Southern Ocean Lodge
Southern Ocean Lodge
Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
At a Glance
The activities at the Lodge make the most of the spectacular scenery of Kangaroo Island
This is the most dramatic contemporary lodge on Kangaroo Island and is unrivalled in design
The cutting edge Spa is the perfect place to relax after a day of adventure
Every single Suite at the property has mesmerising views of the Southern Ocean
Make your own cocktails with artisan spirits, hand-made on the island
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Kangaroo Island's climate is best described as temperate. Temperatures tend to be a few degrees cooler in summer and warmer in winter than on mainland South Australia. The sea plays a large role in the island's daily weather pattern. Conditions can change frequently during the day, so pack warm clothes, even during a summer vacation.
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Southern Ocean Lodge is an architecturally pioneering luxury lodge, dramatically perched on a cliff top on the southern coast of Kangaroo Island. It is the perfect luxury base from which to explore the natural wonderland of Kangaroo Island.
Kangaroo Island boasts outstanding natural beauty and its relative isolation since European settlement has ensured an abundance of wildlife in a stunning and protected natural environment. Southern Ocean Lodge is located at Hanson Bay on the island's southwest coast, and adjoins both the Flinders Chase and Cape Bouguer/Kelly Hill National Parks.
Set back from a cliff with the pounding surf below, this iconic, luxury lodge has a full frontal panorama of the stunning coastline and is within easy reach of all of Kangaroo Island's key attractions. Southern Ocean Lodge provides a level of style and sophistication not currently found on Kangaroo Island. Set in natural bushland overlooking a spectacular section of coastline, the organic luxury of the contemporary lodge will ensure guests have every opportunity to relax and explore the Island’s wonders with a dash of indulgence.
Each of the twenty-one luxurious suites features lavish king sleeping areas, a sunken lounge, dramatic glass walled bathroom and outdoor terrace with occasional seating and daybed. The hip suites have been cleverly designed to bring the outside in with huge glass walls, fusing the breathtaking scenery outside and plentiful creature comforts inside.
A sweeping panorama of Hanson Bay is a dramatic backdrop for enjoying contemporary Australian cuisine and the daily changing menu honours the abundance of fine local ingredients available. During your stay you might like to try your luck at beach fishing - the chef will be delighted to cook your catch for you.
Southern Ocean Lodge offers guests a complete Kangaroo Island experience and selected guided experiences are included in your stay here - encounter rich and varied wildlife, indulge in world class food and wine, and discover the island's unique natural attractions, often on an exclusive basis and always with a touch of luxury.
Cooking lessons focusing on island produce and fresh seafood are a great way to take a little piece if Southern Ocean Lodge home with you and for those in need of a special treat, the signature spa menu offers a range of traditional and cutting edge spa experiences including relaxation treatments inspired by the Aboriginal dreamtime.
Southern Ocean Lodge's 21 luxurious, spacious suites all have king size beds, sunken lounges, dramatic glass walled bathrooms and plenty of outdoor living space. There are 11 Flinders Suites, five slightly larger Ocean Retreats with open fireplace and two Family Suites which have two bedrooms and bathrooms and a separate living room with TV/DVD. The two Remarkable Suites have the added luxury of a spa bath on their terrace as does the stunning Osprey Pavilion, the ultimate in state-of-the-art luxe.
Children over the age of six are welcomed at Southern Ocean Lodge and there is plenty to do to keep children and their families who have a keen sense of adventure entertained here. The lodge has a very personalized approach to their guests' needs and will be able to tailor your stay to the needs of your family.
The Southern Ocean Lodge's restaurant serves the most wonderful breakfasts, lunches and dinners all focused on fresh local produce and intense flavors. The relaxed home from home feel means guests are welcome to help themselves to drinks and relax in the Great Room, Baudin Lounge or by the Jacuzzi. Sunset drinks are served daily and are a great way for guests and staff to get to know each other. There is also a dramatic cliff top spa with pampering treatments, steam room and chill out lounge.
Southern Ocean Lodge offers a huge range of nature activities for all the family ranging from quad bike safaris, kayak adventures, beach fishing, coastal treks, wildlife spotting, epicurean adventures, whale watching and bush picnics. Bespoke experiences and private charters are available at an extra cost.
Katie Kennard (Staff)
From the moment you walk through the entrance door you will be blown away. It's glass dome lounge area is incredibly fresh and light and in the evening, their open bar provides for a very welcoming and vibrant atmosphere. Dining is a highlight, with excellent wine pairing and if that's not enough, you can help yourself to wines in their wine cellar.
Stephen Legg (Staff)
Kangaroo Island, Australia's third largest island is just a 25 minute flight from Adelaide. This is a 1,700 square mile pristine wilderness, teaming with native wildlife. With over a third of the island being untouched national Park this is Australia's Galapagos.
An hours drive from tiny Kingscote Airport on the remote south west coast, set between two national parks lies stunning Southern Ocean Lodge. Southern Ocean Lodge is defined by its magnificent views. As soon as you enter the Lodge's vast atrium, floor to ceiling windows offer expansive views of the sea below and the waves of the Southern Ocean crashing into Hanson Bay. An outside terrace and daybeds provide glorious panoramic views of kangaroos playing in the bush and the water spouts of migrating whales out at sea.
Each of the eco-wilderness lodge 21 stunning contemporary suites has spectacular views but it is the Osprey Pavilion in the most private section of the lodge that is the real jaw dropper. The Pavilion comes complete with hand-sculpted, egg-shaped Japanese bathtub and private terrace.
The dining room focuses on local seasonal cuisine as well complemented with herbs sourced from the bush (which you can learn about on guided walks). The spa utilizes natural Australian ingredients and is positioned on an outcrop providing each treatment room with spectacular Ocean views and invigorating fresh air straight from Antarctic.
Southern Ocean Lodge is so sublime that you could spend your entire time simply rejuvenating at the property, however, most guests come here to discover the bountiful wildlife right on the doorstep. The Lodge offers some truly fantastic experiences that shouldn't be missed. Twilight tours to see kangaroos, accompanied by canaps and champagne, hikes to sea Australian fur seals, Echidnas, Australian Sea Lions and Koalas are all on offer.
Amy Welfare (Staff)
Upon opening, Southern Ocean Lodge was heralded to be the most luxurious accommodation and one of the best wildlife experiences in Australia. This was quite an accolade, but on visiting I totally agree! The lodge is not only set in one of the most stunning locations - on the rugged southern coast of Kangaroo Island overlooking the Southern Ocean - but the accommodation itself is out of this world. The suites make the most of the views with huge glass windows and are casual chic in design. As this really is a high end eco resort, it makes as little impact as possible on its pristine surrounding environment whilst still being a wonderful place to stay. The friendly laid back atmosphere really works, from the cozy lounge area to the help yourself bar (all included in the cost). The staff are really great and go to make the whole experience a very special one, with the highlight of course being on local natural produce and the wildlife all around you.
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Location & directions
Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
Kangaroo Island sits a mere 15km from the shores of mainland South Australia. As Australia's third largest, the island is 155km long by 55km wide. Southern Ocean Lodge is located at Hanson Bay on the Island's south-west coast.