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in south australia, western australia

and the northern territory

The discerning guide to 2nd


beautiful places to stay edition
in South Australia, Western Australia, The Northern
Territory and Victoria’s Great Southern Touring Route
including: B&Bs, cottages, small hotels, apartments,
beach houses, eco retreats and camps.

Simon St John
photography by Ross Doonan
www.beautifulaccommodation.com

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Australia’s Southwest to Esperance

The Rocks Albany


Albany

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www.beautifulaccommodation.com

182-188 Grey Street West, Albany WA 6330 Room rates per couple: from $355 to $455
Ph: 08 9842 5969 Mobile: 0418 945 177 Bed & full breakfast
info@therocksalbany.com.au Disabled facilities
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Host: Noelene Evans
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the finest renovations of a historic house we superb water or garden views. The dedication to
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family undertook the restoration with a gusto clubby feel), the cosy media room (with home
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leading historic accommodation. There is a gardens and indulge in a superb gourmet
breakfast. This is a piece of living history,
meticulously restored for discerning guests who
demand luxury with their charm.
Link to the relevant map
Location: 410 km or five hours southeast of at the back of the book
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 K6.
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beautiful
accommodation
in south australia, western australia
and the northern territory

The discerning guide to


beautiful places to stay
in South Australia, Western Australia, The Northern
Territory and Victoria’s Great Southern Touring Route
including: B&Bs, cottages, small hotels, apartments,
beach houses, eco retreats and outback camps.

Simon St John
photography by Ross Doonan
Second edition
Published by The Invermay Press
www.beautifulaccommodation.com
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National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry

St. John, Simon, 1967-

Beautiful accommodation in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory/Simon
St. John.

2nd ed.

ISBN: 9780975134443 (pbk.)

Includes index.

otels--South Australia--Guidebooks.
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Hotels--Western Australia--Guidebooks.
Hotels--Northern Territory--Guidebooks.
South Australia--Description and travel.
Western Australia--Description and travel.
Northern Territory--Description and travel.

919.4064

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Go to www.beautifulaccommodation.com/retail for a list of retailers.
Printing: Everbest Printing Co Ltd, China
Photographic credits: Principal photographer: Ross Doonan. Supplementary photography:
Jonathan Hawley, Jenny Guerrera, South Australian Tourism Commission, Australia’s South West Inc.,
Western Australia Tourist Commission, Northern Territory Tourist Commission.
Front cover: De Coudie Beach House, Kangaroo Island, South Australia (page 54)
Previous page: Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia (page 111)
Back cover (top to bottom):
Tanonga Eco Lodges, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia (page 109)
KimberleyCoastal Camp, Admiralty Gulf, Western Australia (page 205)
Marilyn apartment, Darwin, The Northern Territory (page 219)

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Contents

The Review Team 4

Introduction 5

South Australia
Regions of South Australia Map 13
Adelaide 14
Adelaide Hills 24
McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula and
Kangaroo Island 36
Limestone Coast and Mount Gambier 58
Murraylands and Riverland 72
The Barossa and Clare Valleys 78
Yorke Peninsula, Flinders Ranges
and the Outback 92
Eyre Peninsula 102

Great Southern Touring Route:


Melbourne to South Australia
Great Southern Touring Route 112

Western Australia
Regions of Western Australia Map 135
Perth and Surrounds 136 Losari Retreat, Margaret River (page 167)
Margaret River Wine Region 150
Australia’s Southwest to Esperance 174
Broome and Australia’s Northwest 200

The Northern Territory


The Northern Territory 214

Touring Maps of South Australia, Victoria


Western Australia and The Northern Territory 230

Indexes 248

Other Beautiful Accommodation Guidebooks 258

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The Review and Photography Team

We visit, review, photograph and recommend every property featured in our Beautiful
Accommodation collection. That means our dedicated photographers and reviewers visit
hundreds of properties every year. It’s a dream job!

Simon St John, Author


Simon is the author of three titles in the Beautiful Accommodation
series (covering Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia,
Western Australia and the Northern Territory) and was the chief
reviewer for the 8th edition covering Victoria and Tasmania. Simon
spent his early career in health education. A seachange led him
to establish his own company, publishing titles in the Beautiful
Accommodation series. Simon is also a freelance travel writer, with
his work appearing in magazines and newspapers in Australia.

Ross Doonan, Photographer


Ross Doonan has a Bachelor of Education (Media and Fine Art) and
a Graduate Diploma in Graphics Education. Having swapped the
classroom for the great outdoors, Ross brings his talents to special
photojournalist projects, including the Beautiful Accommodation
series of guidebooks. Ross specialises in interior and architectural
imaging for the tourism sector and has undertaken photographic
assignments in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region for boutique
accommodation, private villas and international hotels. His work has
also appeared in Australian newspapers and magazines.

Jennifer Lamattina, Executive Editor


Jennifer was a commercial lawyer for five years before being seduced
by travel. She became the Melbourne-based Operations Manager for
Turtle Island (a five-star resort in Fiji). In 1997, Jennifer established
What Next? Productions Pty Ltd, which has published nine editions
in the Beautiful Accommodation series (formerly known as Beautiful
B&Bs & Small Hotels), covering Victoria, New South Wales, South
Australia and Tasmania.
Jennifer is the Executive Editor of Beautiful Accommodation in
Queensland and New South Wales and this latest edition: Beautiful
Accommodation in South Australia, Western Australia and The
Northern Territory. She is also a freelance travel writer with the
Herald Sun, The Age, RoyalAuto magazine and numerous corporate
publications.

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Welcome to Beautiful Accommodation

If you are a connoisseur of gorgeous places to stay, then this is the book for you. Included
are 148 handpicked retreats all over South Australia, Western Australia and The Northern
Territory – each one visited, reviewed and photographed by a member of the Beautiful
Accommodation team.

We’ve done all the hard work – all you have to do is choose your next getaway.

Erravilla Country Estate, Margaret River, Western Australia (page 162)

How Are the Properties Chosen? We don’t pretend to include all boutique
Our philosophy is to include many different accommodation properties in each state but
accommodation styles. But one thing all the we believe our independent selection is diverse
properties have in common is that they are enough to meet your needs as a discerning
among the best in their region, with distinctive traveller. Reviews are written based on our
style and high service standards. Our team experiences visiting the properties.
of reviewers and photographers visit every
property in this guide to ensure that each is Beautiful Accommodation photographers take
reviewed accurately and presented in stunning nearly all the photographs, sometimes revisiting
colour photography. We should apologise in a property to obtain the best possible pictures.
advance – this book includes so many
gorgeous places to stay that your most The beauty of boutique accommodation is
difficult decision will be which one to that every property is different, which makes
choose. objective selection difficult. So, how do we
judge the properties? First, they must be of
Entry into the guide is by invitation only and, a high standard, whether they are small or
unlike many other guides, every property large, old or new. Second, they must have
in Beautiful Accommodation is visited by a something special to offer. Many have one
member of the Beautiful Accommodation thing in common – welcoming hosts or
review team. Properties that do not meet owners who love to share their knowledge
our criteria are simply not invited to be in of their local area with you. The selection
Beautiful Accommodation. Once invited, the criteria, therefore, are entirely subjective,
properties are asked to pay a contribution fee based on the collective experience of the
to be part of the guide, to defray the cost of editorial team. And for that, we make no
production. apologies.
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Stonewell Cottages, Barossa Valley, South Australia (page 87)

How Do I Find a Property to Suit My Needs? smoke-free environments inside the accom-
We have mapped each state into colour- modation. Most properties allow smoking
coded regions to visit (see page 13 for the outside, the exceptions being some located
South Australia map, page 135 for the Western in or near national parks.
Australia Map and 214 for The Northern
We try to include a few properties that allow
Territory map and page 112 for The Great
pets. Those that do are each marked with
Southern Touring Route: Melbourne to South
a “Pets welcome” note in the details panel
Australia). In each region, the properties are
beneath the main picture. Some properties will
listed by town order, then alphabetically by
accept pets only after discussing the arrange-
property name. There is also an extensive
ments with you (these are marked “Pets by
index at the back (from page 248) listing prop-
arrangement”). We have also included an
erty names, locations, feature gardens, good
index of pet-friendly properties at page 256.
food getaways, day spa facilities, eco-friendly
properties, pet-friendly properties, properties Please check each individual entry for those
suitable for group getaways and those we properties we feel may be especially suitable
feel may be suitable for children. If you are for children. An index of properties we feel are
travelling from one point to another, the especially suited to children starts on page 251.
touring maps at the back of the book show How Do I Read the Entries?
where great accommodation is located en The entries are largely self-explanatory but
route. Or, if you want to visit a particular area, there are a few points to note:
the touring maps show which properties are in
the region. These maps start on page 230. Phone and Fax Numbers If calling from
overseas, the Australian code is 61 and you
What About Smoking, Pets and Children? need to drop the 0 before the regional prefix.
Unless specifically mentioned in a property’s For example: 03 4567 4567 becomes
entry, all properties in this guide provide +61 3 4567 4567
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The Fire Engine Suite, Adelaide, South Australia (page 23)

Internet and Email Addresses If you visit The rates quoted are generally for two people
the property’s website and make a booking sharing one room or a cottage/apartment for
via the web, please let the owners know one night and include breakfast or breakfast
that you saw their property in Beautiful provisions, unless specifically stated otherwise.
Accommodation. Some properties have all-inclusive rates that
include dinner, bed and breakfast; others
Style All properties in the guide are unique. (notably many cottages, beach houses and
It includes traditional in-house bed and apartments) are accommodation only or provide
breakfasts, self-contained cottages, beach a rate for the entire cottage, beach house or
houses, apartments, eco lodges and boutique apartment regardless of the number of occupants.
hotels. For this reason, we have not
The lower rate listed for each entry is usually
classified them into categories. Instead, we
applicable to mid-week stays. All prices in the
have attempted to briefly describe each
book include GST (federally imposed goods
property and give you a feel for its style.
and services tax of 10%) where applicable. If
travelling solo or with friends or family, please
Room Rates All prices have been supplied inquire about single or family rates.
by the properties and are correct as at March
2010. The publisher does not accept any Most properties provide lower rates for week-
responsibility for changes that may long and longer stays.
subsequently occur and prices are subject to
alteration without notice. Please check the Breakfast Where breakfast is provided, it may
current price directly with the property when comprise the following:
making an enquiry. For your own peace of
mind, you should also ask about the  ontinental breakfast: usually fruit, cereals,
•C
property’s cancellation policy. toast, tea and coffee.
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Rose Eden House, Goolwa, South Australia (page 49)

• F ull breakfast: continental breakfast plus Select Hotels and Resorts International
some additional cooked items. Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH)
• Breakfast provisions: are usually provided
in self-contained accommodation for guests  otel, Motel Accommodation
H
to prepare themselves and may range from Association (HMAA).
continental to full breakfast provisions. Tourism Accreditation Australia Ltd.
• Properties marked “Accommodation only”
do not provide breakfast or breakfast
provisions in the quoted rate. AAA STAR Ratings Properties featured in
Beautiful Accommodation are not of a
certain minimum standard in terms of
Credit Cards and Payment Most properties
STAR Ratings. Some are only three STAR
require a deposit on booking, or depending
but have magnificent historic buildings
on the time before travel, payment in full.
and gardens; others are luxurious
Properties that accept Eftpos or Direct
indulgences that fully justify their five STAR
Deposit (electronic funds transfer) are noted.
Ratings. Other properties have not been
Abbreviations used: AE = American Express;
rated in time for publication or have
DC = Diners Club; JCB = Japan Credit
chosen not to participate in the STAR Rating
Bureau; MC = MasterCard; VI = Visa;
system. Most properties featured are
CHQ = Cheque.
between four and five STARS.
Eco-Friendly STAR Accreditation is an
Member Some of the property groups additional endorsement to a property’s
represented in this guide include: STAR Rating and shows the property is
responsible and committed to reducing
Bed and Breakfast and Farmstay the environmental impacts of their
Association Australia (BBFAA) business.
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Mandalay Luxury Stay, Darwin, The Northern Territory (page 221)

Location gives you an approximate idea of Facilities is a brief summary of main facilities
where the property is situated. available and meals served.

“km” this is the approximate distance in


Need More Information?
kilometres of the property from the nearest
capital city or major town using the most
Go to www.beautifulaccommodation.com.
direct routes. We use the RACQ travel
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planner at www.racq.com.au.
want more information about gorgeous
places to stay, you’ll love our website. It
“hours” this is approximately how long it features an online enquiry and booking form
should take to get to the property using the for each property; up-to-date information on
most direct route, not taking any risks and properties reviewed in the guide, including
allowing for breaks. tariff changes and details of any new rooms,
cottages or other features; information on
“Map” refers to the touring maps at the special events; and details of other Beautiful
back of the book on which the property may Accommodation properties throughout
be found (see pages 230–247). Australia.

You can also join our online Beautiful


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a wide range of maps of Australia. newsletters that include special offers for
Club members, news and prize giveaways.
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Manuel Towers, Shoalwater, Rockingham, Western Australia (page 147)

Enquire and Book Online at HOW TO CONTACT US


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Log on to:
The bottom of each property page in this
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guide features that property’s website address
and email the author
on www.beautifulaccommodation.com.
Send an email to:
To make an enquiry, simply go to the enquiries@beautifulaccommodation.com
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Send a letter to:
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PO Box 789, Coolum Beach,
enquiry or a booking enquiry for your specific
Queensland, Australia 4573
dates. Your email will go direct to the property
and you will receive an answer direct from The team at Beautiful Accommodation has
the property. done all the hard work for you.
Feedback Property owners and managers So whether it’s a romantic weekend for
value objective feedback, and the best time two, a gourmet getaway, touring around
to give your feedback is while you are still at with a group of friends, or the annual family
the property. That way, if you have a problem holiday, remember to take your time, relax
while staying at a property and it is explained and enjoy all that South Australia, Western
to your hosts, it gives them a chance to rectify Australia, The Northern Territory and the
it. If the problem is not resolved, let us know. Great Southern Touring Route in Victoria
If you do not agree with our selection, let have to offer.
us know why. If you find some wonderful
accommodation that is not in this edition,
we would love to hear about it.
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www.beautifulaccommodation.com – online enquiry forms

before you book, Australia’s Southwest to Esperance

The Beach House at Bayside


Albany (Middleton Beach)

take a look
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Before you book your next getaway, why not 33 Barry Court, Middleton Beach WA 6330
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Room rates per couple: from $243 to $328
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Hosts: Janet and Keith Hillam
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boutique hotel and one of Albany’s premier (a totally enchanting architectural folly). The
LODGINGS)TMAKESNOAPOLOGIESFORITSELITEBURNISH European panache here is enhanced by
the aim is to provide discerning guests with a collectable curios from around the world, a

The bottom of each property page in this guide superlative experience thanks to the quality of its
appointments and its unsurpassed commitment
to service. There are king and queen rooms in
distinctive Australian style (including original
artworks, many by local artists) and a sun-kissed
pristine beachfront location.

features that property’s website address on


the main house (ideal for two couples travelling Try whale spotting during your sunrise walk
together) and a guest living room and library. along the beach and return for a real treat: The
We love the sumptuous spa suites in The Beach House is celebrated for its gourmet

www.beautifulaccommodation.com. There
Colonnade Wing and the two-storey Garden buffet and a la carte breakfast and will delight
all aficionados of the morning meal. After
this indulgent start, you are ready for a day of
exploring the wineries, history and coastline of

you will find the most up-to-date review for the this scenic region.
Location: 410 km or five hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 K6.

property, plus a direct link to an online enquiry Facilities: A range of king and queen rooms and
suites, each with ensuite, most with spa. Guest
lounge, dining and courtyard garden. Full buffet

and booking form. 194


and a la carte breakfast provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/thebeachhouse

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enquire and book online


At www.beautifulaccommodation.com
you can make a general enquiry or a
booking enquiry for specific dates.

To make an enquiry, simply go to the


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online page featuring the property you
are interested in and then click through
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“How far are you from the beach?”) or a
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from the property.

It’s all so easy with www.beautifulaccommodation.com – your first stop in planning your next
Australian getaway.

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Australian Tourism Accreditation Program

Trust the Tick

Margaret River, Western Australia Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Tourism businesses that meet the standards of the Australian Tourism Accreditation Program
display the tick of accreditation.

The Australian Tourism Accreditation Program makes sure that when you travel, your choice
of accommodation meets the highest standards of service and professionalism. The Australian
Tourism Accreditation Program involves checks of licences, practices, insurances and systems, and
if a business meets the standards, they have earned the tick.

So whether you are choosing accommodation, tours or activities, look for the tick and you will
know that they have been checked out before you check in!

For peace of mind look for the tick as your assurance of:

Quality
Reliability
Professionalism
Adherence to the Code of Ethics
Accuracy in advertising
Sound environmental practices

To find out more go to: www.atap.net.au

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Regions of South Australia

Innaminka

Coober Pedy

Leigh Creek

Wilpena

Ceduna

Port Augusta
Whyalla

Clare
Tanunda
Gawler
Port Lincoln
Adelaide
Stirling
McLaren Vale Murray Bridge

Kingscote Victor Harbor

Robe

Coonawarra

Mount Gambier

South Australia
Adelaide (page 14)

Adelaide Hills (page 24)

McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island (page 36)

Limestone Coast and Mount Gambier (Southeast South Australia) (page 58)

Murraylands and Riverland (page 72)

The Barossa and Clare Valleys (page 78)

Yorke Peninsula, Flinders Ranges and the Outback (page 92)

Eyre Peninsula (page 102)

Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com 13


Adelaide

Moseley Square at Glenelg, Adelaide

Adelaide is one of the world’s great small with tuna, lobster, abalone and other seafood
cities, up there with Barcelona and San riches. No wonder Adelaide is an itinerary
Francisco. These funky world hot-spots are highlight for travelling gourmands.
big enough to support cultures rich in food,
entertainment and the arts but without the Start any Adelaide visit with a trip to the
crowded stress of metropolises like Los Adelaide Central Market. This is South
Angeles or Sydney. Adelaide shows how Australia’s shopfront window, showcasing
to live fabulously well far off the beaten the best and freshest of the state’s staggering
tourism track. array of produce. If you are staying in a self-
catering apartment, here is where to stock up
What makes Adelaide so special? First and on goodies for the kitchen.
foremost it is location, location, location.
Here, in 1836, an elegant Victorian-era town Next door is Chinatown, which buzzes with
was planted at the epicentre of what would the colour and sound of the Orient. Here you
become one of the world’s greatest wine can stop for steamed baskets of yum cha, heal
growing states. The immaculately planned your aches with an acupuncture treatment, or
cityscape follows the Torrens River down to buy salty prunes, miso soup and myriad other
the sea, which feeds Adelaide (and the world) Asian supermarket supplies. Nearby Gouger
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Adelaide

Relaxing at Henley Beach Funi the Giant Panda, Adelaide Zoo

Street has been aptly described as a ‘United and gorgeous parkland with an exciting vibe
Nations of food and drink’ and it is a magnet of food and shopping.
for hungry stomachs around the clock.
One unexpected joy of urban Adelaide is the
A visit to the National Wine Centre of Australia access to nature. A 15-minute tram ride from
should be on any traveller’s to-do list before the CBD will see you on the beach at Glenelg
heading off to South Australia’s iconic wine or Henley. These charmingly sophisticated
regions. At the Wine Centre, you taste and seaside suburbs offer all you need for a perfect
learn while you dine on superb food. beach trip: pristine waters that bob with
dolphins on most days of the year (try one
Rundle Mall is synonymous with shopping in
of the dolphin-watching cruises). For a more
Adelaide, with plenty of boutiques and brand-
exotic animal encounter, you can visit the giant
name outlets to comb for bargains. Down at
pandas, Wang Wang and Funi, who live in a
the east end of the mall, you can get a great
customised compound at the Adelaide Zoo.
coffee, which is best taken with a selection
from Haigh’s Chocolates. Across town is Adelaide’s connection with its surrounding
North Adelaide, which typifies this city’s lands is truly ancient. The traditional
attractions by combining historic architecture custodians of the Adelaide plains are the
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Adelaide

Aboriginal Kaurna people (their name for its


location is Tarndanyangga or “place of the
red kangaroo”) and the city celebrates their
history of tens of thousands of years. There are
wonderful collections of Aboriginal artefacts
and art at the Aboriginal Cultures Gallery and
at Tandanya, the National Aboriginal Cultural
Institute.

Shopping at the Adelaide Markets

Adelaide is justifiably famous for its full


calendar of arts and cultural festivals. From
dance to international music, poetry and
comedy, ballet and orchestras, Adelaide hosts
a dazzling array of artistic events. The Adelaide
Festival of the Arts each February is one of the
world’s largest, the Adelaide Fringe is second
only to Edinburgh’s and WOMADelaide is an
internationally renowned world music festival
over three days in the Botanic Gardens.
Port Adelaide’s historic buildings, bond stores
and wharves open a window on the city’s
past. There are fascinating maritime, aviation
and railway museums to see on your way to
the Sunday markets. The nearby mangrove
and estuary waters provide an aquatic reserve
for bottlenose dolphins (which you can see on
a ferry tour).
Food, wine, music… it is an ancient recipe for
the good life. In Adelaide they are all within
easy reach on any day of the week. And that is
16 why we love this delightful city so much.
Enjoying the WOMADelaide festival

Accredited Visitor Information Centres

Glenelg Moseley Square, Glenelg Foreshore Ph: 08 8294 5833


Email: glenelginfo@bettanet.net.au  www.glenelgsa.com.au

Port Adelaide 66 Commercial Road Ph: 08 8405 6560


Email: visitorinfo@portenf.sa.gov.au www.portenf.sa.gov.au/goto/tourism

Adelaide Rundle Mall Ph: 08 8203 7543


Email: vis@adelaidecitycouncil.com  www.cityofadelaide.com.au

Adelaide 18 King William Street Ph: 08 8463 4547


Email: informationandbookings@tourism.com.au  www.southaustralia.com

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18 Historic Beehive Corner, Adelaide


Adelaide

Miller Apartments
Adelaide

16 Hindley Street, Adelaide SA 5000 Whole apartment rates per night: from $190 to $650
Ph: 08 8410 1888 Accommodation only
reservations@millerapartments.com.au Suitable for children
www.millerapartments.com.au Disabled facilities
General Manager: Mikaella Macey AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Style-conscious CBD apartments

Miller Apartments is Adelaide’s newest unadorned lines, abundant light and LCD TVs.
apartment hotel and it blends a funky yet Plus you get a kitchen for self-catering and
practical design with a sensational location in many also offer laundry facilities, making them
the centre of Adelaide’s CBD and shopping perfect for longer stays. We enjoyed our time
precinct. This building has a pedigree – it was in the Executive apartments, which have their
once Adelaide’s leading department store, own balconies, magazines, plunger coffee
where the fashionable came to shop. Now, and, subject to availability, a spa to recline in
when you step into the foyer off central Hindley after a long day. Miller’s is also an eco-friendly
Street, you know you are somewhere special. choice, harnessing solar and smart systems for
The choice is all yours for space: one, two or maximum sustainability.
three bedrooms. All have the same splendidly The location is ideal: hop over to Rundle Mall
(via Haigh’s Chocolates, of course), stroll to the
casino and convention centre and even up to the
Central Markets and Chinatown. Superb.
Location: Adelaide CBD. Map 1. RA 64 G4.
Facilities: A range of one-, two- and three-
bedroom apartments, each with lounge (LCD
TV, DVD, Foxtel), dining, kitchen, some with
laundry. RC AC, Internet (free in Executive
rooms). Gym, meeting room, limited off-street
parking nearby. Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/miller 19
Adelaide

Michelle’s Garden Apartments


Tusmore, Adelaide

356 Portrush Road, Tusmore SA 5065 Whole apartment rates per night: from $195 to $475
Ph: 08 8223 1444 (rates are for 2 to 4 guests, extra guests $35 per night)
citypark@bigpond.net.au Accommodation only
www.michellesapartments.com.au Minimum three nights preferred
Style: Exceptional city apartments Suitable for children
Direct Deposit • MC • VI

Finding the right base for any stay in South from studios up to four bedrooms – each with
Australia’s vivacious capital is all about location. a courtyard, balcony or patio overlooking
You need to be within five minutes’ drive of the gardens. The larger apartments have full
Adelaide’s CBD and the food and fun zone of kitchens and big lounge and dining areas but
the East End, near Victoria Park Racecourse (for even the studios have a kitchenette, dining table
the Clipsal 500) and the Wayville Showgrounds, and lounge (so self-cater in privacy). All have
and less than 60 minutes’ drive from the Barossa, excellent bathrooms.
McLaren Vale or the Adelaide Hills. In short, you Apart from the location, Michelle’s
need to be at Michelle’s Garden Apartments. lodgings impressed us with their well-planned
We love this place as a quiet haven in the amalgamation of a gracious mansion and a
centre of the action. The options are fantastic – contemporary interior style. There are granite
kitchens, fashionable furnishings in trendy
colours and windows to draw in ample light.
A perfect choice for work or leisure.
Location: Five km or five minutes from Adelaide
CBD. Map 1. RA 64 G5.
Facilities: A range of studio apartments, business
suites and one- to four-bedroom apartments, all
with lounge (TV, DVD), dining, full kitchen or
kitchenette, laundry, courtyard, patio or balcony.
Free off-street parking. Self-catering.
20 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/michelles
Adelaide

Adelaide Luxury Beach House


Henley Beach, Adelaide

163 Esplanade, Henley Beach, Adelaide SA 5022 Whole house rates per night: from $380 to $520
Mobile: 0418 675 339 (rate is for up to six guests, additional guests $20)
adel.bh@bigpond.net.au Weekly rates available • Accommodation only
www.adelaideluxurybeachhouse.com.au Minimum three nights • Suitable for children
Owner: Amy Beardsley In-house health and indulgence packages available
Style: Modern beachfront paradise Direct Deposit • MC • VI

Gorgeous, contemporary, ever so just sleep in and admire the view. Beach chairs
sophisticated and stylish – Adelaide Luxury and umbrellas are provided, so sitting on the
Beach House is the perfect match to Adelaide’s beach, swimming and watching for dolphins
own energetic and artistic vibe. And with such could be the order of the day.
sensational views, there is no doubt this is one Inside, there are two spacious living areas,
of Adelaide’s best beachfront locations, yet only three queen bedrooms (we love the master
15 minutes from the city. bedroom with a spa ensuite and seafront balcony)
With three ocean-front balconies overlooking and a rooftop terrace for entertaining in style.
Henley Beach (Adelaide’s best beach) and the Whip up a culinary feast in the fabulous kitchen,
bay beyond, this could easily be your own or take the indulgent option of gourmet meals
private resort. Stroll along the beach to cafes, or delivered to your door. Luxury touches include
aromatherapy candles, South Australian wine
and handmade chocolates. In a word: idyllic.
Location: 10 km or 15 minutes from Adelaide
CBD. Map 1. RA 65 H1.
Facilities: One three-level house: three bedrooms
and study (accommodates up to ten), three
bathrooms. Two living areas (LCD TVs, Foxtel,
DVD, CD), gourmet kitchen, Internet, RC AC.
Garden courtyard, rooftop terrace, garage, laundry,
BBQ, beach umbrella and chairs. Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/adelaidebeachhouse 21
Adelaide

North Adelaide Heritage Group: Bishops Garden


and The Residency Penthouse  Adelaide

Various locations in North Adelaide, SA 5006 Bishops Garden rates per couple: from $350 to $475
Ph: 08 8272 1355 The Residency rates per couple: from $350 to $475
res@adelaideheritage.com Bed & full breakfast provisions
www.adelaideheritage.com Suitable for children
Hosts: Rodney and Regina Twiss AE • CHQ • DC • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Fun and stylish heritage stays Member: BBFAA, ATEC

North Adelaide Heritage Group’s Rodney garden set in one of North Adelaide’s leafiest
and Regina Twiss are renowned for their precincts. The indulgences inside include
commitment to preserving Adelaide’s a marble bathroom with double spa, deep
architectural history. Their contribution is chesterfields and a gourmet kitchen.
the historic homes and cottages they protect The Residency Penthouse has a light-filled
and share with guests from around the world. open-plan lounge (we love the flickering gas log
The choice of heritage stays ranges from cosy fire and leather sofas), dining and kitchen that
cottages to the most luxurious of apartments and flow onto a spacious sun deck. Tall ceilings,
townhouses. antiques and Juliette balconies exemplify
Bishops Garden (circa 1890) has French the stylish past of North Adelaide, which has
doors that open out to a cherished 100-year-old now become a culinary and artistic hotspot.
Whichever you choose, you can be assured of
privacy and impeccable presentation.
Location: Five minutes from Adelaide CBD. Map
1. RA 64 F4.
Facilities: 18 private suites, apartments and
cottages with ensuite or private bathrooms
(most with spa), phones, each with two or three
bedrooms, full kitchen or kitchenette, most
with private lounge, dining room. Room service
available. Full breakfast provisions provided.
22 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/bishops
Adelaide

North Adelaide Heritage Group: The Fire


Engine Suite and Buxton Manor  Adelaide

Various locations in North Adelaide, SA 5006 Buxton Manor rates per couple: from $265 to $340
Ph: 08 8272 1355 Fire Engine Suite rates per couple: from $285 to $340
res@adelaideheritage.com Bed & full breakfast provisions
www.adelaideheritage.com Suitable for children
Hosts: Rodney and Regina Twiss AE • CHQ • DC • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Fun and stylish heritage stays Member: BBFAA, ATEC

The North Adelaide Heritage Group including the firemen’s pole. Kids and kids-at-
maintains one Australia’s finest collections of heart will love the experience of staying in
heritage accommodation in Adelaide’s most Adelaide’s first fire station.
cosmopolitan precinct. Each enchants with its And for something completely different, try
own historic vibe, ranging from funky, to retro, the 1909 Arts and Crafts period Buxton Manor,
to baronial – it’s your choice. which offers a range of self-contained suites
How funky can they get? How about sleeping catering to the most discerning guest. We love the
with a fire engine? You can in the Fire Engine four- and five-room George Lowe Esq and Music
Suite, where a genuine 1942 workhorse rests Viva apartments, the two-storey Garden and Loft
(and, yes, you can sit in the driver’s seat). There’s apartment, The Butlers’ and the adorable Paprika
a king-sized spa and oodles of memorabilia Cottage, tucked away in half an acre of heritage
gardens, with herbaceous borders, sweeping
lawns and mature trees. This is a stately stay.
Location: Five minutes from Adelaide CBD.
Map 1. RA 64 F4.
Facilities: 18 private suites, apartments and
cottages with ensuite or private bathrooms
(most with spa), phones, each with two or three
bedrooms, full kitchen or kitchenette, most
with private lounge, dining room. Room service
available. Full breakfast provisions provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/buxtonmanor 23
Adelaide Hills

Clydesdale ride at Hahndorf historic township

One of Adelaide’s greatest glories lies within Your journey to a favourite winery is sure to
the shield of cool, green hills that ring its take you past an organic market, foodie cafes,
outer suburbs. In half an hour, you can pass a stuffed second-hand bookshop or buildings
from the city up into a unique hilltop world quietly brimming with the region’s history.
of wine, food and historic landscapes. The pretty little town of Stirling has all this
Start with the big picture by driving up to and you can pop over to Bridgewater and its
the Mt Lofty summit and its nearby Botanic famous mill for lunch and photography.
Gardens. From up here, there is a superb vista German immigrants seeking religious
of the Adelaide plain and its flanking curve of freedom settled Hahndorf in the 1800s. They
fertile hills. In autumn the gardens climax in a created a graceful village, which today retains
spray of thrilling colours. its European charm with bakeries, restaurants,
But the real reason to visit the Adelaide pubs and shopping. Here ‘cookoo’ clocks are
Hills is to explore the lanes and villages and for sale; there a glass of German beer and a
farm gates and wineries that dot its scenic bratwurst sausage; and over there more local
landscape. Few cities can boast one of the arts, crafts and gifts.
world’s great producers of gourmet food Handorf also has The Cedars, the gallery
and drink right on their outskirts. of artist Hans Heysen. Step in for a guided
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Cheese-making class Udder Delights Hans Heysen’s studio

tour of the many original artworks of this Brewery, which was established in 1843 and
famous painter. Near Hahndorf is the famous today offers cordials and soft drinks.
Beerenberg Strawberry Farm where you can
Over at Lobethal, the Old Woollen Mill is now
sample and purchase from their range of
delicious preserves. an historic precinct, which once produced
the famous Onkaparinga blankets. Also at
Need to replenish? At The Lane you can relax Lobethal is the National Costume Museum
over a scrumptious vineyard lunch of great with exhibits dating from 1812.
food, wine and estate views.
Other museums in the Hills include the
The Hills are dotted with charming little National Motor Museum at Birdwood and
hamlets: Balhannah has a boutique chocolate the Prospect Hill Community Museum which
shop that you visit at your peril (nothing houses its collection of historic exhibits in
banishes a cold and wintry day like one of period buildings.
their frothy hot chocolates); Callington is
a perfectly preserved 19th-century mining The local wildlife is on display at Warrawong
town that is listed on the National Estate; and Wildlife Sanctuary near Stirling. This is South
Oakbank is home to Johnston’s Oakbank Australia’s only wild, fully protected sanctuary
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and, with free entry, spotting kangaroos, koalas,


potoroos and bird life is a double bonus.
As you meander through the Hills, drop some
coins in a farm gate box and help yourself to
fresh local produce. The Hills are Adelaide’s fruit
and vegetable basket served with a side platter of
cheeses, wines and gourmet goodies. Look out
for chalkboard signs offering local delights.

Mount Lofty Summit, Adelaide Hills

In fact, the Adelaide Hills are so well situated


you could base yourself here and branch out
daily to Adelaide, the Barossa, and McLaren
Vale on exploratory driving tours.
The visual, culinary and imbibing delights of
this region make any stay here time well spent.
Combine a sojourn in the Adelaide Hills with
your journey from Robe and the Fleurieu
Peninsula, or vice versa, for an exquisite
palette of coastal and mountain experiences.
And if you are heading north, the Adelaide
Hills are the perfect starting point for a trip to
the Flinders Ranges via the Barossa and Clare
Valleys.
En route you can stop at boutique cellar
doors or sit by famed Jacob’s Creek before
cruising on north through historic towns. As
the landscape flattens out and the soils turn
from brown to red, the widening outback sky
heralds a stunning change of scenery.

