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Great Ocean Ecolodge

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635 Lighthouse Rd, Cape Otway, Great Otway National Park, Victoria 3233 Australia
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 04/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 04/10/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 6 Speciality lodging in Cape Otway
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Stay in our award winning eco retreat, venture out into the bush with researchers to help save koalas and endangered wildlife, 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, we'll help you make it one to remember.
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Grade: 40 out of 100
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David M wrote a review Nov. 2020
Melbourne, Australia101 contributions52 helpful votes
This is not 5 star luxury so I don’t want to mislead anyone but it’s a genuine 5🌟 experience. Firstly let’s talk wildlife. 6 koalas within 30m of the lodge, a baby a belligerent male who was going for a walk when we found him, and really close up!! So many kangaroos it was hilarious, tons of young joeys in and out of pouches, a bit of a box on and a bit of x rated kangaroo sex. The mob is about 60 strong and often sit right outside the lounge window. Lots of birds probably 40 species in total seen including a wedgetail eagle. There are lots of research projects going on and you will all love the sugar gliders the potoroos and for us the quolls, both eastern and tiger! So let’s talk about the accommodation. It’s rustic, it’s antique, we really loved it but it’s not the Intercontinental. The beds are comfortable the bathrooms large the lounge and dining nice. Staff. They are on a winner here. Steve and Caroline look after the lodge. They are fantastic! Caroline looks after the cooking and she is an amazing cook!!! Steve was so helpful with all our questions. Caroline also rears orphaned animals in her spare time! Emma was our guide, she is a fountain of knowledge, has an amazing rapport with animals and owner of Pepper the koala finding wonder dog!! She can charm quolls, potoroos and red neck wallabies. (She is not as keen on tiger snakes which I think are beautiful). Lastly Jack the uni intern who is a fount of knowledge on all the animals ( ask him about sugar gliders!) was generous with his time, great company and Karen and I wish him well on his career! It’s a not for profit so spend big!! The wines are good value as are the dinners!! Btw nearby is the Otway lighthouse the amazing Great Ocean Walk and beautiful scenery.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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HughJarres wrote a review Jun. 2020
London, United Kingdom219 contributions123 helpful votes
As most reviewers have noted, the welcome is warm and the hospitality generous. Breakfast is continental-style, with warm croissants and home-made muesli and jams. Dinners were consistently good, simple and wholesome and always with a choice of main course. The rooms are comfortable but a little spartan, with no wardrobe, and it can get chilly at night. The wi-fi annoyingly needs a new code every four hours, and the signal is unreliable beyond the lounge. At 4pm every day there's tea, coffee and home-made cake served in the lounge as a prelude to a tour of the property's wildlife, enthusiastically led by Emma and her koala-spotting dog Pepper. The whole team's enthusiasm for the wildlife, and the fact that you're pretty much guaranteed to see kangaroos, koalas, a wallaby or two, a quoll, some kookaburras, poteroos and sugar gliders make this an essential stop on your Great Ocean Road itinerary
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Karlijn Sas, General Manager at Great Ocean Ecolodge
Responded 14 Nov. 2020
Dear Hugh, Thank you ever so much for taking the time to write this review. We truly value the feedback we get as we are dedicated to providing our guests with an unforgettable stay. We want you to know that we truly enjoy sharing our passion for wildlife and wild places with visitors and want you to walk out the door feeling refreshed. We love your honesty about the lack of wardrobe in the rooms, we'll look into getting more storage space to increase our guest confort. We look forward to hosting you again and wish you all the best, Karlijn Sas
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Pajan2 wrote a review Jan. 2020
Somerset, United Kingdom201 contributions85 helpful votes
