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
To provide high quality, person-centered support and accommodation options to individuals with disabilities, their families and circles of support within their community.
Compassion. Respect. Zest. Teamwork. Consistency. Honesty. Reliability.
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
To Create A More Inclusive World
Giving Back - Our Impact
We Contribute A Percentage Of Annual Profits To The Following Charities:
Disabled Surfers Association (Ocean Grove)
Save Our Sons Duchenne Muscular Dystropy
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 person-centered rental and property management service offering a range of accommodation to suit people of varying disabilities.
We continue to lead and inspire tourism operators in the region to exceed the expectations of the traveler/participant with service excellence. As part of our commitment to provide inclusive 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. This is complimented by the use of mobility aides from small toilet aides, to full hospital beds, at no charge.
Our services also extend to the use of a wheelchair accessible van, able to seat 3 passengers and a wheelchair user. This is at additional cost.
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
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.
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"