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The Organic Market & Cafe, Adelaide Hills

Accredited Visitor Information Centres

Hahndorf 41 Main Street. Ph: 1800 353 323


Email: vic@adelaidehillsinfo.asn.au www.visitadelaidehills.com.au

Crafers Mt Lofty Summit Road. Ph: 08 8370 1054


Email: mtloftysummit@saugov.sa.gov.au www.mtlofty.sa.gov.au

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28 Touring the Adelaide Hills in style


Adelaide Hills

Cladich Pavilions
Aldgate

27-29 Wilpena Terrace, Aldgate SA 5154 Room rates per couple: from $190 to $230
Ph: 08 8339 8248 Mobile: 0428 194 504 Bed & continental provisions
stay@cladichpavilions.com Minimum two nights on weekends
www.cladichpavilions.com Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Hosts: Helen and Andrew McArthur Member: BBFAA
Style: Breathtaking contemporary pavilions

There is something distinctively Australian This makes Cladich Pavilions ideal for
about the architectural style of Cladich Pavilions. couples as well as a small group who want to
Thanks to a generous use of glass, they are be together yet have their own space. Inside,
flooded with light and serenely draw in the the muted tones of the impeccably presented
bushland setting. Soaring rooflines echo the tall interiors harmonise with the bush setting to
trees dotting the landscape and their sinuous create a calming haven.
shape sit naturally, yet make a bold statement. Hosts Helen and Andrew McArthur live on the
There are three pavilions here, each a self- other side of the property, so guests have these
contained apartment (two with one bedroom very private pavilions all to themselves. In this
and one studio) with their own entrances but magical bushland setting it is hard to believe you
also joined by an internal walkway. are just 20 minutes from Adelaide and within
easy reach of regional delights including the
Barossa, McLaren Vale and all the gourmet treats
and activities that the Adelaide Hills has to offer.
Location: 19 km or 20 minutes southeast of
Adelaide. Map 1. RA 65 J4.
Facilities: Three pavilions: two with queen
bedroom, ensuite, lounge, decks (BBQ); one
with full kitchen, one with kitchenette. Third
studio pavilion with king/twin singles, ensuite.
Continental breakfast provisions provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/cladich 29
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Hannah’s Cottage
Balhannah (near Hahndorf and Oakbank)

Lot 14, Jones Road, Balhannah SA 5242 Bed & full breakfast provisions
Ph: 08 8388 4148 Mobile: 0408 838 124 Dinner, picnic hampers and regional gourmet platters
dream@hannahscottage.com.au by prior arrangement
www.hannahscottage.com.au Minimum two nights
Hosts: Anne Parsons and Paul Andrejic Horses by prior arrangement (arena available)
Style: Secluded hilltop cottage DC • MC • VI
Whole cottage rates per couple: $250 Member: BBFAA

Hannah’s Cottage has a dreamlike quality that platters of regional gourmet delicacies, best
makes it an idyllic escape, one with just you and savoured with a glass of local wine. A wood fire
no one else. At this delightful hideaway guests warms the cosy lounge and there is a kitchenette
are thoroughly spoilt with breathtaking views for cooking. The bedroom has a gloriously
over the rolling Adelaide Hills. comfy bed (with admirable views) and a spa
So slip off your boots and step into a bathroom (with more views to revel in while
contemporary country setting that features you bubble away).
aesthetic treats like the ikebana flower This tranquil eyrie makes a perfect base from
arrangements prepared by host Anne (she also which to venture out and explore the Adelaide
speaks Japanese). There is even the aroma of Hills. We suggest taking lunch and a tasting at
fresh baked bread. Eat it with one of Anne’s The Lane winery (which is moments away from
the cottage), absorbing the charm of Hahndorf, or
chancing your luck in the hills as you dip from art
to antiques and gardens to gourmet delights.
Location: 30 km or 30 minutes southeast of
Adelaide. Map 1. RA 65 J5.
Facilities: One cottage: queen bedroom, lounge
(wood fire, LCD TV, DVD, CD), spa bathroom,
kitchenette, RC AC. Alfresco dining area (BBQ),
floodlit tennis court. German and Japanese
spoken. Full breakfast provisions provided.
30 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/hannahscottage
Adelaide Hills

The Barn at The Old Oak


Bull Creek

Lot 82 Bald Hill Road, Bull Creek SA 5157 Whole Barn rates per couple: from $245 to $255
Ph: 08 8536 6069 Whole Suite rates per couple: from $190 to $220
webinfo@theoldoak.com.au Bed & full breakfast provisions
www.theoldoak.com.au Dinner packs by prior arrangement
Hosts: Kirsten and John Gazard Minimum two nights
Style: Historic barn and shearing suites Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Member: BBFAA

The earliest settlers in the Adelaide Hills could days – but with the comfort of deep lounges,
never have imagined that their humble barn plush carpet and beautiful decorative touches.
would now be a luxury couple’s retreat. Built Another feature is the marvellous spa bathroom
in the 1860s, The Barn has been meticulously with stunning stained glass windows. There is
restored by hosts Kirsten and John Gazard to also a full kitchen and separate dining room.
meld historic charm with divine style. Gourmet dinner packs are available so you
Guests will love the romantic loft bedroom can come straight from work or the airport and
(complete with LCD TV). The very spacious know dinner provisions are waiting for you.
lounge below is warmed by a wood fire, The Old Oak is a spacious hideaway from
appointed with full entertainment systems which to explore the Adelaide Hills including
and retains all the rusticity of The Barn’s early Stirling and Hahndorf as well as McLaren Vale,
Victor Harbor and Adelaide City. Also on offer are
two comfortable Shearing Suites, each with spa.
Location: 50 km or 55 minutes southeast of
Adelaide. Map 4. RA 67 C8.
Facilities: The Barn: loft queen bedroom (LCD
TV), lounge (wood fire, LCD TV, DVD/VCR),
dining room, full kitchen, spa bathroom, RC AC,
BBQ. Shearing Suites: two suites with queen
bed, lounge, full kitchen, spa bathroom. Full
breakfast provisions provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/thebarn 31
Adelaide Hills

Amble at Hahndorf
Hahndorf

10 Hereford Ave, Hahndorf SA 5245 (extra guests $40 per night)


Ph: 08 8388 1467 Bed & full breakfast provisions
bookings@amble-at-hahndorf.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends
www.amble-at-hahndorf.com.au Suitable for children (Amble Fern)
Hosts: Di Meyer and Roger Brock Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Historic village hideaways Member: BBFAA
Room rates per couple: from $180 to $195

Hahndorf’s Germanic origins date back contemporary-meets-country style (the second


to the 1840s when settlers seeking religious bedroom is ideal for friends travelling together
freedom found their haven in this peaceful and or children). Amble Over is a grand second-floor
fertile setting. The town retains its precious apartment with a sprawling lounge, making it
architectural heritage in a village landscape that ideal for longer stays. Whichever you choose,
captures visitors with its spell. each has a spa and owners Di and Roger have
Amble at Hahndorf is a favourite as a comfy created lavish interiors with stylish yet soothing
base for exploring this wonderful area. There are tones that echo the garden setting.
three visit options: Amble Wren is a charming Tucked in a leafy street behind the village,
little cottage with garden and rural views. you can easily stroll to the quaint retail precinct
Amble Fern is a two-bedroom studio with a or take a ride aboard a Clydesdale. In this
central hills location all the wineries, galleries
and walks await your exploration.
Location: 26 km or 25 minutes southeast of
Adelaide. Map 1. RA 65 K4.
Facilities: One cottage and one apartment each
with queen bed, and one two-bedroom studio
with queen bed and queen/twin single. All with
lounge (TV, DVD, CD), dining, kitchenette,
BBQs, RC AC, electric heating, Internet.
Laundry. Full breakfast provisions provided.
32 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/ambleathahndorf
Adelaide Hills

Stoneybank Settlement Cottages Bed


and Breakfast  Mt Pleasant

Lot 100 Stoneybank Lane, Mt Pleasant SA 5235 Whole cottage rates per couple: from $175 to $185
Ph: 08 8568 2075 Mobile: 0408 887 525 Bed & full breakfast provisions
relax@stoneybankcottages.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends preferred
www.stoneybankcottages.com.au Direct Deposit • No credit card facilities
Owners: Elaine and Gary Norris Member: BBFAA
Style: Historic village cottages

Stoneybank Settlement Cottages is one of our the Stoneybank Settlement so exceptional. The
surprise finds: historic, beautiful and offering owners have one cottage, leaving three others for
sheer pleasure whether you come as a couple guests, including one with the original baker’s
or a group. The property dates back to the 1850s oven. Each has its own character, with charming
when a pioneer community of farmers settled lounges, one or two bedrooms, wood fires and
the rolling hills. Here they made their own land kitchens. The old barn has been transformed into
of milk and honey, building stables, a village a recreation centre that includes a billiards table.
bakery and these gorgeous cottages. The whole scene is so beguiling that you
There are few places in Australia where will have little incentive to leave the twittering
you can stay in heritage cottages in their bird life and delicious seclusion of this private
original village setting, which is what makes village. But if you do want to explore, Mt
Pleasant is nestled between the Adelaide Hills
and the Barossa, making your choice of where to
head all the harder.
Location: 53 km or one hour east of Adelaide.
Map 4. RA 65 F7.
Facilities: Three cottages: two one-bedroom and
one two-bedroom, each with queen bed, lounge
(wood fire), kitchen, BBQ. Recreation barn
(billiard table, TV, DVD, VCR, CD, BBQ), tennis
court. Full breakfast provisions provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/stoneybank 33
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The Pavilion at AL-RU Gardens


One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill Road, One Tree Hill SA 5114 Whole pavilion rates per couple: $225
Ph: 08 8280 7353 Bed & full breakfast provisions
ruthirving@hotmail.com In-house room rates per couple: from $160 to $180
www.ruthirving.com.au Bed & full breakfast
Hosts: Ruth and Alan Irving Dinner by prior arrangement
Style: Gorgeous garden retreat Minimum two nights
Eftpos • MC • VI

Beautiful gardens are a dime a dozen but sculptured European garden pavilion, where
truly glorious ones are rare jewels, which makes antiques and a formal garden outlook provide a
Al-Ru Gardens so worthwhile in any season. refined and peaceful aspect. Others gather friends
This is horticultural achievement of the highest and take the in-house, two-bedroom tower suite
order, yet it was created by Ruth and Alan Irving and have Ruth cater a dinner party. Then there
from bare paddocks. In Spring, the Open Garden are the brides, who choose to celebrate their
Scheme draws visitors to enjoy the 1000 roses unions with stunning garden photos, a marquee
rising above swathes of perennials and Monet- by the lake and their first night in pastoral bliss.
like reflections in the shimmering lake. There is a superb 15-meter heated pool, a
Guests discover their own magic in these steam room and a gym for the health conscious.
gardens. Some couples find enchantment in the And One Tree Hill’s location makes touring the
Hills, the Barossa, McLaren Vale, Adelaide or
the beaches too easy.
Location: 32 km or 35 minutes northeast of
Adelaide. Map 1. RA 65 F4.
Facilities: One self-contained pavilion (open
fire, bathroom, full kitchen, heating, AC).
In-house, two-bedroom suite. Heated pool,
steam room and gym. Full breakfast provisions
in pavilion, full breakfast served in-house,
dinner by prior arrangement.
34 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/thegardenpavilion
Adelaide Hills

Watervilla House
Strathalbyn

2 Mill Street, Strathalbyn SA 5255 Room rates per couple: $180


Ph: 08 8536 4099 Bed & full breakfast
jane@watervillahouse.com Suitable for children
www.watervillahouse.com Pets welcome
Host: Jane Littlejohns CHQ • Direct Deposit • No credit card facilities
Style: Historic home B&B

If you thought historic homes were damp, gardens, share in the stories of travels and hear
dull and ghostly, Watervilla House (c. 1850s) about the history of the house. There’s no need
will change your mind forever. There is a spirit to speak in hushed tones – you can feel free to
here borne of the host’s ebullient style – Jane admire the art, antiques and mementos without
Littlejohns is a vibrant person whose passion for feeling nosy or you can find a quiet spot in the
this house, for the guests who descend to enjoy garden or on the shady verandah and meditate.
it and her family of bright young adults and Watervilla is rather like a comfy slipper –
friendly pets is truly infectious. stylish yet unpretentious, cosy yet classy, happy
Jane’s approach is simple – her family and charming. The guest rooms are private
welcome guests like they are a part of the and well appointed; the drawing room and
scenery. Pull up a chair and chat, wander the dining rooms are grand and Jane’s silver service
breakfasts are relaxed and indulgent. And we
defy you not to fall in love with Chester and Luke
(the odd couple of pooches), the one sheep and
the couple of cats. Watervilla is brilliant.
Location: 55 km or 50 minutes southeast of
Adelaide. Map 4. RA 67 D9.
Facilities: Four guest rooms (each with a private
bathroom), guest drawing room, dining room,
verandah. BBQ, pizza oven (by prior
arrangement). Full breakfast served.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/watervilla 35
McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula
and Kangaroo Island

Remarkable Rocks, Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island

McLaren Vale is a short 40-kilometre hop beaches such as Silver Sands, Sellicks or
south of Adelaide but you may as well Moana for more waterside rest and recreation.
have jumped 15,000 kilometres to the
The town of McLaren Vale and its local region
Mediterranean. The atmosphere is redolent
have become an internationally recognised
of an uncrowded Mediterranean country,
brand name in fine wines – notably shiraz
with a dramatic coastline, swimming
and crisp white wine. It was first settled in
beaches and hillsides threaded with
the 1840s by British immigrants but the wine
grapevines. This place is almost ridiculously
finesse arrived with European migrants seeking
beautiful.
a new life away from war-torn Europe in the
1940s. Several pleasurable days could be spent
Here you can start with a morning swim,
just going from cellar door to cellar door.
breakfast on fresh ground coffee and pastries
at a McLaren Vale cafe and then head off to We love the exotic beach culture of Port
try some nearby cellar doors (Zimmerman’s Willunga where you can join the locals and
Wines is definitely worth a visit for their drive right down onto the beach and park in
handcrafted reds). As the afternoon heat front of the waves (does a trip to the beach
builds, head back to one of the glorious get any easier?). Afterwards you can wander
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McLaren Vale,
Fleurieu Peninsula
and Kangaroo Island

Dining at Port Willunga Goolwa’s historic port

up to the waterfront Star of Greece restaurant shops), Middleton (popular with surfers) and
to complete the Mediterranean ambience Goolwa (with its historic urban landscape).
with lashings of grilled haloumi or squid. The Wherever you are staying in the Fleurieu, ask
inland town of Willunga is a nice place to your hosts and locals for the inside knowledge
amble through antique shops, discover more on the best of nearby food and wine.
fine dining and see the famous local slate.
Deep Creek Conservation Park near Delamere
This area is the heartland of the Fleurieu protects one of South Australia’s most
Peninsula. The region is spliced with lanes spectacular semi-wildernesses. The Heysen
winding through its verdant farmland and Trail passes through here and the views of the
buttressed by the broad arc of Encounter Bay Southern Ocean are remarkable. And from
to the south. here you are on the springboard to Australia’s
third-largest island.
Victor Harbor anchors the Fleurieu to the sea
and you should allow a few days to take in Kangaroo Island is a living natural history
its beaches, museums and sensational natural museum, its wildlife isolated and preserved by
attractions. Other little seaside towns include the passage that you cross on the short ferry
Port Elliot (we love the main street for its ride. Bring your car (or hire one at the airport)
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and Kangaroo Island

and prepare to experience some astonishing


activities, from fishing at American River to
savouring honey from the world’s only
purebred Ligurian bee colony. Plus there is
plenty of local produce and wines to enjoy.
There are some wonderful national park tours
such as a trip to Seal Bay where you watch
the members of the island’s seal colony cavort

Scarpantoni Cellar Door, near McLaren Vale

in the sea. Elsewhere you can run down the


dunes of the Little Sahara or stop to admire
the aquamarine waters of Vivonne Bay.
The Kelly caves derive their name from an
accident-prone horse of that name that fell
into one, thereby revealing another of the
island’s key attractions. Highlights of a visit to
the Flinders Chase National Park include the
magnificent Admiral’s Arch rock bridge and
the Remarkable Rocks.
Kangaroo Island has rightfully joined the iconic
Australian destinations that international visitors
put on their travel itineraries, just after Uluru
and the Great Barrier Reef. This outpost of
spectacular food, wine and Australian
landscape – washed by the great southern
ocean – is a compelling and moving travel
experience.
While Kangaroo Island is a must-do visit, it is
the perfect accompaniment to your exploration
of the mainland hop-off points around McLaren
38 Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Point Ellen, Vivonne Bay, Kangaroo Island

Accredited Visitor Information Centres

Goolwa The Wharf Ph: 08 8555 7241


Email: goolwavic@alexandrina.sa.gov.au  www.visitalexandrina.com

McLaren Vale Main Road Ph: 08 8323 9944


Email: info@mclarenvale.info  www.mclarenvale.info

Strathalbyn 20 South Terrace Ph: 08 8536 3212


Email: info@strathalbyntourism.com.au  www.visitalexandrina.com

Victor Harbor The Causeway Ph: 08 8551 0777


Email: vic@victor.sa.gov.au  www.tourismvictorharbor.com.au

Penneshaw Howard Drive Ph: 08 8553 1185


Email: tourki@kin.net.au  www.tourkangarooisland.com.au

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Bellevue Bed & Breakfast


McLaren Vale

12 Chalk Hill Road, McLaren Vale SA 5171 Room rates per couple: $230
Ph: 0432 868 402 Bed & full breakfast
stay@bellevuebnb.com.au Suitable for children (at full adult rate)
www.bellevuebnb.com.au Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Hosts: Ciarán Cryan and Jenny McGrath Member: BBFAA
Style: Indulgent bed and breakfast

When you offer one of South Australia’s most with passionfruit sauce – all this before the main
indulgent and leisurely breakfasts you have cooked course is served. And each day the
no choice but to also offer a late check out for selection changes, so the surprises never cease.
satiated guests. After all, you don’t want to rush Of course, a brilliant night’s rest is just as
the pleasure and relaxation that comes with the important and the two guest rooms offer every
wonderful repast offered by hosts Ciarán and comfort. Whether you travel as a couple or
Jenny. bring another couple to share the indulgence,
The four-course breakfast at Bellevue begins the purpose-built design gives guests their own
with a selection of teas and toast with homemade lounge, dining and sunny garden terrace to relax
jams, a choice of cereals, poached fruits and on after a day exploring the riches of the McLaren
yogurt and then perhaps a baked apricot crepe Vale region. It is also admirable that Bellevue
is a multi-award-winning property – not just for
its generous hospitality (including the breakfast
indulgence) but also for its commitment to being
clean, green and solar powered.
Location: 40 km or 45 minutes south of Adelaide.
Map 4. RA 66 C5.
Facilities: Two queen ensuite bedrooms. Guest
lounge (kitchenette, games and book exchange
library), dining. Private entrance. Courtyard and
garden. Full breakfast served.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/bellevue 41
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Captain’s Cottage
Port Willunga

21 Esplanade, Port Willunga SA 5173 Whole house rates per night: from $170 to $358
Ph: 0439 462 111 (up to 10 guests)
northmarola@bigpond.com Accommodation only
www.beautifulaccommodation.com/captainswillunga Minimum three nights
Style: Modern beach house Suitable for children
Direct Deposit • MC • VI

The name Captain’s Cottage is deliciously library of books and DVDs and deep sofas that
deceptive: it is in fact a stunning four-bedroom encourage lazy hours of gazing out at the blue
beach house with ocean views and space for a ocean. The gourmet kitchen and dining room
tribe to settle in for a very stylish family holiday. share in the ocean views. Also downstairs is a
You can easily imagine a family reunion here to wonderful kids’ bedroom with bunks for four
the sounds of children happily playing and adults and plenty of room to play. We love the upstairs
relaxing. bedrooms, including those with water views and
Captain’s Cottage sits very harmoniously balconies to catch the sea breeze.
within historic Port Willunga yet it unites modern Being right across from the beach is a big
flair with interiors that offer every comfort. The bonus (the ocean here is always clear and
spacious lounge really feels like home with a blue), as is the fact you are a short stroll from
the famous Star of Greece restaurant and on the
doorstep of the McLaren Vale wine region.
Location: 45 km or 50 minutes south of
Adelaide. Map 4. RA 66 D4.
Facilities: One house: Four bedrooms (two queen,
one with ensuite; one twin single; one children’s
room with four bunks and play space with TV/
DVD) and two bathrooms. Lounge (gas log fire,
plasma TV, DVD, CD), dining and full kitchen.
Laundry, deck with BBQ. Accommodation only.
42 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/captainswillunga
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Port Willunga Cottages


Port Willunga and Willunga (near McLaren Vale)

(Various locations around Port Willunga Whole cottage rates per couple: from $235 to $325
and Willunga), SA 5173 (extra couple from $85 to $170 per night)
Ph: 08 8557 8516 Mobile: 0419 838 961 Bed & full breakfast provisions
enquiries@portwillungacottages.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends
www.portwillungacottages.com.au CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Owner: Falie Eldridge Member: BBFAA
Style: Country charm cottages

Port Willunga Cottages offers three beautiful also at Willunga, has antique brass beds, slate
retreats, each with its own unique ambience. floors and oozes warmth and character. Anchor
What unites them all is the owner’s passion for Cottage at Port Willunga is a couples’ dream,
presenting each to absolute perfection – guests very romantic and intimate in feel.
can expect to find fresh flowers, chocolates and The Fleurieu Peninsula is renowned for its
gentle music playing when they arrive. fresh produce, gourmet foods and world-class
Evelyn Homestead at Willunga is one of the wines. Visitors are spoilt for choice being
area’s significant historic gems, presented with surrounded by cellar doors, boutique wineries
sparkling interiors offering a delicious blend of and a spectacular coastline fringed with white
country and contemporary style and a heavenly sandy beaches. Whichever you choose from this
spa bathroom. The 140-year-old Citrus Cottage, gorgeous collection you’ll be within walking
distance of some of the finest restaurants in the
area, casual cafes, the ocean and the Willunga
farmers market. Or just relax and dine alfresco in
your own rose-filled cottage garden.
Location: 45 km or 50 minutes south of
Adelaide. Map 4. RA 66 D5.
Facilities: Three cottages: each with one or two
bedrooms, lounge (fire), dining, kitchen, ensuite
(some with spa) or bathroom. Full breakfast
provisions provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/portwillungacottages 43
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The Blue Grape


Willunga (near McLaren Vale)

6/7 Newman Close (PO Box 359), Willunga SA 5172 Room rates per couple: from $190 to $260
Ph: 08 8556 4078 Mobile: 0431 565 955 Bed & full breakfast
info@thebluegrape.com.au Dinner by prior arrangement
www.thebluegrape.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends preferred
Hosts: Hans and Ulrike Zimmermann Zimmermann’s wines cellar door open Sat. and Sun.
Style: Art-inspired food and wine retreat Direct Deposit • MC • VI

When it comes to varietal blends, the Blue artist and host Ulrike Zimmermann.
Grape is a wondrous creation. Take one part One way to enjoy the Blue Grape is to come
magical setting, mix it with the passion of an as two couples and have the whole retreat to
artist and the creativity of an architect and the yourselves. Arrive on a Friday night and have a
result is a divine vineyard escape with a wisp of light European vineyard dinner matched with
romance and a dash of indulgence. a glass of Hans and Ulrike’s award-winning
But the best part about a stay here is that guests shiraz. Awake the next morning to wander the
have The Blue Grape to themselves – the hosts vineyard before a sumptuous breakfast. Then set
live on the other side of the vineyard. Guests off on winery tours in the McLaren Vale region
share in a sun-filled lounge that offers a crackling followed by dinner at one of the many fine-
fire and a superb collection of artwork – many by dining choices nearby. On Sunday, enjoy a wine
tasting with Hans and fill the boot with a bounty
to share with friends back home.
Location: 45 km or 50 minutes south of
Adelaide. Map 4. RA 66 D5.
Facilities: Two studios (each with queen or
double bed, ensuite, private balcony) and one
suite (queen bed, ensuite, private lounge, spa,
balcony). Guest lounge (wood fire, TV), large
deck, breakfast room. RC AC. Cellar door. Full
breakfast served.
44 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/thebluegrape
McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island

Rattleys at Pear Tree Hollow


Inman Valley

Nosworthy Road, Inman Valley SA 5211 Whole cottage rates per night: from $200 to $220
(PO Box 519, Yankalilla 5203) Weekly rates available
Ph: 08 8558 8234 Mobile: 0412 474 421 Bed & full breakfast provisions
enquiries@rattleys.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends preferred
www.rattleys.com.au CHQ • Direct Deposit • No credit card facilities
Hosts: Fay and Bruce Burford Member: BBFAA
Style: Hilltop country cottage

When Johnathon Rattley settled here in 1865 lounge with wood fire, a country kitchen and a
and established a saddlery and cottage, he beautiful bedroom. Powered by solar and wind,
planted a pear tree. The cottage foundations are this is an eco-credible stay that harmonises with
all that remain of his dwelling but the pear tree its environs.
lives on – an iconic patron watching over this Old Rattley would hardly recognize the
peaceful hollow. property nowadays; it has flourished as a parkland
Today, guests can discover why Johnathon garden under the diligent care of Fay and Bruce.
picked this spot to make his home – the views Once-eroded paddocks are now bursting with
down the Inman Valley are spectacular. Lovingly vibrant colours from the cottage and native
hand-built to owners Fay and Bruce Burford’s gardens. It is little wonder that blue wrens, a
design, Rattleys offers cosy country charm, a variety of honeyeaters, wedge-tailed eagles, black-
shouldered kites and golden whistlers call this
home. Whether you want to walk the Heysen Trail,
head to nearby beaches or rest here on the way
to or from Kangaroo Island, we think you will fall
under the spell of this enchanting hilltop cottage.
Location: 86 km or 90 minutes south of
Adelaide. Map 4. RA 66 G4.
Facilities: One cottage: queen bedroom with
ensuite, lounge (log fire, TV, DVD, CD), full
kitchen. BBQ. Full breakfast provisions provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/rattleys 45
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Coastview Escape
Normanville

5 Coastview Court, Yankalilla SA 5203 Whole house rates per night: from $350 to $500
Ph: 08 8558 3044 Mobile: 0417 057 625 (up to 12 guests)
coastviewescape@hotmail.com Mid-week and weekly rates available
www.coastviewescape.com.au Accommodation only • Minimum two nights
Owners: Jody and Milt Gillies Suitable for children • Pets by arrangement
Style: Resort-style hilltop house Direct Deposit • No credit card facilities

The view from Coastview Escape needs to twelve. Every attentive detail has been thought
only one word to describe it: awesome. It is of to ensure a perfect stay: kids will love the
the number one reason why people are drawn games room with billiards table and entertainment
to this very private hilltop hideaway with an systems; adults will love tucking themselves away
outlook over stunning St Vincent’s Gulf and the in one of the other two living areas for precious
pretty township of Normanville. Whether you private time over a glass of wine.
are in the spa or infinity-edge pool, the dining You get the whole house to yourself (the
terrace, the family room or the games room the owners live elsewhere) and with plenty of land
view is ever present. surrounding the escape and its secluded summit
This is a house designed by the owners to offer setting you are assured of complete privacy.
a resort-like experience and can accommodate up And if you feel the need to explore, there are
numerous beaches to surf or swim as well as
wineries, dining and golf.
Location: 76 km or 1¼ hours south of Adelaide.
Map 4. RA 66 F3.
Facilities: One house: four bedrooms (two queen,
one with ensuite; two each with four bunk beds),
family room (TV, CD) and full kitchen, formal
lounge/dining (TV, DVD), games room (TV, DVD,
VCR, CD, billiard table), patio (dining table). Pool
(spa), BBQ, laundry. RC AC. Self-catering.
46 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/coastview
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Casa Azzurro
Middleton

(Exact location given on enquiry), Middleton SA 5213 Whole house rates first couple: from $198 to $220
Ph: 08 8178 0803 Mobile: 0419 833 375 (extra guests $40 per night, children $25)
info@beachnvine.com.au Accommodation only
www.beachnvine.com.au Full breakfast provisions available
Owner (nearby): Verginia Scutella Minimum two nights at weekends preferred
Style: Modern beach house Suitable for children
CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

Are we in Middleton or the tropical north? master bedroom shares in the vista – waking up
You might begin to wonder when you step into after a long sleep to watch the ocean colours is
the second-floor lounge at Casa Azzurro and idyllic and the spa ensuite adds to the romance.
slip into the very tropical style it offers. This Another two bedrooms and bathroom downstairs
casa’s vibe is definitely seaside and decidedly make Casa Azzurro just perfect for two couples or
glamorous. a family wanting plenty of space and privacy.
The first thing you’ll notice is the wall of glass Regardless of the season, Casa Azzurro offers
upstairs that draws in the sunshine and showcases all the comforts you need to kick back and relax,
the sea views. Whether you are relaxing in the whether in summer or winter. And the best
lounge, dining or cooking up a storm in the part of a stay here? The location between the
kitchen, you will love this outlook. Even the beach and vineyards. Where else can you spend
the morning on the beach and the afternoon
exploring wineries, followed by a gourmet
dinner at a local restaurant?
Location: 89 km or 11/2 hours south of Adelaide.
Map 4. RA 66 G7.
Facilities: One beach house: three bedrooms
(two king, one twin singles, one with spa ensuite),
open-plan kitchen, lounge (plasma TV, Austar,
DVD, CD) dining, bathroom. Deck with ocean
views, laundry. RC AC. Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/casaazzurro 47
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Waverley Estate
Port Elliot

58 Waterport Road, Port Elliot SA 5212 Whole property rates per night: from $800 to $1,250
Ph: 08 8554 3149 Mobile: 0407 604 337 (up to 21 guests) • Accommodation only
info@waverleyestate.com Full breakfast provisions, catering and
www.waverleyestate.com private chef by prior arrangement
Owners: Campbell and Anna Haig Minimum two nights at weekends
Style: Secluded historic estate Suitable for children
Room rates per night: from $180 to $220 CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

Sometimes we just stumble across a hidden there are two bedrooms and the gorgeous
treasure, one that blends historic style and rural cottage, stable and attic suites (all with ensuites)
seclusion in a region replete with the spoils of make for plenty of eclectic choices. Groups can
the table. Waverley Estate is one such find, an gather in the courtyard garden for long lunches
1850s home set on four acres of garden dotted or by the fire in the main house’s lounge and
with petit verdot vines and a charming collection dining room. Here, deep sofas and Tuscan and
of cottages and stables. French Provincial interiors meld with Danish art.
Couples are always welcome but Waverley Almost any whim can be catered for (including
really excels when a group of up to 21 take the a private chef) and weddings are welcomed. The
whole property (and all her beguiling charms idea is to move in with friends, bring your tennis
and comforts) to themselves. In the main house racket, swimmers, gourmet goodies and wine,
and celebrate your special occasion.
Location: 85 km or 11/2 hours south of Adelaide.
Map 4. RA 66 G6.
Facilities: One estate: seven guest rooms
(two in main house with two bathrooms, five
in stable, loft and suites each with ensuite)
accommodating up to 21. Main house with
lounge/dining, full kitchen. Solar heated pool,
tennis court, fire pit, BBQ and petanque. Self-
catering, catering and chef available.
48 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/waverleyestate
McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island

Rose Eden House


Goolwa

27 Cadell Street, Goolwa SA 5214 Whole apartment rates per couple: from $220 to $250
Ph: 08 8555 2012 Mobile: 0448 752 012 Bed & full breakfast provisions
bookings@rose-edenhouse.com.au Minimum two nights at long weekends
www.rose-edenhouse.com.au Disabled facilities
Hosts: Ian and Therisa Cross AE • CHQ • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Luxury heritage apartments Member: BBFAA

Rose Eden House dates from 1876, when a triumph, which guests rightfully adore. It is
it was called home by the local headmaster. located just steps from the local cafes, galleries
Successive school heads passed their terms here and dining and offers guests four superbly
until it was sold into private hands and thus to presented self-contained apartments with every
Ian and Therisa Cross. They saw the historic conceivable comfort.
beauty and potential of this gorgeous home and The four apartments have identical layouts offset
saved it from developers. Thank goodness. by subtle variations in their interior decorations. A
Rose Eden is a star in historic Goolwa’s lounge with a gas fire and deep comfy sofas leads
heritage crown, the product of four years’ to a king bedroom (one with a four-poster bed)
laborious restoration and ingenious resurrection and then to a truly stunning bathroom with double
by Ian and Therisa and their son. The result is spa. A full kitchen completes the picture. The
restoration is meticulous and the level of luxury
is outstanding, a wonderful addition to Goolwa’s
heritage pedigree.
Location: 90 km or 11/4 hours south of Adelaide.
Map 4. RA 68 J7.
Facilities: Four apartments, each with lounge
(gas coal fire, plasma TV, DVD, movies and
books), king bedroom, bathroom (double spa),
full kitchen, Internet, ducted AC. Solar-heated
pool, BBQ. Full breakfast provisions provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/roseeden 49
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Karinga Park Homestead


Hindmarsh Island

20-34 Batson Parade, Hindmarsh Island SA 5214 Room rates per couple: from $168 to $376
Ph: 08 8383 7575 Mobile: 0419 801 633 Accommodation only
info@karingapk.com.au Full breakfast provisions available
www.karingapk.com.au Full catering by prior arrangement
Host: Gabrielle McMurtrie Minimum two nights at weekends
Style: Historic farm homestead Suitable for children • Disabled facilities
CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

Karinga Park Homestead on Hindmarsh Southern Right Whale and fairy penguins.
Island is one of South Australia’s historic gems – Karinga Park makes for a great base to explore
once the residence on a 1,000-acre dairy farm, the region’s restaurants, wineries and the
today it has been restored to provide guest farmers, antique and craft markets.
accommodation. The Homestead offers eight beautiful rooms
Hindmarsh Island is an outstanding with period touches and sumptuous bed
destination connected to the old river port linen. Relax poolside then dine alfresco in the
of Goolwa and is a gateway to explore the Mediterranean-style courtyard. The former
distinctive landscape of the Coorong – a ballroom is the heart of this gracious 1853 home
spectacular wilderness of world significance. with plenty of seating for large groups to gather,
Close by is Victor Harbor, a home of the making it popular for family reunions, functions,
retreats and conferences. Karinga has its own
forest and lush setting opposite the Murray River.
There is accommodation for a further 18 guests
in the cottage and Island Lodge.
Location: 93 km or 11/2 hours southeast of
Adelaide. Map 4. RA 67 G8.
Facilities: Eight guest rooms and five bathrooms
(two with spa), some with wood fire. Guest
lounge (wood fire, big screen TV), three dining
areas, courtyard (BBQ). RC AC. Self-catering.
50 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/karingapark
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Kangaroo Island Garden Cottages


Kangaroo Island (Brownlow, near Kingscote)

Lot 87 Third Street, Brownlow SA 5223 Whole house rates per couple: from $165 to $180
Ph: 08 8553 0011 (extra guests $20 per night)
frankobrien@kin.net.au Accommodation only
www.kigardencottages.com.au Minimum three nights
Owners: Kathy and Frank O’Brien Suitable for children
Style: House and cottage hideaway CHQ • Direct Deposit • No credit card facilities

This property is a product of pure passion. It comfort. Or try the ‘cottage’ – its spaciousness
is the summation of one family’s celebration of mocks the name – which has three bedrooms, a
so many happy holidays on Kangaroo Island and vast lounge/dining (also with a wood fire) and a
their desire to share the experience with others. full kitchen. Altogether, a party of 14 guests can
Kathy and Frank O’Brien handcrafted their first relax in the house and cottage, which are set
home on this wonderful site brick by brick, well apart from each other.
accenting its beauty with reclaimed timbers and Brownlow is a charming beachside enclave
local artworks. It is superbly set in a verdant located just moments from Kingscote, where
garden of great variety and unaffected prettiness. cafes, restaurants and galleries beckon. All the
The house offers four bedrooms, a lounge/ riches of the island are within easy reach of this
dining and a full kitchen, and sleeps eight in garden haven.
Location: Four hours southwest of Adelaide by
car and ferry; 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide
to Kingscote. Map 3. RA 68 J5.
Facilities: One house with four bedrooms (one
king, one queen and two twin singles) and one
cottage with three bedrooms (two queen and
one twin single), both with lounge (wood fire,
TV, DVD, CD), dining, full kitchen, laundry.
Cabin with queen bed, ensuite and kitchenette.
RC AC. Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/kigardencottages 51
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Seascape on Emu Bay


