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Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Flinders Chase
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Southern California
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60 reviews
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“An adult Y-camp, but better”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

We recently stayed at KWIR as it is abbreviated by the locals. Our room had been fully renovated and was very comfortable. The rooms are well equipped for being in a remote area, beds comfortable. This is not a luxury hotel, and we didn't expect it to be. Unfortunately rainy weather kept us from seeing the reported wallabies - they were hiding from the rain! Note that August is the middle of winter down under! Nevertheless, this is a great location for exploring the Flinders Chase area. We found the staff friendly and helpful. Didn't have breakfast there due to the reported cost and negative comments from others. The recommendation to go to the nearby Koala Walk for breakfast was misleading - all they had was cold muffins and coffee. Dinner at the resort was fine; by necessity they have a limited menu but everything we tried was good, though service was on the slow side. The Flinders Chase visitors center is a good alternative for breakfast and lunch. Plan on two days to see the main sights on this end of the island. Also, be aware that the are only two paved highways on the island - the other dirt roads get pretty muddy and slippery in rain. We were glad to have an all-wheel drive Toyota especially when we had to ford water running across one of the main highways during a rainstorm - a word to the wise!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

I wasn't expecting much, given the Trip Advisor reviews I'd seen before booking, but was pleasantly surprised. Each room is clean and reasonably comfortable and has a small porch in front (but it was too cold and rainy to use it during our stay in May). There wasn't much other common space for people from different rooms to mingle. Having stayed at national parks in the US, I wasn't expecting more than just edible food, but was surprised that the food at this wilderness retreat was actually good. For a 1-3 night stay in a place where the emphasis is on nature, not accommodations, this is a perfectly good choice. The location on the western end of the island near the national park is ideal.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

I stayed at the Retreat for a couple of nights in late July. Given the mixed TripAdvisor reviews, I didn’t know what to expect. But was pleasantly surprised. The Retreat offers clean & comfortable accommodation at the western end of the island – ideal as a base for 2-3 nights for exploring the national park, especially if you like photography ie. sunsets in the park can be stunning. The staff were friendly, the food good and the rooms were fine – they seemed to be upgrading the rooms while I was there.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Our friends who live in Adelaide booked this as a treat for our visit to Kangaroo Island. The rooms were OK, but everything else was a big let down. We went for the wilderness walk, and came across what looked like the remains of a party with old beer and wine bottles and rubbish strewn everywhere. There was also a broken bottle in the car park. This is very unusual for Australia as everywhere else was so clean. It was cold when we were there, and after dinner the four of us would have liked to sit and play some board games or chat. However, the lovely warm lounge shuts at 7 so we had to sit on beds in our room. The food may have been nice, but it was totally coated in salt and virtually stone cold. I had to wipe the chips on my serviette to get the salt off. We had to send the food back to get it heated. I have never tasted such salty food, it made it inedible. We never saw any wildlife there, though that was not their fault! When we complained to the receptionist about the food and the rubbish she was very polite, and said the party debris was from a staff party, and that she too had complained about the salt. It is a nice setting and could be OK if it was properly run.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Jamestown, Australia
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Serenity. We chose to stay here so we didn't have to backtrack in our travels around the island. I wished we had based ourselves here for longer! The location was lovely and so serene. A definite highlight was the food in the restaurant. Sensational! Being part of Eat Local, they really showcase Island produce at every chance... and what an incredible showcase it is! The staff were very friendly and it was evident by the laughter in the room that everyone was enjoying the atmosphere. We will definitely be coming back.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

After spending time at another place we were so glad to spend our last 3 days here. Food is fantastic, the chef should be on Masterchef. Manager Fiona, nothing too much trouble. Fantastic vibe. While it is a fair way from Kingscote, you're only a hop step and jump from Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, and helicopter ride. Can't complain about anything. July 12-14 2013

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

We checked in on Friday June 21 for 3 days and checked the restaurant menu for meals and were not told by reception which meals were not available that night.. We decided on what we wanted. We arrived at the restaurant only to find what we wanted wasn't available. Luckily they had fish as a special and not even a local fish., otherwise i would have gone hungry as there is nowhere else to eat. I asked for a wine menu but all they had was one winery Dudley's (the savignon blanc was awful, lucky we only had a glass) so no choices same as the beers only one choice.
Even the cooked breakfast we paid for took nearly 45 minutes to arrive next morning and over 20 minutes on the day we left. We were unhappy that we had no choice as to what we wanted as we were told this is what we paid for even though it was too much too eat. The last morning they said since we didn't eat all our breakfast the day before we could choose what we wanted.
The rooms were clean and tidy and the peace and quiet was heaven but the restaurant was a let down and with the linders Chase cafe closed we had to make sure we ate before we got back there after touring around for the day.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat
Address: Lot 1 South Coast Road, Flinders Chase, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223, Australia
Location: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island > Flinders Chase
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Flinders Chase
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kangaroo Island Wilderness Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly situated adjacent Flinders Chase National Park a unique mix of eco-friendly facilities, local food and wine and located in the middle of the forrest provide an unforgettable wilderness experience. The idyllic location provides the perfect base for discovering the splendor of Kangaroo Island's natural wonders before returning to the tranquillity of the retreat to enjoy comfortable accommodation in the company of friendly native animals and an amazing array of birdlife. ... more   less 
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