Kangaroo Island has every kind of accommodation to suit everybody's budget!
So, lets start with the cheapest, which is camping in a National Park, quite basic, but you are with wildlife, in the bush, and see the starry nights. Fees apply
Still in the National park, but this time with your Caravan or Camper, a little more luxury, but still seeing the same as the camper. Fees apply
With any of these, you can stay in the Caravan Park in a lovely location, this time there is a Laundry, Hot & cold showers, kiosk, power, a lot more to offer for not a lot more in price.
Nearly everywhere on the Island, there are houses to rent, from the smallest to the largest town.
Most of them have lovely ocean views, the ones at Penneshaw overlooked beautiful Hog Bay.
More expensive, but a different experience, would be to stay in one of the restored Lighthouse Keeper's Cottages. This can range from 2 people to 6 staying in one Cottage.
We chose a historic Cottage at Penneshaw which could accommodate about 9 people. It was wonderful!
More upmarket, are the sea-front apartments. These looked very nice and had wonderful ocean views.
As well as these, there are Hotels and Motels available for accommodation.
So much variety, so hard to make your mind up.
If you want to see the Penguins which can only be viewed at Penneshaw & Kingscote and you should think of staying in either of these regions, so not to drive too far at night.
Penneshaw, Kingscote & Parndana are the main townships with grocery stores, restaurants etc., although I wouldn't recommend Parndana, it is in the middle of the island away from the sea.
What you must do, is book your accommodation in advance if you are coming here on long weekends, during Easter and School holidays, as this Island is very popular.
We booked in May, but really didn't have too as it was off season and there were plenty of vacant properties.
Prices are more expensive in Summer and in Holiday Periods
We didn't camp, but I thought it might be worth telling you about camping on Kangaroo Island.
We stayed at Penneshaw, where the Ferry come and goes from. Also at Penneshaw, is a very nice Camping Ground.
It caters for basic campers, Caravans wanting unpowered or powered sites and all types of accommodation. It is located in a very good position. Package deals are available, so check out their website.
The other option on the island, is to camp in one of the National Parks. This is available at Rocky River, West Bay, Snake Lagoon and Harvey's Return. A National park is usually cheaper, but does not have the amenities of a private park. It does have the advantage of often waking up to wildlife surrounding you and being in a natural setting.
For bookings, phone... 08 8553 4490.
The Cottage by the Sea I booked online. It was a deal done by Sealink Ferries.
The Cottage was located at Penneshaw, just a very short walk from where the Ferry berthed. We had our own car, so we drove to the Cottage and parked in the Carport in the driveway. First impressions were good. A delightful, historic, seaside cottage greeted us, and it had views too!
Inside, it had 3 bedrooms, one with just a double bed, the next with double & single bed and finally the 3rd with a single bed, double bunk and trundle. All beds were made up with pillows, doonas and blankets and Towels were on each of the beds.
There was a lovely large kitchen with all the necessities, including Electric stove and oven, Microwave, Refrigerator/freezer, Electric kettle, frypan, toaster, Cooking utensils,Cutlery and crockery.
The Laundry was well equiped with a very modern Washing machine, FREE wash powder was included, an ironing board, iron, vacuum cleaner and folding chairs and table.
The Lounge room, located in the front of the house, had a flat screen television, DVD player and plenty of good reading material. The furniture was old, but clean and in good condition, in keeping with the age of the Cottage.
A Reverse cycle air conditioner was in the house, we didn't need to use it.
We could sit on the front verandah and look out to sea, and then at night, we walked across the street to see if we could see any Penguins returning to their burrows.
There was a visitor book to write comments in, which we did. We read others, and found quite a few people returned to this Cottage year after year!
After staying here, I could see why, as it was excellent in every way. The price was very good, and if we ever come back, we will be booking this Cottage again!
The Cottage can accommodate 8 - 9 people.
Follow the road up from the Sea Link Ferry, approx. 100 metres to North Terrace.
Turn to the left around the Norfolk Island Pine at the top of the rise
The cottage is to the left of the Pizza shop.
We stayed 4 nights in a self contained cabin in Winter time. We wanted to be in a natural environment at a location on Kangaroo Island that was close to most of the attractions. The cabin was comfortable and in a nice quiet location. It heated well in Winter and was in a good central location in the middle of the Island. Best of all we could cook for ourselves and pay moderate fees. The staff were nice and friendly.
Book through the cottage itself. Sealink (the ferry company) does not offer any reduced rates for the accommodation and it costs any accommodation services a levy if you book through Sealink. There is some disquiet among local businesses about the control Sealink has on tourism on the island.
Cute affordable self catering cabin in central location. Gum trees nearby have lots of buzy local bees providing a beautiful hum in the sun. Like the quiet natural setting.
Fabulous 3 bedroom house overlooking beautiful white beach that seems to go for miles. The entire front of the house is glass and the view is stunning. Front deck is the ideal place for relaxing or meals. We had a lovely short holiday here and wished we had stayed longer. The house is tucked away on a very quiet road with minimal passing traffic. In fact I think we saw 2 cars for the entire time. A short walk over the sand to the beach. Very few people on the beach, some days none, as we were there in November and not holiday season. Water very shallow and would be good for children. We will definitely go back but for longer next time.
