The start of a new journey
for Southern Ocean Lodge

The start of a new journey for Southern Ocean Lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge was destroyed in the bushfires that spread across the western end of Kangaroo Island in January 2020 and the property is now closed. We are immediately committed to rebuilding the lodge, and to taking a leading role in whatever ways we can to help rebuild the tourism industry on Kangaroo Island.

Meanwhile, the Southern Ocean Lodge site has been cleared in preparation for its next incarnation, ‘SOL 2.0’! We are working with architect Max Pritchard who designed the original for the future design. There are still many hurdles to jump, and we currently anticipate the new lodge will reopen in late 2022 or early 2023. We will keep progress updates live here.

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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

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

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!

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!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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