Kangaroo Island (Emu Bay)

Bates Road, Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island SA 5223 Room rates per person: $252
Ph: 08 8559 5033 Bed & full breakfast
info@seascapelodge.com.au Dinner by prior arrangement
www.seascapelodge.com.au Suitable for children
Hosts: Mandy and Paul Brown Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Complete island encounter

Forget the passport – why not make this your Emu Bay – is breathtaking. But what really sets
next island holiday? All the ingredients are here Seascape apart is that the hosts can arrange
for a memorable encounter, provided as part of every aspect of a Kangaroo Island encounter
a complete touring menu by Mandy and Paul including exclusive 4WD touring.
Brown. You will get to see all the hidden secrets of this
Seascape on Emu Bay is more than just a world-renowned island ecosystem because Mandy
marvellous place to stay, with luxury guest and Paul also operate Kangaroo Island Wilderness
rooms and stunning bay views. Yes, there is Tours. Its personalised touring options are notable
a spacious guest lounge and a sun deck, and because every naturalist guide they use is either
sumptuous meals served with local wines. And locally born or has a minimum 25 years’ experience
the location – elevated high above glorious on the island. Your journey into this precious
wilderness will be with a guide who intimately
knows the flora, fauna and secret spots. Prepare for
an unforgettable island adventure in true style.
Location: Four hours southwest of Adelaide by
car and ferry; 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide
to Kingscote. Map 3. RA 68 J3.
Facilities: Three in-house, ensuite rooms (king/
twin); guest lounge, dining room. Internet. Full
breakfast served; dinner by arrangement. Private
4WD tour packages available.
52 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/seascape
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Island Beach Lodge


Kangaroo Island (Island Beach)

Lot 301 Borda Road, Island Beach SA 5222 Whole house rates per night (up to 8 guests): $500
Ph: 08 8331 3059 Mobile: 0419 031 957 Whole house rates per night (more than 8 up to a
info@islandbeachlodge.com.au maxi­mum 14 guests): $950
www.islandbeachlodge.com.au Accommodation only • Dinner by prior arrangement
Owner: Martin Farkas Minimum two nights
Style: Panoramic beach house CHQ • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

Imagine for a moment that you are the captain a magic wall that retracts, you can unite both
of a luxury ocean liner, poised to sail into the lounges into one exceptionally luxurious space
panoramic splendour of the ocean before you. with 180-degree views. This then gives you use
Such is the feeling evoked by the views from of all seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and two
Island Beach Lodge. kitchens. You can welcome 14 friends or family
Thanks to a brilliant design Island Beach with no concerns. Importantly your privacy is
Lodge allows guests to take only the space they assured because which ever side you choose,
need: chose from either the three-bedroom or the other side is not rented during your stay.
four-bedroom halves (each with its own lounge, Italian leather lounges, full entertainment
kitchen and facilities). Or you can take both systems, wood fires and acres of glass looking
halves for the ultimate in space and style. With out to the waters of Eastern Cove and American
River make this a stylish choice.
Location: Four hours southwest of Adelaide by
car and ferry; 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide
to Kingscote. Map 3. RA 68 K5.
Facilities: One beach house (with three options):
total of seven bedrooms (five queen and two with
twin king singles), six bathrooms, two kitchens,
two lounge rooms (wood fire, flat-screen
surround sound TV, DVD, CD). Balconies,
BBQs. RC AC. Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/islandbeachlodge 53
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De Coudie Beach House


Kangaroo Island (Island Beach)

Lot 2 De Coudie Drive, Island Beach SA 5221 Whole house rates per night: from $625 to $795
Ph: 08 8354 2723 (up to 10 guests)
res@villasandbeachhouses.com Accommodation only
www.decoudiebeachhouse.com.au Full maid service with meals by prior arrangement
Bookings: Janelle Sheehan Minimum four nights • Suitable for children
Style: Stunning contemporary beach house AE • CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

You can barely see De Coudie Beach House and lounging. Three guest rooms, including
from the beach, yet its views of Eastern Cove are the master bedroom, form the second wing.
breathtakingly beautiful. The setting is so private, And the third wing – delightfully named ‘the
yet you can hear the waves washing languidly bunkhouse’ – is on the lower level and offers
on the sandy shore. And the sense of space in a marvellous space with four single beds and
every room is liberating, yet the feel is warm and kitchenette.
comforting. Here, among the trees, is a world- Artworks animate soaring walls, furnishings
class haven just waiting to be enjoyed. offer comfort for a tribe of up to 10 and a log fire
There are three wings to De Coudie Beach crackles in the winter months.
House: the living wing is elevated for the view Careful orientation and walls of glass draw in
and breeze and opens to a deck for dining sunlight, making this a house for all seasons – a
stunning place to bring special friends.
Location: Four hours southwest of Adelaide by
car and ferry; 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide
to Kingscote. Map 3. RA 68 K5.
Facilities: One house: four bedrooms (king with
ensuite, queen, king singles and the ‘bunkhouse’
with four singles and kitchenette), open-plan
lounge (wood fire, TV, Austar, DVD, CD), dining
and kitchen, two bathrooms. Decks (BBQ).
Internet, laundry, heating. Self-catering.
54 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/decoudie
McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island

Eleanor River Homestead


Kangaroo Island (Parndana)

Lot 5 Gregors Road, Parndana SA 5220 Whole cabin rates per night: $200
Ph: 08 8559 5234 (up to four guests, extra guests $35 per night)
enquiries@eleanorriverhomestead.com.au Accommodation only
www.eleanorriverhomestead.com.au Full breakfast provisions available by prior arrangement
Hosts: Graeme and Kathy Ricketts Minimum two nights • Suitable for children
Style: Very private log cabin Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Member: BBFAA

We love secluded hideaways that blend observation deck and guests revel in complete
eco-friendly style with luxurious comfort, solitude. Your only neighbours are kangaroos,
which is why we keep returning to this log koalas, echidnas and myriad native birds. The
cabin on 250 hidden acres. The Mary Ellen is island’s world heritage natural attractions that
a solar-powered retreat on the Eleanor River aren’t on your doorstep are an easy drive away.
Homestead, right in the heart of Kangaroo Island. The cabin has a splendid lounge/dining with
You cannot beat the location or environmental a snug wood fire and two restful bedrooms
purity here. The Mary Ellen is hedged by grass (ideal after a soak in the claw-foot bath). Add the
trees and bushland, which lead to a private river gourmet kitchen and you have it all here. Just
just a short wander away. The ‘cabin’ – Abe open up the windows for the gentle murmuring
Lincoln wouldn’t recognise this one – has its own of nature and the star-filled night sky. The
owners live elsewhere on the property but relish
giving touring advice.
Location: Four hours southwest of Adelaide by
car and ferry; 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide
to Kingscote. Map 3. RA 68 K4.
Facilities: One cabin: two bedrooms (queen
and twin singles), open-plan lounge (wood fire,
satellite TV, DVD, CD), dining and full kitchen,
bathroom. Deck (BBQ), riverside deck.
Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/eleanorriver 55
McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island

Thorn Park on the Island


Kangaroo Island (Penneshaw)

(Exact location given on enquiry) Penneshaw, SA 5222 Whole house rates per night: from $195 to $250
Ph: 08 8843 4304 (up to six guests)
stay@thornpark.com.au Accommodation only
www.thornpark.com.au Minimum three nights (one week in peak periods)
Owners: David Hay and Michael Speers Suitable for children • Disabled facilities
Style: Secluded hilltop beach house AE • CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

On Kangaroo Island, you step back in time. house sitting high above the village of Penneshaw
The pace is slower and nature still rules in all her (where the ferry comes in). The spectacular
pristine glory. Travellers circle the globe to see panoramic views beautifully counterpoint the
the Island’s koalas, wallabies, fairy penguins and understated elegance of the interiors.
raucous fur seals. The mood is that of an exclusive city club
But there is another reason to come – to simply gone beachside, with deep sofas, absorbing
relax in luxurious style at Thorn Park on the Island, artworks, walls of books and a gourmet kitchen
a sister property to the renowned Thorn Park by stocked with all you need to cook up a feast.
the Vines in the Clare Valley (see page 91). The And what a feast it can be – Kangaroo Island is
Island incarnation offers a quite different, fully celebrated for its seafood, wines and gourmet
self-contained stay. Here you will find a beach goodies, which you can gather as you wander
the island exploring its natural and man-made
highlights.
Location: Four hours southwest of Adelaide by
car and ferry; 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide
to Kingscote. Map 3. RA 68 K5.
Facilities: One house: three bedrooms (two
queen, one twin singles), open-plan lounge (TV,
DVD, CD with books, DVDs, CDs, LPs and
games), dining, full kitchen and office/library.
Large deck (BBQ), laundry, Internet. Self-catering.
56 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/thornparkisland
McLaren Vale, Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island

Seaview Lodge
Kangaroo Island (Penneshaw)

Lot 3 Willoughby Road, Penneshaw SA 5222 Room rates per couple: from $195 to $220
Ph: 08 8553 1132 Mobile: 0421 908 705 Bed & full breakfast
bookings@seaviewlodge.com.au Suitable for children
www.seaviewlodge.com.au Pets by arrangement
Host: Barbara Ewens Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Historic portside guesthouse

Seaview Lodge was built in the 1860s and very contemporary with ensuite bathrooms for
extended in the 1890s as a guesthouse for weary every room. But one thing has not changed: the
sailors. So how appropriate that it has been hospitality that owner Barbara Ewens extends
refitted for the service of welcoming guests from has a 100-year-old heritage.
over the seas, including mainlander Australians Each guest room is freshly decorated in period
and travellers from more distant shores. style (we love the Rose Room with its four-poster
Seaview was a sailors’ haven in the old days bed and French doors opening to the garden). All
when Christmas Cove was the main port for guests get to savour the breakfast of local honey
Kangaroo Island and mariners would wander and yoghurt, fresh eggs, plus peaches and apricots
up the hill seeking lodgings. These days you from the garden when in season. Special note:
arrive by ferry or plane and the facilities are now do not miss Barbara’s drunken prunes (the old
sea salts would have loved these). And from this
hilltop locale, expect marvellous views of the
ocean and fresh sea breezes to start each day.
Location: Four hours southwest of Adelaide by
car and ferry; 30 minutes by plane from Adelaide
to Kingscote. Map 3. RA 68 K5.
Facilities: Five ensuite rooms (queen and
singles). Guest lounge (TV, DVD, CD, library,
games). RC AC, ducted heating. Full breakfast
served.
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Limestone Coast and Mount Gambier
(Southeast South Australia)

Robe’s iconic obelisk

The Little Blue Lake, just outside of Mount Base yourself in Naracoorte and allow time
Gambier, exemplifies this unusual region. Sunk to explore the region including the famous
in a landscape of flat, rich farmland is the vast Coonawarra wineries and the new wine district
crater of a collapsed limestone cave that is now of Wrattonbully. Bool Lagoon Game Reserve
filled with cool blue water. Twenty-metre high attracts twitchers (birdwatchers) from around
walls of limestone rise from its edge, hiding one the world. Naracoorte also has galleries
of the world’s great swimming holes. What a featuring local artists, a rich Scottish heritage,
fabulous introduction to the Limestone Coast - and many activities including horse riding.
little-known, profoundly interesting and fun.
One of our favourite wine producing areas,
Millennia of geological formation have shaped Padthaway, is north of Naracoorte towards the
this region, producing soils that yield some of Murray River. The chic Hardy’s Stonehaven
the world’s most sought-after red wines and cellar door provides a palatable insight into
sculpting a landscape of deep caves and this famous shiraz and chardonnay region.
volcanic cones. The caves around Naracoorte
are littered with the still-visible bones of Coonawarra is a name as recognisable to red
long-extinct giant kangaroos and mainland wine drinkers as Champagne is to those who
thylacine marsupial tigers. like bubbles. Its velvety cabernet sauvignons
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Limestone Coast
and Mount Gambier
(Southeast South
Australia)

Bool Lagoon boardwalk, Naracoorte Fruits of the sea, Robe

are a product of the region’s famous “terra rossa” coastal resorts including Beachport (float in the
soils. A trip along the roads around Penola will Pools of Siloam) and laid-back Robe.
lead you past any number of international labels
such as Wynns Coonawarra Estate - the first in Robe is a wonderful seaside escape - unspoilt,
the region, with vines dating back to 1891. relaxed and with its own distinctive style. It is
one of those historic port towns that instantly
The oldest town in the area, Penola (founded
makes new visitors sigh and settle in with
in 1850), is thoroughly charming and has
relief, perhaps starting with a latte and browse
retained many of its historic buildings.
through the old Grey Masts bookshop. Its
17-kilometre beach offers great opportunities
Back at Mount Gambier, the regional capital is
for swimming, surfing and fishing.
famed for its (very big) Little Blue Lake. Its blue
waters are at their most surreal in November
but the lake is fascinating at any time and so Back in town and hungry, there is a fabulous
are the Engelbrecht limestone caves. selection of places for good coffee and a meal.
The Caledonian Inn (dating from 1859 and
The road southeast of Mount Gambier leads to partly built from the timber of ships wrecked in
one of Australia’s most uncluttered stretches of the bay) does a great pub lunch.
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Limestone Coast and Mount Gambier
(Southeast South Australia)

But Robe is not just a summertime town. Its


mild climate encourages you to be out and
about at any time of the year, perhaps
fossicking on the beaches. The clean southern
seas produce a huge bounty of fresh produce.
Rock lobster is one of the most sought-after
catches (many local restaurants offer this
specialty between October and April).

Rymill Winery, Coonawarra

North of Robe is the 130-kilometre long


wilderness reserve known as The Coorong,
which is renowned for its birdlife. This is one
of Australia’s most fragile ecosystems and
hosts migratory birds from as far as China,
Siberia and Japan. It is also the traditional
home of the Ngarrindjeri people, who run
educational tours of their lands.
Mount Gambier and the Limestone Coast
make perfect entry or exit points to and from
South Australia. They radiate a net of roads
that lead through exciting boutique wine
regions such as Langhorne Creek and
Currency Creek on the way to Victor Harbor,
Kangaroo Island, McLaren Vale and Adelaide.
Or, if you are Melbourne-bound, the Great
Southern Touring Route will take you to the
Great Ocean Road or through the spectacular
Grampians and on to the Goldfields of central
Victoria. This is one of Australia’s greatest -
and least known - tourism gems.
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Umpherston Sinkhole, Mount Gambier

Accredited Visitor Information Centres

Bordertown 81 North Terrace Ph: 08 8752 0700


Email: bordertownvic@tatiara.sa.gov.au www.tatiara.sa.gov.au

Mount Gambier 35 Jubilee Highway East Ph: 08 8724 9750


Email: theladynelson@mountgambier.sa.gov.au
www.mountgambiertourism.com.au

Naracoorte 36 MacDonnell Street Ph: 08 8762 1399


Email: naracoortevic@nlc.sa.gov.au www.naracoortelucindale.com

Penola 27 Arthur Street Ph: 08 8737 2855


Email: penola@wattlerange.sa.gov.au www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au

Robe Mundy Terrace Ph: 08 8768 2465


Email: robetourism@plain.sa.gov.au www.robe.com.au

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Curlew Park Country House


Mundulla

Lot 146 Chark Road, Mundulla SA 5270 Room rates per couple: $165
Ph: 08 8753 4133 (extra guests $60 per night)
reservations@mundullabnb.com.au Bed & full breakfast
www.mundullabnb.com.au Dinner by prior arrangement
Hosts: Pam and Daryl Foulis AE • CHQ • MC • VI
Style: Splendid country homestead Member: BBFAA

The curlew is a majestic night bird, rare the horizon like friendly beacons. But Curlew
in the south of Australia, but quite at home Park takes this design and melds it with
at Curlew Park Country House and its idyllic contemporary interiors and a big helping of
lakeside setting. When Pam and Daryl Foulis country hospitality. The heart of the homestead
came here ten years ago this was a barren is the lounge with its crackling log fire in winter.
paddock. Today it is a haven for wildlife and A lovely collection of art adorns the walls.
the welcome guests who repeatedly come here Guests can choose from two rooms in this
to share its profound tranquillity. purpose built B&B and Pam prepares a country-
Curlew Park’s design was inspired by cooked breakfast each morning (with fresh
traditional outback homesteads and their homestead eggs, of course). You can eat dinner
high-pitched rooflines, which stand out on here too – an option that most guests take up,
given that seasonal fare determines the menu
(often with vegies from the garden and local lamb).
Curlew Park is a relaxing waypoint for weary
travellers between Melbourne and Adelaide.
Location: 276 km or three hours southeast of
Adelaide. Map 5. RA 69 F7.
Facilities: Two guest rooms (one queen and one
twin king singles) with TV, DVD, CD, both with
RC AC. Guest lounge (wood fire, TV, CD). Full
breakfast served. Dinner by prior arrangement.
62 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/curlew
Limestone Coast and Mount Gambier

Carolynne’s Cottages
Naracoorte

6 Young Drive (PO Box 582), Naracoorte SA 5217 Whole cottage rates per couple: from $150 to $170
Ph: 08 8762 1762 Mobile: 0408 836 902 (extra guests $40–50 per night, children 5–15 years $20)
carolb@rbm.com.au Bed & full or continental breakfast provisions
www.carolynnescottages.com.au Suitable for children
Hosts: Carol and Daryl Bennier and Robyn Dempster Pets by arrangement
Style: Country comfort cottages AE • CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

You can’t get more local than the family that fabrics that ensure comfort and country style (not
runs Carolynne’s Cottages. They have owned to mention the popular spa bathrooms). Another
this land since Europeans first settled in the area feature is the generous decks overlooking
and combine their unsurpassed local knowledge manicured lawns and lovingly tended gardens.
with old-fashioned country hospitality. Parents and kids alike will appreciate the ample
The pioneering members of hosts Carol and space to romp while a delicious barbecue is
Daryl’s family could never have imagined the being prepared on the deck.
level of comfort that these cottages provide today, The cottages border wetlands, so birds
notably the marvellously spacious living rooms, are frequent visitors. Their aerial view of the
dining areas and kitchens. We love the fact that countryside would reveal the riches of this
each cottage is decorated in rich tones and warm diverse region, including the wineries of the
Coonawarra and the famous Naracoorte Caves.
We do suggest you allow several days to relax
and explore from this very central base.
Location: 353 km or 41/2 hours southeast of
Adelaide. Map 5. RA 69 H7.
Facilities: Three one- and two-bedroom cottages,
each with spacious lounge/dining (TV/DVD), full
kitchen, spa bathroom. Generous decks (BBQ),
laundry. RC AC. Full or continental breakfast
provisions provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/carolynnescottages 63
Limestone Coast and Mount Gambier

Mackenzie’s on Jardine
Mount Gambier

9 Jardine Street, Mount Gambier SA 5290 Whole cottage rates per couple: $190
Mobile: 0409 420 864 (extra guests $40 per night, children $30)
robyn@mackenziesonjardine.com.au Minimum two nights
www.mackenziesonjardine.com.au CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Owner: Robyn Glynn
Style: Historic cottage

We really admire historic properties that have for the night. Business travellers and pleasure
undergone meticulous transformations, which is seekers will cherish any time spent curled up
why we revere Mackenzie’s on Jardine in Mount by the fire or sneaking a long sleep-in.
Gambier. It is an outstanding success. Apart from the two quite sumptuous
This 1910 home is superbly presented with bedrooms, the grand lounge (which opens
quality furnishings, fine linens and authentic to the full kitchen) and the separate study (a
period finishes. Better still, the owners have great feature for corporate guests), we love
created a home-away-from-home feel without the enormous elevated rear deck. It sports an
being precious or fussy. Fresh flowers, a library uninterrupted view of Frew Park cricket ground.
of books, DVDs and CDs and a tasteful collection Being right in the heart of the CBD, dining,
of curios make this an experience not just a bed shopping and historic sites are all on your
doorstep and the treasures of Mount Gambier
and the Limestone Coast await your exploration.
Location: 435 km or six hours southeast of
Adelaide. Map 5. RA 69 K7.
Facilities: One cottage: two bedrooms (king,
queen), two with TV. Lounge (TV, Austar, DVD,
CD with libraries, gas log fire), study (desk), full
kitchen, bathroom (spa). Laundry, BBQ, large
deck. Central heating, RC AC. Full breakfast
provisions provided.
64 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/mackenzies
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Mount Gambier Apartments


Mount Gambier

Various CBD locations, Mount Gambier SA 5291 Whole house rates per night: from $160 to $450
Mobile: 0409 250 577 Mobile: 0409 838 599 (rate range is for two to twelve guests)
info@mountgambieraccommodation.com.au Accommodation only
www.mountgambierapartments.com.au Minimum two nights
Managers: Carol Downing and Kerry Guerin Continental breakfast provisions available
Style: Modern CBD houses and apartments AE • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

This extensive range of luxury houses and tops. There is even a separate study with Internet,
apartments in Mount Gambier has something to ideal for workers or holidaymakers who need to
suit the most discerning business traveller and keep in touch with the office.
holidaymaker alike. Carol Downing and Kerry The very new two-bedroom Frewville
Guerin hand pick each property in their collection apartments are another option, decorated in
and weave their decorative magic, fitting each tasteful palette of colours. Each has a modern
out with contemporary furnishings and trimmings granite kitchen and bathrooms, a gas log fire
such as plasma TVs with cable entertainment. and large timber deck and private courtyard for
You might choose the very stylish Domain, entertaining. MG Deluxe offers three bedrooms,
which offers two queen bedrooms, a sumptuous an office, a very private courtyard and an
lounge and gourmet kitchen with granite bench entertainment system. Whichever you choose,
there are two key benefits: all are in the CBD of
Mount Gambier and all offer sensational style
and impeccable presentation, from owners who
take pride in discrete service.
Location: 435 km or six hours southeast of
Adelaide. Map 5. RA 69 K7.
Facilities: A range of houses and apartments, with
up to four bedrooms, lounge (plasma cable TV,
DVD), dining, full kitchen, laundry, BBQ, Internet,
secure parking, RC AC. Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/mountgambierapartments 65
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Wrens On Glenelg
Nelson (near Mount Gambier)

5 Acacia Street, Nelson Vic. 3292 Whole apartment rates per night: from $155 to $165
(Postal: PO Box 2302, Mount Gambier 5290) Whole apartment rates per week: $960
Ph: 08 8738 4341 Mobile: 0408 199 056 Bed & continental breakfast provisions (first night)
info@wrensonglenelg.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends preferred
www.wrensonglenelg.com.au Disabled facilities • MC • VI
Hosts: Rick and Trena Mullan
Style: Secluded riverside hideaway

Nelson must rate as Australia’s least-known features an airy lounge, neat kitchenette and a
seaside gem. Just over the border in Victoria, dreamy bathroom with two-person spa. Glass
it is very much a favourite of South Australians doors open to a patio, allowing guests to soak up
and the perfect place to stop on a Great Ocean the stunning views.
Road odyssey. What we love about this hideaway is the
Wrens sits aside the Glenelg River in gorgeous location: set within a picturesque hamlet and
bushland brimming with local bird life. In this right on the doorstep of the region’s signature
peaceful haven you’ll find just one exclusive attractions. The Coonawarra’s wineries, Robe and
couple’s retreat set well away from the hosts’ the Grampians are all a day trip away. You can
own house and just a stroll from the river. The cruise the Glenelg River (quite stunning), explore
tastefully decorated apartment is open-plan and the Piccaninnie Ponds, go caving at Naracoorte,
fish, golf, swim, walk the Great Southern Walk or
simply stay at Wrens and relax. There is dining
in all directions and host Trena Mullan has a
plethora of local knowledge to share.
Location: 470 km or 6½ hours southeast of
Adelaide. Map 5. RA 69 K7.
Facilities: One open-plan apartment: king bed,
lounge (TV, DVD), kitchenette, bathroom (two-
person spa), deck. BBQ, laundry, carport. RC AC.
Continental provisions provided (first night).
66 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/wrensonglenelg
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Robe Lifestyle Properties: Splash


Robe

Office: 10 Victoria Street, Robe SA 5276 Whole apartment rates per night: from $310 to $395
Ph: 1300 760 629 Mobile: 0427 541 185 (up to two guests, extra guests $50 per night)
robelifestyle@bigpond.com Weekly rates available
www.robelifestyle.com.au Bed & continental breakfast provisions
Owner: Rayna Fahey Minimum two nights preferred
Style: Exclusive lifestyle retreats Suitable for children
AE • CHQ • DC • Direct Deposit• Eftpos • MC • VI

The location of this wonderfully named spacious living room, with its white leather
luxury apartment could not be better: absolute lounges and full entertainment systems, there is
beachfront and tucked in behind Robe’s a dining room and second living space warmed
historic Caledonian Inn (circa 1858). by a potbelly stove (complete with heavenly
Once you let yourself in the door, you are day bed), a gourmet kitchen and three sunny
in for a treat – everything about Splash oozes bedrooms dressed in beautiful linen.
beach holiday. The fresh decorator tones of You might be in the very heart of historic
lime, aqua, crisp white and sand meld with the Robe, with the sandy beach on your doorstep,
colours of Guichen Bay; light from the cosy but the privacy is complete. And the best
log fire falls on a collection of found objects part? The charming bar and restaurant at The
brought up from the beach. In addition to the Caledonian Inn is on your doorstep, so you
don’t have far to stroll to indulge in fine wines
and food or a casual bite at the beach cafe.
Splash offers space, warmth and ocean views
in an unbeatable beachfront location.
Location: 336 km or four hours southeast of
Adelaide. Map 5. RA 69 H5.
Facilities: One apartment: Three bedrooms,
lounge (fire), dining, kitchen, bathroom.
Also available: a range of sole-occupancy houses
(sleeping two to ten). Self-catering.
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Robe Lifestyle Properties: Villa Pescatore


Robe

Office: 10 Victoria Street, Robe SA 5276 (up to two guests, extra guests $50 per night)
Ph: 1300 760 629 Mobile: 0427 541 185 Weekly rates available
robelifestyle@bigpond.com Accommodation only
www.robelifestyle.com.au Minimum two nights preferred
Owner: Rayna Fahey Suitable for children
Style: Exclusive lifestyle retreats Pets welcome
Whole house rates per night: from $325 to $395 AE • CHQ • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

If Villa Pescatore were a cocktail, the living area with divine day bed, a spa bathroom
ingredients list would read like this: one with white shutters looking over a garden, a
part Robe fisherman’s cottage, two parts marvellous gourmet kitchen and two bedrooms.
contemporary architect-designed flair and a Upstairs you’ll find the real garnish: a living
double shot of seaside interior style – served room with a balcony that looks out to the
beachfront and enjoyed in summer or winter. ocean, a gas log fire, entertainment systems and
If that sounds tempting, Villa Pescatore (the more of that seaside interior flair, together with
fisherman’s house) could be a real treat for one more bedroom. Within moments of arriving
your next holiday. Once you enter through the you’ll fling open the French doors, let the
front gate into the sun-drenched courtyard, you sea breeze flow through and laze back to the
have complete privacy. Downstairs there is a sounds of the ocean washing up on the beach.
Divine in any season.
Location: 336 km or four hours southeast of
Adelaide. Map 5. RA 69 H5.
Facilities: One house: three bedrooms (two king,
one with two sets of bunks), upstairs lounge (gas
fire, TV, DVD, CD), downstairs living (day bed,
TV, DVD), courtyard (dining, day beds), kitchen/
dining, bathroom (spa). BBQ. Self-catering. Also
available: a range of sole-occupancy houses
(sleeping two to eight).
68 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/robelifestyle
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Ann’s Place
Old Robe Town

2 Royal Circus (PO Box 160), Robe SA 5276 Room rates per couple: from $180 to $210
Ph: 08 8768 2262 Bed & full breakfast
annsplace@bigpond.com AE • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
www.visitrobe.com.au/annsplace
Hosts: Ann, George and Suzy Murphy
Style: Private suites with B&B service

Ann’s Place has been a favourite with our soaking tub. The heart of Ann’s Place is the sun-
readers for many years because of its location drenched guest lounge and dining room with
in the heart of old Robe town, its lovely views bay views. Here breakfast is served at tables for
over Guichen Bay and the warmth of hosts Ann two (or four, if two couples travel together) and
and George Murphy. Over the past 40 years, Ann strives to serve local delicacies including
they have become treasures of South Australian fresh fish and smoked bacon. There is something
tourism. very relaxing about tucking into a hearty feast
Guests can chose from four ensuite rooms, while admiring the sparkling waters of the bay.
each very spacious. We love the suite with Ann and George have a wealth of knowledge
bay views and a deck – but all share a fresh, to share, including local history, dining, wineries
bright interior style and have either a spa or and walks they love sharing tips with guests who
want advice. Whatever your exploratory interests,
you’ll love returning to this haven at the end of
the day with its garden pergola and roses.
Location: 336 km or four hours southeast of
Adelaide. Map 5. RA 69 H5.
Facilities: Four ensuite rooms: each with
separate entrances (three with spa, one with
bath), TV/DVD, AC. Guest lounge, dining
area and deck with bay views. Garden pergola.
Full breakfast served.
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The Pelican Shed


Robe

2 Park Terrace, Robe SA 5276 Whole house rates per night: from $225 to $350
Mobile: 0417 898 584 (rates are for two, additional guests $50)
pelicanshed@bigpond.com Bed & full breakfast provisions (first night)
www.roberetreats.com Minimum two nights
Owner (nearby): Sonya Chalk Suitable for children
Style: Bright and sunny beach house Small dogs by arrangement
CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

This marvellous, light-filled beach house feasts and summer BBQs this is a really cheery
takes its name from the residents of Brim Lake, place to come for a family holiday. So it is
which it overlooks – the favourite spot for local little surprise that kids are welcome here and
pelicans. Mind you, if the pelicans only knew they will love the easy amble to the beach for
the style of this beach house sitting on top of the swimming or surfing.
dunes they might just be a bit jealous. And when it comes time for a big breakfast
What we love most about The Pelican Shed in town or to buy some fresh locally caught
is the walls of glass on either side of the lounge seafood, you can walk into the Robe village
that draw in light no matter what the time of day along the cliffs – the invigorating walk will
or the season. With deep comfy sofas in happy inspire an appetite. The Pelican Shed is all about
colours and a large dining table just made for long, lazy days wandering the beach, watching
movies and cooking up a storm, making this is a
perfect choice in any season.
Location: 336 km or four hours southeast of
Adelaide. Map 5. RA 69 H5.
Facilities: One modern beach house with four
bedrooms (one king, one queen, two with bunk
beds). Open-plan lounge (LCD TV, DVD, CD,
Bose iPod dock), dining and kitchen. Extensive
decks, BBQ, boogie boards. RC AC. Self-catering
(full breakfast provisions provided first night).
70 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/pelicanshed
Limestone Coast and Mount Gambier

The Perch
Robe

1 Squires Drive, Robe SA 5276 Whole house rates per night: from $225 to $325
Ph: 08 8768 2341 Mobile: 0403 578 382 (up to nine guests) • Weekly rates available
smile@happyshack.com.au Accommodation only
www.happyshack.com.au Minimum two nights preferred (seven in peak)
Manager: Debra Mackey Suitable for children
Style: Contemporary beach house CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Member: Happyshack

The gardens of this fashionable coastal home is a fourth bedroom/playroom with a TV and
mimic the dune vegetation surrounding Robe, Playstation so they have their own space too.
creating a kaleidoscope of grey, silver and green that When it comes to entertaining the large deck
hints at the very stylish interiors within. And that is overlooking the garden is the perfect place for
what The Perch is all about – beautiful beach style. a BBQ or to read the paper.
Step inside and you’ll find an open-plan The location is also a highlight. The Perch
lounge, dining and full kitchen dressed in is right in the heart of Robe so you can walk to
natural beach tones and with interior detailing the cinema, playground, shops and boutiques
and decorations that suggest the owners truly as well as the supermarket. For those who
care about presentation for guests. Even the kids’ remember the care-free holidays of their
bedrooms have a fun, bright theme and there childhood and have wondered if their kids
could experience the same, this beach house
in charming Robe says ‘Yes’. Just sit back, relax
and enjoy peaceful days full of beachside fun.
Location: 336 km or four hours southeast of
Adelaide. Map 5. RA 69 H5.
Facilities: Beach house: four bedrooms (two
queen, one bunkroom and one with daybed/
playroom with TV), open-plan lounge (TV,
DVD, CD), dining and full kitchen, deck (BBQ),
RC AC, heating. Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/theperch 71
Murraylands and Riverland

Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre

The great flowing artery of life for much of At places like Mannum, you can still
southeastern Australia is the Murray River, experience the thrill of boarding a river
which rises far to the east in the Snowy steamer, its whistle howling the departure
Mountains. As it flows quietly through South time, and cruising the river. We suggest going
Australia’s Murraylands and Riverland regions, a step further and booking time aboard your
it provides the sustenance for innumerable own private floating haven. From the deck of a
orchards, vineyards, grazing lands and an houseboat, the river and its wildlife ceaselessly
astonishing range of native wildlife and flora. pass you by in a splendid private parade.
Any visit to South Australia should allow plenty
of time to explore the river towns and bask in Houseboat life is sublime. During the
the shade of their giant red-gums. day, you can busy yourself with fishing,
swimming, BBQs on a secluded bank or
For the 19th-century colonies of Australia, listening to myriad calls of different birds.
the Murray provided more than just water: it
was a weaving brown highway that linked the As the sun sets, find yourself a place opposite
inland with the sea. Mark Twain - who knew the limestone cliffs and watch the light show
a thing or two about great rivers - compared it begin as the river banks flush in a thousand
with the Mississippi. shades of orange and red. And at night, the
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Dinner on the riverbank, Murray River Murray River landscape

blanket of stars overhead heralds an evening make excellent bases for travellers intent on
of nocturnal activity. discovering this region and they are both
within easy reach of Adelaide.
Birdwatchers love this river and you will
soon discover why. The Gluepot Bird Reserve The Riverland region stretches from historic
near Waikerie is in the UNESCO-recognised Burra near Clare in the west to Renmark and the
Bookmark Biosphere Reserve. But you can Victorian town of Mildura to the east. And, yes,
pull over anywhere on the river to enjoy your these names will be familiar to connoisseurs of
own private birdlife extravaganza. fine varietals and fortified wines.

The river’s central role in Australia’s At the busy inland port town of Morgan, you
colonial history is visible everywhere in the can pop into Angove’s and see where that old
architecture of towns such as Murray Bridge Australian favourite St Agnes Brandy is made.
(check out the nearby Monarto Zoological There is also a fascinating heritage walk that
Park to see some of the normally unseen showcases the Murray’s history.
wildlife) and Mannum, a peaceful riverside
town that makes a good stop for a few days Orchards and vineyards line the 80-kilometre
of rest and relaxation. These two towns run from Renmark to famously good gliding
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centre of Waikerie. The route is laced with a


string of wineries for cellar door tastings and
produce shops like Riverland Food Supplies
at Barmera. At Kingston-on-Murray, stop by
at Banrock Station to pick up some table wine
and then visit the Wetland Centre, which
features a very informative seven-kilometre
wetlands walk.

