tour operator Exceptional Kangaroo Island. Explore the spectacular landscape and encounter native wildlife from the comfort of a four wheel drive, where guides share their local knowledge as well as food and wine in the wild. Additional charges apply, please view rates here.

1. Kangaroo Island Icons

Kangaroo Island Icons

Discover Kangaroo Island’s must-see sights including the aptly named Remarkable Rocks and the dramatic coastal grotto of Admirals Arch. Encounter the resident sea lions at Seal Bay, pausing on the journey for a barbecue lunch in a bush setting.

2. Exclusively Flinders Chase

Exclusively Flinders Chase

Explore Kangaroo Island’s west end, encountering fur seals at Admirals Arch, the windswept shapes of the Remarkable Rocks and the historically significant Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, a reminder of the region’s tumultuous past.

3. Southern Ocean Welcome

Southern Ocean Welcome

Become acquainted with the wild beauty of Kangaroo Island en route to the lodge, driving through the Kohinoor Range to reach the south coast with its must-see attractions: Seal Bay, Vivonne Bay and the sandunes at Little Sahara.

4. Epicurean Adventure

Epicurean Adventure

Appetites at the ready, sample some of Kangaroo Island’s best produce including fine wines and spirits, pure Ligurian honey, freshly shucked oysters and the famed freshwater marron – experience the journey of produce to plate.

5. Island Life

Island Life

Catch a glimpse of the island’s unique lifestyle while travelling along the north and south coasts through native forest and farmland to reach the open sea. Enjoy a cuppa with homemade treats and encounter koalas, kangaroos and sea lions along the way.

6. Art of Nature

Art of Nature

From award-winning artists to rising stars, Kangaroo Island is emerging as a top arts destination. Wander through some of the island’s creative studios and galleries and on occasion meet the artists.

7. North West Wilderness

North West Wilderness

Traverse the island’s wild west following some of the original tracks used by early settlers to access stations and haul supplies from sailing vessels. Visit Cape Borda Lighthouse, the towering cliffs of Scotts Cove and stunning Western River Cove.

8. North Coast Departure

North Coast Departure

Explore Kangaroo Island’s protected north coast where rounded headlands bookend deep bays and pastures roll down to Investigator Strait. At Stokes Bay, weave through a labyrinth of caves before emerging onto some of the whitest sand and clearest water in Australia.

Other activities

Kangaroo Island offers a range of off-the-beaten-track options for guests looking to explore more or perhaps pursue a special interest.

1. The Islander Estate

The Islander Estate

Discover the taste of French-style wine made with locally-grown grapes. It’s a perfect marriage between expertise and the ideal grape growing conditions of Kangaroo Island. Explore the range of Islander Estate wines at the vineyard’s Tasting Room, centrally located at Cygnet River.

2. KI Marine Tours

Kangaroo Island Marine Tours

Zip along Kangaroo Island’s protected north coast with renowned operator Kangaroo Island Marine Tours and explore the pristine coastal and marine environments with thrill-seeking options to ocean raft or swim with wild dolphins.

3. Island Beehive

Island Beehive

Honey, heritage and hard work are the three drivers behind Island Beehive, a local enterprise which is part café, part honey production  plant. Sample the suite of seasonal honeys before going behind the scenes to follow the flow from the hive to the jar.

4. Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery

Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery

Eucalyptus oil was Australia’s first overseas export and is now one of Kangaroo Island’s most important  industries. Emu Ridge is the only remaining commercial eucalyptus oil distillery in South Australia and proudly shares the heritage of the local product – along with sales of the cure-all oil – at its unique cellar door.

5. The Oyster Shop

The Oyster Farm Shop

Lovers of oysters – and snapping fresh seafood – will be keen to stop in at The Oyster Farm Shop at American River in the island’s west. A unique marine farm-gate experience, oysters are shucked fresh daily from the leases from April to January. Visitors can buy oysters by the sackful, or sample freshly shucked in the café.

6. Kangaroo Island Brewery

Kangaroo Island Brewery

Resembling a contemporary shed, the Kangaroo Island Brewery is located along the Cygnet River gourmet trail. Pouring some tasty drops including a ginger wheat ale and Sheoak Stout, the beer, like the brewhouse, is built by hand. Pull up a pew and sample a few at the bar.

