Southern Ocean Lodge: The Experience

Located in Kangaroo Island, Australia

Southern Ocean Lodge offers guests a complete Kangaroo Island experience. With select guided island experiences included in the nightly cost, guests may create their own itinerary of the island's unique natural attractions. A range of signature activities are offered daily, often with exclusive access, allowing guests to encounter rich and varied wildlife, sample local food and wine, and discover the island's unique geology. A menu of activities available at additional cost (the lodge refers to them as Bespoke Experiences) presents even more opportunities to explore. Southern Ocean Lodge works in partnership with renowned island tour operator Exceptional Kangaroo Island to provide a number of these activities.

Things to Do

The lodge’s Signature Experiences are included in the cost and are provided with fellow guests at scheduled times. Private touring can be arranged at an additional cost subject to availability.

Wonders of Kangaroo Island

Half-day guided journey into Flinders Chase National Park showcasing several of the island’s natural icons: the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, home to a fur seal colony.

Seal Bay

Exclusive guided walk on the beach amid Australia’s third largest colony of sea lions.

Coastal Cliff Top Walk

Scenic guided walk atop the limestone cliffs of Hanson Bay.

Kangas & Kanapés

A Signature sunset drinks experience at nearby Grassdale, a historic island property, includes premium South Australian beverages, canapés, and kangaroo.

Discover Island Heritage

An informative visual presentation led by resident naturalist guides.

Self-guided Local Walks & Mountain Bike Track

The lodge is surrounded by pristine wilderness and offers a range of graded walking experiences and a medium-grade mountain bike loop track.

Optional Activities and Experiences

In addition to the included Signature activities, the lodge offers a host of other opportunities so that you may tailor an itinerary to your interests. These Bespoke Experiences operate on a limited basis with fellow guests, and charges apply. 

Quad Bike Safari

Fun, interpretive quad bike tour through the surrounding wilderness and Hanson Bay Sanctuary.

Kayak Adventure

Guided adventure paddle along the calm waters of the South West River.

Beach Fishing

Cast a line into the Southern Ocean from the beach, enjoy the solitude and the surf, and perhaps catch your dinner!

Nocturnal Tour

Take a walk after dark in the nearby Hanson Bay Sanctuary and discover the “nightlife” of Kangaroo Island.

Guided Adventure Hikes

Travel to other parts of the island to explore on foot on a range of easy- to medium-grade treks.

Half-day Special Interest Tours

Head to soaring sand dunes with your family to ride toboggans and fly kites, take an epicureans’s tour of local producers, or visit local art galleries. The lodge provides a range of private experiences to suit many different interests.

The lodge offers cars for hire, so that guests can explore the island on their own during their stay.

Food and Drink

Under the direction of acclaimed chef Tim Bourke, the restaurant serves up world-class, beautifully designed dishes using ingredients sourced from local farms and artisans. Highlights include ligurian honey, sheep’s milk ricotta, marron (crayfish) and regionally farmed barramundi (seabass). The convivial open bar and walk-in wine cellar feature an exclusively South Australian wine selection.

The Spa

The Southern Spa is housed in its own stunning cliff top pavilion and offers an array of treatments inspired by Aboriginal traditions and using many ingredients found on the island, including lavender, pink clay, and ligurian honey. 

Other ways to visit this lodge

  • Customize a Trip

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