Our stay at the Eleanor River Homestead was the end to our 2 weeks Australia adventure. We rented (hired) a car in Melbourne from Thrifty and drove the great ocean road down to Cape Jervis and took the ferry across. Word to the wise: FLY! The weather was bad on this particular day and it took us 3 hrs in rough seas to cross rather than a quick 45minute ferry trip... rental car was damaged on the ferry- which is not covered by the rental car insurance!
Arriving at the ERH was the perfect ending to our vacation. We stayed 3 days 2 nights and it was amazing. Like other travelers have said, the whole island is like a wildlife conservation center. ERH is in a great location for getting all over the island. It was pretty rainy during our stay and the unsealed roads were a bit 'sloshy' but our sedan did just fine.
This lodge is self sufficient. There is solar power for electricity (witha back up generator in case you use too much juice) and the water is recycled from rain barrels. It was particularly cold during our visit and the pot belly stove was great with taking the chill off as well as the cozy comfortors on each of the beds.
We did not arrange for the Marron experience or the breakfast as neither of us are 'big eaters', but be prepared when traveling on KI. Many restaurants are only open on certain days/ times so it is best to have things to prepare from the lodge/ sandwhiches to take with you. Plus, it is not advised to drive at night. The kitchen is fully equipt for cooking, all you need is food! There is one general store in Pardana that we found.
Graham allowed us to partake in feeding his resident Kangas on our last night. So sweet and what an experience! Staying at the Eleanor River Homestead was definately my favorite part about our Australia trip!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Eleanor River Homestead - Kangaroo Island Seddon, Australia