Southern Ocean Lodge reopens after the devastating 2019 fires that destroyed Kangaroo Island, with a multi-million dollar renovation.
After a three-year journey of reconstruction following the 2019 Kangaroo Island bushfires, the highly awaited reopening of Southern Ocean Lodge has arrived. The flagship property of Baillie Lodges has been meticulously reconstructed in a A$55 million fit-out, under the guidance of its original architect, Max Pritchard.
The reborn Southern Ocean Lodge retains all the features that made it an iconic destination, while introducing thoughtful enhancements to usher in the next era of Kangaroo Island travel, drawing inspiration from the original structure.
The Great Room, with its wet-edge pool and suspended fireplace, remains an integral part of the lodge's charm. The Southern Spa returns, featuring three treatment rooms, a gymnasium, sauna, and hot and cold plunge pools.
The 25 guest suites, now facing southeast, provide uninterrupted views of the Southern Ocean and the scenic coastal landscape. Each suite features private decks, EcoSmart fireplaces, and lavish sink-in baths. The exclusive new Ocean Pavilion can convert from a four-bedroom owner's residence to two separate two-bedroom suites.
The founders of Baillie Lodges collaborated with original local suppliers and new contributors to the region, showcasing the rich depth and diversity of Southern Australia and Kangaroo Island.
Sustainability is at the forefront of the reconstruction, with the resort designed to operate under a hybrid of solar and battery power, becoming 25% more energy efficient than the previous property.