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Uden, The Netherlands
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35 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A warm welcome, a fantastic place. Kangaroos and koala's close by. Lovely rooms and a good diner. Close to the lightb tower en the Otway National parc with a lots of walks. No doubts, the best place at the great ocean road!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed here, together with our children age 6 and 4, for 2 nights and it was absolutely great. The surrounding nature and trails are beautiful; lots of kangaroos and koalas all around, and all proceeds go to the animal preservation efforts, which is amazing! A special thanks to Karlijn and Steve for the great cooking and the amazing care... More 

Thank timamsterdam01
KarlijnSas, Manager at Great Ocean Ecolodge, responded to this review

Dear Tim & Danielle, It was absolutely wonderful having you here this week. We loved having your kids around and helping out with the chickens and cookie baking. Enjoy the rest of your world trip! Best, Karlijn More 

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82 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2016

This is my favorite memory of our trip and a MUST SEE! If we ever return, I want to stay here for a few days. There are a bunch of kangaroos on the protected property. I gently approached the kangaroos, pausing occasionally as not to startle them. I wanted to get a video of them hopping without making any of... More 

Thank JenJF5678
KarlijnSas, Manager at Great Ocean Ecolodge, responded to this review

Dear Jen, Thank you for the lovely review. The pictures you posted are wonderful, thanks for posting them. We hope to see you return one day! Best, Karlijn More 

Bergdietikon, Switzerland
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57 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

we had great moments there. it is very personally led by an nature and australien animals obliged staff. there are few guests with you and we loved the great dinner and breakfast there. this ecolodge is really really something special and not same same. one of the highlights in our 3 months Down Under trip.

Thank ludw11
KarlijnSas, Manager at Great Ocean Ecolodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your experiences at our lodge. It's great to hear it was one of the highlights of your three months in Australia, what a compliment! It was lovely to welcome you to the Otways, being a base for you to explore this great region, from wildlife watching to seeing the... More 

New Delhi, India
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171 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 490 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

Very comfortable and very scenic views! You would love your walks around the property. Would be happy to recommend and come back another time for sure. Its a beautiful drive from here on if you are traveling towards the Ocean road. Enjoy every min of it!

3 Thank Elite_traveler_927
KarlijnSas, Manager at Great Ocean Ecolodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. You are right, the drive here is beautiful this time of year and the sunsets are stunning! We would be happy to welcome you back any time and hope to see you again. Best regards, Karlijn Sas More 

Lee, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

We stayed for 3 nights and this was a highlight of our 5 1/2 week trip. The location was lovely with the most impressive sunsets and oh the wildlife! To wake up in the the morning and look out the window to grazing kangaroos, 1 with a Joey in her pouch, was so delightful. There was a wild koala in... More 

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KarlijnSas, Manager at Great Ocean Ecolodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely words, we really enjoyed having you stay at the Great Ocean Ecolodge and sharing the wildlife experience with us. You've helped greatly by staying with us - all profit of the lodge goes to the Conservation Ecology Centre and their work. Your stay is very much appreciated! More 

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17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2016

An outstanding place to stay - wildlife on the door step and comfortable accommodation. . The accommodation is remote and so the internet is quite slow but they provide excellent evening meals as well as breakfasts. The hosts provided tours around the extensive grounds highlighting the wildlife and the conservation challenges. (We stayed 4-6 February 2016 but only reviewing following... More 

1 Thank Karen-Michael-UK
KarlijnSas, Manager at Great Ocean Ecolodge, responded to this review

Dear Karen and Michael, Thank you for your lovely review. We truly enjoy sharing this wonderful part of the world with you and it's great to hear you enjoyed the dusk walk around our grounds as well as the rest of your stay. With your stay you contributed to the Conservation Ecology Centre, founded to create an Otways once more... More 

Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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77 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2016

We spent two nights at the Great Ocean Ecolodge on our way from Melbourne to Adelaide. This is the perfect stopover if you wish to spend some time in the nature and see kangaroos (all over the lodge), koalas or wallabies. From here you can easily go to the famous lighthouse, go for a drive or walk in the rainforest... More 

Thank Lolo-to-be
KarlijnSas, Manager at Great Ocean Ecolodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review Lolo-to-be. We are very glad that we have been able to accommodate you while exploring the lovely flora and fauna of the Great Otway National Park. Indeed a self-drive truly does give you the best opportunities to explore the surroundings. This is a great tip to share for our future guests. We are also... More 

Highworth, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016

Spent two nights at the Ecolodge and did not want to leave. Rooms were comfortable with fascinating magazines going back to the 40s. Steve and Caroline looked after the domestic side, with Steve providing excellent dinners. The real highlights were the tours of the reserve with Shayne, and an after dark visit to feed sugar gliders and Pip the potoroo.... More 

2 Thank Paul R
KarlijnSas, Manager at Great Ocean Ecolodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy to hear that you did not want to leave and will certainly pass on your beautiful compliments to Shayne, Steve and the rest of our wonderful team. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the after dark visit! We are currently working on an enclosure to accommodate... More 

Warwickshire, England
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126 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

A great set up that suits the more adventurous travellers. Out in the sticks, surrounded by wildlife this was a welcome break from the usual hotels experienced. We shared a table of 10 for dinner with guests of many other nationalities. A comfortable place with few " luxuries" but really enjoyable. A highlight was getting up early and walking outside... More 

Thank 1468VX
KarlijnSas, Manager at Great Ocean Ecolodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. How lovely to hear back from you and even greater to know you had an enjoyable visit. The set up you are describing is exactly what we are trying to create, getting up early and walking around the property is definitely an excellent way to experience nature’s diversity of Cape Otway! There is so... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Great Ocean Ecolodge

Address: 635 Lighthouse Road, Cape Otway, Great Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Great Otway National Park > Cape Otway
Hotel Class:3 star — Great Ocean Ecolodge 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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“On the ground floor kangaroos come right up to your terrace.”
  • Double room
  • Double room
 of 5 bubbles Lolo-to-be, 12 Mar 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are quiet and clean.”
 of 5 bubbles Anniegetcha, 13 Jun 2015 | Read review
“My sister and I had a room upstairs, any of the rooms are very quiet, but we had the addition of great views over the property!”
 of 5 bubbles MarieM582, 21 Apr 2014 | Read review
“Rooms with a deck provided a close-up view of the kangaroos in the early morning - including a peek at a joey in the pouch.”
 of 5 bubbles 817kathye, 5 Mar 2014 | Read review
“Just do not stay here until they use more heating have a breakfast earlier for the "walking guests" and know the guest requirements long before they arrive. For the rate paid by the guests it is a total disgrace that it has your 2013 Award for what????”
 of 5 bubbles alexandjenny39, 23 Oct 2013 | Read review
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