Kangaroo Island at its pristine best: private swimming beach just below the retreat, spectacular views and walks, rare bird-watching, your own wallabies coming to visit at night, modern, eco-friendly, accommodation.
The owners, John and Hester, have walked and climbed all over the world and consider this among the beautiful places they know, which is why they bought it. "Postcards: A Few of Our Favourites" had this to say:
"Many of us would like to find a holiday retreat on the edge of the world, far removed from the daily whirl...This idyllic spot can only be reached by private road through adjacent farmland, the idea that when you get here you'll be alone to enjoy stunning views of the rugged coastline, sea and sky. From the cliff-top you can see Cape Borda in the distance, the north-western tip of the island and Cape Torrens. Down below is De Mole Beach, where the De Mole River meets its end. It's a photographer's paradise - the coastal scrub ventures right to the edge of the cliffs....At Cape Forbin, you can have the beach to yourself. For most of the year the beach remains intact, except in winter when wild storms wash much of it away..."
None of that has changed although the lodge itself has been significantly upgraded. It offers:
- modern, high quality accommodation for six two bedrooms, one a large loft with partition
- free broadband satellite and Wi-Fi internet
- DVD player, Hi-Fi, satellite TV
- modern kitchen and facilities
- solar power with automatic back-up generator
And most importantly:
- isolation and privacy in stunning natural surroundings
- your own, private, safe, swimming beach in summer
- your own creek, with huge natural pool running up from the beach for 250 metres
- fishing off both the beach and rocks
- great bushwalking and spectacular views along the highest cliffs in South Australia, with wild coastline on either side
- for birdwatchers, often from the front porch, the endangered glossy black cockatoo, the magnificent and also locally-endangered white-bellied sea eagle, osprey, wedge-tailed eagle, blue wren, scarlet robin and many others
- friendly wallabies visiting in the evenings, goanna, echidna, brush-tailed possums...
A little over an hour from Kingscote airport, bordering on Cape Torrens Wilderness Reserve, it is on the far north western side of the Island towards Cape Borda. It has close access to Flinders' Chase, Vivonne Bay, Admirals Arch and Remarkable Rocks.
Warm up in winter by the pot-bellied stove/fireplace and watch the storms push in over Investigator Strait. On clear nights, isolated from city lights and overlooking the sea, you can enjoy excellent star-watching, either with binoculars or the 4.5 inch telescope provided. In summer, swim, fish, walk and enjoy the incomparable sunsets from outside over a glass of Kangaroo Island wine with the wallabies.