7. Emu Bay Lavender

Emu Bay Lavender

Emu Bay Lavender farm runs over 51 acres of land and is owned by a fifth-generation Kangaroo Island family, with mother-and-daughter Sophia and Eliza continuing the farming tradition together. Visitors walk through purple scented fields to the rustic café which sells a range of products made onsite. The lavender ice cream is a must-try!

8. Bay of Shoals

Bay of Shoals

With magnificent views across the vineyard and the calm waters of the bay, the Bay of Shoals winery invites a tasting of award-winning wines, a quick drive from Kingscote. The Bay of Shoals cool, crisp Riesling is a popular choice in the bar at Southern Ocean Lodge.

9. Kangaroo Island Spirits

Kangaroo Island Spirits

Fondly referred to as ‘KIS’ by locals, the quirky cellar door at Cygnet River reveals a range of spirits flavoured with island botanicals. Taste limoncello, Ligurian honey liqueur or chilli vodka alongside award-winning gins which use a local native juniper. KIS blends Baillies 9 gin to a secret recipe exclusively for Southern Ocean Lodge.

Sample itineraries

Southern Ocean Lodge offers a complete Kangaroo Island experience. Guests are presented with a personalised itinerary upon arrival including the Lodge’s Signature Experiences.

Southern Ocean Lodge offers a complete Kangaroo Island experience. The celebrated luxury lodge blends pristine nature, contemporary surrounds and superb fine dining, as well as a tailored itinerary of exhilarating experiences to create a very real sense of place. Guests are presented with a personalised itinerary on arrival including the lodge’s Signature Experiences. Designed to explore this ‘zoo without fences’ in a stylish and relaxed manner, these encounters are a must-do.

  • Two Night Sojourn

    The following represents an indicative experience over a two night stay. Many factors influence the itinerary, including flight arrival and departure times, prebooked activities, the weather and the seasons. Any special arrangements made in advance, or once at the lodge, will be worked into your itinerary to ensure the very best experience of both lodge and island. Download itinerary here.

    Day 1 - Welcome

    Day 1 Welcome

    Arrive on Kangaroo Island and journey to the lodge. Enjoy signature welcome drinks on arrival and settle into the surrounds with lunch in the lodge restaurant.

    Day 1 - Afternoon

    Day 1 Afternoon

    Following lunch, head off on the Coastal Clifftop Walk. On return, learn about the island’s discovery and natural history on the Discover Island Heritage experience.

    Day 1 - Evening

    Day 1 Evening

    As the sun sets, mingle with kangaroos and wallabies in their natural environment at the historic Grassdale property, sampling premium South Australian beverages and canapés on the Kangas & Kanapés experience. Back at the lodge, dine in the restaurant from 7pm.

    Day 2 - Morning

    Day 2 Morning

    Fuel a day of adventure with breakfast in the lodge restaurant before exploring the island’s natural highlights on the Wonders of KI experience.

    Day 2 - Afternoon

    Day 2 Afternoon

    Following lunch in the lodge restaurant, travel to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a walk among the ‘locals’ on the Seal Bay adventure.

    Day 2 - Evening

    Day 2 Evening

    Relax in the Great Room with its open bar, fireplace and lounge as if it were your own holiday home. Sunset drinks and canapés are served around the bar from 6pm nightly. Dine in the lodge restaurant from 7pm.

    Day 3 - Farewell

    Day 3 Farewell

    Rise early for a sunrise walk on the beach or enjoy a sleep-in before taking breakfast in the lodge restaurant. A chance to take final pictures before departure.

     

  • Three Night KI Classic

    The following represents an indicative experience over three nights. Many factors influence the itinerary, including, flight arrival and departure times, pre-booked activities, the weather and the seasons. Any special arrangements made in advance, or once at the lodge, will be worked into your itinerary to ensure the very best experience of both lodge and island. Download itinerary here.

    Day 1 - Welcome

    Day 1 Welcome

    Arrive on Kangaroo Island and journey to the lodge. Enjoy signature welcome drinks on arrival and settle into the surrounds with lunch in the lodge restaurant.

    Day 1 - Afternoon

    Day 1 Afternoon

    Following lunch, head off on the Coastal Clifftop Walk. On return to the lodge, learn about the island’s discovery and natural history through the Discover Island Heritage experience.

    Day 1 - Evening

    Day 1 Evening

    Enjoy the Great Room with its open bar, fireplace and lounge as if it were your own holiday home. Sunset drinks and canapés are served from 6pm nightly. Dine at your leisure in the lodge restaurant from 7pm.

