Great Ocean Stays has won 3 consecutive Geelong Business Excellence Awards & was a 2018 Business of The Year Finalist.
As a proud disability advocate, we were awarded the State Disability Award by The Department of Health & Human Services for our work in "Excellence In Creating Inclusive Communities" - 2018
2018 Victorian State Disability Award "Excellence in Creating Inclusive Communities". With CEO Of GenU Mike McKinstry.
Giving Back - Our Impact
Our Vision Is To Create A More Inclusive World. We Contribute A Percentage Of Annual Profits To The Following Charities:
Disabled Surfers Association (Ocean Grove) | Save Our Sons Duchenne Muscular Dystropy | Pancreatic Cancer
We Commit A Minimum Of 30 Hours Of Employer Volunteer Work Each Year.
"Corporate philanthropy can change the world. We invite you to join the movement and pledge 1% equity, employee time, or product to make a difference".
- Christine Smith. Manager and Board Member Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine.
Our Environmental Promise
We promise to advocate continuous environmental improvement by informing guests of the conservation of our beautiful
moonah trees and the hooded plover habitat. We promote reuse, reduce and recycle principals at holiday homes.
We emphase compliance with all other relevant environmental laws and regulations.
We recognise the importance of protecting our environment for generations to come. A key aim is to therefore manage, conserve and enhance our ecology.
Founded in 2007, Great Ocean Stays is a holiday rental and property management service offering boutique accommodation on the Bellarine Peninsular. Long before Airbnb, we advertised ocean-side accommodation through an easy to view online booking website, whatever the specialist needs of the prospective guest.
We were one of the first to introduce pet friendly rentals during a period when they were almost unheard of. Within 18 months we won a national award through a popular tourism website for Best National Pet Friendly Holiday Home. The same year saw King Tide Townhouse win Best Luxury Home.
We continue to lead and inspire tourism operators in the region to exceed the expectations of the traveler with service excellence. As part of our commitment to provide inclusive travel and service, we have purpose built a complex of accessible holiday homes in the heart of Ocean Grove. Our build philosophy was to present adaptable homes that respond effectively to the needs of all by providing beautiful accessible spaces. Completed in 2015, these are a welcome addition to the region and a step forward in providing a focus on The Bellarine as being a hot spot for accessible tourism, just as the region is known for it's fabulous beaches, wineries and food! We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula soon!
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Awards & Stories
2017 Geelong Indy "Access For All" Publication http://bit.ly/2v2Q4Kj
2017 Geelong Business Excellence Award Winner "Best Accessible Business"
2017 Geelong Business Excellence Award Finalist "Innovation"
2018 Geelong Business Excellence Award "Best Home Based Business"
2018 Geelong Business Excellence "Business Of The Year" Finalist
2018 Victorian Government Disability Award "Excellence In Creating Inclusive Communities"
To provide ongoing excellent customer service by interacting with customers and
landlords, and continually improving and updating services to provide
superior accommodation at a competitive price.
Our vision is to create a region that is inclusive of all people, to inspire other tourism operators to think about their own businesses around accessible travel, and to encourage everyone to embrace sustainable change.
Passion. Teamwork. Consistency. Honesty. Reliability.
Photo Left Pictured Left to Right: Powercor Geelong Business Excellence Awards 2016. Tina Gulino, Chairperson Barwon Disability Resource Council; Elaine Carbines, CEO G21, Christine Smith, Jeff Brooks, Great Ocean Air. Great Ocean Stays won "Best Accessible Business"
Photo Middle Victoria Strachan Diversity Field Officer Project, Christine Smith, Jeff Brooks Great Ocean Stays & Jessica Zammit Diversity Field Officer Project.
Photo Right Team Tourism! Powercor Geelong Business Excellent Awards 2016. Victoria Strachan with Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine's Brett Ince, CEO Roger Grant, Di Nelson, Christine Smith & Jeff Brooks from Great Ocean Air.
Left Christine, Chris from Matchworks (Disability Employment Service Provider) and Mary from the Matchworks Kommercial Kitchen - promoting employment of people with disability with these beautiful hampers. Produce is locally sourced, made & packaged by Kommercial Kitchen.
Right Our gardener Rolly, with Chris from Matchworks.
Below Right Our student work experience guru gardener - NJ.
Below Maitenance & Carpentry Guru Andrew from #click2ktichens.
Below Jan busy cleaning at Harrington House.