We are committed to sustainable recreation in a natural environment and offer a unique stay on a property serving as a refuge for wildlife. Fernhouse offers nature-based boutique accommodation on the Great Ocean Road, on the edge of the Otway National Park.
In 2019 Steve and Karlijn fulfilled a long-term dream by co-founding Fernhouse. They have a passion for eco-tourism and sustainability and managed the Great Ocean Ecolodge on the grounds of the Conservation Ecology Centre from 2015 to 2021. They moved from Holland to Australia in 2014 and live next door to Fernhouse in the old Devonshire Tearooms with their dog Kylo.
Fernhouse is self-sufficient, getting it's power provided by solar panels and rainwater is collected on site. Firewood is locally and sustainably sourced.
The building is a mudbrick, post and beam construction keeping you warm during the winter and cool during the summer. We separate and recycle as much of our waste as possible, you will find seperate bins for recycling, landfill, soft plastic and wormfarm.
Did you know that Fernhouse is also a licensed wildlife shelter? Fernhouse is part of a group of wildlife shelters called the Otway Wildlife Group, who work collaboratively to provide expert care for sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife to enable successful release.
In Fernhouse you will find works by local artists, some of our favourite international artists, and also artworks by Karlijn Sas. Are you interested in any of Karlijn's works? Have a look at her website.