Our People

Great Ocean Ecolodge Team

The skills, knowledge and experience of our team is our greatest asset.

Karlijn and SteveManagers, Karlijn Sas and Stephan Ras

The Great Ocean Ecolodge has been managed by Karlijn and Steve since 2015. With outstanding professionalism, dedication, passion and a friendly smile, they go above and beyond every day to create the very special Great Ocean Ecolodge experience.


Founders, Lizzie Corke & Shayne Neal

The Great Ocean Ecolodge and Conservation Ecology Centre are the life’s work of Shayne and Lizzie.

Lizzie Shayne TessGrowing up in the Australian bush lead them to study Zoology and Natural Resource Management and during this time they learned how fragile the world’s ecosystems are. They understood not only the importance of caring for ecosystems but also the imperative for inspiring and engaging others in conservation. Together they founded the Conservation Ecology Centre, a non profit organisation which reconnects and re-engages people with the natural world, increasing understanding through vital research, restoring wild places and caring for wildlife. Through the Great Ocean Ecolodge they invite us all to be a part of this special place.


The Great Ocean Ecolodge opened in 2004 and since then has received a number of awards including the Victorian Tourism Award for Best New Tourism Development just three months after opening. In 2005 the Great Ocean Ecolodge was awarded Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation by Ecotourism Australia and, thanks to our incredible team, it continues to be upheld as an example of ecotourism best practice, named in 2013 as one of the best Ecolodges in the world by National Geographic Traveller.

Meet the Conservation & Research Team

Visit the Conservation Ecology Centre website to learn more about our people, including our Patron and Board, and our dedicated Conservation and Research Team.