Chris Smith

Disability Advocate.
Deputy-Chair Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine.

Chris is a disability & accessible tourism advocate, pubic speaker with her  "Access-ORIZE Your Biz" speech,  Deputy-Chair at Tourism Greater Geelong & The Bellarine, & mum to 4 teenagers.   She was nominated as 1 of 4 Finalists as National Disability Leader and Business Leader of the Year in 2018.  

Chris manages her business with a whole lot of heart, which is testament to her success as a multi award winning business owner.  She  is on hand to make sure that each guest receives accurate house & support infomration to ensure stays are seamless. 


Anna Healey

Personal Assistant

Anna  comes  from an education back ground, a secondary teacher in drama and media studies, she also worked in careers and wellbeing within the education department and TAFE sector. Anna herself has MS and uses a wheelchair for mobility, but it hasn't stopped her from participating in life, she is married, a mum, a published author and play write and an Australian Paralympic representative in sailing. Since moving to the Bellarine, she has become a legal advocate, where she represents the needs and care of others with disabilities.


Rachel Hely

Physiotherapist, Masseur &  Yoga Instructor

Rachael is a registered physiotherapist, clinical masseur and and IYTA accredited Yoga Teacher. She integrates the evidence based practice of the West with the esoteric wisdoms of the East. Her in-house treatment sessions promise to have you feeling centred, relaxed and ready for your next adventure


Melinda Ash

House Keeping

Mel is an enthusiastic, friendly member of the team, and one of our very best housekeepers to date.  Mel is aware of the importance of flexibility with guest arrivals & why different house set ups are very important to adhere to depending on guests needs.


Olivia Dunell

Guest Support & Assistance

My name is Olivia. I love to travel and am very passionate about gymnastics. I have recently returned from working at Disney World in Florida, USA and when I was 15 I lived in Italy for 10 months. I did competitive gymnastics for 10 years and have been coaching competitive and recreational gymnastics for 6 years now.


Taj Smith

Guest Support & Assistance.

General Maintenance

Taj understands the importance of following the finer details of a guests booking requirements by setting up the house with the correct mobility aides & removing them upon departure.  Taj attends to maintenance between stays & offers non personal care to guests where required.


Ané Smith

Social Media Management. 
Youth Disability Leader.
Guest Assistance.

Ané is a disability advocate, speaker & member of the City Of Greater Geelong Youth Leadership Team.  Ané is the face of most social media promotions, as well as providing tech support & tuition to the team.  She offers non personal care to guests when required.  

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.

Victorian State Disability Award

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"