Southern Ocean Lodge

Stylish, remote, serene


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At a Glance

Located on Hanson Bay on Kangaroo Island’s south west coast, Southern Ocean Lodge is a sanctuary offering comfort and modern luxury as well as stunning views and environmental design.

Indagare Loves

  • The panoramic library with an all-day open bar that serves wonderful New World wines
  • The exceptional food, worthy of a world-class city, but only a few hundred miles from Antarctica
  • The Osprey Pavilion’s stunning panoramic views of the ocean, beach and coastal wilderness


Nearly four years after devastating bushfires ravaged the island and razed the Indagare-adored Southern Ocean Lodge to the ground, the property is reopening on December 6, 2023 after a 50-million-dollar restoration. Some exciting additions will define this next generation, while preserving the original footprint and magic of the property. The layout of the new Southern Ocean Lodge, fondly known as “SOL 2.0,” is true to the first, thanks to the involvement of the original architects, Max Pritchard and Andrew Gunner—but the 25 sandstone, local wood and glass-lined suites have been reoriented to give even better panoramic views of the windswept coast and the ocean. The sprawling new Ocean Pavilion suite offers maximum privacy in a removed location, with two living rooms with fireplaces, four king bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms (each with a bathtub and rain shower), and an outdoor terrace with an infinity pool and a plunge pool. The property’s iconic Great Room and its oft-photographed hanging fireplace have not changed, but a private dining space and wet-edge pool have been added, as well as a brand-new spa with three treatment rooms, a fitness center, sauna and plunge pools—and the pool has been expanded. Returning guests will be pleased to discover that “Sunshine,” the property’s beloved kangaroo sculpture by local artist Indiana James, has been restored and reinstated to his original post in the reception—where he is ready to welcome you back.

75 miles southwest of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island has a dramatic rocky landscape that’s teeming with Down Under wildlife including wallabies, sea lions, kangaroos and some of the world’s smallest penguins. Like its dramatic location, Southern Ocean Lodge provides a unique and remarkable experience—one that is not likely to be easily forgotten. 25 luxurious rooms offer guests dramatic views both inside and out, from the jaw-dropping landscape surrounding the property to the impressive rooms that include features such as sunken lounges, glass-walled baths and outdoor terraces.

The lodge’s activity program offers guests a complete Kangaroo Island experience. In-house guides and naturalists lead tours to attractions like Seal Bay Conservation Park, where seals sunbathe along the shore, and the Remarkable Rocks, a collection of gigantic, jagged rocks in Flinders Chase National Park. As befits a place as pristine as Kangaroo Island, where over 30 percent of the land falls into one of several conservation parks, Southern Ocean Lodge is an impressive example of sustainable architecture. The property is rainwater and solar reliant, boasts breezeway ventilation and runs local environmental projects.

Southern Ocean Lodge provides guests with a dynamic and delightful gastronomic adventure that embraces a produce-to-plate approach, offering a daily changing menu that honors the area’s ingredients and flavors. There is also a wide selection of Kangaroo Island and South Australian wines and beers that complement the sophisticated yet paired down menus.

Southern Ocean Lodge is one of the jewels of the Baillie Lodges portfolio, which was founded in 2003 by James and Hayley Baillie and includes Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island, Silky Oaks Lodge at the Daintree Rainforest and The Louise in the Barossa Valley, as well as Huka Lodge in New Zealand and Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge on Vancouver Island.

Who Should Stay

Anyone looking for an eco-friendly and exciting yet entirely relaxing adventure. Children over 10 years are welcome at Southern Ocean Lodge.

Written by Lisa Jackson

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