Eleanor River Homestead is a big find!! It was one of the highlights of our trip to Australia and we would have stayed much longer if we had known how special it would be. You live in a darling, well-equipped cabin with front porch looking out over the meadows and trees of Kangaroo Island, with Kangaroos on your front lawn. We rented a car in Kingscote and drove there, not sure what to expect. The last 3 km along a fence line caused a little apprehension since we were driving the equivalent of a rollerskate (our English Rose as the car person called it). All of our fears were for naught. We had no difficulty negotiating the drive to the cabin or anywhere on the island, and we did so one day in pouring rain (just one more part of the adventure). It is in an excellent location - central to all the important sightseeing spots, and within a few minutes of Pardana, where you can get groceries, gas, etc. The hosts are wonderful and very responsive to anything you need. We were there in early June, the beginning of winter, and the wood stove was a dream for heat and ambience. The provisions for breakfast were delicious and generous. The wildlife is right there "in your face," and there is a beautiful walk down to a deck and sitting place at the Eleanor River. We simply felt we did not have enough time there to really explore and settle in. Spend at least 3 days, and more if you can, to see all there is to see in such a special place and a wonderful island.
In terms of sightseeing, the Seal Bay park service tour is not to be missed! Don't be cheap and only walk the boardwalk. The tour is great and we were with the guide, only the 2 of us, for over an hour. Saw every behavior imaginable from baby seals nursing and playing to two big bulls fighting. Incredible.
Stay at Eleanor River and stay as long as you can.
- Also Known As:
- Eleanor River Homestead - Kangaroo Island Seddon, Australia
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pristine Kangaroo Island Accommodation. After a days touring on Kangaroo Island drive down a 3km private road to The Mary Ellen, a luxurious yet warm and cosy 2 bedroom, rustic log cabin nestled in a magnificent bushland setting. Eleanor River Homestead is a 250 acre property located amongst rolling hills and valleys on the banks of the Eleanor River offering the best Self Contained accommodation on Kangaroo Island. ... more less
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