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As a social enterprise, Great Ocean EcoLodge re-invests all profits into conservation of local flora and fauna, and the lodge is entirely solar-powered and ecologically responsible.

There are only five guestrooms (twin and double), so you are guaranteed personalised attention. Three first-floor rooms and two on the ground floor look out on the Otway Ranges, or the kitchen garden. Each room is private and peaceful, with a comfortable bed, clean crisp linen, timeless antiques, and an en suite bathroom with fluffy towels and an assortment of locally-made natural soaps and shampoos. Two of the rooms can accommodate up to two children’s beds if required and share a sundeck.

During your stay you can venture out into the bush with researchers to help save endangered species, explore the Great Ocean Walk, indulge in the region's finest local produce or just relax in the dappled shade of the eucalypts. The grounds consist of almost 70 hectares of grasslands that are visited daily by kangaroos at dawn and dusk, woodlands where koalas doze, and a tranquil spring where you may see yellow robins, king parrots and yellow-bellied gliders. Each day at dusk there’s a guided walk for guests to see kangaroos and koalas in the wild. Otherwise you can pick up a map and explore the network of trails, which offer many secluded spots to while away the time or enjoy a picnic; and there’s no shortage of interesting and exciting things to do and see in the vicinity.

The Hall overlooks grasslands where mobs of kangaroos come to graze against the backdrop of the Otway Ranges. Filled with light, warm and cosy in winter and beautifully cool in summer, it houses the dining room, lounge and a library of field guides and other reference books. Menus are based on seasonal produce from the lodge’s kitchen garden and local producers, demonstrating a philosophical and practical commitment in to ethical food sourcing and sustainability – here food miles are measured in steps! The dining room serves a leisurely breakfast to sustain you for a day out in the fresh air, and can provide all you need for a picnic lunch; in the evening you can sit by a roaring fire, and enjoy magnificent dining and fine local wines.

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Key info

  • Available*: Jan-Dec * The dates shown are when the accommodation is generally available. Please enquire for specific availability.

Wildlife trips

This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Penguins, Koalas & Great Ocean Road

This innovative itinerary combines self-drive, a short small group tour and excursions around Melbourne. Visiting the contrasting areas of Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, East Gippsland and the Wilderness Coast you’ll see the best of Victoria’s wildlife, including many iconic Australian species.

  • When to go: Sep-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,395 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Great Ocean Road

A piece of Australian national heritage, the 243-kilometre-long Great Ocean Road runs along the southeast coast of Victoria from Torquay to Allansford. Built between 1919 and 1932 by returned soldiers, it was dedicated those killed during World War I, making it the world's largest war memorial.

  • Where: Victoria
  • Ideal for viewing: eastern grey kangaroo, hooded plover, rufous bristle-bird, swamp antechinus, glossy grass skink
  • Excellent for: Self-drive