Stay in the award winning Great Ocean Ecolodge, 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 – whatever the escape you have planned, the lodge’s staff will help you make it one to remember.
The Great Ocean Ecolodge has five guest bedrooms, which means your stay will be unique and personal. Each guest bedroom is private and peaceful, furnished with a comfortable bed, crisp clean linen, and timeless antiques. The en suite bathroom is equipped with fluffy towels and a delicious assortment of locally made natural soaps and shampoos.
Rich soils, plentiful rain and gentle sunshine ensure a bountiful harvest in the Otways. Take a gentle promenade through the Kitchen Gardens and taste the fresh strawberries, tomatoes, peas and beans; they are so good while they are still full of sunshine! The menus are designed daily to celebrate the seasonal produce grown in the Ecolodge’s own Kitchen Gardens and by the many magnificent local producers. The chefs can be found in the Gardens in the afternoons gathering the harvest for dinner. At the Great Ocean Ecolodge using locally sourced produce is not just part of a trend but a commitment in philosophy and practise to ethical food creation, enjoyment and sustainability. A leisurely breakfast will ensure you are ready for a day out in the fresh air. Fresh fruit, homemade muesli, cereals, preserved fruits, yoghurt, fresh croissants, local bread and homemade conserves will be sure to keep you going. The Great Ocean Ecolodge’s kitchen also serves lunch and dinner.
You are on holiday! Take the time to enjoy an early morning cup of tea or coffee in the comfort of your room or out in the gardens where early risers will be treated to sights of the kangaroos grazing in the morning mist and the magical music of the dawn chorus.
Located within the Hall, the Library is filled with field guides and other useful reference books. This is an ideal place to check up on sightings and catch up on some of the finer points of natural history.
The Great Ocean Ecolodge is proud to host the Nature Gallery, a collection of artworks created by local artists celebrating the natural beauty of the Great Ocean Road. The collection includes varied mediums including photography, painting, embroidery, pastel, ink and pencil drawings, lithographs and furniture carefully constructed from driftwood. All artwork is for sale and artists generously donate a proportion of the proceeds from each sale to the Conservation Ecology Centre to help conserve the plants, animals and landscapes that inspire them. This is a special opportunity to take a little of the Great Ocean Road’s wild and intriguing natural inspiration home with you.
Join the Great Ocean Ecolodge guide for a Dusk Walk through the Australian Bush to observe wild kangaroos and koalas and share close encounters with a vanishing species: the Tiger Quoll (the largest marsupial predator on the Australian mainland). The tour is included in your stay and departs the lodge daily at 4.30 p.m.
Indulge yourself in a relaxing massage in the privacy of your room, at the Day Spa in Apollo Bay or – the ultimate indulgence – in the dappled light of a secluded clearing in the bush. Whether you have practiced yoga before or would like to take the opportunity to explore it for the very first time, local yoga instructors will guide you through a gentle session. Breathe deeply the fresh bush scents and clean ocean air and re-center your body and your mind.