Furnishings are excellent quality and modern, linen of reasonable quality. House was very clean and comfortable. Barbeque on front deck and another weber type barbie out back.
All kitchen equipment as needed and dish washer. Bathroom spacious and spotlessly clean though ensuite is smallish. The open plan living and kitchen area are the selling point of this house. Everywhere you stand or sit you can see the vast bay and white beach and hear the waves lapping onto the sand. 2 Queen bedrooms and 3rd bedroom has bunks for 6.
It is so qiet and peaceful, the best place to recharge your batteries.
There is no better place to stay! My wife and I stayed for our honeymoon, and I could not imagine a better experience (and we were the very first guests, I can not imagine it improving). The accomodations are very nice, warm, beautiful view of the water. It is officially four stars but I would rate it 4.5 stars and nicer than the 5 stars on the island. However, what makes Lovell Dene stand head and shoulders above the rest is the owner Debbie. She is a terrific host. Debbie has just one couple at a time and devotes her efforts and attention solely on your stay. Furthermore Debbie, is a phenomenal chef (and take this comment seriously, as I eat in the finest restautrants in NYC, where I live). Whether it is homemade pancakes, rack of lamb, or one of her other specialties, everything was delicious. Also Debbie will cater her cooking to the types of foods you enjoy most.
I can not say enough about our experience. Lovell Dene exists because Debbie enjoys her work. Other places exist to make money (and in fact most will push a professional tour that is not even close to being worth the fee). I leave you with one final comment: Most people would recommend Lovell Dene if you were going to Kangaroo Island. I recommend Lovell Dene if you are going to Australia. It is not to be missed.
Since we're arriving Adelaide at night, we have to find accommodation for 1 night and close enough to the point of departure for the coach to Port Jervis. Adelaide Central is a backpacker hostel with reasonable rates. They have 6 beds share room (m/f), 4 beds share room (m/f and mixed - cannot be booked online) and double, twin family rooms. It is also a 10 min walk to the departure point and 5 kms from the airport. I've been assured there's an airport bus/public transport that stops a block away.
I will update my tip after my trip and let you know how true all this is.
Between them Diane and Brian Yates provide an excellent package of hosted B&B and 4 wheel drive tours. Brian's personal tour of the island over the two days we spent there was informative and enjoyable. His knowledge of the islands history, flora and fauna added a lot to the enjoyment of seeing kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, sea eagles, ospreys, sea lions and seals. He took us to Remarkable Rocks, Little Sahara as well as out of the way pristine beaches with no footprints and no litter.
Diane provided fantastic meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine in a family atmosphere. The downside? Our trip to Kangaroo Island was too short.
Lothlorien Homestead is on the Murray Lagoon with beautiful views and direct access to bushwalking tracks. We stayed in a self contained apartment with bathroom and kitchen. This allows for self catering should you wish.
Price depends on the package you choose.
Daniel has a farm on Kangaroo Island, which he uses to run tours around the island. He picks you up from the ferry with cookies and all the food you get those days is absolutely great. He'll stop for all the wildlife to show them to you and you get to see the best parts of the island.
You get homemade bread, you'll go sandboarding, see lots of wildlife, see the places that aren't touristic and have a great time with a small group.
The inside of the house was very large for two people but it was great.
We had a large open livingroom/diningroom/kitchen combo.
A study with desk and lounge chair.
Two bedrooms, 1 1/2bathrooms, and a laundry room.
There was also a nice balcony with a view of the bay.
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Currowong Holiday House was huge for just the two of us.
It has as a very large open livingroom/diningroom/kitchen with a woodburning stove. There were two bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths plus laundry room.
Also a large balcony.
It was agreat place to come home to after a full day of driving/ sightseeing.
Great view from the bacony or living room of the boat dock and sea. Several times we looked out and saw a pod of dolphins going by.
Lovely flowers in the gardens.
About 4 am every morning we could hear the penguins talking and getting ready to to go to sea for the day.
There are a number of four-wheel-drive tours that don't use hotels, guest houses, hostels, or even established campgrounds, but rather *campsites* far off paved roads.
Our campsite was nothing but an open-sided shelter with a tin roof and a dirt floor. The toilet was an open-air commode put over a hole in the ground (to be fair, it did have a little roof), and there was no shower.
We slept under the stars in sleeping bags stuck inside canvas covers called swags. When it rained we all put our bedrolls side by side under the roof of the shelter.
You see the wallabies coming out to find their dinner, you awake to bird calls. But to be honest, it was kind of grungy not being able to shower.
It was also very cold at night. I was sleeping in all my clothing, in addition to snuggling deep into my sleeping bag inside the swag.
If I were to camp again on Kangaroo Island, I'd stay at the National Park campground, in a nice warm tent, out of the rain.
This is right near where the ferry from the mainland comes in. It's very convenient to the town and as well as to any nature or touring activities you want to do. There's a grocery store about 2 minutes away so you can buy your own food, as well - saves a lot of money!
They run tours to the penguin colony, Seal Bay, beaches, and other areas. They also offer walking tours of the area which you should do so you can see the wildlife!
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