Rowboat on the river, near Bow Hill

Across this region you will encounter names


that are instantly recognisable on every bottle
shop shelf or wine list. There is Renmano
Wines at Renmark and Berri Estates at Berri but
there are also many more boutique wineries
producing little-known, highly prized vintages
on hillsides seamed with highly localised
mineralogy and soil types. Uncovering these
wine gems is one of the great pleasures of any
trip to this region. But there is only one way to
do it: go and explore for yourself.

From the Murraylands and Riverland districts,


you are in easy range of many more South
Australian highlights: the Clare and Barossa
valleys to the north and east, Adelaide and
McLaren Vale to the east and south, or the
dramatic beauty of the Flinders Ranges to the
north and west.

But wherever you move on to, we reckon that


you will always carry some of the whispering
beauty of this river landscape with you.
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Accredited Visitor Information Centres

Mannum 6 Randell Street Ph: 08 8569 1303


Email: visitorcentre@psmarion.com www.mannum.org

Murray Bridge 3 South Terrace Ph: 08 8539 1142


Email: visitorinfo@murraybridge.sa.gov.au www.murraybridge.sa.gov.au

Berri Riverview Drive Ph: 08 8582 5511


Email: bbtour@internode.on.net www.berribarmera.sa.gov.au

Loxton on the roundabout, Bookpurnong Terrace Ph: 08 8584 8071


Email: info@loxtontourism.com.au www.loxtontourism.com.au

Renmark 84 Murray Avenue Ph: 08 8586 6704


Email: tourist@renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au www.renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au

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Riverland
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Murraylands and Riverland

Dream Boatel Floating Apartment


Mannum, on the Murray River

Mooring: 16 Randell Street, Mannum SA 5238 Room rates per person: $180
Admin: 214 Pulteney Street, Adelaide SA 5000 Accommodation only
Ph: 08 8223 3030 Minimum two persons for two nights
enquiry@dreamboatel.com.au Provisioning, private chef, transfers and tours by
www.dreamboatel.com.au arrangement • Suitable for children
Managers: Paul and Susan Pruszinski Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Luxury floating apartment

This could well be Australia’s only floating a marble ensuite) and the wonderful Sky Lounge,
luxury apartment, the ultimate way to dining and gourmet kitchen on the upper deck.
experience the majesty of the Murray River, The Sky Lounge has full entertainment
with all the romance of being on the water but systems and the most breathtaking outlook
without the effort of sailing. over the river from within the lounge and the
Located at an architect-designed private entertaining deck. The feeling is rather like being
mooring in the heart of Mannum, one guest in your own private floating glass conservatory.
group (from one couple to up to ten persons) has And being moored at Mannum, you and your
exclusive use of the whole Boatel’s two levels of guests can relax and entertain on the Boatel or
luxury living, with five guest suites on the lower wander a few steps for dining, river cruises and
deck (each with king bed, panoramic window and shopping. For the ultimate adventure, Boatel’s
own chauffeur service can provide transfers to
and from Boatel as well as bespoke regional
tours tailored to each client’s desire (including
wineries) to add to the experience.
Location: 108 km or 11/2 hours east of Adelaide.
Map 4. RA 69 B4.
Facilities: Floating apartment: Five suites (each
with king/twin single, ensuite), lounge (TV,
DVD, CD), full kitchen, dining, decks. Gas log
fire and heater, AC. Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/boatel 77
The Barossa and Clare Valleys

Mount Surmon Wines, Clare Valley

Are there two valleys anywhere in the world pioneers imported a European cultural
whose names are so intimately linked with aesthetic and wine-making traditions, which
great wines, superb food and landscapes of their descendants have preserved and integrated
such lyrical beauty than those of Clare and into the easy-going Australian lifestyle.
Barossa? We think not. These two spectacular
The start of any Barossa adventure should be
cradles of wine-making now feature on wine Gawler on the region’s eastern apex. From
lists worldwide and are synonymous with this agricultural and economic hub, roads
crisp, refreshing whites and richly satisfying and lanes fan out across the Barossa to the
reds. places you know and those you will discover.
But these two valleys offer so much more But we advise a stop in Gawler to admire
than elite cellar doors like Peter Lehmann, the historic architecture and photograph the
whole panorama from Mengler Hill Lookout.
Richmond Grove and Knappstein. The Barossa
has its own extraordinary cultural heritage: Next stop should be Tanunda, which nestles
it was settled more than 160 years ago by in the heart of the Barossa. The town is filled
German immigrants from their country’s with shops, cafes and delis that offer the best
Prussian heartland. Those piously ambitious of local produce. You can make yourself an
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Appellation at The Louise, Barossa Valley Balloon Regatta, Barossa Valley

instant regional wine expert by popping into But it is the search for an individual wine
the Barossa Wine and Visitor Centre. nirvana that brings many travellers to these
sublime valleys. As you motor through
It is the gorgeous little towns of the Barossa –
the region, label after label of Australia’s
an easy hour’s drive up into the hills from
leading wine brands will suddenly appear
Adelaide – that invariably catch visitors’ breath.
around a corner or be signposted up a
quiet lane. At Jacob’s Creek, for example,
Little towns such as Bethany (laid out like a
you can see where Johann Gramp planted
Silesian village) and Marananga (known as
his first vines. However don’t make your
Gnadenfrei until World War I) are suffused
Barossa trip a mere pilgrimage to the great
with the architecture and cultural heritage
labels; take the opportunity to savour the
of their German pioneers. The palm-lined
delights of smaller winemakers such as
avenues of Marananga and Seppeltsfield lead
Stonewell Vineyards, Milhinch Wines and
to some boutique cellar doors and food
Elderton.
lovers’ haunts, including Maggie Beer’s farm
shop. The very English town of Angaston has Just an hour north of the Barossa is its equally
a magical setting, with gourmet cafes and enchanting and famous neighbour – the
lovely dining spots. Clare Valley. The Clare Valley’s Riesling
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Trail – from Auburn to just north of Clare – is


must-do for lovers of the white wine in the
long-necked bottle. But don’t just go for the
wine; it is only part of the tableau of this rich
valley. St Vincent Street in Auburn makes a
charming and historic starting point for the
25-kilometre walk, bike or drive through this
famous valley.

Murdock Wines, Tanunda, Barossa Valley

The Clare Valley’s towns – Leasingham,


Watervale and Penwortham – all have cellar
doors worth a look-see and taste. In the Skilly
Hills, lunch at Skillogalee Winery provides an
opportunity to taste their world-class wines.
At Sevenhill, you can visit the Silesian Jesuit
winemakers whose alter wine was the first
drop cultivated in the valley. Clare itself has
charming pubs that will set your table with
frothy ale and fine food.
The Clare and Barossa valleys are for those
connoisseurs of life who love its sensual
pleasures: the rich aroma of fresh coffee, the
subtle nose of fine wines, the explosion on
the palette of beautiful flavours and the sheer
pleasure of being in a place of beauty. It
doesn’t matter whether you opt for a picnic by
a riverbank, a comfy pub meal or the gourmet
cuisine served up at Thorn Park By The
Vines, your experience in the valleys will be
unforgettable.

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Accredited Visitor Information Centres

Tanunda 66-68 Murray Street Ph: 08 8563 0600


Email: visitorcentre@barossa.sa.gov.au www.barossa.com

Gawler 2 Lyndoch Road Ph: 08 8522 9260


Email: visitor.centre@gawler.sa.gov.au www.gawler.sa.gov.au

Burra 2 Market Square Ph: 08 8892 2154


Email: burravisitorcentre@bigpond.com www.visitburra.com

Clare Cnr Main North & Spring Gully Roads Ph: 08 8842 2131
Email: ask@clarevalley.com.au www.claregilbertvalleys.sa.gov.au

Kapunda 51-53 Main Street Ph: 08 8566 2902


Email: visitorcentre@light.sa.gov.au

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Strathlyn Estate Bed and Breakfast


Angaston

Nuriootpa Road, Angaston SA 5353 Room rates per couple: from $200 to $250
Ph: 08 8564 2430 Bed & full breakfast (in-house rooms)
enquiry@strathlyn.com.au Bed & full breakfast provisions (Coach House &
www.strathlyn.com.au Apartment)
Host: Heather Anderson Minimum two nights at weekends preferred
Style: Coach house, apartment and B&B MC • VI

Which do you prefer: your own self- seclusion. The Lemon Tree Spa Apartment
contained haven or the pleasure of being offers the same facilities but with a more
pampered in a bed and breakfast? The choice contemporary interior nuance. You’ll love the
is delectably yours at Strathlyn Estate. therapeutic double spa before bed.
The Coach House is secreted away in the Host Heather Anderson also offers two
Estate’s gardens at the bottom of an orchard, in-house B&B rooms within the main homestead:
overlooking a vineyard. Lovers’ privacy is the Lily and Rose suites each have a spa ensuite
assured in the attic bedroom of this dreamily and the added bonus of a home-cooked country
romantic confection of stone and timber. There breakfast each morning. Guests can walk to
is a tranquil lounge and full kitchen, meaning award-winning restaurants, explore antique
you can hide away here for days in peaceful stores, seek out gourmet delights and tour the
many wineries close by.
Location: 80 km or 11/2 hours northeast of
Adelaide. Map 2 RA 65 C7.
Facilities: Two in-house suites: queen or
double, ensuite (double spa), private entrance.
Coach House: upstairs queen bedroom, lounge,
kitchenette, bathroom. Apartment: queen
bedroom, lounge, kitchenette, ensuite
(double spa). All with RC AC. Full breakfast
(in-house) and provisions.
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The Louise
Marananga

Seppeltsfield Road, Marananga SA 5352 Room rates per couple: from $395 to $1082
Ph: 08 8562 2722 Bed & continental breakfast (in suite)
stay@thelouise.com.au Appellation open nightly (reservation essential)
www.thelouise.com.au Disabled facilities
Hosts: Jim and Helen Carreker AE • CHQ • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Luxury vineyard retreat Member: SLH

The Louise and its co-located restaurant luxury suites each present rich, warm interiors that
Appellation offer a superlative Australian regional are designed to cosset. Rain showers and spa tubs,
dining and luxury retreat experience. This is true private courtyards and sun terraces with vineyard
destination dining, headlined by Appellation, views conspire with comfortable lounges (some
which has bagged multiple gourmand awards for with gas fire) to offer sublime privacy.
its cuisine and impressive wine list. Also available nearby is The Atrium, a self-
Appellation’s relaxed epicurean delights may contained residence set on 42 acres with
bring you here but the wonderful transformation vineyard views. It is ideal for a group of up to
of The Louise over recent years will make you six with the option of private dining crafted by
stay. It is now a contemporary country lodge that Appellation’s chefs.
is equal to many of the world’s finest. The 15
Location: 70 km or 1¼ hours northeast of
Adelaide. Map 2. RA 65 C6.
Facilities: A range of suites (each with king
bed, dual spa tub, double rain shower, LCD
TV, private individual gated courtyard and
terrace overlooking vineyards). Stonewell and
Greenock suites with private outdoor shower,
fireplace, second LCD TV in ensuite. Swimming
pool, outdoor heated spa, sauna, cocktail
lounge and terrace. Continental breakfast
(in suite); Appellation open nightly.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/thelouise 83
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Stephanette’s Cottage
Nuriootpa

Kalimna Road, Nuriootpa SA 5355 Whole cottage rates per night: from $170 to $250
Ph: 08 8562 3017 Mobile: 0419 857 197 Bed & full breakfast provisions
enquiry@stephanette.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends
www.stephanette.com.au CHQ • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Owner: Anette and Stephen Stoll
Style: Cosy vineyard cottage

The name alone speaks of romance – (with wood fire), dining and a kitchenette
‘Stephanette’ suggests a soft, beguiling place set (perfect for preparing an antipasto platter of
peacefully among pretty vineyards alongside a regional goodies collected in the Valley). There
gentle river – and that is exactly what you will is a separate bedroom with ensuite featuring fine
find at this secluded Barossa Valley escape. imported linen and original artworks.
Here in this quintessential Barossa wine But hearts will truly flutter over the surprise
region hideaway, hosts Stephen and Anette (the waiting beyond the bedroom’s French doors: a
marriage of their first names being the inspiration marvellous outdoor heated spa overlooking an
for the name) have lovingly restored a 1910 olive grove and vineyards of shiraz, cabernet
cottage for the enjoyment of one couple at a sauvignon, savagnin and tannat. Naturally you’ll
time. Inside you’ll find an open-plan lounge want to try Stephanette’s own label (generously
a complimentary bottle is included) as well
as wander the valley in search of other gentle
pursuits in art, food and wine.
Location: 72 km or 1¼ hours north of Adelaide.
Map 2. RA 65 B6.
Facilities: One cottage: one bedroom (king/
twin singles), living room (wood fire, TV, DVD,
CD), dining, kitchenette. Outdoor heated spa,
BBQ. Internet. RC AC, under-floor heating. Full
breakfast provisions provided.
84 Online enquiry & www.beautifulaccommodation.com/stephanette
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Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage


Seppeltsfield

Gerald Roberts Road, Seppeltsfield SA 5355 Whole cottage rates per night: from $490 to $570
Ph: 08 8563 4059 Mobile: 0403 515 775 Bed & full breakfast provisions
stay@seppeltsfieldvineyardcottage.com.au Gourmet local produce and BBQ platters available
www.seppeltsfieldvineyardcottage.com.au Minimum two nights
Hosts: Sharyn Rogers and Peter Milhinch AE • CHQ • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Exceptional vineyard cottage Member: BBFAA

This is the compelling tale of a forgotten surrounded by vineyards whose product bears the
treasure being found and resurrected into a multi- vibrant label Seize The Day. There is crisp white
award-winning charmer. Seppeltsfield Vineyard linen in the bedroom – ideal after a session in
Cottage was built in the 1860s by German settlers the heavenly soaking tub, wafted by vine-scented
who helped to found the local wine industry. breeze through the French doors. Inside there is
Then, after a long decline, the current owners set a fire-lit lounge, Bose entertainment system and
about a restoration, transforming the old bones gourmet goodies from this prodigious region.
into a world-class retreat. Its sophisticated luxury Guests can enjoy the exclusive privilege of
reflects minute attention to reviving original a structured wine tasting by one of the Valley’s
details such as hand-forged fittings. most respected boutique vintners, Peter Milhinch.
Couples have the place to themselves, His wines rest in the 150-year-old cellar under
Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage.
Location: 68 km or 70 minutes northeast of
Adelaide. Map 2. RA 65 C6.
Facilities: One cottage: one king bedroom with
ensuite (double shower, rain water bath, French
doors to verandah). Lounge/dining with fire,
kitchenette (Nespresso machine), TV, DVD/VCR,
Bose entertainment system and iPod station,
wireless broadband. RC AC. Full breakfast and
gourmet provisions provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/seppeltsfieldvineyardcottage 85
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Barossa Vista
Tanunda

1b Murray Street, Tanunda SA 5352 Whole cottage rates per night (first couple): from $260
Mobile: 0423 019 353 to $290 (extra couples $160 per night)
info@barossavista.com Bed & continental breakfast provisions (first two nights)
www.barossavista.com Minimum two nights
Owner: Nardia Munt Direct Deposit • MC • PayPal • VI
Style: Gourmet lovers’ cottage

Space, style and sensational views are what (perfect for alfresco dining), the bespoke medley
make Barossa Vista a heritage triumph – and of local gourmet goodies left for each guest
inspire its name. This 1920s cottage has been (including cheeses, jersey milk, jams and more),
magicked into a sophisticated haven for up to or the local art delights. Tanunda is an easy
three couples by a fabulous fusion of cultures saunter for dining, coffee and shopping.
and colours. There are three bedrooms (we love the master
The owner’s aesthetic vision and vitality reflect with its spa ensuite), a very spacious lounge with
her travels across Asia and beyond. The result? A books, CDs and DVDs and a gourmet kitchen.
sumptuous blend of Asian and European themes. Thanks to clever design, the space feels cosy
Every little touch exudes Barossa Vista style: and intimate for one couple but at the same
the vineyard views from the spacious rear deck time spacious enough for two or three couples
sharing (the ample second bathroom is a bonus).
Location: 69 km or 11/2 hours north of Adelaide.
Map 2. RA 65 C6.
Facilities: One cottage: three bedrooms (one
king with spa ensuite, two queen), open-plan
lounge (wood fire, flat-screen TV, DVD, iPod
dock), dining and full kitchen (espresso machine),
bathroom. Deck (BBQ), Internet, laundry, carport.
RC AC, ducted cooling. Continental breakfast
provisions (first two nights).
86 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/barossavista
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Stonewell Cottages
Tanunda

Stonewell Road (PO Box 96), Tanunda SA 5352 Whole cottage rates per couple: from $275 to $415
Mobile: 0417 848 977 (extra guests $95 per night)
relax@stonewellcottages.com.au Bed & full breakfast provisions
www.stonewellcottages.com.au Gourmet regional platters available
Hosts: Tina Gobell and Yvonne and John Pfeiffer Minimum two nights at weekends
Style: Vineyard waterfront cottages Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Member: BBFAA

Lovers take note: Stonewell Cottages is a whilst retaining the charm of a stone cottage.
couple’s heaven among the vines, designed for Then there’s Cupid’s – no surprise here that this
hopeless romantics. cottage sets hearts fluttering with its secluded,
The two Haven Spa Retreats each have waterfront setting and vineyard backdrop.
their own spa room with divine candlelit oval Take a row on the lake, relax with an in-room
spa baths. Pillow-top beds and a cosy lounge massage and enjoy a glass of Stonewell wine as
with wood fire complete the picture. The you watch the sunset. Barossa’s best is right on
Hideaway is right on the water’s edge with your doorstep with nearby cellar doors, gourmet
two bedrooms, a spa ensuite and, like all the stores and restaurants. Whichever cottage you
cottages, has a new kitchen which together with choose, the vineyards and the beautiful lake with
a contemporary lounge offers a modern touch resident ducks make for a truly idyllic setting. Even
small, intimate weddings can be accommodated.
There could hardly be a more beautiful way to
start life together or celebrate a milestone.
Location: 80 km or 11/2 hours northeast of
Adelaide. Map 2. RA 65 C6.
Facilities: Three one- and two-bedroom cottages:
each with king or queen bedroom, lounge
(wood fire, TV, DVD, CD), ensuite (double spa),
kitchen, private alfresco dining area, RC AC. Full
breakfast provisions provided.
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The Kirche at Charles Melton Wines


Tanunda

Krondorf Road, Tanunda SA 5352 Whole church rates per night: $540
Ph: 08 8563 3606 (up to four guests) • Minimum two nights
virginia@charlesmeltonwines.com.au Bed & full breakfast provisions
www.charlesmeltonwines.com.au Dinner provisions by prior arrangement
Hosts: Virginia and Charles Melton Cellar Door open for tastings and light lunch seven days
Style: Historic, luxury church retreat AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

The Zum Kripplein Christi Lutheran Church and creating iconic reds), The Kirche has been
was the centre of village life from 1864 to magnificently reinterpreted while keeping faith
the 1950s. Over those long years it nurtured with its original architectural integrity.
the souls of local worshipers as they, in turn, The heart of The Kirche is the majestic
nurtured their vines, creating one of the new lounge, the repose of leather lounges, a wood
world’s leading wine regions. fire, the entertainment system and a dining
Those pious vintners would be astounded at table perfect for long, lazy dinners. There are
the conversion of their old kirche into one of two bedrooms (one in the divinely inspired
the region’s most luxurious vineyard escapes. attic) and a stunning bathroom with a soaking
Set within the grounds of Charles Melton Wines tub and vineyard views. The vestry has been
(famed for championing heritage vineyards transformed into a gourmet kitchen. The Kirche
provides the holy trinity for gourmet lovers: fine
wine, luxury surrounds and a heavenly setting.
Location: 69 km or 11/2 hours north of Adelaide.
Map 2. RA 65 C6.
Facilities: One church: two bedrooms, one with
queen and mezzanine with king/twin singles.
Lounge/dining (wood fire, TV, DVD, CD), full
kitchen, bathroom (soaking tub), laundry. BBQ.
RC AC. Full breakfast provisions provided.
Dinner provisions by prior arrangement.
88 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/thekirche
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Patly Hill Farm


Armagh (near Clare)

St Georges Terrace (PO Box 773), Room rates per couple: from $160 to $180
Armagh via Clare SA 5453 (extra guests $70 per night)
Ph: 08 8842 3557 Mobile: 0418 848 339 Bed & full breakfast
info@patlyhillfarm.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends preferred
www.patlyhillfarm.com.au Dogs welcome by prior arrangement
Hosts: Stephen and Caroline Gill AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Gourmet lovers’ farm escape

Patly Hill Farm is the proverbial overflowing This is one pretty farm gate that invites more
basket of plenty, a cornucopia of gourmet than just a passing visit – guests settle in, relax
delights and the fruits of its orchards, nurtured and absorb the Tuscan charm of this stunning
under the watchful eyes of its farmer-hosts, pocket of South Australia. There are four guest
Stephen and Caroline Gill. Lovingly tended rooms, each stylishly decorated in a blend of
olive groves, fruit trees and vegetable gardens Australian country flair with luxurious accents
produce extra-virgin olive oils, table olives, including Persian carpets and iPod docks.
preserves and delicious gastronomic goodies, The wonderful central lounge is perfect for
which are sold through their farm shop and small groups of up to 12 to gather and spend time
gallery and selected outlets in the Clare Valley together, perhaps sampling a platter of local treats
and a variety of locales beyond. or planning where to explore next in the Clare
region. If you love the ‘slow food’ philosophy of
meeting the farmer who grows their bounty, a
stay on this hill will be a true delight.
Location: 137 km or two hours north of
Adelaide. Map 4. RA 68 E7.
Facilities: Four rooms, each with king/twin single
or queen and ensuite (accommodating up to
12), RC AC. Lounge/dining, heating, TV/DVD,
Internet. BBQ. Farm produce shop and gallery.
Full breakfast served.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/patlyhillfarm 89
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Cygnets at Auburn Bed and Breakfast


Auburn (near Clare)

20 Main North Road, Auburn SA 5451 Bed & full breakfast


Ph: 08 8849 2030 Mobile: 0412 857 011 Dinner by prior arrangement
cygnetsatauburn@bigpond.com Minimum two nights at weekends
www.cygnetsatauburn.com.au Cafe open seven days 9.30am–3.30pm
Host: Marjorie Moncrieff Suitable for children • Pets by arrangement
Style: Historic foodies hideaway Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Room rates per couple: from $150 to $200

The historic town of Auburn exemplifies the spot in the courtyard garden behind Cygnets’
romance of the Clare Valley wine region and evocative cafe space. Breakfast is a delicious
its former general store has now appropriately ritual: head to the cafe and indulge in Marjorie’s
transformed into a foodies’ haven called continental buffet followed by a cooked course
Cygnets. Owner Marjorie Moncrieff has and brilliant coffee. But leave some room for
conjured up a recipe for food lovers that melds lunch and a wine tasting before mounting a bike
1800s charm, delicious food and delightful to roam the country lanes of the Clare.
country cottage accommodation. The highlight of any weekend stay at
Guests can choose from four suites (one in the Cygnets is the Saturday night ‘La Masseria’ long
cottage has its own lounge) and the cosy stables table dinner hosted by local foodie, Calabrian
suites have spas; each has a wood fire and a quiet Nick Agostino. Start with a glass of Nick’s own
wine, followed by a food journey through
Nick’s Italian heritage cooking using local
produce – much grown by Nick himself.
Location: 110 km or 11/2 hours north of
Adelaide. Map 4. RA 68 E7.
Facilities: Four suites, each with queen bed,
bathroom (two with spa), wood fire (one suite in
cottage with separate lounge). Cafe restaurant
open Sat. for ‘La Masseria’ long table dinner or
by prior arrangement. Full breakfast served.
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Thorn Park By The Vines


Sevenhill (near Clare)

Quarry Road (PO Box 63), Sevenhill SA 5453 Room rates per couple: from $390 to $450
Ph: 08 8843 4304 Single rates available
stay@thornpark.com.au Bed & full breakfast
www.thornpark.com.au Dinner by prior arrangement
Hosts: David Hay and Michael Speers Minimum two nights
Style: Gourmet vineyard escape Disabled facilities
AE • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

When hosts David Hay and Michael Speers ensuite). Some favourite antiques and artworks
sold their historic Thorn Park Country House in were retained, gorgeously counterpointing the
the Clare Valley previous guests were crestfallen. new Thorn Park’s very contemporary feel.
They intended to travel Europe and not look The location is idyllic. Thorn Park By The
back – but thankfully they did. Their new Vines is surrounded by vineyards and tall gum
incarnation nearby has all their hallmark touches trees and overlooks a small lake. Pursuits are
wrapped in a bold new architect-designed guise. gentle and restorative: indulge in a cooking class
Their dinner parties are back, too, with a in the purpose-designed gourmet kitchen, take a
relaxed formality in keeping with the Australian book and wander to a quiet spot by the lake, or
vernacular style of the building. There are just put your feet up in the lounge or fireside in the
two spacious guest rooms (each with its own library. And at the end of the day relax on the
balcony with a glass of wine as the sun sets over
the vines – the perfect prelude to a wonderful
dinner with friends.
Location: 126 km or two hours north of
Adelaide. Map 4. RA 71 G10.
Facilities: Two guest rooms: one king and one
queen, each with ensuite, Internet, RC AC, fan
and under-floor heating. Lounge, dining and
library. Decks. Full breakfast served. Cooking
classes available.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/thornpark 91
Yorke Peninsula, Flinders Ranges and the Outback

Pristine beachfront, Yorke Peninsula

The very shape of the Yorke Peninsula hints at The miles of rugged coastline offer other
the myriad experiences it offers: ocean on two bonuses: superb surfing, diving and
sides bisected by fields of gently swaying grain. snorkelling are never far away. But if you
Every road finally ends at a superb coastline like land-based activities, there are art
dotted with walks, beaches and fabulous galleries and bushwalks all over the region.
fishing spots. The local Aboriginal Narungga It all makes the Yorke Peninsula a tranquil
people have known the region’s riches for yet spectacular landscape for holidaymakers
thousands of years but Europeans first arrived seeking a full range of diversions.
here seeking copper in 1859. Only now are
An inland contrast is provided by the southern
travellers beginning to treasure its real
Flinders Ranges, with its extraordinary
experiential gold.
landscapes and places to view its exotic
Some of the best shellfish and table fish in the wildlife. Mount Remarkable lives up to its
world are caught here from boat, jetty name – its Hidden Gorge is splendid – and the
or shore, including blue swimmer crabs, region is dotted with historic towns such as
southern salmon and the southern rock lobster. Booleroo Centre, Melrose and Orroroo. Each
Catch your own or seek out one of the many has traditional country pubs and outdoor
casual eateries where seafood is served. activities including riding the Pichi Richi
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Crayfish bounty Charter fishing

Railway at Quorn. There are gorges of the best view of the Pound is from the rim,
outstanding beauty (Telowie is exceptional) where the craggy ramparts of this volcanic
and the famed Heysen Trail weaves through reserve catch the changing light of day to great
here from its southern origins. effect.

Make sure you stop at Wadlata Outback Centre Some of the best views are from Rawnsley Bluff
at Port Augusta, where you can learn about the and Rawnsley Park Station. This family-owned
Aboriginal Dreamtime. The beautiful Arid Lands eco-tourism pioneer makes an ideal base to
Botanic Garden offers interpretive displays and explore Wilpena and the ranges (where luxury
walks that will teach you about this precious eco retreats are the place to stay).
environment before you head north.
From Rawnsley Park, an air tour of Wilpena is
The gateway to the central Flinders Ranges is essential viewing. Then walk into the Pound
through Hawker, where you should make time after a visit to the information centre where
to see the nearby Yourambulla Caves. As you they will brief you about the best walks and
venture on from Hawker, the Flinders Ranges what wildlife to expect. St Mary’s Peak,
unfolds magnificent desert landscapes along Malloga Falls and Hills Homestead are all
the road leading to Wilpena Pound. Perhaps worth exploring.
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For stunning scenery try the Moralana Scenic


Drive, while the 20-kilometre Brachina Gorge
Geological Trail offers an insight into 130
million years of earth history. The road from
Wilpena to Blinman passes the Great Wall of
China. At Blinman, branch out to the Blinman
Pools and Parachilna Gorge for some
inspirational walks. From Blinman, head to

Mining for opals, Coober Pedy

Leigh Creek via Parachilna or across to the


Gammon Ranges National Park, which offers
bushwalks ranging from easy to challenging.
Further north is Coober Pedy, the outback
opal-mining town that provides one of
Australia’s most inimitable tourism
experiences. You can stay in an underground
apartment, shop for opals from reputable
galleries and even dine in a cave. Above
ground, explore the mining operations and
take the time to talk with the locals – they’ll
have tall stories of the latest opal seams and big
strikes to share with you. From Coober Pedy,
you are on your way to Alice Springs, through
some of Australia’s most awe-inspiring scenery.
Whichever route you take, this huge area of
South Australia will leave an effect – whether
it be the extraordinary landscapes or the
colourful characters that you will meet along
the way, say, propping up the bar in some
small outback town.

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Hot air ballooning, Rawnsley Bluff near Rawnsley Park Station (page 100)

Accredited Visitor Information Centres

Hawker Cnr Cradock & Wilpena Roads Ph: 08 8648 4022


Email: info@hawkervic.info www.hawkervic.info

PortAugusta 41 Flinders Terrace Ph: 08 8641 9194


Email: wadlata@portaugusta.sa.gov.au www.wadlata.sa.gov.au

Port Pirie 3 Mary Elie Street Ph: 08 8633 8700


Email: tourism@pirie.sa.gov.au www.piriehasitall.com.au

Quorn 3 Seventh Street Ph: 08 8648 6419


Email: vic@flindersranges.com www.flindersranges.com

Wilpena Wilpena Road Ph: 08 8648 0048


Email: visitorcentre@wilpenapound.com.au www.wilpenapound.com.au

Coober Pedy Lot 773 Hutchison Street Ph: 08 8672 4617


Email: info@opalcapitaloftheworld.com.au www.opalcapitaloftheworld.com.au

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Emaroo Port Hughes


Port Hughes

8 Randolph Street, Port Hughes SA 5558 One apartment rates per couple: from $200 to $250
Mobile: 0418 862 260 Ph: 08 8595 7217 Both apartment rates per night: from $400 to $500
cathy@emaroocottages.com.au (up to four guests, extra guests $25 per night)
www.emaroocottages.com.au Accommodation only • Chef by prior arrangement
Owners: Cathy and Rick Edmonds Minimum two nights
Style: Resort-style beachside stay Suitable for children • Pets by arrangement
CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

Emaroo Port Hughes is surely one of the best- But the real delight here is the carefully
appointed holiday homes we have seen. Every planned provision of every item you could want
detail has been attentively considered, leaving in a beach house: a communal games room
guests free to get on with the job of having a with Wii, a billiards table, a set of fishing rods,
fabulous holiday. bikes and helmets and much more. The owners
This is actually two apartments – each fully have even thought of fish cleaning facilities and
self-contained in its own right – but easily united placed two BBQs in a covered entertaining area.
to make one grand beach house for a larger All these goodies are included in the rate and
group. Each has two or three bedrooms, its own optional extras can be added such as a private
lounge, dining and kitchen, and all the mod chef, fishing charters, boat hire and more.
cons you expect during a first-class stay.
Location: 168 km or 2½ hours northwest of
Adelaide. Map 3. RA 68 E5.
Facilities: Two apartments or one house: one
with three bedrooms (queen and two twin
singles), one with two bedrooms (queen). Both
apartments with lounge (plasma TV, DVD, CD,
libraries), dining, full kitchen and bathroom.
Games room (TV, Wii, billiards table, table
tennis, darts, bikes, fishing rods), outdoor covered
dining (BBQs), fish cleaning facilities, garage
(accommodates boat), laundry. Self-catering.
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Yondah Beach House


Point Yorke (near Marion Bay)

South Coast Road, Point Yorke SA 5575 Whole house rates per couple: from $220 to $350
Mobile: 0417 829 010 (extra guests $20 to 25 per night)
holiday@yondah.com.au Accommodation only
www.yondah.com.au Minimum three nights
Owners: Michele Bain and Nick Cureton Dogs welcome
Style: Clifftop ocean-view beach house CHQ • Direct Deposit • PayPal

Picture this: an architect-designed home set on three-bedroom beach house to yourself with a
300 oceanfront acres, with private sandy beaches, sensational lounge (with wood fire) and dining
dramatic clifftop walks, views to Kangaroo Island with panoramic ocean and coastline views.
and a front-row seat to nature’s dramatic weather The kitchen even has an espresso machine – so
show. If this sounds like the lifestyle of the rich urban escapees won’t miss their morning ritual.
and famous, we have a surprise out yonder just Picnic on a golden beach, fossick treasures
for you: Yondah Beach House. along the coastline, snorkel the underwater vista
The name whispers of a place far from the or just sit back with a long cool drink as the sun
madding crowd – the wild blue Yondah – and sets. Later, cosy up to the fire with a great book
that was enough for us to visit this precious as a storm approaches. Time and city cares will
spot. What a delight. You have the whole melt away as you watch kangaroos come and
go, count wild orchids and watch the sea eagles
soar. It’s great out Yondah.
Location: 280 km or 3½ hours west of Adelaide.
Map 3. RA 68 H4.
Facilities: One beach house: three bedrooms
(two queen and one twin singles), open-plan
lounge (wood fire, TV, DVD, CD, RC AC), full
kitchen (espresso machine), dining. Bathroom
(bath), laundry, Internet, outside hot shower. Oil
heaters, fans. Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/yondah 97
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Taralee Orchards
Wirrabara

Forest Road, Wirrabara SA 5481 Whole cottage rates per couple: $120
Ph: 08 8668 4343 Mobile: 0428 827 774 (extra guests $30 per night)
info@taralee.com.au Weekly rates available • Accommodation only
www.taralee.com.au Full breakfast and dinner provisions available
Hosts: Paul and Denise Kretschmer Suitable for children • Pets by arrangement
Style: Family-friendly farm stay CHQ • Direct Deposit
Member: BBFAA

In this pocket of rolling hills next to the Of course, the farm comes with a cast of extras
Wirrabara State Forest a handful of families including chickens (which means fresh eggs for
have farmed for more than 100 years. Paul breakfast), romping friendly farm dogs and the
and Denise Kretschmer purchased their farm country hospitality of Denise, Paul and their
and set about biodynamically restoring its family. This is a working farm and guests can chat
productivity. It is now a certified ‘Demeter’ about farming and get a feel for life on the land.
farm that has become a veritable cornucopia of There are two cottages here; both are very
peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, quince, family-friendly and toasty warm with wood
apples and persimmons. The delectable result fires in winter. Each overlooks the farm and the
is a rich range of jams, dried fruits and other Wirrabara Forest (a big attraction in itself for walks
delicacies. and cycling) and the pace here is safe and relaxed.
At night the sky is burnished with constellations
and the days are filled with fresh air and sunshine.
Location: 238 km or three hours north of Adelaide.
Map 6. RA 71 E9.
Facilities: Two cottages, each with two bedrooms
(queen, double, bunk), lounge (wood fire, TV,
DVD, CD with library), dining and full kitchen.
Deck (BBQ), laundry. Fan, evaporative cooler.
Self-catering, breakfast and dinner provisions
available.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/taraleeorchards 99
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Rawnsley Park Station Eco Villas


Wilpena Pound (Flinders Ranges)

