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.
An icon returns
Two years after Baillie Lodges’ award-winning flagship property Southern Ocean Lodge was razed in the Kangaroo Island (KI) bushfires, the rebuild of the globally celebrated luxury lodge has commenced. Dubbed ‘SOL 2.0’, the new-look Southern Ocean Lodge is slated to open in the second half of 2023.
Main lodge enhancements
Near perfect in its original incarnation, the main lodge is comfortingly familiar with the Great Room and suspended feature fireplace at its heart. Enhancements include a private dining ‘snug’ adjoining the walk-in cellar and an edgeless pool curving along the sun terrace. A new location for the Southern Spa allows space for three treatment rooms, gymnasium, a sauna and hot and cold plunge pools with bushland views.
The rebuild of SOL 2.0 will see the return of the lodge’s original architect Max Pritchard along with his partner Andrew Gunner. The new lodge will once again be a champion of South Australian and KI suppliers of food and beverages, where a commitment to using exclusively local produce is a veritable boon to the regional economy.
In the meantime, Kangaroo Island is open for business and now more than ever the local community needs support from South Australian locals and interstate visitors. Flinders Chase National Park is open with its Remarkable Rocks and adorable New Zealand fur seals at Admirals Arch. The sealions are hanging out at Seal Bay and there’s a swag of great cafes, wineries and
Environmental sustainability is core to the design of SOL 2.0 with significant hybrid solar and battery infrastructure allowing the luxury lodge to continue to run off grid in its remote location on KI’s southwestern coast while reducing diesel fuel consumption by more than 50 percent.
Investment in a larger reverse osmosis system sees the ability to use solar power to convert bore water to fresh water and storage capacity has been increased to 5.8million litres of potable water. Rainsavers installed on each tank will increase rainwater harvesting to some 12000L of pure, drinkable rainwater from every millilitre that falls on the site.
restaurants for sustenance, not forgetting the moreish KI Spirits distillery for its prize-winning gins and addictive local limoncello. Our ongoing support for Australian tourism is vital for the industry’s future. There’s a host of incredible destinations and tourism operators ready to welcome visitors, so plan a holiday and start travelling, as soon as possible!
The team has been clearing coastal mallee from a 20-metre wilderness buffer around the lodge and replanting the area with fire-retardant succulents and native juniper. The bushfire sprinkler system will be state of the art and pressurised by electric pumps and in the unlikely event of a power outage – a diesel pump will be on automatic standby. Sitewide CCTV camera coverage and web-based software will enable these safety systems to be activated and managed remotely. The boundary fire break will be cleared and maintained in line with CFS recommendations along with trimming down the vegetation bordering the entrance road.
Two years after Baillie Lodges’ award-winning
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!Listen to Podcast
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.Watch feature
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.Watch video
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.View article
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.Listen Here
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.Read feature
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.View post
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When we discovered Southern Ocean Lodge in 2019 the wonder was total, and we will never forget the feeling we got when we saw the ocean while entering the lodge for the first time. Later, a book let us learn about the familial character of this project, how much you invested yourself in it, and how much it mattered to you.The Ducros Family, France
My husband and I stayed at Southern Ocean Lodge last March for part of our honeymoon. It was, and is still my very favorite place I have ever stayed. We travel all over the world and have been in some wonderful five-star hotels and resorts, but that one on Kangaroo Island is a standout. Please rebuild so we can return some-day soon.Susan Stevens, Australia