Southern Ocean Lodge: About Southern Ocean Lodge

Located in Kangaroo Island, Australia

Southern Ocean Lodge kisses the coastline.

Just off the coast of South Australia lies Kangaroo Island, often called Australia’s Galápagos for its wealth of endemic species and its wild, unspoiled landscapes. It is also home to one of the most extraordinary retreats in the world: Southern Ocean Lodge, which curves along the coastal cliff top, seeming to float amid the drama of the island’s southwest. Twenty-one luxurious glass-fronted suites offer panoramic views of the Southern Ocean and the rugged, gorgeous coast, and the lodge’s Great Room—also surrounded by glass—is a hub of activity.  Guests enjoy lounging with a book, dining on local produce in the restaurant or on the terrace, or relaxing with a drink at the open bar.  Naturalists introduce guests to the island’s abundant wildlife on a variety of excursions, and in between explorations, the Southern Spa beckons with dozens of treatments that relax and rejuvenate. 

Why We Love This Lodge

It’s hard to imagine a more sensational tribute to the wild beauty of Kangaroo Island than Southern Ocean Lodge. This elegant aerie, perched on a rise above Hanson Bay, takes full advantage of the surrounding nature without disturbing it. The lodge itself is a beauty to behold, its design a marvel of clean lines, environmental consciousness, and innovation. You are never far from a jaw-dropping view of the pounding surf, the raw geology, and of course the wildlife that roams the island. There's a Galápagos-sized contingent of endemic and unusual animals, and the lodge’s naturalists are knowledgeable and dynamic, sharing insights on these rare creatures as you stroll among sea lions, spot an osprey, or get up close to a rare species of kangaroo.

There is a strong sense of place that pervades everything here, from the exceptional cuisine, crafted with the best and freshest regional ingredients, to the secluded spa, which features signature treatments inspired by the Aboriginal dreamtime using Kangaroo Island botanicals. Even the energy is locally sourced, powered in part by the lodge’s own solar farm.


  • Take a guided walk on the beach among a colony of friendly sea lions.
  • Enjoy phenomenal, locally sourced cuisine in the elegant dining area or on the terrace, overlooking the waves below.
  • Taste a selection of top South Australian wines from the expansive wine cellar.
  • Soak in the sparkling plunge pool high above the crashing surf.
  • Watch the dramatic play of light and elements over the Southern Ocean from the spacious, glass-fronted lounge.

National Geographic Exclusive

Guests who reserve their space through National Geographic Unique Lodges are invited to join the lodge manager on a “back-of-house” tour of the property. Learn about the lodge’s dynamic environmental management plan and the cutting-edge and continually evolving technologies that steer operations. Find out how water is harvested, visit the impressive solar farm, and discuss the innovative Biolytix waste water system. Plus, sit down to a private dinner for two in the wine cellar and enjoy a tasting of fine Australian wines.

Lodge Features

  • 21 luxurious suites with wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Restaurant with local fare, indoor and outdoor seating, and ocean views
  • Spa incorporating local traditions
  • Wine cellar featuring South Australian vintages
  • Plunge pool
  • Lounge with wide windows showcasing spectacular vistas
  • Boutique with unique gifts and island mementos
  • Reference library stocked with books, DVDs, and CDs
  • Wi-fi throughout the lodge

Spotlight on Sustainability

In keeping with the lodge’s commitment to sustainable tourism and preserving the environment, Southern Ocean Lodge has harnessed the southern sun to provide solar energy for the property. Some 225 solar panels were installed on the lodge rooftop and on freestanding sun-tracking frames set amid the coastal scrub adjacent to the walkway leading to guest suites. It’s an intriguing visual contrast: these space-age-like solar trackers adjust to catch the sun while a kangaroo hops by or an echidna shuffles below. Rain water is harvested from all roof surfaces at the lodge with a catchment system that provides water for landscaping and other non-potable needs. 

Awards and Recognitions

Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, 2014, 2012

Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards, 2014

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