Wilpena Road, Via Hawker SA 5434 Whole eco villa rates per couple: from $350 to $490
Ph: 08 8648 0030 (extra guests $50 per night)
info@rawnsleypark.com.au Bed & continental breakfast provisions
www.rawnsleypark.com.au Lunch and dinner available daily
Hosts: Tony and Julie Smith Suitable for children • Disabled facilities (with carer)
Style: Luxury outback eco villas AE • Direct Deposit
DC • Eftpos • MC • VI

Why settle for a five-star experience when sets and sends the ramparts of Wilpena Pound
you can experience a truly five-million star ablaze, settle on your veranda and enjoy a glass
experience in the heart of the Flinders Ranges? of wine before dinner in the restaurant. Then,
And we aren’t joking: watching the stars at night it’s just a short stroll back to your villa – relax
from your private eco villa at Rawnsley Park will in the plush lounge, enjoy the entertainment
be an unforgettable experience; you can even fall system and perhaps have a long soak in the tub.
asleep under the stars thanks to the retractable But you are not just here for the indulgence –
canopy ceiling above your bed. We love it! this is the Flinders Ranges, the country people fly
This is the outback done with architectural around the world to see. Take to the air (from the
style and gives true meaning to eco-luxe Stations’ own strip) and see breathtaking Wilpena
pampering. Go for a swim, then as the sun Pound from above. Enjoy a 4WD tour into the
countryside. But above all, revel in the silence
and space that is quintessentially outback.
Location: 400 km or 51/4 hours north of
Adelaide. Map 6. RA 71 C10.
Facilities: One- and two-bedroom Eco Villas each
with retractable canopy ceiling over king bed,
bathroom, open-plan lounge/dining (TV, DVD,
CD), kitchen, RC AC. Laundry. BBQ. Restaurant.
4WD, air tours. Pool, general store. Breakfast
provisions provided.
100 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/rawnsleypark
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Down to Erth
Coober Pedy

Lot 1795 Wedgetail Crescent, Coober Pedy SA 5723 Whole underground apartment rates per couple: $150
Ph: 08 8672 5762 (extra guests $25 per night; maximum five guests)
bed@downtoerth.com.au Bed & continental breakfast provisions
www.downtoerth.com.au Suitable for children
Hosts: Rosaleigh and Alex Morgan Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Amazing underground apartment

Coober Pedy is unique: a subterranean bush stay underground. We’ve looked at many dug-
town of fortune hunters and underground out accommodations but Down to Erth is the
dwellers that is easily reached by an all-tar road. pick of our list.
This is the place where riches are made (and Like Coober Pedy, Down To Erth is one of
lost) digging for the elusive beauty of opals. a kind. It comprises just one solar-powered
The name Coober Pedy (‘kupa piti’ in the apartment, which is bright, fresh and capped with
local Aboriginal language) means ‘white man’s tall ceilings. There is a welcome plunge pool,
hole in the ground’, which aptly describes the BBQ and starry outdoor seating. But the real
many homes that have been carved from solid magic here is the hosts. They live separately but
sandstone beneath the earth. That is Coober are on hand to give you the inside information
Pedy’s magic… so any visit here must include a on this incredible place: what to see and do, and
where to dine (there are a number of options).
You won’t forget this experience but to make sure
you actually have it – book well in advance.
Location: 843 km or 10 hours north of Adelaide
by car. Flights from Adelaide and Alice Springs.
Map Legend (see page 230). RA 72 G4.
Facilities: One apartment: two bedrooms,
lounge (TV, DVD, CD and libraries), bathroom
(laundry), kitchenette. Plunge pool, BBQ. Fans.
Continental breakfast provisions provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/downtoerth 101
Eyre Peninsula

Swimming with the sealions, Port Lincoln

The Eyre Peninsula is among the last great local industries, which is why the seafood is
Australian travel secrets awaiting full so sensational; Port Lincoln is justly known
discovery. Its riches are so diverse that you as Australia’s seafood capital. These highly
will need to plan for a trip that takes in both innovative sea farming industries are sating
seaside and outback landscapes. appetites around the world; the Japanese love
the farmed Blue Fin Tuna and plump Coffin
The place to start is Port Lincoln. It’s a
Bay Oysters. You can tour these famous fish
grand road trip from Adelaide, perhaps
farming operations and see it all for yourself.
taking a shortcut via the ferry at Walleroo.
Alternatively you can fly from Adelaide and The Annual Tunarama Festival is held in
then hire a car if you wish. When you arrive January each year and offers activities,
you will discover one of Australia’s most attractions and free entertainment for all ages.
interesting and picturesque seaside towns. Most visitors to Port Lincoln take a boat trip to
see the marine parks, learn about sustainable
Port Lincoln’s main street is fringed with
fishing and enjoy a lunch on the water.
Norfolk Pines and overlooks the pristine waters
of Boston Bay, which is three times the size of But seafood is just the start of the region’s
Sydney Harbour. Oysters and tuna are core attractions. You should call by the Axel
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Cruising the Eyre Dive with sharks

Stenross Maritime Museum, sample the blends Tumby Bay is for dreamers in love or those in
at Boston Bay Wines, and visit Christine’s search of a truly peaceful family holiday. Stroll
Doll Gallery (with its collection of more hand in hand along its pristine white beach
than 600 antique and modern dolls). And with the rising or setting of the sun. It’s close to
the Constantina Designer Craftsman gallery Port Lincoln but without any trace of the fishing
features collections by local artisans who create capital’s hectic pace. Tumby is pure hideaway.
beautiful handcrafted furniture. You can see
finished pieces and tour the workshop. But peace and quiet isn’t for everyone. How
about getting up close and personal with the
Nearby, the now-famous Coffin Bay has more sharks or swimming with the tuna? Tours run
than oysters to offer (although you’ll certainly daily in the region and your accommodation
want to try them). You can dine, golf and fish as hosts can organise bookings.
well as enjoy a cold beer at the Coffin Bay Yacht
Club. The National Park is a rugged wilderness There is another side to the Eyre Peninsula,
with excellent 4WD tracks to explore. Travel the outback hills and valleys of the impressive
further up this spectacular coast to discover Gawler Ranges. The Gawler Ranges National
secluded beaches and magnificent scenery that Park protects ancient rock formations that
will have you reaching for your camera. formed as a result of volcanic eruptions about
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1.6 billion years ago. The exposed volcanic


rhyolite, known as organ pipes, creates a
spectacular vista. Dramatic hills and gullies
washed by seasonal rainfalls make for a
marvellous landscape.
The park is home to 976 species of flora and
162 known fauna species. Seasonal wildflowers
are a major attraction for visitors. Numerous
fauna species are of conservation significance

Almonta Beach, Coffin Bay National Park

including the Major Mitchell Cockatoo, Scarlet-


breasted Parrot and mammals such as the
Hairy-nosed Wombat and the Yellow-footed
Rock Wallaby. The National Park also has
important historical sites including Old Paney
Homestead, Policemans Point precinct, Stone
Dam, and Pondanna Outstation. They tell the
grimly fascinating story of attempted pastoral
activities in the area.
Because the Park has no marked walking trials
and little water, the best way to experience its
extraordinary beauty is with a guide. Gawler
Ranges Safaris offers a luxury tented camp as
a base for private tours through the park. From
the Gawler Ranges, self-drivers can head off
to cross the vast Nullarbor Plain via Ceduna,
the last seaside town before the border with
Western Australia.

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The Organ Pipes, Gawler Ranges National Park

Accredited Visitor Information Centres

Port Lincoln 3 Adelaide Place Ph: 08 8683 3544


Email: info@visitportlincoln.net www.visitportlincoln.net

Whyalla Lincoln Highway Ph: 08 8645 7900


Email: visitor.centre@whyalla.sa.gov.au www.whyalla.com

Ceduna 58 Poynton Street Ph: 08 8625 2780


Email: ceduna_vic@bigpond.com www.cedunatourism.com.au

Elliston 6 Memorial Drive Ph: 08 8687 9200


Email: ellistoninfocentre2@bigpond.com www.elliston.com.au

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Bay 10 Holiday House and Apartments


Port Lincoln

24 Lincoln Highway, Port Lincoln SA 5606 Whole house rates per night: from $145 to $180
Ph: 08 8682 1010 Mobile: 0428 824 816 (up to four guests, extra guests $20 per night)
dthockaday@bigpond.com Whole apartment rates per night: $110 to $140
www.bay10accommodation.com Long-stay rates available • Accommodation only
Owners: Tracy and Reece Hockaday Minimum two nights • Suitable for children
Style: Waterfront beach house and apartments AE • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

At Bay 10 Holiday House and Apartments the vista). A gourmet kitchen big enough to cook
only thing between you and the waters of Boston for a tribe is here, although with Port Lincoln’s
Bay is green lawn. From your front-row view restaurants so close, dining out is too easy. But our
of Port Lincoln you can walk up the beach to preference was soaking up the huge bay views as
breakfast, play with the kids on Holiday House’s the deckside barbecue broiled the fish. Yum!
plentiful turf and fish right off the beach for silver The Bay 10 Apartments rise behind the beach
whiting. house and share a simple, elegant coastal style
There are two great options here. Bay 10 (some with bay views). The studios have a
Holiday House is an airy two-bedroom home kitchenette and the two-bedroom apartments
with bay views and comfortably contemporary have a full kitchen. All enjoy Bay 10’s enviable
interiors (the master bedroom laps up the water location so close to town. Bay 10 comes into
its own for groups of up to 18 who can take the
whole property, making it an ideal choice for a
wedding, family reunion or corporate group.
Location: 646 km or eight hours west of
Adelaide. Map 3. RA 70 J6.
Facilities: One house: two bedrooms (queen,
twin single), lounge (TV, DVD, CD), full kitchen/
dining, laundry. Studio and two-bedroom
apartments (lounge, kitchen or kitchenette). RC
AC, BBQ, Internet. Self-catering.
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Jordan On Boston
Port Lincoln

7 Jordan Court, Port Lincoln SA 5606 Whole suite rates per couple: from $450 to $750
Ph: 08 8682 4084 Full breakfast provisions
ianmain@bigpond.com Dinner by prior arrangement
www.beautifulaccommodation.com/jordan Minimum two nights
Hosts: Suzi McKay and Ian Main AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Indescribably decadent mansion

Welcome to South Australia’s most deliciously All have private lounge, bedroom and opulent
sumptuous hideaway – and its newest. Yet spa bathrooms – little worlds with stunning
Jordan On Boston is about more than a blend of views in a hilltop universe that offers several
high style overlaid on a palatial ‘Monaco-meets- lounges (including the Gatsby piano bar). There
Dallas’ mansion. It is also a food adventure is an indoor pool, magical gardens and the
guided by multi-hat and star chef Suzi McKay place is festooned with passionately collected
and her ebullient partner Ian Main. antiques and arts.
Jordan was built by a tuna fisherman (who Then there is the food, which ranges from
wanted the biggest) and remodelled by the intimate platters for two to degustation dinners
hosts (who wanted the best) and it now offers for groups, with matched wines from the cellar.
three luxurious suites overlooking Boston Bay. The star attractions are the local fruits of the
sea, paddock and orchard, orchestrated with
unpretentious indulgence in mind. This is luxury
as therapy: are you ready to be healed?
Location: 646 km or eight hours west of
Adelaide. Map 3. RA 70 J6.
Facilities: Three suites, each with bedroom,
lounge and bathroom (one also with boardroom).
Lounges, private and group dining, piano bar,
indoor heated pool, tennis court. Full breakfast
provisions provided. Dinner by prior arrangement.
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Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges


Port Lincoln

Pope Drive, Charlton Gully SA 5607 Whole eco lodge rates per couple: from $290 to $320
Ph: 08 8684 5066 (extra guests $50 per night)
info@tanonga.com.au Bed & full breakfast provisions
www.tanonga.com.au Catering packages available by prior arrangement
Owners: Jill and Michael Coates Minimum two nights
Style: Secluded luxury eco lodges Direct Deposit • MC • VI

Tanonga means ‘sweet water’ in the local embraces and celebrates the area’s innate beauty.
Aboriginal language, a simple testament to the value There are just two lodges here, set far apart: one
of this land’s permanent springs and billabong. in a secret valley, the other atop a ridge with
Owners Jill and Michael Coates see themselves as breathtaking views to the sea. Each location
custodians and have spent years rehabilitating and beguiles with its own mesmerising charm.
replanting. The land has responded to their healing The structures use a passive solar design
and rejuvenation is everywhere. and are entirely solar powered. But there is
With Eden being restored, Michael and Jill no compromising luxury: soaring glass walls,
wanted to open their place to others who share natural stone, a wood fire and deep leather
their passion for nature. They have done so in sofas make for a cosseting and inspirational
characteristic style, creating an architecture that environment. Walk the many trails, soak
in the Japanese bath and meditate over the
outlooks from every direction. You’ll soon be in
comfortable harmony with nature.
Location: 646 km or eight hours west of
Adelaide. Map 3. RA 70 H5.
Facilities: Two eco lodges: one bedroom (king),
lounge/dining (wood fire, TV, DVD, CD), full
kitchen, bathroom (Japanese-style bath). BBQ,
laundry facilities. Fans, AC. Full breakfast
provisions provided.
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Tumby Bay Beach House


Tumby Bay (near Port Lincoln)

1 Elfrieda Drive, Port Lincoln SA 5606 Whole house rates per couple: from $145 to $200
Ph: 08 8683 0328 Mobile: 0429 830 328 (extra guests $22.50 per night; maximum six)
info@accommodationinportlincoln.com.au Accommodation only
www.accommodationinportlincoln.com.au Minimum two nights
Owners: Sandy Harder and Craig McCathie Suitable for children • Pets welcome
Style: Beach shack with style AE • DC • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

It’s often the way. Farmers in the hinterland uncomplicated backdrop. The hero here is the
snap up the absolute beachfront shacks and use position at Tumby Bay – what must be the most
them once a year and the rest of us reckon we’d idyllic little seaside town in Australia – with a
be there every weekend – if only it was ours. beach that stretches for miles, a pier to fish off
Well, thanks to one enterprising couple, your and a couple of pubs offering good fare.
chance at beachside bliss is ready and waiting. And the best bit? Mum and Dad can sit in
Owners Sandy and Craig have taken what the lounge/dining and look out at the kids
was once a humble shack and turned it into a and pooch playing on the front lawn or the
humble shack – with oodles of style. Groovy beach – it is that close. The pelicans come
artworks (some by Sandy), comfy contemporary to the door if they hear fish are on offer and
furniture and beachy bed linen create a funky, the sound of the waves lapping on the shore
will lull you to sleep. Uncomplicated, fun and
really affordable, this is your beach house
holiday dream, close to Port Lincoln but miles
and miles from the fast-paced life.
Location: 600 km or 7 1/2 hours west of Adelaide.
Map 3. RA 70 H6.
Facilities: One beach house: three bedrooms
(queen, queen and single, and single), lounge/
dining (TV, DVD, CD), full kitchen, bathroom.
BBQ, laundry. Self-catering.
110 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/tumbybay
Eyre Peninsula

Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris


Gawler Ranges (near Wudinna)

Gawler Ranges, near Wudinna, SA 5652 All-inclusive rates per guest: $490
Ph: 08 8680 2045 Rate includes all meals and tours
info@gawlerrangessafaris.com Minimum two nights • Four day, three night
www.gawlerrangessafaris.com all-inclusive tour per person: $1,960
Host: Geoff Scholz Suitable for children
Style: Wilderness safari camp and touring CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

If you want to touch the very spirit of this ensuite. But the riches on Kangaluna’s doorstep
ancient land, Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris are the spectacular Gawler Ranges, formed
will take you there. It is the realised dream of 1,500 million years ago and carved through with
Geoff Scholz, a naturalist whose passion for fantastic rock formations, salt lakes and deep
combining tailored outback adventures with gorges that teem with flora and fauna.
luxury camping expeditions has defined a new Kangaluna’s magic is to mix comfort with
Australian style. a non-touristy offering. Under a blue sky that
The result? Kangaluna Camp, a boutique blazes into a starry, starry night, we learnt of a
tented camp that caters for up to 12 guests in a country created by millions years of dreaming
resonantly Australian setting. Behind your tent from guides who are passionate about sharing
flaps are a superbly comfy bed and a private the secrets of the bush. But you won’t be
roughing it as you tour by private 4WD through
this incredible landscape, stopping for cool
sunset drinks and scrumptious meals. This is an
exotic, unforgettable journey.
Location: 560 km or seven hours northwest of
Adelaide. Map 3. RA 70 E5.
Facilities: Wilderness Camp: three luxury tents
each with queen and two singles and ensuite.
Central lodge within dining. Air-conditioned
4WD touring. Rate includes all meals and tours.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/gawlerranges 111
Great Southern Touring Route:
Melbourne to South Australia

The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Why are we including the Great Southern The next stops as you head west are a string
Touring Route from Melbourne in this of gorgeous seaside towns: Torquay (near the
guide? Simply because so many travellers iconic surf beach of Bells), Anglesea, Aireys
travel across from the eastern states and Inlet and then Lorne. Tourists have been
there is no better way to reach South making their way to Lorne in search of
Australia (or farewell it) than via the beachside bliss for than a century but in recent
Great Ocean Road and the Coastal years it has blossomed into a sophisticated
Explorer’s Way. These are two of the haven from city cares. Allow a few days to
world’s great road trips, passing through roam the boutiques and galleries, play a
stunning landscapes and pretty towns. round of golf, visit the Otway National Park
and sample the gourmet eating options.
Your journey begins once you slip off the
freeway past Geelong and head down to the We love the next big town, Apollo Bay, for
Bellarine Peninsula. Queenscliff, a small town itself and its surrounds. Live music tinkles
with truly grand Victorian hotels, has long from its funky bars and the seafront pubs are
been a favourite holiday destination. There are very Aussie. There is a sublime 11-kilometre
few more charming seaside historic towns to drive out to Marriners Falls, where huge tree
wander in search of fabulous cafes and curios. ferns and waterfalls have formed a grand
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The Grampians Touring Route:
The Goldfields Melbourne to South
Australia
Melbourne
The Great Ocean Road

Yarra River footbridge, Melbourne Moyne River, Port Fairy

natural water garden. In April each year, there annual Port Fairy Folk Festival in March draws
is the Apollo Bay music festival. And unspoilt musicians and fans from around the world.
Johanna Beach, just past Apollo Bay, is ideal And the town brims with cafes, galleries and
for some beachcombing after a day spent shops.
exploring Cape Otway and its lighthouse.
From here you face a difficult choice. You can
Further west are the towns of Port Campbell, head north up into the Goldfields country of
Princetown and Camperdown. This route will central Victoria via the Grampians National
take you past the huge stone plinths of the Park and then on to South Australia through
Twelve Apostles, which are the result of Hamilton and Naracoorte. Or you could make
20 million years of natural sculpting by the a run for the border along the coastline via
eternal sea. This is great country to see from Portland (check out the seals and huge rays
the air, which is easily done by chartering a feeding on fishermen’s throw-aways at the
local plane or helicopter. town boat ramp), Nelson and Mount Gambier.

Then it is time to head for one of our favourite The Goldfields were central to Victoria’s
coastal towns in Australia, Port Fairy. This colonial expansion from the 1850s and many
place has seaside charm with bells on. The of the region’s towns have retained their
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impressive architectural legacies. The
northern route will also take you to the
strangely beautiful geographical formations
of the Grampians, one of Australia’s most
precious wilderness experiences. This land
is rich in Aboriginal lore and history and
resplendent with wildflowers.
By crossing into South Australia via Penola
and Naracoorte, you enter what is sacred

Queenscliff Pier, built in 1884

ground for red wine aficionados worldwide:


the Coonawarra wine region. A stay in either
town is well worthwhile given the range of
activities from cellar door tastings to exploring
caves littered with the bones of prehistoric
creatures. From here you can cut across to the
Fleurieu Peninsula or head up to the mighty
Murray River.
The coastal route via inland Mount Gambier
(and its stunning blue lake) takes you to some
of South Australia’s greatest treasures: the
seaside towns of Beachport, Robe and
Kingston and the fragile ecosystem of the
Coorong National Park. From here, you can
head on to Port Elliot, Victor Harbor and
must-see Kangaroo Island.
Serious travellers plan to do the round-trip
from Victoria, travelling inland one way and
by the coastal route the other way. Either way
you are in for one of the world’s great road
trips.

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Accredited Visitor Information Centres

Apollo Bay 100 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay. Ph: 03 5237 6529
Email: gorvic@colacotway.vic.gov.au www.visitapollobay.com

Lorne 15 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne. Ph: 03 5289 1152


Email: lornevic@surfcoast.vic.gov.au www.visitsurfcoast.com

Port Fairy Railway Place, Bank Street, Port Fairy. Ph: 03 5568 2682
Email: vic@moyne.vic.gov.au www.visitportfairy.com.au

Halls Gap Centenary Hall, Grampians Road, Halls Gap. Ph: 03 5356 4616
Email: hallsgap.info@ngshire.vic.gov.au www.grampianstravel.com

Ballarat Cnr Eureka and Rodier Streets, Ballarat. Ph: 03 5320 5741
Email: information@ballarat.vic.gov.au www.visitballarat.com.au

Bendigo 51-67 Pall Mall, Bendigo. Ph: 03 5434 6060


Email: tourism@bendigo.vic.gov.au www.bendigotourism.com

Castlemaine Market Building, 44 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine. Ph: 03 5470 6200


Email: visitors@mountalexander.vic.gov.au www.maldoncastlemaine.com

Maldon 93 High Street Road, Maldon. Ph: 03 5475 2569


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Waratah Brighton Boutique Bed & Breakfast


Melbourne (Brighton)

70 Roslyn Street, Brighton Vic. 3186 Room rates per couple: from $185 to $275
Ph: 03 9592 0501 Mobile: 0419 596 300 (extra guests $65 per night)
stay@waratahbrighton.com.au Bed & full breakfast
www.waratahbrighton.com.au Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Hosts: Brigitte and Harry Orth Member: BBFAA
Style: Bayside bed and breakfast

Dating from 1880, Waratah Brighton is a haven sitting area tucked away in the garden with pool
of European sophistication in one of Melbourne’s views. By arrangement guests can also enjoy an
most stylish beachside enclaves. Hosts Brigitte in-house massage, a therapeutic hydrotherapy
and Harry Orth have created a hideaway that is spa in the landscaped gardens and cheese or
notable for its richly furnished haute bohemian antipasto gourmet platters.
interior style – it is easy to see Brigitte’s influence as Whether you stay for business or leisure,
a professional colour futurist. you will be treated to a complete four-course
There are several room choices at Waratah European-style breakfast impeccably presented:
catering for single business travellers and a scrumptious and memorable start to the day.
holidaymakers alike. In particular, we love the
Location: 13 km or 20 minutes southeast of
apartment that offers two bedrooms, ensuite and
Melbourne CBD. Map page 215. Melway 76 G1.
Facilities: In-house: one queen ensuite room
(RC AC, ducted heating, private courtyard);
apartment-style two queen rooms (RC AC) with
bathroom (separate toilet); double ensuite room.
Each with LCD TV, DVD, CD, in-room safe,
WiFi, iPod docking station. Guest lounge (gas
log fire), informal lounge (open fire, Foxtel TV),
extensive library, butler’s pantry with mini-bar.
Swimming pool, spa. Full breakfast served.
Licensed.
116 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/waratahbrighton
Great Southern Touring Route: Great Ocean Road

Toorang Lakeside Retreat


Leopold (near Geelong and Queenscliff)

405 Melaluka Road (PO Box 264), Leopold Vic. 3224 Coach House rates per couple: from $175 to $210
Ph: 03 5250 1350 Mobile: 0409 002 864 (extra couple per night: from $130 to $155)
toorang@ozemail.com.au Studio rates per couple: from $150 to $175
www.beautifulaccommodation.com/toorang Bed & full breakfast provisions
Hosts: Heather and Ian Boyd Minimum two nights at weekends preferred
Style: Secluded lakeside getaway Suitable for children • Pets by arrangement
MC • VI

Even those who know the Bellarine Peninsula couple or up to six guests to enjoy. The three
well will find the beautiful location of Toorang bedrooms are gorgeous, timber-lined walls add
Lakeside Retreat an unexpected delight. At to the visual warmth, there’s a kitchenette and
the end of a quiet road, in a 40-acre farmland that balcony is the perfect spot for a barbecue
setting and perched on the top of a cliff, Toorang and a glass of Bellarine pinot while watching
has splendid, sweeping views across Lake waterbirds on the lake.
Conneware, a peaceful body of water formed by Toorang homestead is nearby, and includes
the Barwon River before it meets the sea. the bonus of a self-contained guest suite within
The Victorian-style coach house has a the walls of the heritage-listed home, one of the
panoramic view from its wide balcony and large Bellarine’s oldest. Restaurants, beaches, providores
living area, and it is a lovely place for either a and wineries are all nearby, making an enticing
destination for a delicious peninsula holiday.
Location: 85 km or 70 minutes southwest of
Melbourne. Map 8. Melway 468 C9.
Facilities: Coach House: three ensuite bedrooms
(king, queen, twin), open-plan kitchenette/
dining/lounge (TV, DVD, CD), RC AC, large
deck (BBQ). Studio Apartment: king bed,
sitting area (open fire, TV), ensuite, full kitchen,
RC AC, private courtyard (BBQ). Full breakfast
provisions provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/toorang 117
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Mingary Villas
Queenscliff

13 Fraser Street, Queenscliff Vic. 3225 Whole house rates per night: from $325 to $600
(Postal: 6 Boxshall Street, Brighton Vic. 3186) (up to four guests, extra guests $25 per night)
Ph/Fax: 03 9592 4710 Mobile: 0419 345 023 Accommodation only
stay@mingaryvillas.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends
www.mingaryvillas.com.au Suitable for children
Managers: Kerryn and Gary Anderson AE • CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Beach glasshouse tower

Mingary is a stunning home dramatically On the next level down are a further three
elevated to take advantage of its position among bedrooms, a second lounge with entertainment
the beachfront dunes of Queenscliff. Because system, a sun deck and two bathrooms – one is
of this, the main rooms (living, dining, gourmet a double spa bathroom with views to Swan Bay.
kitchen and master bedroom) are at third-floor Down at ground level, you can simply wander
level, providing stunning views over the Rip barefoot out the back gate and over the dunes to
at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. The views the beach.
are incredible and the feeling is like living in a Mingary is dripping with style, luxurious
beachfront glass tower. Indeed, once you have appointments and impressive entertaining
settled down, we think you’ll while away the facilities yet it is warm and welcoming. And
hours watching passing ships enter the bay. there’s space aplenty for mum and dad to relax
in peace while the kids entertain themselves.
Location: 100 km or 1½ hours southwest of
Melbourne. Map 8. Melway 499 B11.
Facilities: One house with four bedrooms: two
queen with ensuites; two twin singles (or king).
Two further bathrooms (one with spa), two living
rooms (TV, DVD, games, Foxtel), full kitchen,
laundry, balconies, terrace (outdoor dining, BBQ),
undercover parking for two cars. AC, gas log fire,
electric heating. WiFi available. Self-catering.
118 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/mingaryvillas
Great Southern Touring Route: Great Ocean Road

Coastal Domain Guest Houses


Jan Juc (near Torquay)

1 & 2/18 Domain Road, Jan Juc Vic. 3228 Whole house rates per night: from $143 to $300
(Postal: PO box 734, Torquay Vic. 3228) (up to six guests; two extra children can be
Mobile: 0438 617 117 Fax: 03 5261 2586 accommodated for a one-off fee of $50 each)
amanda@coastaldomain.com.au Accommodation only
www.coastaldomain.com.au Minimum two nights
Owner: Amanda Carson Suitable for children
Style: Luxurious, easy living beach houses CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

The location might ring a bell. Jan Juc is near both for groups of up to 12). There’s also a stylish
Australia’s most famous surf beach, Bells Beach, outdoor entertaining deck to enjoy barbeques on
and just beyond the start of another Australian warm evenings. And we just love the captivating
icon, the Great Ocean Road. And while surfers paintings and evocative photography created by
will love the location of Coastal Domain talented local artists that decorate both houses.
Guest Houses, everyone who appreciates While we can recommend relaxing at
contemporary and luxuriously appointed beach Coastal Domain, there is plenty to do. Walk
houses will feel right at home. along the spectacular cliff top path at the end
There are two two-storey houses to choose of the street to Jan Juc’s own beach, 30 minutes
from, each with an inviting sunken lounge, large will see you at breathtaking Bells Beach or head
kitchen and extra living room upstairs (book into Torquay for a surfing lesson.
Location: 85 km or 1½ hours southeast of
Melbourne. Map 8. Melway 505 E11.
Facilities: Two houses: each with three
bedrooms (queen with ensuite, queen, twin
single), bathroom, open-plan kitchen/dining/
living (plasma TV, DVD, stereo), laundry,
upstairs lounge (TV, DVD, CD), deck (outdoor
setting, BBQ), heating, cooling; lock-up remote
garage, extra parking space. Self-catering
(provisions available by prior arrangement).
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/coastaldomain 119
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Ocean Inlet
Fairhaven (near Aireys Inlet)

34 Wybellenna Drive, Fairhaven Vic. 3231 Whole apartment rates per couple: from $200 to $300
(PO Box 355, Aireys Inlet Vic. 3231) Whole house rate per night: $550 (up to eight guests)
Ph: 03 5289 7313 Mobile: 0416 080 617 Bed & full breakfast provisions in Shorehouse
oceaninlet@bigpond.com Other options: accommodation only
www.oceaninlet.com Campers Cabin rate per couple: $100
Hosts: Anne and David Dansick Disabled facilities in Coral Cove apartment
Style: Seaview apartments with options CHQ • Eftpos • MC • VI

Ocean Inlet is a special retreat in that its two since we last did it. Here, two pavilions (one
accommodation styles aim to share their setting for sleeping and one for bathing and cooking)
with a range of budgets. On one hand there are are nestled at the bottom of a ti-tree garden.
two contemporary apartments: Shorehouse is on The garden love-swing has views over the inlet
two levels and features a large lounge/dining with to the lighthouse and echoes the romance of
gas fire downstairs and a spa bedroom upstairs Shorehouse’s spa suite, for more a modest rate.
with lighthouse views; the two-bedroom Coral Which to choose? For those on a budget the
Cove is equally captivating and can connect with Campers Cabin offers style and views, while
Shorehouse to form one luxuriously large pad. Shorehouse and Coral Cove are decidedly
The other offering is dubbed the Campers decadent and worth the splurge.
Cabin, although clearly camping has evolved
Location: 120 km or 1½ hours southwest of
Melbourne. Map 8. Melway X911 C10.
Facilities: Two apartments (can connect):
Shorehouse: two levels with lounge/dining
(gas fire, kitchenette), queen bedroom, spa
ensuite. Coral Cove: one level with two queen
bedrooms, lounge, bathroom. Campers Cabin
and Gazebo: two pavilions: ‘Eat, Bathe’ and
‘Sleep’. Full breakfast provisions provided
in Shorehouse; others self-catering (full or
continental breakfast provisions available).
120 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/oceaninlet
Great Southern Touring Route: Great Ocean Road

A Room With a View


Apollo Bay (Wongarra)

280 Sunnyside Road, Wongarra Vic. 3221 Room rates per couple: from $160 to $250
Ph: 03 5237 0218 (extra guests $30 per night)
indulge@roomwithaview.com.au Bed & continental breakfast provisions
www.roomwithaview.com.au (full breakfast available)
Host: Angelika Millar Minimum two nights at weekends preferred
Style: Jaw-dropping ocean-view suites Pets by arrangement
CHQ • Direct Deposit

“A room with a view” is somewhat of an which does not stop with spacious suites and
understatement, and for several reasons. First, an incredible, uninterrupted outlook. We also
these two guest suites are more than just rooms: love the fact that breakfast here is a true event,
each has a spacious lounge, kitchenette and delivered to your suite to enjoy on your deck.
deck. One even has two levels with a heavenly Host Angelika weaves a spell with smoked
bedroom upstairs. Then there is the “view” – a salmon and scrambled eggs, chocolate croissants
word far too insignificant to describe the dramatic and fluffy pancakes with berries, to name a
vista of the verdant valley plunging down toward few. As if on cue, rosellas and king parrots will
the rugged and captivating Southern Ocean. descend to see what you’re up to and visiting
So let’s agree the name suffers from modesty koalas and wallabies are just as curious.
and that we’re here to paint the full picture – By special arrangement dinner can be
provided, and with Apollo Bay just a few sweeps
of the Great Ocean Road away you are spoilt for
beaches, retail therapy and dining.
Location: 14 km east of Apollo Bay; 175 km
or 2¼ hours southwest of Melbourne. Map 8.
Melway X926 K10.
Facilities: Two suites: each with ensuite spa,
kitchenette, TV, CD, DVD, private deck.
Standard and/or full breakfast delivered to your
suite; dinner by arrangement.
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Stephanie’s at Onion Bay


Sugarloaf (near Apollo Bay)

5084 Great Ocean Road, Sugarloaf Vic. 3221 Room rates per couple: from $200 to $230
(PO Box 145, Apollo Bay Vic. 3233) Bed & full breakfast provisions
Ph: 03 5237 0284 Mobile: 0439 808 449 Minimum two nights at weekends
stay@stephaniesonionbay.com Wine & Food Lovers Packages available
www.stephaniesonionbay.com Pets by arrangement
Hosts: Stephanie Russell and Michael Abbott Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Secluded beachside apartments

Onion Bay has one of those secluded beaches two decks (one with views of the beach across
most people pass on the Great Ocean Road and the road and the other a sunny rear deck with
simply don’t know to stop and explore. Despite a herb garden and barbeque) and a full kitchen
the Great Ocean Road’s serpentine journey of with espresso machine. The lounge offers
riches, missing this gem is unforgivable, and uninterrupted ocean views and the spa bathroom
when you stay at Stephanie’s at Onion Bay you’ll has little extras like handmade soap. The more
have a front-row seat. intimate Carisbrook Room has a kitchenette and
The secluded beach setting is just one feature a balcony with hillside views.
here. This stylish retreat offers two choices for Stephanie’s is a short drive from the dining
holidaymakers: Seascape and Carisbrook Room. pleasures of the seaside towns of Apollo Bay and
Seascape is an apartment with its own entrance, Lorne. We also recommend exploring the verdant
Otway Ranges and the Otway Fly treetop walk.
Location: 170 km or 2½ hours southwest of
Melbourne. Map 8. Melway X926 K10.
Facilities: Seascape Room: queen bed,
lounge (wood fire, TV, DVD) stereo dining/
full kitchen, spa ensuite, front and rear decks,
BBQ. Carisbrook Room: queen bed, ensuite,
kitchenette, lounge area (TV, stereo), deck. Each
with carport, private entrance, cooling, fans,
WiFi. Full breakfast provisions provided.
122 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/stephanies
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Paradise Gardens Cottages and B&B


Apollo Bay

715 Barham River Road, Apollo Bay Vic. 3233 Room or cottage rates per couple: from $110 to $220
Ph: 03 5237 6939 Fax: 03 5237 6105 Whole cottage rates per night: from $350 to $380
paradisegardens@bigpond.com (up to four guests, extra guests $20 per night)
www.paradisegardens.net.au $30 single night surcharge in cottages
Hosts: Jock Williamson and Jo Davie Accommodation only (continental breakfast available)
Style: Lakeside cottages and gardens Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Member: BBFAA

