Great Ocean Stays

Our Why Statement











To Gather our Tribe who Believe in what we Believe; our Vision for Inclusion.  We believe that through Passion and Grit our World will one

day be Seamlessly Accessible for Every Single Person.

My Personal Why Statement

"To Inspire People to do the Things that Inspire them, so that Together

we Can Change the World to be Inclusive for All" - Christine Smith

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 emphasize compliance with all other relevant environmental laws and regulations.
We recognize the importance of protecting our environment for generations to come. A key aim is to therefore manage, conserve and enhance our ecology


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

The What .......

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!

Hard work in small businesses often goes unnoticed.  That's why we are forever grateful for all the pats on the back from industry, including 3 consecutive Business Excellence Awards.

Above: Momentum Energy Managing Director Paul Geason, Senior Advisor India Business, Practice Rohini Kappadath @TalkingAsia . Me! And Denis Walter 3AW @3aw693

Great Ocean Stays has won 3 consecutive Geelong Business Excellence Awards

Our Mission

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

Our Values 

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.

Our values include Passion, Teamwork, Consistency, Honesty &  Reliability. We are here to make your stay with us as comfortable and enjoyable as possible with service with a smile.

2018 Victorian State Disability Award "Excellence in Creating Inclusive Communities".  With CEO Of GenU Mike McKinstry. 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

  • 2016     Geelong Business Excellence Award Winner "Best Accessible Business"  

  • 2016     Australian Chamber of Commerce Published Article - Read Now

  • 2017     Momentum/3AW Small Business Success Award - Read Now

  • 2017     Business Victoria Published Q&A with Christine Smith - Read Now

  • 2017     Geelong Indy  "Access For All" Publication - Read Now

  • 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"

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Phone: 0403 515 605

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