Luxury resort planned for Twelve Apostles

Baillie Lodges has announced plans for a $20 million luxury hotel near the Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Rd.

The proposal has been welcomed by Corangamite Shire Council and the state government.

Marketing manager Alison Richards for Baillie Lodges, the company responsible for high-end lodges at Lord Howe Island and Kangaroo Island, said an actual site for the project was yet to be determined. We’ve looked at several sites so far.”

Ms Richards said the project would be based on the design of the Southern Ocean Lodge at Kangaroo Island but there were no concrete timelines for it. Southern Ocean Lodge is a 20-suite lodge and cost $20 million to build.

Ms Richards said owners James and Hayley Baillie always felt something along the Great Ocean Road would be spectacular.

Corangamite Shire chief executive officer Andrew Mason said council would welcome the opportunity to sit down and discuss the proposal further. “It’s a really exciting initiative,” he said.

Mr Mason said the council had done a lot of work, including the tourism opportunities study and the subsequent rezoning of land, to allow these opportunities to occur.

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