Paradise is no fairytale when you stay at these offers two bedrooms (cleverly, one bedroom
gorgeous cottages set beside an idyllic lake and can become a self-contained studio suite) and
shaded by willows. Brides will sigh at the thought the other one-bedroom cottage is perfect for
of crossing the bridge for photos, and romantics- a couple. Both cottages are decorated with a
at-heart will be drawn to the dreamy architecture French Provincial flavour, have a spa ensuite
of gabled rooflines and dormer windows. In this and a spacious kitchen/dining/lounge area with
rainforest setting it is hard to believe you are just a wood fire.
minutes from Apollo Bay and its beaches. Paradise Gardens derives its name from the
There are two cottages here, each with decks lush gardens established long before the cottages
overhanging the lake – the perfect spot for were here, so you can expect an incredibly
relaxing and watching wildlife. One cottage photogenic property and a riot of colour year-
round. Also on the property are two in-house
B&B rooms with their own private entrance.
Location: 200 km or 2½ hours southwest of
Melbourne. Map 8. Melway X926 J10.
Facilities: Two cottages: one or two bedrooms,
lounge/dining, log fire, kitchen, spa ensuite,
DVD, BBQ, laundry, RC AC, private deck. Two
in-house B&B rooms: each with ensuite, private
entrance. Continental breakfast available by
prior arrangement.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/paradisegardens 123
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Marriners Falls Cottages


Apollo Bay

1090 Barham River Road, Apollo Bay Vic. 3233 Room rates per couple: $165
Ph/Fax: 03 5237 7494 (extra guests $35 per night)
marrinersfallscottages@activ8.net.au Accommodation only
www.marrinersfalls.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends
Hosts: Susan and Stefan Traube CHQ • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Hidden valley cottages

The Otway Ranges are spectacular, not only families, each with its own private aspect. The
for the rolling hills, tall trees and luxuriantly green cottages all offer unfussy country style and
meadows but also for the fact they rise dramatically feature roaring wood fires, full kitchens and large
from the Southern Ocean. This provides the balconies for bird spotting, enjoying a barbeque
opportunity to combine two experiences – or simply looking out to the ranges beyond. The
mountain and beach – in the one holiday. spa in the bathroom will be a hit, followed by
This is why Marriners Falls Cottages, near fireside relaxation.
Apollo Bay, has the best of both worlds: The scenery is quite spectacular with mists
secluded country cottages set in the hills, yet descending occasionally and punctuated by
close to Apollo Bay’s renowned beaches. There shafts of golden sunlight bouncing off the
are four cottages here catering to couples and seemingly impenetrable valley walls. The
feeling is of being nestled in wilderness. Yet
its reassuring to know that the civilisation of
Apollo Bay is just a short drive away down an
impossibly cute country lane.
Location: 200 km or 2½ hours southwest of
Melbourne. Map 8. Melway X926 J10.
Facilities: Four cottages: one, two and three
bedrooms (queen and twin singles); lounge/dining
(log fire, TV for DVD use only, CD), kitchen, spa
bathroom, laundry, BBQ. Self-catering.
124 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/marrinersfalls
Great Southern Touring Route: Great Ocean Road

Shearwater Cottages Cape Otway


Cape Otway (near Apollo Bay)

760 Lighthouse Road, Cape Otway Vic. 3233 Room rates per couple: from $185 to $295
(PO Box 148, Apollo Bay Vic. 3233) (extra guests from $35 to $95 per night)
Ph/Fax: 03 5237 9290 Bed & continental breakfast provisions
escape@shearwatercottages.com Minimum two nights
www.shearwatercottages.com Suitable for children • Pets welcome
Owner: Julie Rimmer CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Secluded beachside cottages Member: BBFAA

This rugged and precious hillside overlooking contemporary-styled two-bedroom cottage, your
the Southern Ocean has witnessed countless well-behaved dog is welcome. Each cottage is
shipwrecks since Australia’s settlement. And meticulously presented and features a gas log
thanks to very clever placement of four fire and entertainment system, yet with precious
cottages – dotted well apart from each other wilderness on your doorstep the outdoors will
among the banksias, casuarinas and manna quickly beckon. Koalas are easily spotted (on
gums – little has changed since those early days. our visit one slumbered in the tree outside the
Once you have arrived at your hideaway bedroom) and kangaroos and bird life abound;
you will rightly feel away from it all. And you will want to keep Fido close to heel.
whether you opt for one of the three original Just down the road is the beach, the Cape
cottages with their pastel interiors or the newest Otway Lighthouse, horse riding and, of course,
all that Apollo Bay has to offer.
Location: 215 km or 2¾ hours southwest of
Melbourne. Map 8. Melway X926 J10.
Facilities: Two two-bedroom cottages (queen
and two singles or queen and king); two one-
bedroom cottages (queen): each with lounge
(gas log fire, cooling, fans, Austar TV, DVD, CD),
kitchen, bathroom, deck, gas BBQ. Horse riding
nearby. Complimentary sparkling; continental
breakfast provisions provided (first morning).
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/shearwatercottages 125
Great Southern Touring Route: Great Ocean Road

Arabella Country House


Princetown (near the Twelve Apostles)

7219 Great Ocean Road, Princetown Vic. 3269 Room rates per couple: from $150 to $165
Ph: 03 5598 8169 Fax: 03 5598 8186 Bed & full breakfast
info@arabellacountryhouse.com.au Suitable for children
www.arabellacountryhouse.com.au Pets by arrangement
Hosts: Lynne and Neil Boxshall CHQ • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Country farmhouse B&B Member: Inn-House

There is a passion at Arabella Country House which features generous country fare like fresh
that never wanes, evident each time we return lamb, beef and seafood as well as temptingly
to this charming seaside retreat. Hosts Lynne delicious deserts. The guest wing has its own
and Neil are the real deal: country folk with a private entrance and also offers four rooms
farming pedigree whose sense of hospitality is (one with spa), each spacious and individually
bred rather than taught. decorated in subtle florals and gentle tones to
The Arabella experience centres on the guest promote a restful sleep.
lounge and dining room, with gas fire and Whether their guests are Australian couples
panoramic views to the Southern Ocean. Here or families, or from the far corners of the globe,
you’ll enjoy a country breakfast served on fine there is a gentle eagerness in the hosts to share
crockery. Be sure to opt for a dinner as well, their local knowledge to ensure you get the
most out of your Great Ocean Road adventure.
And where else can you stay within sight of the
Twelve Apostles (well, the ten that remain)?
Location: 230 km or three hours southwest of
Melbourne, via Colac. Map 8. Melway X926 G10.
Facilities: Four ensuite queen rooms: one with
spa, one family room with queen and twin
singles; each with TV, gas heating. Lounge (gas
fire, CD), dining. Dinner by prior arrangement;
full breakfast served.
126 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/arabella
Great Southern Touring Route: Great Ocean Road

Hearn’s Beachside Villas


Port Fairy

13-17 Thistle Place, Port Fairy Vic. 3284 Room rates per couple: from $290 to $600
Ph: 03 5568 3150 Fax: 03 5568 3156 Accommodation only
accommodation@hearns.com.au Breakfast provisions available on request
www.hearnsbeachsidevillas.com.au Suitable for children
Owners: Michael and Margaret Hearn AE • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Oceanfront luxury villas

Port Fairy is one of Victoria’s favourite expansive floor to ceiling windows to bring in
getaway locations and Hearn’s Beachside Villas the incredible view. The villa interiors have just
enjoys an enviable position in this lovely town. been refurbished – LCD TVs have been added
Nothing is between the timber deck outside each in the bedrooms and lounge area; stunning
architecturally designed villa and the sea except stone bench tops grace the fully self-contained
low dunes. By day, that means feet in the sand kitchens; and custom built furniture and eco-gas
in seconds; at night the murmur of waves rolling log fires lift the ambience of this tranquil retreat
onto the foreshore will drift you off to sleep. even further.
Each villa, including the three-bedroom, is Order a seafood platter, including crayfish
an exciting fusion of modern design with the and other seasonal crustaceans from the local
natural warmth of stone and timber flooring, and fishermen, and enjoy the stunning ocean view from
your private spa in this perfect beachfront haven.
Location: 290 km or 3½ hours southwest of
Melbourne. Map 7. Melway X926 C8.
Facilities: Seven villas: each with king bed,
spa, dining/lounge (TV, DVD, CD), kitchen,
private courtyard (BBQ), seafront deck. One
three-bedroom villa: three king bedrooms,
ensuite, bathroom, kitchen, dining/living (digital
TV, DVD, CD), deck (BBQ). WiFi. Breakfast
provisions and fresh seafood by arrangement.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/hearns 127
Great Southern Touring Route: Goldfields

MillDuck Strawbale B&B


Harcourt North (between Maldon, Castlemaine & Bendigo)

143 Ford Road, Harcourt North Vic. 3453 Room rates per couple: from $195 to $210
Ph: 03 5439 6451 Fax: 03 5439 6457 Third and subsequent nights $150
bandb@millduck.com.au Late check out
www.millduck.com.au Bed & breakfast provisions
Hosts: Ada Milley and Prue Walduck Disabled facilities
Style: Artful country retreat CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

High atop rolling hills with views seemingly property fairly quickly after arriving because more
to the very corners of the earth, MillDuck surprises await. This is also a respected alpaca
Strawbale B&B offers a uniquely handcrafted breeding farm and these adorable animals love
strawbale escape with some rather special to meet and greet guests; have a picnic in the
surprises thrown into the mix. The first surprise field and they will come and stand peacefully
is the uplifting feeling you get staying in an eco- with you. Dotted around the property are more
stylish strawbale structure (truly, made of straw!) enchantments, including verdant gardens bursting
with its thermal cosiness, curvaceous walls and with colour, charming rustic sculptures with
an interior that oozes comfort: a deep bed, spa country Australian themes, and walks that reveal
and wood fire and home-baked biscuits. more of the amazing views.
You’ll want to step out and explore this 35-acre Being located within easy reach of historic
Maldon, Castlemaine and Bendigo means you
don’t have to go far for an outing or gourmet
meal, but we are sure you’ll quickly return to
your hideaway at the top of the world.
Location: 125 km or 1½ hours north of
Melbourne. Map 8. Melway X909 E5.
Facilities: Two private double spa units (wood
fire, microwave/convection oven, CD, TV, DVD).
Ample full and continental breakfast provisions
provided.
128 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/millduck
Great Southern Touring Route: Grampians

Eco-Luxe @ Mount Avoca


Avoca

Moates Lane, Avoca Vic. 3467 Lodge rates per couple: from $290 to $390
Ph: 03 5465 3282 Fax: 03 5465 3544 (extra guests $50 per night)
stay@eco-luxe.com.au Homestead rates per night: from $300 to $450
www.eco-luxe.com.au (minimum two nights, up to ten guests)
General Manager: John Harris Bed & continental breakfast provisions
Office Manager: Leanne Harris Homestead suitable for children
Style: Eco-chic meets vineyard views AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

Eco-Luxe is a brand-new boutique hideaway generous lounge/dining area and west-facing


in the heart of the Goldfields that embodies balcony invites lazy afternoons watching the sun
architectural excellence, eco-friendliness, set behind the distant Pyrenees while enjoying
pampering and the laid-back country lifestyle. the complimentary bottle of Mount Avoca estate
These three two-bedroom lodges, set apart on a wine and a barbecue of gourmet meats sourced
hillside overlooking the estate’s vines and olive fresh on your behalf.
groves, make an ideal self-contained base for For larger parties, the original homestead has
exploring the many regional adventures and recently been renovated and sleeps up to ten,
indulgences: cellar doors, country markets, making it perfect for families or groups of friends.
sightseeing and nature walks abound. This rustic, exposed-brick homestead has two
When you return from your excursions, a sleeping areas with a huge central living area
that will be the hub of your stay.
Location: 185 km or 2¼ hours northwest of
Melbourne. Map 8. Melway X920 H11.
Facilities: Three lodges: each with king bedroom
(TV, DVD), bunk bedroom, open-plan kitchenette/
dining/living (CD), spa bathroom, RC AC, balcony,
BBQ. Homestead (sleeps up to 10): four bedrooms
(one with ensuite), kitchen/living room, lounge
(open fire, TV, DVD, CD), bathroom; BBQ.
Continental breakfast provisions provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/ecoluxe 129
Great Southern Touring Route: Grampians

The Grelco Run


Brimpaen (Northern Grampians, near Halls Gap)

520 Schmidt’s Road, Brimpaen Vic. 3401 Cottage rates per couple: from $143 to $160
Ph/Fax: 03 5383 9221 Bed & breakfast provisions
grelco@skymesh.com.au Cottages suitable for children
www.grampiansgrelcorun.com Homestead rates per couple: from $220 to $240
Hosts: Graeme and Liz McDonald Bed & full breakfast
Style: Country cottages and homestead CHQ • MC • VI
Member: BBFAA

The Grelco Run is one of western Victoria’s On offer are two cottages, each accommodating
largest privately owned native forest and began up to six, with a large lounge and fire to encourage
as the owners’ weekend escape. This has been relaxing at the end of a day’s exploration. Each
very much one family’s dream, and over the cottage has its own private setting surrounded by
years the substantial property has been nurtured tall gums and ancient grasstrees. One adventure
and protected through their pioneering tourism not to be missed is horse riding, offered on the
project. Here, guests can experience unspoilt property by another family member, respected
Australian bush with some of the most dramatic horseman Cameron McDonald.
views in the region: the sight as the sun sets The Homestead offers three ensuite rooms for
and turns the Grampians ranges to ochre is those seeking a hosted experience, and, by prior
spellbinding. arrangement, dinner gives a taste of country
hospitality with worldly style.
Location: 40 km northwest of Halls Gap.
300 km or 3½ hours west of Melbourne. Map 7.
Melway X926 C1.
Facilities: Two self-contained cottages: each
sleeping up to six with spacious lounge (log
fire), bathroom, kitchen; breakfast provisions
provided. Homestead: three ensuite bedrooms;
lounge, dining room; full breakfast served.
Dinner by arrangement ($66 per person).
130 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/thegrelcorun
Great Southern Touring Route: Grampians

DULC Cabins
Halls Gap

9 Thryptomene Court, Halls Gap Vic. 3381 Whole cabin rates per couple: from $250 to $450
(Postal: PO Box 612, Stawell Vic. 3380) (extra guests $25 per night)
Ph: 03 5356 4711 Fax: 03 5356 4799 Accommodation only
info@dulc.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends
www.dulc.com.au Suitable for children
General Managers: Pru and Simon Farrer AE • CHQ • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Eco-funky contemporary cabins

If you like your escape to have a styled eco- stargazing while reclining in the spa bath or in
chic feel you will adore DULC Cabins in Halls the shower. Against this natural backdrop the
Gap. There are four architect-designed cabins interior accoutrements ooze personality: red and
here, each built with rough-sawn timber for a orange cushions sit on deep, chocolate-toned
sumptuous, organic feel that is harmonious with leather armchairs, crisp white linens dress the
the textures of the surrounding trees. bed, there’s an espresso machine in the kitchen
Choose from one-bedroom cabins (one with and the lounge features a gas log fire for warmth
upstairs bedroom) or a two-bedroom cabin for and relaxation.
friends to share. In all, expanses of glass draw in DULC is perfectly positioned – it’s just
the bushland setting and mountain views – even moments from restaurants and a network of
in the bathrooms where a glass ceiling allows walking tracks but you don’t have to venture too
far. Views of peaks and bush-clad mountains can
be enjoyed from your own DULC cabin.
Location: 260 km or three hours west of
Melbourne. Map 7. Melway X926 D1.
Facilities: Four cabins: three one-bedroom
(Treehouse with upstairs bedroom), one two-
bedroom. Each with king bed, spa ensuite,
kitchen, lounge (gas log fire, TV, DVD, CD),
dining area, RC AC. Self-catering (continental
breakfast provisions by prior arrangement).
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/dulc 131
Great Southern Touring Route: Grampians

Royal Mail Hotel


Dunkeld (Southern Grampians)

Parker Street/Glenelg Highway (PO Box 50), Hotel rates per couple: from $160 to $240
Dunkeld Vic. 3294 Bed & continental breakfast
Ph: 03 5577 2241 Fax: 03 5577 2577 (extra guests $45 per night)
relax@royalmail.com.au Suitable for children • Pets by arrangement
www.royalmail.com.au Disabled facilities
Accommodation Manager: Amy Peters AE • CHQ • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Hotel and historic cottages

The thought of a Royal Mail encounter is akin head chef Dan Hunter in everything he does,
to an exquisite aperitif: to announce the arrival even his bountiful kitchen garden of fruits,
of a delicious experience; to hint but not to vegetables, herbs and flowers. But that’s not all;
reveal; to prime but not to satiate. the hotel itself is an architectural marvel, another
To whet your appetite, here are just some of totally unexpected surprise. Think “look at me”
the Royal Mail’s impressive accolades: two hats swimming pool, native gardens, and hotel suites
and the title of Country Restaurant of the Year and apartments done with architectural flair
2009 in The Age Good Food Guide; Gourmet (or stay at the Mt Sturgeon Estate instead – see
Traveller’s Regional Restaurant of the Year 2009; opposite page).
and, Wine Spectator USA 2008 Best of Award If this taste has aroused your own foodie
of Excellence. We can attest to the passion of passion, then book a special wine-matched
dining experience. Whatever you do, we suggest
you book your accommodation in advance – the
Royal Mail is now firmly entrenched as one of
regional Victoria’s must-do dining experiences.
Location: 260 km or three hours west of
Melbourne. Map 7. Melway 926 C4.
Facilities: 22 hotel suites; three studio
apartments. Swimming pool. Continental
breakfast provided; breakfast, lunch and dinner
in the restaurant or bistro daily.
132 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/royalmailhotel
Great Southern Touring Route: Grampians

SEVEN
Hamilton

seven Palmer Street, Hamilton Vic. 3300 Whole apartment rates per night: from $180 to $260
(Postal: PO Box 2269, Fitzroy Vic. 3065) (up to four guests)
Mobile: 0408 212 100 Bed & full breakfast provisions
zenart@bigpond.net.au Suitable for children
www.sevenpalmerstreet.com.au Direct Deposit
Owner: Lyn Donlevy
Style: Serene Zen-like retreat

Every edition has a surprise find; something A central hallway leads to two master bedrooms,
unexpected and utterly original. And whoever each with a courtyard, and then to the bathroom.
would have thought that Hamilton would deliver Just looking at the sunken bath inspires a sense of
this contemporary stunner. serenity – and soaking can be an indoor/outdoor
From the outside, SEVEN is starkly minimalist, experience when the frosted glass sash windows
but venture inside and you’ll discover two light- are open to the bedroom courtyards beyond.
filled, clever, Zen-inspired designer villas. The Throughout, the owner’s edgy photographic art
open-plan living, dining and kitchen area features hangs against white walls.
glass walls straddling either side of a fireplace This won’t suit those who love frills but it will
and an entertainment system. There’s a kitchen excite the urban escapee who fears leaving the
designed for some serious gourmet cooking. city unless a sense of design follows them into
the wilderness. SEVEN is your country bunker
of style.
Location: 290 km or 3¾ hours west of
Melbourne. Map 7. Melway X926 B5.
Facilities: Two two-bedroom villas: each with two
queen bedrooms (each bedroom with external
courtyard space), central bathroom (sunken bath,
shower), full kitchen, open-plan dining/living
(gas log fire, TV, CD, DVD), lounge (gas log fire),
laundry. Full breakfast provisions provided.
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Western Australia

Perth and Surrounds (page 136)

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Australia’s Southwest to Esperance (page 174)

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Perth and Surrounds

Cottesloe Beach, Perth

What’s that buzz coming from Australia’s For the picture postcard view of Perth’s
western capital? It is the sound of a city skyscrapers reflecting in the Swan River,
that is bursting at the seams with energy, we suggest starting with a trip to South Perth.
innovation, new money, prospectors, fortune Lap up the scenery as you sip a Margaret
hunters and holidaymakers in search of a River sauvignon blanc over a fresh
unique experience. While the rest of the marinara pasta.
world may wallow in recession at various
times, the city on the Swann River has hardly
Perth’s elite like to shop and party at the
stopped riding its mining boom for 20 years.
old working class suburb of Subiaco. It was
As the world’s most isolated capital settled in 1851 by Benedictine monks from
city - Adelaide is nearly 3,000 kilometres Subiaco in Italy and has retained its village
away - Perth has developed a very distinctive feel. But the shopping, dining and
vibe: gung-ho about progress but laid-back entertainments have long since left its former
about lifestyle. Mining money has fuelled a working class roots behind. When you
local appetite for the very best in wine, food have had enough dazzle, pause at Subiaco
and pleasure-seeking. The hardest choice for Museum to reflect on the area’s fascinating
visitors is what to do, see, eat or drink next. European and Aboriginal foundations.
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Surrounds

Western End of Rottnest Island Picnic at Kings Park, Perth

Perth is one of Australia’s great beach cities and are sensational when taken with a glass of
it has a venerable seaside culture of sun, surf and Cape Mentelle viognier.
chilled-out entertainment. Scarborough Beach,
Fremantle guards the mouth of the Swan
to the northwest of Subiaco, has good surf and
River and the old port has a fine collection
pulls a vibrant crowd of happy sun seekers.
of 19th-century streetscapes and convict era
Its restaurants and bars cover the whole range
colonial buildings. Galleries, cafes and
of price and quality from gourmet seafood to
restaurants line the heritage streets. We suggest
fresh fish and chips eaten from a roll of paper
wandering Fremantle’s small lanes at random
on the beach.
to see what you can find.
Cottesloe, a short drive southwest of the CBD,
Fremantle’s renowned markets sell a
is the only Perth beach many people know –
wonderful blend of produce, clothes and
and with good reason. You can picnic beneath
curios. When you are done with shopping,
majestic Norfolk Pines and feel powdery white
head to the cappuccino strip of South Terrace
sand between your toes before stepping into
for some coffee and buzz from the buskers.
the crystal-clear waters. There is enough swell
for body surfing and the nearby reefs are ideal The Fishing Boat Harbour, the new Maritime
for snorkelling. Sunsets over the Indian Ocean Museum, and the old Fremantle Port are well
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worth visiting. The Fremantle Street Art Festival


runs over Easter and the Fremantle Festival is
in November. Book well in advance to see its
fire eaters, Latin dancers and acrobats. You can
also day trip to Rottnest Island from Fremantle.
The Swan Valley is Perth’s own backyard
wine region, a gourmet larder for a city with a

Perth’s skyline at dusk

taste for the best in life. Around Henley Brook


you will find cellar doors, art studios, craft
shops and some very fine dining. We suggest
taking a horse-drawn wagon tour to see it all
at a slower pace.
Nearby Rockingham is a real holiday town
but without the long drives that the denizens
of Melbourne and Sydney are used to making
for their beach holidays. It’s just a 40-minute
drive from the city to this aquatic playground,
where you can snorkel, surf, sail and swim
with dolphins. Rockingham is a place to relax,
unwind and spend a few days exploring the
shops, restaurants and bars - and don’t miss
the cute little fairy penguins.
Perth is the obvious base for an exploration of
Western Australia. It is the hub of a transport
net covering the remotest regions and is an
absorbing destination in its own right. We
suggest starting or ending any Western
Australia odyssey here.

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Maritime Museum, Fremantle

Accredited Visitor Information Centres

Perth Ground floor, Cnr Forrest Place and Wellington Street. Ph: 08 9483 1111
Email: travel@westernaustralia.com www.westernaustralia.com

Fremantle Town Hall, Kings Square. Ph: 08 9431 7878


Email: ftb@fremantlewa.com.au www.fremantlewesternaustralia.com

Rockingham 43 Kent Street. Ph: 08 9592 3464


Email: scott.rtc@westnet.com.au

Swan Valley Old Courthouse, Swan Street, Midland. Ph: 08 9379 9400
Email: visitorcentre@swan.wa.gov.au www.swanvalley.com.au

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140 The Bell Tower, Perth


Perth and Surrounds

The Peninsula Riverside Serviced Apartments


Perth

53 South Perth Esplanade, Perth WA 6151 Whole apartment rates per night: from $195 to $350
Freecall: 1800 888 068 Ph: 08 9368 6688 Accommodation only
reception@thepeninsula.net (continental breakfast provisions available)
www.thepeninsula.net Suitable for children
General Manager: Diana Linden AE • DC • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Riverside apartments

The Peninsula occupies one of Perth’s most presentation continues as you walk on inside.
spectacular waterfront locations, looking You choose the space you need – one, two or
towards the city with the majestic Swan River in three bedrooms – and then make the most of
the foreground. This is the view that has featured the well-equipped kitchen and the comfortable
on a thousand postcards. At night, the city lounge and dining area. Some apartments have
lights glitter on the river, making for a romantic river views or sunny courtyard gardens, which
moonlit stroll. By day, the green foreshore along are lovely for longer stays.
the esplanade is ideal for long walks, jogging or From The Peninsula, it is an easy walk to the
just relaxing on the grass. trendy shops and restaurants of South Perth and
The apartments are set in beautifully the CBD is a fun ferry ride over the Swan River
landscaped gardens and the immaculate or just minutes by car. For those in Perth on
business, this peaceful location is central enough
yet the broad parkland surrounds offer a tranquil
escape at the end of a day’s work.

Location: Four km or six minutes from Perth


CBD. Map 9. RA 76 D2.
Facilities: One-, two- and three-bedroom
apartments with lounge (cable TV), kitchen,
dining, ensuite off main bedroom. Some with
river view or courtyard garden (on request).
WiFi, RC AC, free parking, laundry. Self-catering.
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Cottesloe Beach House Stays


Cottesloe and Perth CBD

Various locations around Cottesloe and Perth CBD, WA Whole house rates per night: from $180 to $775
Ph: 08 9286 2641 (up to four guests, extra guests $20 per night)
info@cbhstays.com.au Accommodation only • Minimum three nights
www.cbhstays.com.au Suitable for children • Pets by arrangement
Manager: Allison Manners AE • CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Exclusive collection of beach houses Member: Cottesloe Beach House Stays

Cottesloe is Perth’s premier beachside plunge pool, exotic lounge and beautifully
enclave, a place where gorgeous beaches, detailed bedrooms. We were thrilled by the
trendy dining and stylish boutiques have stylish tri-level Marine Parade Beach House,
combined to make the ultimate city base. We which has stunning ocean views from the
love it. Cottesloe Beach House Stays specialises breathtaking open-plan lounge, dining and
in superbly presented luxury beach houses gourmet kitchen. These rank among Perth’s
and apartments that cater to guests seeking a finest holiday homes and will suit the most
matchless experience. discerning guests.
The collection includes beauties such as But those who prefer their chic beachside
Overton Gardens Luxury Beach House, a accommodation on a budget will find plenty of
Moorish-inspired treasure with a marble kitchen, options here too. Cottesloe Beach House Stays
offers a delightful range of smaller apartments,
each handpicked for its impeccable presentation
and superbly detailed interiors. Why stay in a
hotel when you can have all this?
Location: 15 km or 10 minutes from Perth CBD.
Map 9. RA 77 G1.
Facilities: A range of beach houses and
apartments with two to six bedrooms, lounge,
dining, full kitchen, laundry, Internet. Individual
facilities vary between properties. Self-catering.
142 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/cottesloe
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Directions Apartments
Subiaco

203 Townsend Road, Subiaco WA 6904 Whole apartment rates per night: from $395 to $420
Mobile: 0402 106 560 Ph: 08 9381 4781 (up to six guests)
bookings@directionsapartments.com.au Whole studio rates per night: $160
www.directionsapartments.com.au Accommodation only • Minimum three nights
Owner: Graeme Speed Breakfast provisions available by prior arrangement
Style: Sensational inner city apartments Minimum three nights
CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

There is only one direction you need to head of the detailing is impressive. The decorative
when planning an inner city stay in Perth’s trendy elements, quality furnishings and entertainment
Subiaco – these truly sensational apartments systems are all unsurpassed.
and studio are the last word in tasteful style. In addition to the two-level apartments there is
Even the term apartment is an understatement: also a studio, ideal for one or a couple, offering a
these architect-designed beauties are set over full kitchen and courtyard. This studio can even
two luxurious levels with living, dining, gourmet be interconnected with one of the apartments
kitchen and courtyard gardens on the ground floor to create a four-bedroom, two-kitchen home.
and three luxurious bedrooms on the second level. Whichever you choose the location is ideal:
The owner designed these apartments to be close to the CBD for business, Kings Park
of an owner-occupied standard so every aspect for recreation and all of Perth’s hot spots for
holidaymakers – not to mention Subiaco’s iconic
cafes and dining.
Location: Five minutes from Perth CBD. Map 9.
RA 77 F3.
Facilities: Two apartments and one studio. Each
apartment with three bedrooms (king and twin
king singles), lounge/dining (TV, DVD, CD,
home theatre), full kitchen, laundry. RC AC.
Studio with queen bed, full kitchen, bathroom;
connects with one apartment. Self-catering.
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Fothergills of Fremantle
Fremantle (Perth)

18-22 Ord Street, Fremantle WA 6160 Room rates per couple: from $140 to $225
Ph: 08 9335 6784 Bed & full breakfast
fothergills@iinet.net.au Suitable for children
www.fothergills.net.au Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Manager: Suzy Llewellyn Member: BBFAA
Style: Artistic B&B haven

Art-lovers take note: inside these historic walls meandering through the halls and admiring
is a cultural and artistic endeavour. The owner is various styles. Each spacious guest room has an
an avid art collector and sponsor of young artists; evocative name – such as Endeavour, O’Connor
and Fothergills’ manager, Suzy Llewellyn, loves and the Javanese – and is lavishly fitted out with
to share the passion of this amazing collection antiques, art and sculpture.
with guests. Yet within these gracious walls, the Art even infuses breakfast: sculptures in the
feeling is relaxed – just wander in and make courtyard catch the sunlight and artworks adorn
yourself at home. the walls of the conservatory breakfast room
This is a living gallery, displaying a changing as you enjoy Suzy’s outstanding full breakfast
range of notable and up-and-coming West spread. Historic Fothergills resonates with
Australian artists. Enchanted hours can be spent the history of Fremantle yet is also a fresh and
vibrant beacon in its cultural and artistic scene.
It makes an inspirational choice as your base to
explore Perth or for corporate guests seeking a
unique experience.
Location: 18 km or 20 minutes from Perth CBD.
Map 9. RA 77 J1.
Facilities: Seven rooms (king/twin and queen, CD,
TV, DVD, most with ensuite). Breakfast room,
library, balcony (harbour/sunset views). Wireless
broadband, laundry. Full breakfast served.
144 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/fothergills
Perth and Surrounds

Heritage Cottage Bed and Breakfast


Fremantle South (Perth)

273 South Terrace, Fremantle South WA 6160 Style: Historic cottage B&B
Ph: 08 9433 5946 Room rates per couple: from $140 to $180
heritagecottage@ozemail.com.au Bed & continental breakfast
www.fremantlebedandbreakfast.com.au AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Host: Sally-Anne Merrington

Everyone loves basking in the echoes of style breakfast room, which opens up to balmy
Perth’s early maritime history in Fremantle. And breezes in summer.
nowhere chimes with that history more than this The location can not be bettered. Heritage
heritage listed 19th-century home. It offers bed Cottage is just 150 meters from the Indian Ocean
and breakfast rooms to guests seeking a window at South Beach, perfect for a swim or a picnic
on the past – but with spotlessly modern facilities. on the lawns under the Norfolk pines. You can
The four guest rooms have sparkling ensuites walk along the water’s edge into Fremantle
(one has a spa). Host Sally-Anne Merrington lives town, and restaurants and pubs are within 300
in separate quarters, leaving guests to themselves metres of the B&B. Allow three nights here to
in the B&B. But each morning a continental explore Fremantle properly: spend a day visiting
buffet breakfast is served in the conservatory- Rottnest Island and two days roaming Fremantle.
There are the famous markets, the old goal,
microbrewery pubs, cafes, art galleries and funky
boutiques. Best of all, the free tourist bus leaves
from the front door.
Location: 18 km or 20 minutes from Perth CBD.
Map 9. RA 77 J1.
Facilities: Four guest rooms, each with king or
queen bed, ensuite (one with spa), TV, DVD.
Breakfast room, verandah, wireless Internet.
RC AC. Continental breakfast served.
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Beach House Shoalwater


Shoalwater, Rockingham

60 Arcadia Drive, Shoalwater WA 6169 Whole house rates per night: from $150 to $250
Mobile: 0419 960 915 (up to seven guests)
info@beachhouseshoalwater.com Weekly rates available
www.beachhouseshoalwater.com Accommodation only • Minimum three nights
Owners: Steve and Michelle Fisher Suitable for children • Pets by arrangement
Style: Ocean-view beach house CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

Beach House Shoalwater ticks all the boxes to watch the sun set with a glass of wine. What
for a perfect family escape – it is only 45 minutes could be more relaxing? There is a second
from Perth, so the kids will only ask “Are we lounge downstairs that also has ocean views,
there yet?” once, if at all. It is right over the a full kitchen and outside there are lawns for
road from Rockingham’s beach so the sound of the kids to play on. This is a beach house for all
the waves can be heard. And best of all Beach seasons that is well presented but not fussy – a
House Shoalwater sleeps up to seven, so the kids place for a relaxed family holiday.
can even invite a friend or two to stay. There’s a cafe strip and restaurants within
This beach house holds a few surprises too. a moments drive and the wonders of the
We love the upstairs entertainment lounge and Shoalwater Marine Park await exploration
balcony – put the kids to bed and retreat upstairs (including the penguins and dolphins). You can
dive, windsurf, sea kayak and golf and there are
even local wineries to explore.
Location: 50 km or 45 minutes south of Perth.
Map 9. RA 78 F4.
Facilities: One beach house: Three bedrooms
(two queen and one single and bunk bed), lounge
(gas log fire, TV, DVD, CD), entertainment
lounge and balcony (TV), dining, full kitchen, two
bathrooms (one with spa). BBQ, laundry, porta
cot and high chair. RC AC. Self-catering.
146 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/beachhouseshoalwater
Perth and Surrounds

Manuel Towers
Shoalwater, Rockingham

32A Arcadia Drive, Shoalwater WA 6169 Room rates per couple: from $160 to $200
Ph: 08 9592 2698 (extra guests $50)
info@manueltowers.com.au Bed & full breakfast
www.manueltowers.com.au Disabled facilities
Hosts: Manuel and Ali Nunez DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Breathtaking beachside hotel Member: BBFAA

Manuel Towers is the result of one couple’s a sea view balcony or secluded courtyard garden.
dream to create something from the heart. When Recycled timbers, colourful fabrics, earthy tiles
Manuel and Ali purchased a humble beachfront and heavenly beds are all features.
shop they saw what others missed: a chance to Downstairs, guests have exclusive use of a
let their imaginations soar. wondrous lounge and bar (try Ali’s espresso
The result is simply amazing. This is a heady coffee) decorated in an array of curios and art.
cocktail of French country, Moroccan medina It is here that you’ll be treated to a sumptuous
and nautical lost-and-found, artfully orchestrated gourmet breakfast. From this beachfront
by the owners whose European and North African hideaway, guests can explore Shoalwater’s
pedigrees shine through. There are five guest beaches, restaurants and cafes, visit Penguin
rooms, each individual in decoration, some with Island, swim with dolphins, scuba dive and
more. But we defy anyone to spend more than a
few hours away from Manuel Towers, such is the
magnetism of this stunning creation.
Location: 50 km or 45 minutes south of Perth.
Map 9. RA 78 F4.
Facilities: Five ensuite guest rooms (two with
spa), each with queen bed, TV, DVD, heating
and fan, some with balcony or courtyard. Guest
lounge with gas log fire, espresso machine, DVD
and book library, Internet. Full breakfast served.
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Hidden Valley Eco Spa Lodges and Day Spa


