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Great Ocean Ecolodge Experience

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3 Days From $ 850 per person Themes
Eco Adventure
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Little Greenies

Highlights

See kangaroos and koalas on guided wildlife walks, enjoy organic dining from the kitchen gardens, learn about sustainability and explore the nearby beaches and rainforests. Combine the experience with a walking expedition through a remote island of Tasmania

Summary

Stay in a comfortable ecolodge accommodation, enjoy fine dining and relax in peace, surrounded by Australian native forests and bushland.  Take in a journey along the most scenic Great Ocean Road accompanied by a guide on a exclusive tour.  Your guide will pick you up from your Melboure hotel in the morning and show you the sights along the way. Settle in at the Ecolodge with afternoon tea and join an ecologist on a guided walk through beautiful bushland to observe the wild kangaroos, koalas and birdlife which inhabit the region. This twilight nature walk is exclusive for the guests at the lodge.  

Share dinner especially prepared from the extensive kitchen gardens. Taste a selection of wines from the local region.  The following day take a picnic lunch and spend time exploring the coastlal walks or simply relax. Visit the Lighthouse for a guided tour or head out on a bushwalk to Blanket Bay. During low tide, follow the beachtrack near the lighthouse and look for rockpools.  On the final day, enjoy a scenic tour along the Great Ocean Road to see the famous Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge - ancient rock sculptures rising out of the wild Great Southern Ocean.

Availability

Flexible date(s). Please Contact Us.

Activity (Activities)

Birding
Local Stay
Hiking & Trekking
Rainforest
Wildlife
Conservation
Eco Lodge

Green Approach

Eco-Ventional

Certification

Australia ECO

Why Authentic Ecotourism?

The Great Ocean Ecolodge is a social enterprise, established and operated by the Conservation Ecology Centre. All profits are invested into wildlife conservation and the Ecolodge itself is entirely solar powered and ecologically responsible, resting gently in the landscape.

Stay in the award winning eco retreat, 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.

Learn more about the Conservation Ecology Centre by watching this video:

Day 1 (D):  Hotel pick up from Melbourne, Great Ocean Road sightseeing tour with lunch in Lorne. Two hour guided twighlight nature walk. Dinner.

Day 2 (B,L,D): Take a picnic lunch and spend the day exploring the area or perhaps take a walk along the secluded beaches like Blanket Bay. Visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse.  Dinner. Nocturnal wildlife experience - close encounters with Sugar Gliders.

Day 3 (B,L): Spend the morning relaxing, watch the kangaroos or explore the private bushland tracks. You can also observe our animals in care and take the opportunity to talk to our research team out land and wildlife care if this interests you. Picnic lunch and a scenic drive back to Melboure, stopping at the famous Twelve Apostels, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge.

Departure City

Melbourne

Finishing City

Melbourne

Group Size

2 minimum, 10 maximum

Transport

Car, 4WD or mini-bus

Optional Activities

Additional Nights Stay

You can extend your stay for one additional night for 200 AUD per person including meals. There is an optional Helicopter flight over Port Campbell National Park including the famous Twelve Apostles available for 220 AUD per person if 2 people book the flight.

Romance Package

Romance Package is available with a similar itinerary, except on Day 2, you would explore some of the nearby secluded sandy beaches and ocean cliffs with a picnic lunch.  Visit the Cape Otway Lighthouse and coastal bushland. Share close encounters with endangered wildlife. In the late afternoon join our guided wildlife walks which takes you into the Australian Bush where you learn a lot about our fauna and flora. Great opportunity for taking pictures of kangaroos, tiger quolls and koalas.

  • Price from $ 900 per person including helicopter flight over Port Campbell National Park including the famous Twelve Apostles, two escorted wildlife walks and admission to Cape Otway Lighthouse

Exclusions

Drinks are not included in the tariff but are available at list prices.

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Couples
Rating Summary:
10 based on 2 votes
Uniqueness
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Sustainability
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Service
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Fun
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A Fantastic place to be 
(10.00/10)

On 10 Feb 2013, Thomas G. wrote:
If you want a holiday of peace & quiet, fresh air and glorious nature right on your doorstep, this is the place to come. Here you can see almost all of Australia's iconic animals as well as some that you may not know so well but are just as, if not even more spectacular.
The owners, Lizzie and Shayne, are wonderful, friendly people who are more than happy to assist you in whatever it is you need or want. The food is also fantastic, made from fresh organic ingredients from the surrounding area, including the Ecolodge's very own kitchen garden. The rooms are very luxurious and offer great views of the ecolodge grounds. Although the weather can be changeable, one of the most relaxing things to do is to simply go outside on a sunny day and take it easy with a book and/or some music, whilst taking in the gorgeous scenery.
Even better, the Great Ocean Ecolodge is in relatively close proximity to several places that are good for nature based tourism, including spectacular waterfalls, lush temperate rainforest and a seal watching tour in the nearby town of Apollo Bay. In addition, if you are as passionate about nature and animals as they are and you ask them nicely, they may even let you help their interns bottle feed baby kangaroos and koalas along with other animal related jobs.
So if your passing along the Great Ocean Road and want to stop off at a nice place to relax and enjoy nature, I'd recommend the Great Ocean Ecolodge. I swear, there's no better place in the world to experience nature.
Uniqueness
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Sustainability
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Service
10/10
Fun
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Two hours from melbourne but in another world! 
(10.00/10)

On 10 Jan 2013, Bonny wrote:
We recently spent two nights at Great Ocean ecolodge. It is reminiscent of a safari lodge in Africa in how it is run. Guests are welcomed to tea and then choose from a menu with two options, one meat, one veggie so dinner can be prepared. At about 4.30 guests are invited to go for a nature walk with Shayne which lasts about 2 Hours. Shayne talks about local wild life and how any work caring for wild life is done by volunteers without government funding. We saw kangaroos and wallabies and then the star turn of the tiger quolls, complete with recent babies.
Back then to the lodge for dinner which everyone eats at the same table. The food is very plentiful and fresh. I can recommend the veggie options which were very tasty.
The really special thing about the place, apart from the friendliness of everyone was the feeling of being in a completely different place where things go at a different speed, hard to believe one could get to melbourne in a couple of hours.
Uniqueness
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Sustainability
10/10
Service
10/10
Fun
10/10

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