From the moment you waken with the dawn chorus and see the wild kangaroos peacefully grazing outside your bedroom window, you will know that the Great Ocean Ecolodge is a very special place.

Located within the grounds of the Conservation Ecology Centre, just off the Great Ocean Road and the Great Ocean Walk, the Great Ocean Ecolodge is surrounded by pristine bushland, lush rainforests, secluded beaches and steep cliffs, close to one of the world’s most spectacular coastlines.

This is a chance to stay in an award winning eco retreat, venture out into the bush with researchers to help save endangered species, explore the Great Ocean Walk or just relax in the dappled shade of the eucalypts, watching the koalas high in the trees above you.

At the Great Ocean Ecolodge you will be helping the world as you have a holiday!



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

We are committed to sustainable living, consequently, from its very conception we were determined to build and operate a Conservation Ecology Centre and an integrated Ecolodge that are true in every way to our philosophy. The Conservation Ecology Centres research room is located on site from which our conservation team works to create an Otways once more vibrant with native wildlife.

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  • Landmark building using passive design
  • Locally sourced sustainable antique furniture
  • On site water supply with high quality filtered rainwater
  • Solar powered and solar heated water
  • Conscious waste management and a reduce, reuse, recycle mindset.
  • Organic and biodegradable soaps, cleaning detergents and spa products.
  • Sustainable landscaping and maintenance procedures.
  • Garden to plate menu, with veggies from our kitchen garden



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

Growing 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.



Since October 2015 Karlijn Sas and Stephan Ras have joined the team at The Great Ocean Ecolodge and Conservation Ecology Centre as Managers of the Ecolodge.

The couple is dedicated to communicate the work of the Conservation Ecology Centre and the work Lizzie and Shayne have created. Moreover, these hospitality professionals truly enjoy spending time with guests to assist in their itinerary so they get most out of their stay here in the Otway forests. They have a passion for eco tourism, sustainability, and developing an interesting guest experience with local products such as wines, beers, coffee, tea, and homegrown vegetables on site.

Stephan has a Master of science in Educational Studies and feels right at home with his management skills and enjoys engaging with guests about all that the area and the Conservation Ecology Centre has to offer. Karlijn has a Master of science in Cultural Studies and has transformed the Gallery of The Great Ocean Ecolodge that now features many of the threatened species in the Otway’s. Our managers, Stephan and Karlijn, wish you a welcome stay and look forward to meeting you!


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 Research Team.