Pickering Brook

85 Carinyah Road, Pickering Brook WA 6076 Whole lodge rates per couple: from $395 to $495
Ph: 08 9293 7337 Executive lodge rates per couple: from $595 to $695
info@hiddenvalleyeco.com (extra guests $75 per night)
www.hiddenvalleyeco.com Bed & full breakfast • In-lodge dinner and
Managers: Garry and Jeanne Deneulain gourmet platters by prior arrangement
Style: Secluded spa lodges and day spa AE • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

Few of Australia’s eco retreats are so close to chef delivers a gourmet five-course candlelit
a capital city yet so secluded as Hidden Valley dinner to your lodge. And afterwards? Cocoon
Eco Spa Lodges and Day Spa. This gorgeous yourselves away from worldly cares.
forest dweller is only 35 minutes from Perth’s The next morning a cooked breakfast is served
CBD, making it ideal for couples in need of at your private lodge – and then the pampering
rejuvenation. In the time it takes to have a really begins. Stroll through the gardens to
cocktail at a busy city bar you could already be the Day Spa for hours of sheer pleasure. Our
here snuggled up in one of five beautiful lodges. favourites are the divine Chocolate Indulgence
We suggest starting with a bubble in the treatment and the Ultimate Hidden Valley
outdoor spa. Follow that entree with an Heated Stone Massage. Refreshed? Now book
unforgettable experience as Hidden Valley’s the Silver Shadow Rolls Royce Winery Tour for
personal tastings with local winemakers.
Location: 26 km or 35 minutes east of Perth
CBD. Map 9. RA 78 E5.
Facilities: Five lodges: open-plan lounge
with wood fire and TV, dining, split-level
king bedroom, kitchenette, ensuite, outdoor
undercover Jacuzzi, BBQ. Executive lodge:
two bedrooms, lounge (wood fire, plasma TV),
dining, full kitchen, Jacuzzi, private spa treatment
room and gym. Day Spa. Full breakfast served.
148 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/hiddenvalleyperth
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Hillside Country Retreat


York

30 Forrest Street, York WA 6302 Bed & full breakfast


Ph: 08 9641 1065 Mobile: 0416 121 392 Whole cottage rates per night: from $180 to $260
asavage@westnet.com.au (up to four guests, extra guest $65 per night)
www.hillsideretreat.com.au Accommodation only • Disabled facilities
Hosts: Andrew and Joy Savage Minimum two nights at weekends preferred
Style: B&B rooms and country cottages Suitable for children • Pets welcome
B&B room rates per couple: from $180 to $235 Direct Deposit • MC • VI

A short jaunt from Perth brings you to historic to some with a brass bed and all have a lounge
York. In addition to the many historic buildings, area (some even have a gorgeous pot belly wood
a superb gallery in the Old Mill and several good fire). B&B guests are treated to a full breakfast
restaurants, York hosts a number of festivals served in the delightful garden Tea House.
annually, including gourmet food and wine, jazz For families or groups (including cyclists,
and spring gardens. birdwatchers and bushwalkers), the three
And when it comes to choosing a place to country cottages are ideal. Each offers three or
stay, Hillside Country Retreat offers a sense of four bedrooms, a large lounge and dining and a
history and a dash of country style in its B&B full kitchen to self cater. Whichever you choose,
suites and family cottages. The B&B suites each Hillside features flowering gardens, stunning
have a unique decorative style from Tudor in feel country vistas and hosts who are warm and
generous yet unobtrusive.
Location: 96 km or 11/2 hours east of Perth. Map
11. RA 82 C4.
Facilities: B&B suites: queen bed, lounge area
(TV, DVD, some with wood fire), ensuite, some
with kitchen or kitchenette, AC. Three cottages:
(three and four bedrooms), lounge (TV, DVD,
some with wood fire), dining, full kitchen,
bathroom, AC. Games room, tennis court. Full
breakfast served in B&B; self-catering in cottages.
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Leeuwin Estate Vineyard, Margaret River

Wine is understandably the first association award-winning boutique beer maker, the
that everyone now makes with the words Colonial Brewing Company, 10 minutes’
‘Margaret River’. And what’s not to love drive from town. As you travel the region,
about a region three hours’ drive from Perth you are sure to stumble across great local
that produces such a diverse and high-quality cheesemakers, breadmakers, olive oil
range of wine varieties? But we want to start pressers and cafes and restaurants.
with the beauty and variety of Margaret
Many of Western Australia’s most expressive
River’s other attractions, ranging from surfing
and creative artists have gravitated to this
and underground caves to gourmet food
area, leading to a thriving local arts scene.
producers and a stunning natural landscape.
There are glass blowers, painters, sculptors
The Margaret River area has become a real and jewellery makers to mention a few. We
magnet for gourmands in recent years. They love the Purist Gallery, where you can enjoy
come for the wine and stay for treats such as the work of artist Penny Hudson and
those found at The Margaret River Chocolate jeweller Max Ball over a cafe latte on their
Company at Metricup (the very funky studio garden terrace. The local information
architecture is worth a good look before you bureau has a brochure that details an artists
start sampling). The district has its own trail to explore.
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Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, near Dunsborough Dining at Vasse Felix Winery, Cowaramup

Some of the region’s most startling features first visiting Lake Cave, which houses the
are natural. Eagle Bay has a peaceful beach to fascinating and instructive CaveWorks
discover on the way to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, interpretive display. The reflections of the
which guards the meeting of the Southern cave formations in this underground lake
and Indian Oceans at the most westerly tip of are breathtaking. The Mammoth and Jewel
Australia (in season, watch out for whales). caves are equally impressive.

The Margaret River region was known to The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
surfers long before it made its name with stretches from Bunker Bay in the north
wine. There are some 75 surf breaks up and to Augusta in the south and has one of
down the coast at beaches whose names, Australia’s most spectacularly rugged and
such as Prevally, have become legendary windswept coastlines. But there are also
among Australian surfies. Surfers Point should blissfully calm spots for snorkelling and
be on any board rider’s list of iconic breaks family swimming. The Boranup Karri Forest
to notch up on the board. is awe-inspiring and there are more caves to
explore in this park, which has many good
There is a whole underground world to walking tracks, including the Cape to Cape
explore beneath Margaret River. We suggest Walk.
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Have we mentioned wine yet? The Margaret


River Wine Region has justifiably become one
of Australia’s leading viticulture districts, up
there with Coonawarra, the Hunter Valley
and the Yarra Valley. The climate and soils
combine to produce some truly impressive
wines such as those from Leeuwin Estate,
Cape Mentelle or Vasse Felix.

Surfing at Margaret River

Wine guru James Halliday credits Margaret


River’s chardonnay as “Australia’s greatest
example of the breed”, which hints at the
vignerons’ wonders awaiting wine tourists. A
succession of sensational cabernets, which have
recently been blended with merlot to great effect,
have written the region’s name in red as well.
If you are new to wine appreciation, a wine
tour or a class will help orient you to the
world of viticulture. We found the Margaret
River Regional Wine Centre at Cowaramup
to be a great place to taste, learn and develop
a wine travel itinerary.
Any time is a good time to visit Margaret
River. Summer, winter or in between there is
so much to see and do, whatever your age or
interests. We suggest booking yourself in for at
least week in order to begin sampling all that
is on offer. But don’t worry if you don’t get to
see it all this trip… Margaret River will call
you back soon enough.
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Bunker Bay and Cape Naturaliste, near Dunsborough

Accredited Visitor Information Centres

We recommend visiting www.australiassouthwest.com for information on the


Margaret River wine region.

Margaret River Bussell Highway. Ph: 08 9757 2911


Email: welcome@margaretriver.com www.margaretriver.com

Busselton 38 Peel Terrace. Ph: 08 9752 1288


Email: busselton@geographebay.com www.geographebay.com

Dunsborough Shop 14, Dunsborough Park Shopping Centre. Ph: 08 9755 3299
Email: dunsborough@geographebay.com www.geographebay.com

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Byrdie
Bunker Bay (near Dunsborough)

(Exact location on enquiry), Bunker Bay WA 6281 Whole house rates per night: from $377 to $590
Ph: 08 9385 5611 (up to 10 guests)
mail@privateprop.com Accommodation only
www.privateprop.com Minimum 3 to 7 nights depending on season
Manager: Rosie Harris, Private Properties Suitable for children
Style: Exclusive private beach house AE • CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Member: Private Properties

How about this recipe for holiday pleasure: cresting the clear blue ocean. The local cafe
put one very exclusive, very private gated serves delicious fare.
community on one of Western Australia’s best We love everything about Byrdie, especially
beaches and add one of the state’s finest resorts how its low street profile masks the sensational,
next door. The delicious result is Byrdie. architect-designed interiors within. Set around
Byrdie is an enclave of luxury beach homes a courtyard (with fireplace) are two master
beside Bunker Bay Resort. You are quite bedrooms, each with an ensuite. There is a
separate from the resort but can use all its magnificent kids’ bunkhouse, and a glamorous
facilities including the pool, tennis court and lounge, dining and gourmet kitchen with
day spa. And just a few steps from the front door cathedral ceilings. The alfresco entertaining
is Bunker Beach, a swathe of crystalline sand patio looks over a romantic bush garden of
splendid paperbarks. Byrdie has the location, the
looks and the facilities to make your next holiday
truly unforgettable.
Location: 275 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 C2.
Facilities: One house: three bedrooms, lounge
(satellite plasma TV, DVD, CD, Playstation, iPod
dock), dining and full kitchen. RC AC. Patio/
entertaining (BBQ), courtyard (fireplace). Laundry.
Tennis court, pool, day spa (at resort). Self-catering.
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Abundance @ Eagle Bay


Eagle Bay (near Dunsborough)

21 Waterlily Cove, Eagle Bay WA 6281 Whole studio rates per night: from $230 to $295
Ph: 08 9759 1211 Mobile: 0427 949 958 Accommodation only
noelene@abundance.com.au (Full breakfast served to suite, extra charge)
www.abundanceeaglebay.com.au Private chef service available
Host: Noelene Rogers Minimum two nights at weekend
Style: Luxury suites for couples AE • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

Margaret River is famous for its wines and entrance, spacious lounge and dining area, a
gorgeous beaches and this mix is beautifully king bedroom and a stunning spa ensuite. The
combined at Eagle Bay. It seems fitting that this light-filled suites are beautifully presented and
intriguing area features an equally tantalising look out over landscaped gardens – open the
retreat. Built using stone, timber and rammed windows and invite in the ocean sounds.
earth, Abundance @ Eagle Bay exudes a grand Abundance is perhaps the only choice in the
American beach house style, yet has a relaxed area that delivers a full breakfast to your suite
Australian ambience. together with the morning paper, offering a very
The retreat caters for just two couples at indulgent start to your day. Your options are then
a time. Each suite is independent, meaning only limited to your imagination: a winery tour
complete privacy, and features its own private leaving from your door, explore the Cape-to-Cape
walking trail, spot kangaroos in the garden at dusk
and admire the stars as you soak in the romantic
spa. Abundance is perfect for a honeymoon,
special celebration or a pampering break away.
Location: 270 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 C2.
Facilities: Two suites: each with lounge (satellite
TV, DVD, CD), king ensuite bedroom (double
spa, separate toilet). BBQ. Full breakfast served
to the suite.
156 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/abundance
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Wise Vineyards
Eagle Bay (near Dunsborough)

80 Eagle Bay Road, Dunsborugh WA 6281 Accommodation only


Ph: 08 9756 8627 Minimum two nights
accom@wisewine.com.au Suitable for children
www.wisewine.com.au Restaurant open daily for breakfast and lunch
General Manager: Keith Warrick Bookings essential. Restaurant Ph: 08 9755 3331
Style: Enchanting rustic cottages AE • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Whole cottage rates per night: from $80 to $270

Margaret River is one of the New World’s from the compact Settler’s Cottage to the Zen-
most exciting wine regions and for aficionados like style of the Tea House or the Potter’s Cottage
Wise Vineyards is an essential stop. Atop a and the Studio. Any would make a perfect pick
breathtaking escarpment looking over Geographe for a couple or for a group (including a wedding
Bay, Wise Wine’s stunning contemporary cellar party) take the whole collection and have an
door and restaurant offers a wine and food exclusive village-style experience.
odyssey with peerless views to match. The bonus for guests staying? The pleasure
There is another aspect to Wine Vineyards of wandering up the hill through the vineyards
that demands more than just a visit – nestled in a to the restaurant to enjoy a memorable dining
glen is a gorgeous collection of rustic settler-style experience matched with Wise’s wines. And if
chalets for guests. Each has a special charm, you stroll down the hill, you’ll discover secluded
Eagle Bay and Meelup beach. Cape Naturaliste
National Park is also nearby. If you have come
to experience Margaret River’s famed vineyards,
why not stay at one of the most renowned?
Location: 260 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 C2.
Facilities: A range of cottages with lounge
(potbelly stove), kitchen or kitchenette,
bathroom. Cellar door. Restaurant open daily for
breakfast and lunch.
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Adamsons Riverside Accommodation


Margaret River

71 Bussell Highway, Margaret River WA 6285 Room rates per couple: from $115 to $250
Ph: 08 9757 2013 Whole apartment rates per couple: from $175 to $400
info@adamsonsriverside.net.au (extra guest in apartments from $25 to $50 per night)
www.adamsonsriverside.net.au Accommodation only (continental breakfast
Owners: Sharon and Sean Dancey provisions available) • Minimum two nights at weekends
Style: Riverside rooms and apartments Disabled facilities • Eftpos • MC • VI
and

Adamsons has one of the best positions right rooms have a balcony that overlooks the gardens
in Margaret River township and is next to the and all guests have use of a central courtyard
river that gives rise to the town’s name. This where comfortable lounges create the perfect
central choice offers a range of accommodation spot to enjoy breakfast to the sounds of birdsong
options set within meticulously tended gardens or relax after a day of adventure.
that are bursting with colour. Adamsons also offers two apartments each
Guests can choose from a range of rooms, with two bedrooms, a lounge and kitchenette.
each with ensuite and some with a balcony or These are ideal for two couples sharing or those
private courtyard. Our favourite is the executive who just like a little extra space and naturally
queen room dressed in chocolates and reds and they share in the same fresh interior style as the
with a spa ensuite and private courtyard. Other rooms. Whichever you choose, friendly staff
and attention to detail are hallmarks of this very
reasonably priced choice.
Location: 272 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 E2.
Facilities: A range of rooms (king or queen, TV,
DVD, ensuite, one with spa; five with balcony or
courtyard) and two-bedroom apartments (queen
and king single, lounge, TV, DVD, kitchenette,
bathroom). Courtyard lounge, Internet.
Continental breakfast provisions available.
158 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/adamsons
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Bridgewater on Margaret River


Margaret River

5950 Caves Road, Margaret River WA 6285 Whole studio rate per couple: $165
Ph: 08 9758 7490 Mobile: 0407 086 940 Bed and continental breakfast
rickc@ebminsurance.com.au Whole chalet rate per night: $275
www.enjoybridgewater.com.au (rate for chalet is for up to four guests)
Hosts: Beth and Rick Cowan Accommodation only • Suitable for children (chalet)
Style: Riverfront studio and chalet MC • VI

Meandering gently along its river plain, the splendid tranquillity. Or you might choose the
Margaret River flows past wineries, forests and separate chalet, which is ideal for two couples
farmlands on its way to the ocean. Few lodgings sharing. Chalet guests enjoy a spacious lounge
can boast uninterrupted frontage to this famed with a crackling wood fire and two sunny decks
river – but Bridgewater is one that can. The that overlook the garden.
property rests among lush riverfront gardens and The chalet’s big kitchen makes it a perfect
has its own pond. choice for those who wish to self cater, perhaps
Bridgewater offers travellers two idyllic stay preparing a meal with gourmet goodies gathered
options. The studio apartment has its own on a day spent touring the region. Whether you
private entrance, a king bed and ensuite, and choose the studio or chalet, you are welcome to
is wrapped in verdant gardens that bathe it in stoke up the pizza oven and dine on your own
creation overlooking the pond and gardens.
Location: 272 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 E2.
Facilities: One studio and one chalet. Studio
with king bed, TV, DVD, CD, ensuite, private
entrance. Chalet with two bedrooms (queen,
king/twin singles), lounge (wood fire, TV, DVD,
CD), full kitchen, bathroom, two private decks.
Garden with pizza oven, BBQ. Continental
breakfast served (studio), self-catering (chalet).
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/bridgewater
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Ellensbrook Cottages
Cowaramup (near Margaret River)

21 Ellen Brook Road, Cowaramup WA 6284 Whole cottage rates per night: $280
Ph: 08 9755 5880 (up to 2 guests, extra guests from $15 to $25 per night)
ellensbrook@westnet.com.au Accommodation only
www.ellensbrook.com.au Minimum two nights
Hosts: Geoff and Jackie Uhd Suitable for children
Style: Traditional country cottages CHQ • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

The Ellensbrook Cottages provide an created a celestial ambience. The two-bedroom


outstanding Margaret River experience: the Deluxe Spa Cottages have corner spas and
chance to holiday in your own one- or two- will appeal to couples, two couples travelling
bedroom cottage (there are four to choose from) together or families. The cottages have been
on a delightful local property. The setting is handcrafted by the owners and include details
natural bushland and the scene from the big such as vaulted ceilings and fresh colours that
deck is a rich symphony of bird life and song. produce a sense of space and light.
Each cottage has a spa bath but we opted for Ellensbrook is located close to all the region’s
one of the one-bedroom Boutique Spa Cottages, attractions: wineries, beaches, caves and gourmet
which have oceanic spas as the centrepiece delights. The property also borders the Rails
of their glorious bathrooms. Scattered candles to Trails walk and cycle track, so the energetic
can bring their bikes or wander all the way to
Margaret River. Or just sit back in the spa and sip
a glass of local wine.
Location: 275 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 D2.
Facilities: Four one- and two-bedroom cottages
(king or queen and bunk bed), lounge/dining (TV,
DVD, VCR and free DVD library), spa bathroom
and full kitchen. One cottage with wood fire, all
with RC AC, laundry, BBQ. Self-catering.
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Empire Retreat and Day Spa


Yallingup (near Margaret River)

Caves Road, Yallingup WA 6282 Room rates per couple: from $260 to $550
Ph: 08 9755 2065 Bed & full breakfast
retreat@worldofempire.com Private chef and gourmet platters by prior arrangement
www.empireretreat.com Minimum two nights at weekends
Host: Clare Wall Suitable for children over 15 years
Style: Stylish country retreat and spa AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

Perth’s iconic Empire emporium created this they have wood-fire lit lounges and kitchenettes.
wonderfully elegant country estate. With that Whichever lodgings you select, we know that the
pedigree, it is no surprise that guests just keep on gourmet breakfast served in the farmhouse’s light-
returning for the rich delights inside the gates of filled conservatory will be a highlight. The guest
Empire Retreat. lounge is another opulent expression of Empire
You can choose from among 10 suites and style and is warmed by a crackling fire in winter.
villas, each uniquely dressed in European and But the Empire’s most pampering spot is the
Asian themes. Every suite has a bush outlook Empire Day Spa where a full range of remedial
from its private verandah (with outdoor shower), pleasure treatments is available. Don your stylish
an indulgent ensuite and a gorgeous bed. For a spa robe and then wander from your room
little extra extravagance, try one of the villas – through the leafy gardens to the spa for a few
hours or a day of pampering. Afterwards, head
off for lunch at a local winery or relax with a
book – what could be more perfect?
Location: 258 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 C2.
Facilities: 10 suites and villas (queen or king,
spa bath, TV, DVD, RC AC). Day spa. Outdoor
spa, sauna, BBQ. Guest lounge. Full breakfast
served. Private chef and gourmet platters by
arrangement.
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Erravilla Country Estate


Yallingup (near Margaret River)

2865 Blythe Road, Yallingup Siding WA 6281 Room rates per couple: from $200 to $300
Ph: 08 9755 1008 (extra guests $55 per night)
relax@erravilla.com Bed & full breakfast
www.erravilla.com Dinner by prior arrangement
Host: Anya Dawson Minimum two nights at weekends preferred
Style: Stylish country estate AE • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

Erravilla Country Estate is the result of the country style. French doors look to views of
collective dreams of past owners, including the sweeping lawns and fruit trees and draw in light
first who hand built the original homestead and to these spacious suites.
the custodians who have since followed. Each Uniquely, guests also share in the use of the
has added a personal touch to make this estate original splendid homestead. The host lives
what it is today. elsewhere on the property so guests can relax in
Set on over 130 acres of gardens, forest and the spectacular lounge and grand dining room
fields, Erravilla offers a stylish country retreat to with its stone fireplace and can even make use
couples, friends and even exclusive wedding of the kitchen to rustle up a snack. And for a
parties. There are six suites here, each with spa wedding, imagine a marquee on the lawns and
ensuite and a fresh blend of contemporary and six delightful suites to accommodate the wedding
party. Why hire a generic venue when you can be
married and celebrate in gorgeous country style?
Come as a couple, with friends or a special event
group and revel in the space and special feeling.
Location: 258 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 C2.
Facilities: Six suites (one king and five queen), all
with spa ensuite, LCD TV, DVD. Guest lounge
(wood fire), kitchen, laundry. BBQ. RC AC. Full
breakfast served.
162 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/erravilla
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Forest Rise Eco Retreat


Yelverton (near Margaret River)

231 Yelverton Road, Yelverton WA 6280 Whole homestead rates per couple: $525
Ph: 08 9755 7110 Mid-week specials available • Accommodation only
relax@forestrise.com.au Breakfast provisions, gourmet platters & chef by prior
www.forestrise.com.au arrangement • Minimum two nights at weekends
Owners: Julie and David Bevan CHQ • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Secluded forest escape and
Whole chalet rates per couple: $310

The name of this award-winning retreat restaurants, farm gates, caves, walking trails
gives a hint as to its captivating setting. As the and beaches. But we forgive you if you just
morning sun awakens the surrounding forest, want to stay at Forest Rise: sit on the verandah
a mist rises above the natural lake creating a and watch the prolific birdlife; graze on a
magical vista. While sleeping in will be entirely gourmet platter delivered to your door; indulge
understandable, exploring the secluded trails of with a multi-course dinner prepared by a
the 240-acre retreat, perhaps on the mountain private chef in your chalet; bubble away in
bikes supplied, is definitely worthwhile. your private spa conservatory; or simply relax
Actually, we challenge you to leave Forest in front of the log fire.
Rise. Of course, it would be a pity not to For couples wanting precious time to reconnect
explore the many Margaret River wineries, and rejuvenate, Forest Rise Eco Retreat will
provide seclusion, peace and a host of relaxing
options. All you have to do is supply the romance.
Location: 260 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 D2.
Facilities: 10 Eco Chalets: one or two king
bedrooms, open-plan lounge (wood fire, TV,
DVD, CD), dining and full kitchen, spa with glass
ceiling, laundry, BBQ, RC AC; two mountain
bikes per chalet. Homestead with two bedrooms,
lounge, dining, full kitchen. Self-catering.
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Hidden Valley Forest Retreat


Carbunup River (near Margaret River)

162 Haag Road, Carbunup WA 6280 Whole lodge rates per couple: from $200 to $460
Ph: 08 9755 1066 Accommodation only • Full or continental breakfast
stay@yourhiddenvalley.com provisions available • Gourmet platters, private chef
www.yourhiddenvalley.com and spa treatments by prior arrangement
Owners: Sally and John Glover Minimum two nights
Style: Secluded forest retreats Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

Hidden Valley Forest Retreat is all about and supremely comfortable beds dressed in
nesting away as a couple in total luxury. Your fine linens overlook a crackling wood fire.
plans to explore the region will soon evaporate Deepwater Retreat and Wilderness Cabin feature
after you arrive at this cosseting hideaway. outdoor spas reached by elevated walkways
Hidden deep within a peaceful pocket of and the Eco Lodges offer an indoor spa. There is
bushland and vineyard are five very individual also the option of the rustic yet very funky Stone
retreats with evocative names like Deepwater Stable Cottage near the main homestead.
Retreat and Wilderness Cabin. Four of them offer Added indulgences include facial and body
a timeless contemporary style that harmonises treatments, a private chef who can serve a gourmet
beautifully with the natural environment. Large meal in your retreat – or you might choose a
panels of glass frame unspoilt bush views scrumptious platter prepared from the finest locally
sourced ingredients. Intimate lakeside weddings
are a speciality and the setting will make your
anniversary or special occasion unforgettable.
Location: 272 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 E2.
Facilities: Five Retreats: each with one bedroom
(four with king, one with queen), lounge/
dining (wood fire in four lodges, TV, DVD, CD),
kitchenette, bathroom, private spa. RC AC. BBQ.
Self-catering.
164 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/hiddenvalley
Margaret River Wine Region

Hilltop Studios
Margaret River

Corner Carters & Caves Roads, Margaret River WA 6285 Whole studio rates per night: from $210 to $350
Ph: 08 9758 8988 Accommodation only
bookings@hilltopstudios.com.au Minimum two nights
www.hilltopstudios.com.au Disabled facilities
Hosts: Paul Lane and family Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Panoramic spa studios

The confluence of a magical setting, innovative be mesmerised by the sweeping valley scene
architecture, Scandinavian-inspired interiors and whether you are lying on the leather lounge,
a location somewhere between Margaret River’s soaking in the spa, or lazing in the grand king
village and the beach sounds too good to be bed. In the Deluxe Studios, we loved bubbling in
true, right? Not if you’ve been to the uber chic the spa with the bi-fold doors opened to the deck
Hilltop Studios, a place for couples who want to and glorious landscape beyond.
rejuvenate in style. You can either hide away among Hilltop’s
The studios command a hill that overlooks 400 acres of bushland (filled with seasonal
a peaceful valley of rolling pastures, contented native wildflowers) or sortie out to savour the
cows and an ever-changing pageant of native varied delights of this famed region. Hilltop
birds. From the Panorama Studios, you will Studios is hidden in the heart of Margaret River,
making it a short hop to the beach, wineries,
galleries, caving adventures and fine vineyard
dining. Just be sure to return in time to watch the
sun set from the balcony and see the bush come
alive for the nocturnal shift.
Location: 270 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 E2.
Facilities: Four studios: each with king bed,
open-plan lounge (TV, DVD, CD), dining and
kitchen, spa ensuite. BBQ, RC AC. Self-catering.
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Horizon House and Apartment


Prevelly (near Margaret River)

(Exact location given on enquiry), Prevelly WA 6285 Whole house plus apartment rates per night: from
Ph: 08 9381 9766 Mobile: 0411 223 289 $650 to $1,250 (up to four guests, extra guests $50
info@horizonsmargaretriver.com.au per night, maximum eight guests)
www.horizonsmargaretriver.com.au Whole apartment rates per night: from $250 to $400
Owner: Fiona Dempsey Accommodation only
Style: Hilltop beach house and apartment Minimum two nights
Direct Deposit • No credit card facilities

It’s all about the view – a truly stunning view and a full kitchen. There is also the option to add
that is completely uninterrupted. Other beach the fully self-contained apartment downstairs –
houses in Prevelly look over rooflines – but not or a couple can take the apartment on its own.
Horizon House and Apartment. Sitting atop When both are combined, Horizons can cater to
Leeuwin Ridge, this beauty set on eight acres eight guests in luxury.
of native bushland offers the most precious of Against the background of the sparkling
commodities: complete privacy. Horizons has ocean, mornings will be spent on leisurely
two choices – the main house has three king breakfasts, afternoons will melt away playing
bedrooms (including a stunning master with a tennis, and sundowners will be a prelude to a
wraparound glass wall) and two lounges with dinner party with friends. You might slip out
full entertainment systems, a dining table for 10 to Leeuwin Estate for lunch, but we doubt the
views will let you leave. After all, why follow the
crowd when you live on the horizon?
Location: 275 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 E1.
Facilities: One house with separate apartment.
House with three king bedrooms, two lounges,
dining, full kitchen, study, laundry, plunge pool
and tennis court. Apartment with one bedroom,
lounge, kitchenette, spa ensuite. Self-catering,
private chef and provisioning available.
166 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/horizon
Margaret River Wine Region

Losari Retreat
Margaret River

498 Osmington Road, Margaret River WA 6285 Whole villa rates per night: from $265 to $495
Ph: 08 9757 3630 Mobile: 0414 394 945 (up to two guests, extra guests from $25 to $50 per night)
essence@losariretreat.com.au Accommodation only (continental breakfast
www.losariretreat.com.au provisions available)
Hosts: Jacquie Riggall and Greg Knuckey Minimum two nights at weekends
Style: Exceptional country villas Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

Australia is blessed with some truly elegant, lavishly-appointed ensuites with raindance
iconic escapes that blend innovative architecture showers and elegant lounge areas are hallmarks.
with stunning settings. It is fair to say however The villas are located well away from each
that Losari Retreat is a standout. other, set amid parkland gardens dotted with
Everything about Losari is refreshingly mature trees, beautiful stone bridges and
original. The architecture and interiors of each sweeping lawns. Some even enjoy lake views.
villa are grand in conception, yet intimate in Whichever you choose, you’ll revel in a very
feel – each is like a petite contemporary home, private world where every detail has been
created to offer elegant style and be cosseting carefully conceived. In a place of such intrinsic
and comfortable. Each villa design is different, beauty, it is a mere bonus that Losari is in the
but Eco-smart fireplaces, undercover Jacuzzis, heart of the Margaret River wine region. Perth
couples are spoilt being so close. For interstaters,
Losari is the ultimate reason to board a plane
and head west. Start married life here, celebrate
a milestone or hide away and write a book or
symphony – the choice is yours.
Location: 275 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 E2.
Facilities: A range of spa villas, each with one or
two bedrooms, lounge/dining, full kitchen and
most with private Jacuzzi spa. Self-catering.
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Marmalade Lodge
Burnside

27 Mentelle Road (off Kilcarnup Rd), Burnside WA 0822 Whole house rates first couple: from $240 to $330
Ph: 08 9757 9648 Whole studio rates first couple: from $150 to $200
robk@netserv.net.au (extra guests $30 per night)
www.beautifulaccommodation.com/marmaladelodge Accommodation only
Owners: Dawn and Rob and Klok Suitable for children • Pets by arrangement
Style: Hand-built country lodge Disabled facilities
Direct Deposit • MC • VI

Marmalade Lodge is a house hand built with to mix and the attic lounge (reached by spiral
passion – every little detail speaks to the care staircase) is a sunny spot to relax and watch a
and attention of its creators and owners, Rob and movie or admire the valley views. Every detail from
Dawn Klok. This wonderful home is available for wrought-iron door handles to the recycled timbers
the sole enjoyment of just one group at a time. and rammed earth walls creates a warm feel.
The name comes from the delicious preserves The Lodge sleeps 8-10 and can be combined
Dawn creates from the orchards on the property with a charming studio on the property to
and naturally guests get to try her creations. accommodate another four. Just moments away
This is a place for family and friends to gather are caves, the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National
and enjoy each other’s company. The open-plan Park and Prevelly and Gnarabup beaches. If you
lounge, dining and kitchen encourage everyone are planning a family reunion or holiday with
friends, Marmalade Lodge is a perfect choice.
Location: 275 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 E2.
Facilities: One house (sleeps 8-10): four
bedrooms (three queen, one double), ensuite
(claw-foot bath), second bathroom; lounge,
dining and kitchen (wood fire), loft TV area
(balcony, sofa-bed), laundry, BBQ. Studio
with one bedroom (two doubles), kitchen and
bathroom. Self-catering.
168 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/marmaladelodge
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Merribrook Retreat
Cowaramup (near Margaret River)

Armstrong Road (off Cowaramup Bay Road), Villa/Lake House rates per couple: from $235 to $480
Cowaramup WA 6285 (extra guests $65 per night)
Ph: 08 9755 5599 Bed & full breakfast
info@merribrook.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends preferred
www.merribrook.com.au Eftpos • MC • VI
Hosts: Lorraine and Richard Firth
Style: Luxury estate retreat

Merribrook Retreat is one of Margaret appointed. The Forest Edge Garden Villas
River’s first true luxury escapes, a magnificent are set in parkland gardens and orchards; the
estate with an unsurpassed heritage. This is a Lakeview Retreats feature a deep soaking tub
private 160-acre oasis of superbly landscaped for two and floor-to-ceiling glass with views of
parkland gardens, pristine forest, lakes, streams Lake Merribrook.
and winding paths. And here nature has been Hidden in The Valley of Good Fortune, The
augmented to make a complete resort experience, Lake House is Merribrook’s flagship retreat. With
with a central lakeside lodge and an outdoor spa a lounge, dining area, a beautiful king bedroom,
pavilion that watches peacefully over the waters. an inspired Japanese bathroom and a starlit
Merribrook’s secluded villas have been outdoor spa bath, it is a superlative escape for
rendered from the earth and magnificently discerning travellers. You can also add indulgent
options such as a local wine tour, massage
therapy, chocolate hampers and gourmet platters.
Location: 260 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 D2.
Facilities: A range of villas, each with CD, DVD,
heating. One Lake House (king bed, kitchen,
Japanese bathroom and spa pavilion, RC AC).
Lodge lounge and dining (wood fire). Pool,
spa, sauna. Conference room and corporate
programs. Spa therapies. Full breakfast served.
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Margaret River Wine Region

The Rosewood Guest House


Margaret River

54 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River WA 6285 Room rates per couple: from $199 to $250
Ph: 08 9757 2845 Whole spa apartment rates per night: from $239 to $300
info@rosewoodguesthouse.com.au (up to two guests, extra guests $60 per person per night)
www.rosewoodguesthouse.com.au Bed & full breakfast
Hosts: Jane and Keith Purdie Minimum two nights preferred
Style: Traditional guest house AE • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Member: BBFAA

The Rosewood Guest House is a marvellous the spa suite with master bedroom, lounge and
orchestration of a cast of superlatives. Beautiful kitchenette, which is ideal for guests travelling in
gardens, sumptuous breakfasts and elegantly a three or foursome wanting extra space.
appointed guest rooms all evidence a great All guests share the enjoyment of a lounge and
attention to detail that has seen Rosewood dining room, where a legendary full breakfast
garner numerous awards. is served. The covered deck overlooking the
There are five ensuite guest rooms to choose garden is the perfect place for basking in the
from, each with space to relax and marvellous morning sun over the morning paper or drinks
garden vignettes. Strategically placed birdbaths before wandering to one of Margaret River
attract wildlife and splashes of colour change townships’ many dining options. Hosts Jane and
with the seasons. There is also the option of Keith Purdie pride themselves on ensuring each
guest obtains the most from their visit to the
region: their wealth of knowledge can steer you
toward the very best based upon your interests.
Location: 270 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. 80 E2.
Facilities: Five in-house ensuite rooms (king,
queen). One spa suite: lounge/dining (TV, queen
bed, kitchenette), second king master bedroom,
ensuite (spa). Guest lounge (wood fire), dining,
deck. Full breakfast served.
170 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/rosewood
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The Traill
Margaret River

99 Bussell Highway, Margaret River WA 6285 Whole apartment rates first couple: $300
Mobile: 0409 109 241 (Second couple $90 to $120 per night)
stay@thetraill.com.au Accommodation only
www.thetraill.com.au Gourmet hampers and platters by arrangement
Owners: Elizabeth Adkins and Graeme Adkins Minimum two nights
Style: French-inspired luxury penthouses Direct Deposit • No credit card facilities

The Traill is the fulfilment of the owners’ Each penthouse offers its own unique style
dream to give the town a gift that would enhance underscored by a French sensibility. Deco
the streetscape and celebrate the French penthouse evokes an era of high style, with French
explorers of the region. doors leading onto a spacious terrace. Marine
The name was chosen to suggest that from penthouse has a subtle nautical feel with French
either of these elevated hideaways are a series of shutters and a private courtyard. Whichever
trails that will lead you to discover the riches of this apartment you choose, each offers two king
marvellous region. Whether you wish to wander the bedrooms (each with spa ensuite), and a spacious
gourmet trail, the artistic trail, the natural wonders open-plan lounge, dining and gourmet kitchen.
or Margaret River’s world-renowned wineries, these Below The Traill is the town’s leading fine food
two penthouses are your ideal starting point. purveyor with whom gourmet prepared meals or
platters can be arranged. This is an elegant choice
for those who seek a truly refined experience in the
heart of Margaret River.
Location: 272 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 E2.
Facilities: Two penthouses: each with two king
bedrooms (both with spa ensuites), lounge/
dining (TV, Foxtel, DVD/CD), full kitchen.
Terrace (Deco) or courtyard (Marine), laundry,
RA AC. Self-catering.
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Yelverton Brook Eco Spa Retreat


Metricup (near Margaret River)

118 Roy Rd, Metricup WA 6280 Whole cottage rates per night: from $275 to $305
Ph: 08 9755 7579 Accommodation only
retreat@yelvertonbrook.com.au Full or continental breakfast provisions and platters
www.yelvertonbrook.com.au available by prior arrangement
Hosts: Joy and Simon Ensor AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Eco-sensitive spa chalets

Yelverton Brook is a conservation sanctuary one- and two-bedroom cottages to choose from
that offers guests a very rustic experience in one and each has its own bushland outlook and an
of five chalets. This property is certified Land inviting, country interior style.
for Wildlife and much effort has been put into The hosts cater to every detail (evident in their
creating a safe haven for all the critters you’ll famous gourmet platters). Relaxing massages
spot from dawn to dusk and well into the night. in the privacy of your own chalet can also be
The prolific wildlife is a key attraction here. arranged. There is even an in-house chef who
Yelverton Brook offers you a unique way to see can be booked to provide you with a unique
the woylies, bandicoots, kangaroos, possums and dining experience in your own chalet. However
more than 50 species of birds from the comfort of you spend your daytime – exploring the region’s
your own outdoor hydrotherapy spa. There are beaches, wineries, caves and forests or just
relaxing in your chalet – your evenings will be
spent bubbling away in the spa counting the
constellations and the visiting wildlife.
Location: 275 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 D2.
Facilities: Five chalets (three two-bedroom and
two one-bedroom), each with lounge/dining
(TV, DVD, CD, some with optional wood fire),
outdoor hydrotherapy spa, BBQ, RC AC.
Self-catering.
172 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/yelvertonbrook
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Yallingup Lodge Spa Retreat


Yallingup (near Margaret River)

Lot 3 Hemsley Road, Yallingup WA 6282 Room rates per couple: from $220 to $320
Ph: 08 9755 2411 (additional person $75) • Retreat packages available
enquiries@yallinguplodge.com.au Bed & full breakfast • Dinner by prior arrangement
www.yallinguplodge.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends
Hosts: Kali and Tim Dixon OM Day Spa open daily by appointment
Style: Secluded lodge and day spa Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

A calm, spiritual ambience pervades are cool havens of relaxation.