    Day 2 - Morning

    Day 2 Morning

    Fuel a day of adventure with breakfast in the lodge restaurant before exploring the island’s natural landmarks on the Wonders of KI experience.

    Day 2 - Afternoon

    Day 2 Afternoon

    Enjoy some well-earned leisure time, visit the Southern Spa for a rejuvenating treatment or book onto one of our exciting Bespoke Experiences. Additional charges apply

    Day 2 - Evening

    Day 2 Evening

    As the sun sets, mingle with kangaroos and wallabies in their natural environment at the historic Grassdale property, sampling premium South Australian beverages and canapés on the Kangas & Kanapés experience. Back at the lodge, dine in the restaurant from 7pm.

    Day 3 - Morning

    Day 3 Morning

    The lodge offers a range of easy to medium grade treks for keen bushwalkers to enjoy.  Alternatively, enjoy breakfast in the lodge restaurant at leisure and afterwards visit the Southern Spa. Additional charges may apply

    Day 3 - Afternoon

    Day 3 Afternoon

    Following lunch in the lodge restaurant, travel to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a walk among the ‘locals’ on the Seal Bay experience.

    Day 3 - Evening

    Day 3 Evening

    Share the day’s experiences over sunset drinks in the Great Room from 6-7pm and dine for dinner at your leisure from 7pm in the lodge restaurant.

    Day 4 - Farewell

    Day 4 Farewell

    Rise early for a sunrise walk on the beach or enjoy a sleep-in before taking breakfast in the lodge restaurant. There’s a  chance to take final pictures before departure.

  • Four Night Classic Platinum

    The following represents an indicative experience over four nights. Many factors influence the itinerary, including flight arrival and departure times, pre-booked activities, the weather and the seasons. Any special arrangements made in advance, or once at the lodge, will be worked into your itinerary to ensure the very best experience of both lodge and island. Download itinerary here.

    Day 1 - Welcome

    Day 1 Welcome

    Arrive on Kangaroo Island and journey to the lodge. Enjoy signature welcome drinks on arrival and settle into the surrounds with lunch in the lodge restaurant.

    Day 1 - Afternoon

    Day 1 Afternoon

    Following lunch, head off on the Coastal Clifftop Walk. On return to the lodge, learn about the island’s discovery and natural history through the Discover Island Heritage experience.

    Day 1 - Evening

    Day 1 Evening

    Enjoy the Great Room with its open bar, fireplace and lounge as if it were your own holiday home. Sunset drinks and canapés are served from 6pm nightly. Dine at your leisure in the lodge restaurant from 7pm.

    Day 2 - Morning

    Day 2 Morning

    Fuel a day of adventure with breakfast in the lodge restaurant before exploring the island’s natural landmarks on the Wonders of KI experience.

    Day 2 - Afternoon

    Day 2 Afternoon

    Time at leisure to relax in-suite or perhaps in the Southern Spa. For action seekers, the lodge operates a range of Bespoke Experiences. Additional charges apply

    Day 2 - Evening

    Day 2 Evening

    As the sun sets, mingle with kangaroos and wallabies in their natural environment at the historic Grassdale property, sampling premium South Australian beverages and canapés on the Kangas & Kanapés experience. Back at the lodge, dine in the restaurant from 7pm.

    Day 3 - Morning

    Day 3 Morning

    The lodge offers a range of easy to medium grade treks for avid bushwalkers to enjoy. Alternatively, enjoy breakfast in the lodge restaurant at leisure and afterwards visit the Southern Spa. Additional charges apply

    Day 3 - Afternoon

    Day 3 Afternoon

    Following lunch in the lodge restaurant, travel to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a walk among the ‘locals’ on the Seal Bay experience.

    Day 3 - Evening

    Day 3 Evening

    Reflect on the day’s adventures over drinks in the Great Room 6-7pm followed by dinner in the lodge restaurant. Option to enjoy a Nocturnal Tour experience. Additional charges apply

    Day 4 - Morning

    Day 4 Morning

    Take an early morning walk, run or ride before breakfast in the lodge restaurant. Tailor a special interest itinerary with a half-day private experience from the epicurean or artistic themed to up-close wildlife encounters. Additional charges apply

    Day 4 - Afternoon

    Day 4 Afternoon

    Time to relax and enjoy the surrounds, contemplate the view glass in hand or perhaps indulge in the Southern Spa. Advance reservations recommended. Additional charges apply

     

    Day 4 - Evening

    Day 4 Evening

    Share the day’s experiences over sunset drinks in the Great Room from 6-7pm and dine for dinner at your leisure from 7pm in the lodge restaurant.

