“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.” Christine Smith, Manager of Great Ocean Stays, and Board member at Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine.
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!
Photo Top Right. Momentum Energy/3AW Small Business Success Award. Left To Right: Momentum Energy Managing Director Paul Geason. Senior Advisor India Business Practice Rohini Kappadath @TalkingAsia . Me! And Denis Walter 3AW @3aw693
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 sustrainable change.
"Passion, teamwork, consistency, honesty and 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.