Awards & Accreditation


As a social enterprise of the Conservation Ecology Centre the Ecolodge’s success is vital for the organisation’s continuing efforts to fulfill its vision of a safe and natural future for Australia’s precious wildlife.  The Great Ocean Ecolodge is frequently profiled by Australian and international universities as a case study in Ecotourism excellence and is accredited at the highest level both in Australia and internationally. 

RIGHT Tourism

The Great Ocean Ecolodge has been selected by Care for the Wild International as an example of tourism which ‘gets it right’.  RIGHT-tourism is an initiative which encourages tourism operators to achieve best practice, promoting Responsible, Informed, Guilt–free and Humane Tourism to both the travel industry and the wider public.

To find out more about animal friendly tourism, visit

Long Run Alliance Member (LRAM)

Our membership is a recognition by the Long Run Initiative that we directly manage or significantly influence the management of a natural area of conservation value with defined geographical boundaries, have signed The Long Run Charter and are committed to achieving sustainability through a holistic balance of the 4Cs: conservation, community, culture and commerce.

Being part of the Long Run Initiative, we apply The Long Run approach to life of acting today for a better tomorrow and aspire to become Global Ecosphere Retreats® certified Long Run Destinations, actively demonstrating innovative approaches to sustainable business and providing practical examples of sustainability in action. The Long Run Initiative is the flagship programme of the Zeitz Foundation.

To find out more, visit and or connect with the Zeitz Foundation on Facebook (Zeitz Foundation). Zeitz Foundation aims to transform all that we do into ways and means to move this world forwards in a more sustainable manner.


Eco-certified Advanced Ecotourism

Ecotourism Australia is a global leader in accrediting operators who make a commitment to ‘ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation’.

This independent organisation audits all our operations and accredits the Great Ocean Ecolodge at the highest level, as an Advanced Ecotourism product. This is your independent assurance of our dedication to providing sustainable and authentic ecotourism experiences.

Licensed Parks Victoria Tour Operators

The Conservation Ecology Centre and the Great Ocean Ecolodge work closely with Parks Victoria and are Licensed Parks Victoria Tour Operators. The Great Ocean Ecolodge is an official Great Ocean Walk Partner.


Highly Commended Award, World Responsible Tourism Awards, 2011

The Great Ocean Ecolodge was delighted to receive a Highly Commended Award in the Conservation of Wildlife and Habitats Category – the only Australian organisation to receive an award at this year’s Ceremony in London. Read more about the Award in our News.

Australian Geographic Society, Conservationist of the Year Award, 2007

In 2007 the Australian Geographic Society bestowed the Conservationist of the Year Award in recognition of our commitment to the future of Australian wildlife.

Prime Minister’s Award for Environmentalist of the Year, 2005

In 2005 we were awarded the very prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Environmentalist of the Year by the Banksia Foundation. Lizzie was the first woman and the youngest ever recipient of this award.

Victorian Tourism Award, Best New Development, 2004

In the year of its opening the Great Ocean Ecolodge was awarded the Victorian Tourism Award for Best New Development. We pride ourselves on the quality of the experience we share with our guests and work continuously to raise the bar for responsible travel.