     

    Day 5 - Farewell

    Day 5 Farewell

    Rise early for a sunrise walk on the beach or enjoy a sleep-in before taking breakfast in the lodge restaurant. A chance for final pictures before departure.

  • Five Night Escape

    The following represents an indicative experience over a two night stay. Many factors influence the itinerary, including flight arrival and departure times, prebooked activities, the weather and the seasons. Any special arrangements made in advance, or once at the lodge, will be worked into your itinerary to ensure the very best experience of both lodge and island. Download itinerary here.

    Day 1 - Welcome

    Day 1 Welcome

    Arrive on Kangaroo Island and journey to the lodge. Enjoy signature welcome drinks on arrival and settle into the surrounds with lunch in the lodge restaurant.

    Day 1 - Afternoon

    Day 1 Afternoon

    Following lunch, head off on the Coastal Clifftop Walk. On return to the lodge, learn about the island’s discovery and natural history through the Discover Island Heritage experience.

    Day 1 - Evening

    Day 1 Evening

    Enjoy the Great Room with its open bar, fireplace and lounge as if it were your own holiday home. Sunset drinks and canapés are served from 6pm nightly. Dine at your leisure in the lodge restaurant from 7pm.

    Day 2 - Morning

    Day 2 Morning

    Fuel a day of adventure with breakfast in the lodge restaurant before exploring the island’s natural landmarks on the Wonders of KI experience.

    Day 2 - Afternoon

    Day 2 Afternoon

    Time at leisure to relax in-suite or perhaps in the Southern Spa. For action seekers, the lodge operates a range of Bespoke Experiences. Additional charges apply

    Day 2 - Evening

    Day 2 Evening

    As the sun sets, mingle with kangaroos and wallabies in their natural environment at the historic Grassdale property, sampling premium South Australian beverages and canapés on the Kangas & Kanapés experience. Back at the lodge, dine in the restaurant from 7pm.

    Day 3 - Morning

    Day 3 Morning

    The lodge offers a range of easy to medium grade treks for avid bushwalkers to enjoy. Alternatively, enjoy breakfast in the lodge restaurant at leisure and afterwards visit the Southern Spa. Additional charges apply

    Day 3 - Afternoon

    Day 3 Afternoon

    Following lunch in the lodge restaurant, travel to Seal Bay Conservation Park for a walk among the ‘locals’ on the Seal Bay experience.

    Day 3 - Evening

    Day 3 Evening

    Share the day’s experiences over sunset drinks in the Great Room from 6-7pm and dine for dinner at your leisure from 7pm in the lodge restaurant.

    Day 4 - Morning

    Day 4 Morning

    Tailor a special interest itinerary with a half-day private experience or guided hike. Alternatively, zoom off for some self exploration in the lodge’s hire car. Additional charges apply

    Day 4 - Afternoon

    Day 4 Afternoon

    Time to relax and enjoy the surrounds, contemplate the view glass in hand or perhaps indulge in the Southern Spa. Advance reservations recommended. Additional charges apply

    Day 4 - Evening

    Day 4 Evening

    Reflect on the day’s adventures over drinks in the Great Room from 6-7pm followed by dinner in the lodge restaurant. Option to enjoy a Nocturnal Tour experience. Additional charges apply

    Day 5 - Morning

    Day 5 Morning

    Consider a hike among the pristine wilderness or broaden horizons on a full-day private experience. Additional charges may apply

    Day 5 - Afternoon

    Day 5 Afternoon

    Relax in-suite with a good book, wander along the beach or pamper weary bodies in the Southern Spa. Additional charges may apply

    Day 5 - Evening

    Day 5 Evening

    Find your favourite spot in the Great Room, help yourself to a beverage from the bar or select a bottle of wine from the cellar and drink in the view. Dine for dinner from 7pm in the lodge restaurant.

     

    Day 6 - Farewell

    Day 6 Farewell

    Rise early for a sunrise walk on the beach or enjoy a sleep-in before breakfast in the lodge restaurant. A chance for final pictures before departure.

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