Room was clean and tidy, basic but should be expected in that environment. The staff are all friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating and passionate of the animals, their habitat and well being and the environment. We had interesting and informative tours, both day and evening and saw loads of kangaroos that came right up to the lodge, some koalas, a quoll, honey gliders and potaroos to name but a few. Emma an ecologist was very knowledgeable in her subject and her dog was an expert 'koala sniffer' sitting under trees where she knew them to be! The food there was plentiful and delicious with a choice of evening meal. There are no TV's or air conditioning and wifi can only be accessed in the lounge but that adds to the appeal. A special thank you to Rose who looked after us well and always had time for a chat! We really enjoyed our couple of days there and would thoroughly recommend it.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Response from Karlijn Sas, General Manager at Great Ocean Ecolodge
Responded 14 Nov. 2020
Dear Pajan, Thank you for your lovely review, we truly appreciate you taking the time to tell us about your experience at the Great Ocean Ecolodge. Providing our guests with the best possible hospitality and service has always been our mission. We want you to know that we truly enjoy sharing our passion for wildlife and wild places with visitors and want you to walk out the door feeling refreshed. We love that you enjoyed Emma and Peppers' tour, and love hearing you had wonderful service from Rose. Thank you for recommending us to other guests, we hope to see you again soon, Kind regards, Karlijn Sas
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Jane B wrote a review Jan. 2020
School Lane High Easter Essex16 contributions7 helpful votes
We recently stayed and didn’t appreciate the Australian trend for voile like curtains - you need an eye mask! Also avoid the room called ‘Nest’ if there are other guests staying in the room above. You can hear EVERY step and loo flush! That said, if you are curious about Australian animals, the staff are charming, helpful and very enthusiastic about the wildlife and their conservation programmes.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Karlijn Sas, General Manager at Great Ocean Ecolodge
Responded 10 Nov. 2020
Dear Jane, Thank you for taking the time to review the Great Ocean Ecolodge. We truly value the opinions of our customers and we apologise that we did not meet your expectations on this occasion. Providing our guests with the best possible hospitality and service has always been our mission. Thank you for giving us such clear feedback, something we can really work with. We will address the curtain issue and are looking into better sound isolation. We want you to know that we truly enjoy sharing our passion for our destination with our visitors and want you to walk out the door feeling refreshed. If you come back to the Great Ocean Ecolodge I would love to have the opportunity to speak with you directly, so please ask for me. We hope to see you again in the future and wish you the very best. Kind regards, Karlijn Sas
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Somerset Taster wrote a review Oct. 2019
Kingsbury Episcopi, United Kingdom72 contributions16 helpful votes
Could only get one night here, but everything lined up and we saw all we could.. Rooms are good, nice size and well appointed. The lounge is a nice meeting place for all residents, tea and a fantastic apple cake on offer our day - Emma very skilled. Then the tour round, won’t say how but found 3 Koalas and learnt so much about how they live etc, all great. Then close enough to a mob of kangaroos who seemed as interested in us as we were of them, before we visited the Quoll, a relation of the Tas Devil, which again was great. Further animal delights late in to the evening with the Sugar Gliders, just lovely... Food, main meal in the evening was varied and great. See why it is included, as not much else around, and breakfast the next morning, simple and filling to set us up for the day. Thanks all for a great experience.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Karlijn Sas, General Manager at Great Ocean Ecolodge
Responded 14 Nov. 2020
Thank you for taking the time to review and rate the Great Ocean Ecolodge. We are dedicated to providing our guests with meaningful and unique wildlife experiences, and we love seeing that you had an excellent experience. We look forward to seeing you again, Kind regards Karlijn Sas
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PRICE RANGE
USD 372 - USD 413 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
great ocean ecolodge hotel cape otway
LOCATION
AustraliaVictoriaGreat Otway National ParkCape Otway
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Great Ocean Ecolodge
Which popular attractions are close to Great Ocean Ecolodge?
Nearby attractions include Great Otway National Park (7.5 km), Cape Otway Lightstation (0.4 km), and Lake Elizabeth (7.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Great Ocean Ecolodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Great Ocean Ecolodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Great Ocean Ecolodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.