Our family stayed 3 nights in late June, my 3 teenagers thought this place was amazing, no TV, No phone, no internet, but NEVER boring, in fact, they declared their time here "a bit of an adventure"
Access to the cottages is very easy and no problem for a normal car. Its tar all the way. Do a big shop at the Foodland in Kingscote before you head out here. Its a long way back if you forget anything. There is no BBQ so plan for meals you can cook on the stove or in the microwave. There is filtered water in the kitchen so not necessary to bring bottled water.
The weather was quite cold and wet at times while we were visiting but the cottage was always warm. My husband loved the wood stove in the kitchen and the kids kept warm playing cards by the gas fire in the lounge.
The cottage is very authentic with its rustic kitchen and old wood stove, but beautifully decorated and has all the modern touches you could possibly need and none of those you don't...Yeah! No TV!
We were the only people staying in the cottages while we were there so at night it was very quiet, except the first night when a big storm blew in and my son woke with a start thinking Jets were landing on the roof.
This is the perfect location for exploring the National Parks in the west of KI, 3 nights was exactly right for us. We did the Platypus ponds walk, loved the Cape Barron Geese and their goslings. The Ranger came out to tell us on our return from the walk that a koala had just run up a tree out the front. Very exciting! Did the Kelly Hills Caves tour and kids went back the next day for the Adventure Caving. Loved Seal Cove and the seal pups you could almost reach out and touch. We braved the slippery muddy road out to the Cape Borda lighthouse ( check with the Tourist Info Centre in Penneshaw or the Rangers at Flinders Chase to see what the condition of the road is if its been raining) well worth the drive just to meet the Lighthouse Keeper/Ranger. The tour was lots of fun, particularly the firing of the cannon! Check tour times to be sure not to miss it!
Loved the little wallabies that hung around outside the cottages in the early morning and evening, also loved being able to walk down to the seal colony after the other visitors had left for the day and enjoy the seals and passing whales all to ourselves, and the stars at night, so bright and soooo many!
Whilst not at all suited to those who need the entertainment and bright lights of the big city this is the perfect holiday accommodation for anyone who likes a little peace and quiet in an idyllic truly Australian setting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife whilst staying in one of three beautifully restored heritage listed three bedroom Lighthouse Keepers Cottages at stunning Cape du Couedic on the south-western corner of Kangaroo Island within Flinders Chase National Park. Cape du Couedic is located just a 20 minute drive from the Flinders Chase National park Visitor Centre and Chase Cafe. From your accommodation, take a short stroll to view New Zealand Fur Seals frolicking in the ocean and playing on rocks at Admirals Arch, and a 5 minute drive to Remarkable Rocks. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse Keepers Heritage Accommodation Kangaroo Island/Flinders Chase