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“Cape Borda Lighthouse KI” 4 of 5 stars
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10145 Playford Hwy, Cape Borda, Flinders Chase, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223, Australia   |  
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“Cape Borda Lighthouse KI”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Stay at Cape Board light station was a wonderful experience. It was beautiful to watch sunset at evening’s when Kangaroos, wallabies, Birds were roaming around. We really enjoyed Harveys return and Ravine des casoars hikes. Accommodation was nice and comfortable.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Eugene, Oregon, United States
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Our stay at Cape Borda was fabulous! Woodward Hut is great for adventurers. It's basic but clean and has everything you really need and is very quiet. Mick the lighthouse keeper was the best host! He made it fun and informative. We really enjoyed sitting on our porch watching the kangaroos feed, driving to Flinders Chase to do the Platypus walk and see the rocks and seals, watching the sunset and sunrise, and checking out the Cape Borda museum and lighthouse and nearby walks. If you come up, be SURE to do the tour with Mick, don't just do the self-guided tour! It's totally worth the money--he's full of great stories and information and is a real hoot.

Room Tip: The Woodward hut is tiny and just one room with older twin beds and the bathroom is across the yard...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Port Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

A stay at Cape Borda light station is a "must-do" on Kangaroo Island. National Parks SA Senior Guide Mick is the host with the most - abundant wildlife, amazing views, a tour with an answer for every historical/nature question, and keen to make your stay a memorable one.
I stayed in Hartley Hut - clean, comfortable,fully equipped kitchen,plenty of bedding, heating, all with a 70's decorating twist! Great retreat for 3 nights-especially during the storm. Absolutely the sort of weather you should experience at a remote Lighthouse station.
Don't let the road put you off going - this place is too special to miss.

Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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Kangaroo Island, Australia
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5 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Cape Borda light station is steeped in history and nobody can give a better account of the fascinating history of this light house on Kangaroo Island than our National Parks SA host Mick Rosewarne.
Anyone visiting Kangaroo Island should make the drive (long!) from the ferry to Cape Borda and take the tour. If you can make the 12:20pm tour then you will also get the privilege to experience the firing of the signalling cannon (loud!).
We stayed for two night in Woodward Hut and although small, the accommodation was affordable and comfortable and you find most of what you need in the cabin.
Also...make sure you check out the 'reading room' which is part of the Cape Borda museum section of the light house station.
We had an amazing time and giving our time there five stars.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Blue Mountains National Park, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I stayed in Woodward Hut for one night and it definitely was the highlight of my Kangaroo Island 3 day trip. The 39km drive along the unsealed road to Cape Borda had been well graded by council the week before I got there so I didn't encounter any issues. I recommend calling Cape Borda Lighthouse prior to travel to double check the condition of the road if you are not in a 4WD however.
The Hut was basic but quaint and perfect for one person. Kangaroos grazed on the open grass area directly in front of the hut at dusk. On the oppose side of the hut stood the Lighthouse and the open water. An amazing place to sit and watch the sunrise or sunset. The hut didn't have a toilet attached to it but it wasn't located far away and the light from the Lighthouse at night was enough to guide the way without much need for a torch.
Without a doubt, Mick, the resident Lighthouse keeper was the icing on the cake at Cape Borda. His enthusiasm, friendliness and warm hospitality was much appreciated as a solo traveller. You will have a great laugh during his guided lighthouse tour which is a must.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

After booking the Hartley Hut we were delighted to accept a free upgrade to one of the main houses where we stayed for two nights. The property was clean and simply but well furnished. We were the only people staying there and the sense of remote isolation as an experience in itself and gave a wonderful insight to the lives of the early lighthouse keepers and the isolation they faced in this wild and stunning location. The ranger made us feel very welcome and gave us a private tour of the museum and lighthouse and even fired the canon for us. We used this as an opportunity to go on the Ravine de Cassowary walk which was stunning and worth the effort and it brings you out on a wild and empty beach. The kangaroos that appear in the morning and evening set the scene perfectly and as the start of our four week journey in Australia from the UK, Kangaroo Island and Cape Borda in particular was a great introduction to the country and its wildlife. I travelled with my 17 year old son who was delighted with the wildlife and location. Special thanks to Trevor the ranger who made us feel very welcome and was full of advice. Take a book and listen to the radio.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Stayed two nights, Our building was a blast from the past but in need of repair we were a bit reluctant to drink the water stored from the asbestos roof...however there was a filter on one of the taps...could be very cold in winter....Very remote place 30 k from bitumen and it was wet so road access was not for small or low vehicles...
It was an exciting thing to do and we had a great time....brush up on your scrabble as there is no TV ... internet ....mobile reception and a weak radio signal.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Carol E, Guest Relations Manager at Cape Borda Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Dear olivoil,

We’re pleased that you had such a great time at Cape Borda! However, we are sorry to hear that you noted a need for repairs in your cottage and were concerned about the water. We hope that you were able to find the time to speak to our staff so that any maintenance issues could be rectified and so that you could be reassured about the quality of the drinking water. Thank you very much for taking the time to review your stay at Cape Borda!
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Address: 10145 Playford Hwy, Cape Borda, Flinders Chase, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223, Australia
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Location: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island > Flinders Chase
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Flinders Chase
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience a step back in time by staying in a beautifully restored 3 bedroom heritage listed Lighthouse Keepers Cottage at stunning Cape Borda on Kangaroo Island’s remote north-west coast. Other affordable options are available in Hartley Hut, a one bedroom cabin or rustic Woodward Hut, a bunkhouse for two. ... more   less 
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