Volunteers voices

Written by Maddy Gribbon   The team of staff at the Great Ocean Ecolodge and the Conservation Ecology Centre it supports is small and committed, giving the work environment a uniquely familial feel. When it comes to their job descriptions, each employee wears a number of hats, so they often depend on volunteers to tackle […]

Art & Ecology: Threatened Species of the Otways

The exhibit Art & Ecology: Threatened Species of the Otways is currently showing in the Nature Gallery of the Conservation Ecology Centre. This exhibit celebrates some of the most rare and fragile inhabitants of the Otways through art. All proceeds of the exhibit go to conservation in the Otways. At the heart of the exhibition you will find a diversity […]

Ecotourism Australia – Improving Tourism with a Recognized Standard

Global Sustainable Tourism Council recognises the Conservation Ecology Centre and the Great Ocean Ecolodge in this great article about Ecotourism Australia and the importance of certification and standards in ecotourism. Read the full article on the GSTC website. With environmental threats to the Great Barrier Reef reaching alarming concern, GSTC Recognized standard Ecotourism Australia, is […]

World Legacy Awards Winners to be announced this week!

Winners of the prestigious World Legacy Awards will be announced this week in Berlin. The Conservation Ecology Centre (with its social enterprise, the Great Ocean Ecolodge) is delighted to be a finalist in this exciting event, recognized for “… outstanding support for the preservation of nature, restoring natural habitat and protecting rare and endangered species …”.  CEC Ambassadors and Eco-Alliance Members Joachim and Natascha […]

World Legacy Awards – Finalists Announced

We are delighted to announce that the Conservation Ecology Centre and Great Ocean Ecolodge have just been recognised as Finalists in the World Legacy Awards. The awards are a partnership between National Geographic and ITB Berlin to showcase leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations — ranging from airlines to ecolodges and from cities […]

Orphaned koala Danny stars on the BBC

The first months of an animal’s life are crucial – if they lose their mothers, they’ll need help. Nature’s Miracle Orphans is a BBC documentary charting the journeys of a number of wild orphans getting a second chance. Occasionally the Conservation Ecology Centre has the privilege of caring for injured and orphaned wildlife, and one […]

The Big Otway Tree Plant – it’s a winter thing!

The Big Otway Tree Plant was launched with a massive weekend of planting in mid-June. Over 100 amazing volunteers joined the CEC and together we managed to get 25,000 trees planted over the course of those two days. Our team came from our local community, from across Victoria and from around the world. The Big […]

Who’s up for the Big Otway Tree Plant?

Join the Conservation Ecology Centre team on a special weekend, planting trees to restore the woodlands of Cape Otway. The little trees are growing and 14th and 15th June 2014 will see the biggest planting effort the Otways has ever known! There’s free camping (thanks to Bimbi Park) and a pizza night starring Franks world […]

Marsupial Manor

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming journalist, Julietta Jameson to the Conservation Ecology Centre. Today she shared her experience with readers of the Sydney Morning Herald – this is her story: Just off the Great Ocean Road, Julietta Jameson visits an internationally recognised ecolodge. It all began a decade ago for Lizzie Corke and […]

Wilderness in Style – Leeyong Soo

Leeyong Soo is one of those very special travel journalists who can make you feel like you’re right there on holiday with her. We have been privileged to welcome her to the Great Ocean Ecolodge on a few occasions now and it is always a delight to read her blog. This time Leeyong brought her […]