Yallingup Lodge and it envelops you as you A highlight of any stay here is the food.
enter the garden and approach the front door. Yallingup Lodge’s cook prepares a la carte
Its reputation as a place of rejuvenation and three-course dinners that are served in sublime
relaxation reflects its Aboriginal heritage name: tranquillity (there is a dining balcony) and
Yallingup means ‘place of plenty of love’. breakfasts are equally indulgent. Since our last
Any season is superb at Yallingup. The guest visit, the new OM Day Spa has been completed
rooms feel like tree houses perched in the forest in the Lodge’s grounds. This place vibrates with
(but with a private balcony spa). In winter, the healing and indulgence and has elevated a popular
guest lounge focuses around the roaring log fire; retreat into a total sensory experience. Whether
in summer, the shaded gardens and azure pool you come as a couple, on your own to rejuvenate
(options include yoga and detox), or as a group of
friends, this secluded lodge will impress.
Location: 258 km or three hours south of Perth.
Map 10. RA 80 C2.
Facilities: Five ensuite rooms (two king, three
queen; two also with king single or sofa-bed),
each with private balcony spa, TV, DVD. Guest
lounge (fire, TV, DVD, CD), balcony. Day spa,
pool, tennis. Full breakfast served, dinner by
prior arrangement.
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Australia’s Southwest to Esperance

Waterfall Beach near Two Peoples Bay, Albany

You can’t escape much further from big city Balingup, at the northern entrance
crowds, congestion and pollution than the to the Blackwood River Valley, is a
southwest of Western Australia. But that delightfully secluded little township. The
is not the only reason why Lonely Planet famous Bibbulmun Track passes through
recently listed the southwest as one of the town, offering the chance to walk part of a
world’s top 10 travel regions. They love it for route that spans 400 kilometres from Perth
its dramatic coastal landscapes, astonishing to Albany. In town, there are galleries and
beauty and the vibrant local cultures of towns shops with trinkets and bibelots fashioned
like Esperance and Denmark. by local craftspeople.
The rewards of venturing this far are many: Canoeing, fishing, swimming and bushwalking
soaring forests where you can walk through are all good reasons to travel to Pemberton,
the treetops, whale watching, fantastic surfing which nestles in a valley surrounded by
breaks, farmgates and squeaky clean beaches imposing karri forests. The stands of timber
of white sand to lie back on. You are are broken by hillsides planted with pasture
travelling far from the Big Smoke and this and vines - a landscape that provides
landscape will not disappoint you… just inspiration to local artists and the best raw
allow enough time to make the most of it. materials for wood workers.
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Wildlife on the beach near Esperance Warren River, near Pemberton

Some of Australia’s finest and wildest national walk the sacred forests and savour Denmark’s
parks are scattered across the southwest full platter of treats.
and they offer many different travel
experiences ranging from rough 4WD Just over 50 kilometres from Denmark is one
adventures to walkways and signposted trails. of Australia’s most picturesque seaside towns,
One of our favourites is the Valley of the Albany. The port town commands Princess
Giants Tree Top Walk, which is on the way Royal Harbour and King George Sound, where
to Denmark. humpback whales, Southern Right whales
and dolphins frolic as they migrate south.
Denmark is noted for its rugged coastline Seemingly endless white-sand beaches stretch
and towering karri forests. The local waters off into the distance.
are known for marron, a freshwater crayfish,
which is wonderfully complemented by a You can make Albany whatever type of holiday
bottle of sauvignon blanc from the nearby you need: swim and sunbake at Middleton
Matilda’s Estate. The local markets showcase Beach and Ellen Cove, walk in Torndirrup
a marvellous cross-section of the local National Park (look for Natural Bridge, a rock
people and their arts, crafts and produce. formation carved by the ferocious seas) or play
Allow yourself time to smell the wildflowers, golf at the Albany Golf Course.
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The Albany Farmers’ Market is good for


anything from venison, cheese or olive oil to
organic fruits and vegetables. The town has
admirably preserved its historic built landscape,
including the old whaling station, which now
aptly houses the Whale World museum. The
brig Amity is a replica of the vessel that brought
the first settlers and convicts to Albany in 1826.

Dolphin Bay, near Twilight Beach, Esperance

Esperance is surrounded by national parks


and reserves and offers some of the best
travel experiences in the southwest. The sand
is squeaky white, the waters turquoise and
the wildlife abundant. Out to sea there are
about 100 islands and the locals have fought
hard to preserve the area’s unspoilt beauty.
There are no traffic lights here and the pace
is languid and relaxed.
Don’t miss Cape Le Grand National Park,
where kangaroos laze on the beach and the
scenery is spectacular. The Great Ocean Drive
provides a panoramic view of the islands
(you can take a cruise and discover them first
hand). From June to October, you can often
spot Southern Right whales sheltering in the
many bays and coves.
It takes an effort to reach this intriguing area
of Western Australia, but the rewards offered
by the Southwest to Esperance region are well
worth it.
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Wildflowers in spring, Albany

Accredited Visitor Information Centres

We recommend visiting www.australiassouthwest.com for information on


Australia’s Southwest.

Albany Old Railway Station. Ph: 08 9841 9290


Email: avc@albanytourist.com.au www.amazingalbany.com

Bunbury Old Railway Station, Carmody Place. Ph: 08 9721 7922


Email: welcome@bunbury.wa.gov.au www.bunburybreaks.com.au

Denmark 60 Strickland St, Denmark. Ph: 08 9848 2055


Email: touristb@denmarkwa.net.au www.denmark.com.au

Esperance Museum Village, Dempster Street. Ph: 08 9071 2330


Email: admin@visitesperance.com www.visitesperance.com

Nannup 4 Brockman Street. Ph: 08 9756 1211


Email: info@nannupwa.com www.nannupwa.com

Pemberton Brockman Street. Ph: 08 9776 1133 Toll free: 1800 671 133
Email: pemtour@karriweb.com.au www.pembertontourist.com.au

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178 Hills near Nannup, Australia’s Southwest


Australia’s Southwest to Esperance

Fern Gulley at Blackwood River Retreat


Nannup

Lot 7 Balingup to Nannup Road, Nannup WA 6275 Whole cottage rates per couple: from $170 to $190
Ph: 08 9756 2000 (extra guests $40 per guest in Koala Cottage only)
ferngulley@bigpond.com Accommodation only
www.ferngulley.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends
Host: Bonnie Baxter Pets by arrangement
Style: River view country cottages Direct Deposit • MC • VI

The supporting cast for these thoroughly There are two styles of cottage to choose from:
charming country cottages is a marvellous either a time-honoured traditional interior style
collection of friendly animals who parade (think chintz, lace and deep comfy sofas) or a
through its peaceful setting. Peacocks strut the very modern fitout done in rich, natural tones.
gardens, ducks and geese potter about and three Whichever you prefer, all have a spa on the
black-faced Dorper sheep graze calmly with balcony so you can bubble away contentedly as
alpacas and donkeys. In this picturesque you gaze out over the scenery and its inhabitants.
river-front Eden all are content to share its Spend the days here relaxing in your cottage,
blessings – and that included us as guests. wandering the shore of Blackwood River or bird-
Many guests have been devotedly returning spotting with the aid of guidebooks thoughtfully
for years to Fern Gulley to live the country life. left in each cottage by host Bonnie Baxter.
Nearby is a winery for lazy lunches and there
are bush trails to explore. This is a very relaxed
country escape far away from city cares.
Location: 283 km or 3½ hours south of Perth.
Map 11. RA 82 H3.
Facilities: Three cottages: two one-bedroom with
ensuites and one two-bedroom with ensuite, all
with open-plan lounge, dining and full kitchen
or kitchenette, deck with spa and BBQ, RC AC.
Pool. Self-catering.
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Diamond Tree Farmhouse


Manjimup

Channybearup Road, Manjimup WA 6258 Whole farmhouse rates per night: $175
Ph: 08 9776 1348 Mobile: 0428 761 348 (up to two guests, extra guests $25 per night)
farmstay@diamondtreeangus.com.au Accommodation only (full breakfast provisions available)
www.diamondtreeangus.com.au Minimum two nights preferred
Hosts: Alexis and Kim Gandy Suitable for children
Style: Lakeside country farmhouse CHQ • Direct Deposit • No credit card facilities

The setting is pure magic: a picturesque lake easily cater to your family or touring party and
fringed by a majestic karri forest – and Diamond you can eat in (at the large indoor dining table)
Tree Farmhouse is all yours for the duration. The or out (on the beautiful deck). Both spots are
owners live on another farm so there will be no perfect for lazy meals in summer or winter.
one to interrupt your sense of lording it over a Guests are welcome to pick oranges, lemons and
private country domain. grapefruit from the orchard (we hear the cows
The farmhouse is a beauty – a wartime love the lemons in particular).
resettlement home that has been fully renovated But it is the grand view that dominates here.
including a spacious new bathroom. There are Watch swans rear their signets on the lake, see
two restful bedrooms and a lounge warmed by the weather roll in and out of the valley, or walk
an open wood fire. The country kitchen will to the forest of trees beyond the lake. And when
it comes time to explore, gourmet delights such
as the Wine and Truffle Company and wineries
are nearby. This is an idyllic country escape
close to Manjimup and Pemberton.
Location: 305 km or 3½ hours south of Perth.
Map 11. RA 82 H3.
Facilities: One farmhouse: two bedrooms
(queen), lounge (wood fire, TV, platinum Foxtel,
sofa-bed, RC AC), dining, full kitchen, bathroom,
expansive deck (BBQ). Self-catering.
180 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/diamondtree
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Big Brook Retreat


Pemberton

PO Box 429, Pemberton WA 6260 Cottage rates per couple: from $160 to $210
Ph: 08 9776 0279 Mobile: 0427 760 279 (extra guests $25 per night)
info@bigbrookcottages.com.au Accommodation only
www.bigbrookcottages.com.au Minimum two nights
Hosts: Judy and Chris Goldfinch Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Contemporary country cottages

If you enjoy contemporary country style without long enough to enjoy all that the Retreat and the
any froufrou fussiness, then you will love Big Pemberton region can offer. Explore the famous
Brook Retreat. These well-appointed cottages are karri forests, try canoeing, play golf, visit cellar
simply charming – from their idyllic setting on a doors, check out nearby restaurants and cafes,
rise overlooking Big Brook Forest to their rammed swim at Big Brook Dam and if you want to walk
limestone and Western Red Cedar construction – the Bibbulmun Track, it passes Big Brook Retreat
everything about the Retreat is designed to induce only 1½ kilometres away.
a sense of tranquillity and relaxation. Back at Big Brook, enjoy the log fire on cooler
Sit on the verandah and watch the birdlife, nights and the air-conditioning in the warmer
cook up a feast in the full kitchen or fire up the months, though the wonderful rammed earth
BBQ. Whatever you do, make sure you stay construction keeps everything nicely balanced
throughout the year. And if you can only spare a
day or two (what are you thinking?), we suggest
the B&B style rooms in the homestead.
Location: 330 km or four hours south of Perth.
Map 11. RA 82 J3.
Facilities: Two one-bedroom spa cottages and
two two-bedroom cottages, each with queen
beds (one with two singles). Lounge (fire, TV,
DVD, CD), dining, full kitchen, BBQ, RC AC.
Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/bigbrook 181
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Hawke Brook Chalets


Pemberton

Lot 300 Hawke Road, Pemberton, WA 6260 Whole cottage per night: from $170 to $240
Ph: 08 9776 1188 (up to two guests, extra guests $25 per night, children $15)
info@hawkebrook.com.au Accommodation only • Full breakfast provisions available
www.hawkebrook.com.au Minimum two nights (three to four nights peak periods)
Hosts: Sue and Rom Niciejewski Suitable for children
Style: Country charm chalets Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

It is unusual to find accommodation set frolicking. There is even a playground in the


within a national park, much less a working garden so you know this is a family-friendly pick.
farm. Hawke Brook Chalets offers this setting, The views to the karri forests of the Warren
which lends to it an utterly peaceful backdrop National Park are beautiful. The 40-acre
rich in birdlife. This is a working farm that grows property itself is a haven and guests are
avocadoes and other fruits and also offers one- encouraged to discover it. Walk a trail that
and two-bedroom chalets that cater to couples meanders along the Hawke Brook and over
and families alike. little bridges to the Warren River. Pick some
Each chalet shares equally in a superb lake herbs or help yourself to kiwi fruit. And don’t be
view, with rolling lawns down to the water’s surprised if the four chocolate labradors who call
edge – just perfect for a summer picnic and this farm their home accompany you – they are
guaranteed to be a hit with the kids. You’ll meet
geese that think they are swans, guinea fowl that
are farm workers in disguise (keeping the farm
pest free) and a pet cow that never seems to
move. Intrigued? You and the kids will love it.
Location: 330 km or four hours south of Perth.
Map 11. RA 80 G5.
Facilities: One- and two-bedroom chalets, each
with lounge, dining, wood fire, full kitchen and
deck. BBQ, laundry. Self-catering.
182 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/hawkebrook
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Salitage Suites
Pemberton

Vasse Highway, Pemberton WA 6260 Whole cottage rates one bedroom per night: $250
Ph: 08 9776 1195 (second bedroom $100 per night)
salitage@karriweb.com.au Accommodation only
www.salitagesuites.citysearch.com.au Minimum two nights (three nights at peak periods)
Owners: John and Jennifer Horgan MC • VI
Style: Magical winery and cottages

Salitage Estate is Pemberton’s flagship winery arboretum is floodlit to magical effect. Every
and one of Western Australia’s most notable. Set detail is impressive, from the manicured grounds
within a forest overlooking this stunning estate to the design of the cottages. Each cottage has
are four luxury cottages that offer a superlative two master bedrooms with their own ensuites
experience to match the quality of the wines for and a wood fire in the central lounge, which
which Salitage is rightly famous. looks out over the forest and estate beyond.
Each cottage is lightly placed within a forest Much of the furniture in these superb rooms was
of tall trees and carefully tended gardens that handmade by artisans using timber from the
blend into the natural bush. The tranquillity property, adding a sublimely elegant ambience.
is profound: streams flow past each cottage, A special pleasure for guests is the inevitable
catching the soft morning light. At night this invitation to enjoy a personal winery tour and
tasting. Novices, wine enthusiasts and experts
relish this chance, which is tailored to your
level of knowledge. Our advice? Don’t miss the
Salitage experience.
Location: 330 km or four hours south of Perth.
Map 11. RA 80 G5.
Facilities: Four cottages: each with two ensuite
bedrooms (king), lounge/dining (wood fire, TV,
DVD, CD), kitchenette. Fans. BBQ. Cellar door.
Self-catering.
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Tree-Elle Retreat
Bow Bridge (between Denmark and Walpole)

4993 South Coast Highway, Bow Bridge WA 6333 Whole rates per night first couple: from $290 to $310
Ph: 08 9840 8471 (extra guests from $40 to $45 per night)
treeelle@treeelle.com Bed & full breakfast provisions
www.treeelle.com Suitable for children
Host: Elle Mackay Disabled facilities
Style: Extraordinary country sanctuary AE • CHQ • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

It is hard to visualise that this parkland garden and treats), a vegetable garden where guests may
was once bare paddocks, yet it’s true. Two sisters forage and beautiful vistas out to the coastline.
shared a dream to create an Eden on the south Within this verdant setting are five houses,
coast and turned a blank canvas into Tree-Elle each individually decorated in soothing tones
Retreat: a symphonic creation encompassing with artworks, vases brimming with flowers from
gardens, exclusive accommodation, day spa the garden and bowels of seasonal fresh fruits
facilities and even cute farm animals. and vegetables. Each house is self-contained and
In a series of garden ‘rooms’ there is a fairytale- has its own garden outlook and sunny terrace.
like grove of silver birch embracing a mirrored Spend your days wandering the garden, having
sculpture, a walled garden surrounding the a day spa treatment, exploring the region (the
Coffee Coop (help yourself to the coffee machine Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is nearby)
or simply relaxing in sumptuous style in this
sublime setting
Location: 400 km or five hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 81 J9.
Facilities: Five houses: three- and four-bedroom
(king and queen), lounge (TV, DVD, VCR, CD
and DVD/VCR library), dining, full kitchen,
with two or three bathrooms. Laundry. BBQ.
Coffee Coop, Massage Spa Studio. Full breakfast
provisions provided.
184 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/tree-elle
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Nutkin Lodge
Peaceful Bay (between Denmark and Walpole)

RMB 372 Ficifolia Road, Peaceful Bay WA 6333 Whole chalet rates per couple: from $145 to $175
Ph: 08 9840 8650 Mobile: 0419 953 780 (extra guests from $25 to $40 per night)
beautiful@nutkinlodge.com.au Accommodation only
www.nutkinlodge.com.au Minimum two nights preferred
Hosts: Linda and Chris Hoskins Suitable for children
Style: Country ocean-view chalets AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

Peaceful Bay was an inspired choice for Linda chalets, which points to why this is such a
and Chris Hoskins’ tree-change move from marvellous place for a holiday that combines
suburban Perth to raise their family in the beauty bush adventures with beach fun. But the ocean
of Western Australia’s southwest. They found is not the only thing you’ll see from your
that perfect combination of ocean, nature and, balcony: expect to spot kangaroos, sea eagles
yes, peacefulness. and possums as you dine alfresco with backing
Nutkin Lodge has two family friendly chalets songs from the countless birds.
that are set well apart from each other. Each This property is under the Land for Wildlife
is decorated in a fresh contemporary style program, and importantly is within the five
with three unfussy bedrooms, a lounge and square kilometres in the world that the Ficifolia
full kitchen. There are ocean views from both tree is endemic. And being adjacent to the
Bibbulmun Track, nature lovers are spoilt for
walks: the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
and Dinosaur Museum are close by.
Location: 400 km or five hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 81 K9.
Facilities: Two chalets, each with three
bedrooms (two queen and one twin singles, plus
trundle and foldaway), lounge (TV, DVD, CD
and libraries), dining, full kitchen, laundry, BBQ.
Fans, gas heater. Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/nutkin 185
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Karma Chalets
Denmark

1572 South Coast Highway, Denmark WA 6333 Whole chalet rates per night: from $155 to $255
Ph: 08 9848 1568 (up to 2 guests, extra guests $20 to $30 per night)
relax@karmachalets.com.au Bed & continental breakfast provisions (first morning)
www.karmachalets.com.au Minimum two nights
Owners: Beverley and Don Ford Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Hillside chalets

If the quality of your past life has a hill under the shade of eucalypts. They provide
predetermined your karma in this one, you must plenty of choices for couples and families. The
have been very good indeed for fate to bring you chalets are impeccably presented and reflect real
to Karma Chalets. The outlook over this bush attention to detail. They range from the stylish
nirvana is simply mesmerising and time spent in new couples’ havens to traditionally styled
its contemplation is a gain not a loss. chalets. All are warmed by a wood fire and most
We frankly loved the Australianness of the have a two-person spa.
Kama Chalets’ setting, from the timber chalets The hosts have thoughtfully provided feeders
themselves to the karri forests that surround for the myriad birds who come to watch the guests
them. The ten chalets – each with one or two and kangaroos often hop across the property to
bedrooms and some also with a loft – are set on take a look too. Karma Chalets works in with a
wilderness touring provider that can introduce
you to the natural and gourmet wonders of this
region. Ask about the packages when you book.
Location: 420 km or 4½ hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 K5.
Facilities: Ten chalets: with one or two
bedrooms (some with loft), lounge/dining (wood
fire, TV, DVD, CD), kitchen, two bathrooms
(eight with spa, two with bath). Continental
breakfast provisions provided.
186 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/karmachalets
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The Coombe
Denmark

Minsterly Road, Denmark WA 6333 Whole house rates per night: from $200 to $250
Ph: 08 9384 9895 Accommodation only
info@thecoombe.com.au Minimum two nights
www.thecoombe.com.au CHQ • Direct Deposit
Owners: Lauris and Ian Grose
Style: Waterfront residence

The approach down a gently winding drive built structure is made of rammed earth, glass
sets the scene for the sublime experience of and timber and fits with graceful harmony into
staying at The Coombe. This architect-designed its pristine surrounds. There are two bedrooms
jewel resonates with calmness and light in its (each with its own ensuite) and an open-plan
grove of tall karri trees, framed by fine waterfront lounge and dining with a wall of glass to
views of Wilson Inlet. The Coombe is only showcase the forest and water views. A spacious
available as a whole house, leaving guests to deck offers an ideal vantage point over breakfast
enjoy the property all by themselves. or drinks at sunset to admire the prolific bird life.
The Coombe celebrates the majesty of its Denmark is a perfect base for exploring the
location and was inspired by the hexagonal riches of the region. Close by are the beautiful
Usonian designs of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Elephant Rocks and Greens Pools and to the
west is the Valley of the Giants and the Tree Top
Walk. To the east is Albany and the region is
dotted with wildflowers, wineries, galleries and
whale watching opportunities.
Location: 420 km or 4½ hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 K5.
Facilities: One house: two bedrooms (queen)
each with ensuite, open-plan living and dining
(wood fire, TV, VCR, CD), full kitchen. Laundry,
carport. BBQ. Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/thecoombe 187
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Woodstock
Denmark

(Exact location on enquiry), Denmark WA 6333 Whole house rates per night: from $257 to $340
Ph: 08 9385 5611 (up to seven guests)
mail@privateprop.com Accommodation only
www.privateprop.com Minimum three to seven nights depending on season
Manager: Rosie Harris, Private Properties Suitable for children
Style: Charming timber holiday house AE • CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Member: Private Properties

The name alone suggests carefree, youthful It is so easy to imagine the tribe relaxing into
days – the air filled with sea breezes, birdsong holidays filled with cheerful chatter over long
and the soft sounds of world music coming from lunches here. The downstairs games room will
the stereo. Woodstock is an idyllic blend of karri delight the kids. Woodstock has three bathrooms
timber architecture and contemporary furnishings and three bedrooms (seven can sleep here) with
in an earthy bushland setting. This is a house with beds dressed in fresh linens.
soul, perfectly in tune with its natural surrounds. Whether you like swimming, fishing or
We loved Woodstock’s warm ambience, wide beachcombing there is a beach to suit only
decks and spacious second-floor lounge (with minutes away. The Bibbulmun Track is close
a crackling wood fire, of course) and distant to Woodstock and Denmark township is 10
sea views. The rooms are light-filled and open. minutes by car. Visit the food co-op for organic
goodies or relax with a chai latte and let the
country air rejuvenate your spirit. There is no
doubt the fond memories of Woodstock will be
remembered for years.
Location: 420 km or 4½ hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 K5.
Facilities: One house: three bedrooms, open-
plan lounge (wood fire, TV, DVD, CD; libraries),
dining and full kitchen. Games room. Laundry.
BBQ. Self-catering.
188 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/woodstock
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A Sunshine Farmstay
Torbay (between Albany and Denmark)

524 Meanwood Road, Torbay WA 6330 Whole house rates per night: from $120 to $140
Ph: 08 9845 1480 (up to two guests, extra guests $20 per night)
sunshinefarmstays@bigpond.com Accommodation only
www.sunshinefarmstay.com Suitable for children
Hosts: Darlene and Geoff Burkin CHQ • Direct Deposit
Style: Charming country farm house

A Sunshine Farmstay is a truly enchanting The kids will love the endless lawns on which
name, suggesting a happy place for family to play, the millions of stars at night and the 60
holidays. Set within a grassy glen shaded by tall species of birds that call this idyllic farm their
trees, this charming three-bedroom home is for home. ‘Farmstay’ implies critters, and the hosts
the exclusive use of one family at a time. (who live on the farm up the hill) are happy to
When you arrive, the aroma of fresh baked show the kids their chooks, cows and sheep if
bread wafts out the front door – the hosts prepare the demands of their farming schedule allow.
your country escape with personal touches This is a place to take the kids on adventures,
including homemade jams and thirsty towels. relax by the wood fire and cook up a country
All you need to do is arrive with your supplies of feast or BBQ and enjoy a wine or two. And being
favourite foods and settle into country life. equidistant between Denmark and Albany, you
won’t be short of tours and attractions for a week
or more of activities.
Location: 431 km or five hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 K6.
Facilities: One house: three bedrooms (queen,
queen and single and twin singles), two lounges
(wood fire, TV, DVD, CDs), full kitchen, laundry.
One Cottage: two bedrooms (queen and twin
singles), lounge (TV, DVD, CD), kitchen. BBQs.
Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/sunshinefarmstay 189
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Flinders Park Lodge


Albany

Cnr Lower King and Harbour Roads, Albany WA 6330 Room rates per couple: from $145 to $195
Ph: 08 9844 7062 Special rates for stays of three or more nights
holidays@parklodge.com.au Bed & full breakfast
www.parklodge.com.au AE • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Host: Rosie Devison
Style: Cosmopolitan lodge with garden

The richly cosmopolitan ambience of Flinders a stylish, world-class lodge. Picture a colonial-
Park Lodge has a sound pedigree – host Rosie style hotel transported to WA’s southwest and
Devison’s life and career across the continents. you get the picture. There are eight gorgeous
Her roots are North American, she has lived rooms, each skilfully decorated with fine linen
in Asia and worked for celebrated hoteliers and handpicked furnishings. The windows look
including Four Seasons and Hyatt. She brings a to a lake set in superb parkland gardens or a
lifetime of hospitality skills – and her marvellous tranquil courtyard.
collection of art and antiques – to Flinders Park Guests relish the superb gourmet breakfast
Lodge. served each morning in the elegant dining room,
This transformation impresses us: Rosie with its views out the bay window to the gardens.
has taken a traditional B&B and turned it into The menu features the freshest ingredients
including homemade jams. Couples come here
for the peace, brides for the elegance, families to
reunite, and artists or writers for fresh inspiration.
Location: 410 km or five hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 K6.
Facilities: Eight guest rooms (five king bed and
three queen bed), all with TV (some with DVD),
six with ensuite and two with private bathrooms.
Guest lounge, dining room. Extensive gardens,
BBQ. Internet. Full breakfast served.
190 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/flinderspark
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The Rocks Albany


Albany

182-188 Grey Street West, Albany WA 6330 Room rates per couple: from $355 to $455
Ph: 08 9842 5969 Mobile: 0418 945 177 Bed & full breakfast
info@therocksalbany.com.au Disabled facilities
www.therocksalbany.com.au AE • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Host: Noelene Evans
Style: Exceptional historic mansion

This grand mansion with sweeping views blew us away. There is a choice of six sumptuous
over Albany’s Princess Royal Harbour has an ensuite rooms most with water or garden views.
impeccable pedigree. Built in 1882, it served The Victorian-era restoration carries through to
as a summer residence for the state’s governors. the fine soft furnishings, handcrafted furniture,
And with one of the finest renovations of a antiques and truly indulgent bathrooms. Then
historic house we have seen, The Rocks Albany there’s the music room and library (with bay
is now the choice for discerning guests wanting views), the Sunset Lounge (with its clubby feel),
a piece of living history – with a dash of luxury the cosy media room (with home theatre), billiard
and decadence. table and, of course, the indulgent gourmet
This iconic building will no doubt impress, breakfast served each morning.
but it is the painstaking renovation inside that In fact, the services offered by Noelene Evans
and her family are more akin to a small boutique
hotel, making this unique property Albany’s
leading historic accommodation choice.
Location: 410 km or five hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 K6.
Facilities: Six ensuite guestrooms (king, queen or
twin single; four with bath or spa), TV, DVD, RC
AC. Music room, library, billiard room, lounge
and sitting room (gas fire, plasma TV, DVD) and
dining room. Full breakfast served.
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Lantana
Albany (Middleton Beach)

3 Checkers Walk, Albany WA 6330 Whole house rates per night: from $240 to $300
Ph: 08 9385 5611 (up to seven guests)
mail@privateprop.com Accommodation only
www.privateprop.com Minimum three to seven nights depending on season
Manager: Rosie Harris, Private Properties Suitable for children
Style: Effervescent seaview house AE • CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Member: Private Properties

The name implies a kaleidoscope of colour been forgotten. Guests have the whole house
and that’s what this charming hilltop hideaway to themselves, with two queen bedrooms (one
delivers. It has an utterly beguiling ‘shabby chic’ with a sunroom-style bedroom – separated by
style that melds old with new to enormous effect. French doors – with two singles) and a small
Lantana is a cool pad with a warm soul. third bedroom with another single bed. Seven
Lantana’s breezy white backdrop is splashed can sleep here in comfort.
with decorations and furnishings in funky The location is unbeatable: a wonderful view
colours. Yellow chesterfields, orange and pink over Middleton and just a stroll down the hill to
wingbacks and sparkling chandeliers have the beach, a gourmet food store and cafe, and a
been craftily combined to enchanting effect. traditional fish-and-chippery. If beach holidays
Mod cons such as a huge plasma TV have not are about refreshing the faded echoes of past
sunny times and instilling bright new memories,
then Lantana will be for you. It is an exuberant,
uninhibited makeover that combines country
charm with city chic.
Location: 410 km or five hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 K6.
Facilities: One house: three bedrooms (one
queen, one with queen plus two singles and
one single), lounge (TV, DVD), kitchen/dining,
bathroom, laundry, deck. Self-catering.
192 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/lantana
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Ocean Mist Villa


Albany (Middleton Beach)

24 Barry Court, Middleton Beach WA 6331 Whole villa rates first couple: from $160 to $210
Ph: 08 9844 3540 Mobile: 0427 443 540 (extra guests $20 per night)
oceanmistvilla@westnet.com.au Accommodation only
www.oceanmistvilla.com.au Full breakfast or provisions by prior arrangement
Owners: Rob and Helen Mavay Suitable for children
Style: Fun beachside villa CHQ • Direct Deposit • No credit card facilities

We now know why the shining white sands of bathrooms (no queues for a family at the start
Middleton Beach draw visitors from around the of each morning), a full kitchen to cook up
world – it’s gorgeous. And for families or groups a feast for all, and quality furnishings in the
of couples sharing and cooking and laughing spacious lounge. Corporate guests will love
together, we have found the ideal modern villa the extra features such as a security system and
just a stroll from the beach: Ocean Mist. undercover off-street parking.
This place is all about fun. In the Everything is a walk nearby: the beach,
entertainment courtyard there is a big four- Albany, the dining spots of Emu Point or
person spa with evening views straight to the Middleton Beach, and the Albany golf course is
starlit skies above, perfect after a busy day of right next door (a natural course that follows the
activity. We love the fact that there are two dunes). Plus there are whale watching, fishing,
wilderness and wineries to discover nearby.
Whether you are staying for work or holidaying
for sheer pleasure Ocean Mist Villa is perfect.
Location: 410 km or five hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 K6.
Facilities: One villa: three bedrooms (two queen,
one with ensuite, and one twin king singles).
Lounge/dining (TV, DVD, CD), full kitchen,
bathroom, laundry. Outdoor therapeutic spa,
BBQ. Internet, RC AC. Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/oceanmist 193
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The Beach House at Bayside


Albany (Middleton Beach)

33 Barry Court, Middleton Beach WA 6330 Room rates per couple: from $243 to $328
Ph: 08 9844 8844 (extra guest in Garden Suite: $50)
luxury@thebeachhouseatbayside.com.au Bed & full breakfast
www.thebeachhouseatbayside.com.au Dinner by prior arrangement • Disabled facilities
Hosts: Janet and Keith Hillam AE • CHQ • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Luxurious beachside lodge

The Beach House at Bayside is a delightful Suite with its romantic vaulted-ceiling bedroom
boutique hotel and one of Albany’s premier (a totally enchanting architectural folly). The
lodgings. It makes no apologies for its elite burnish: European panache here is enhanced by
the aim is to provide discerning guests with a collectable curios from around the world, a
superlative experience thanks to the quality of its distinctive Australian style (including original
appointments and its unsurpassed commitment artworks, many by local artists) and a sun-kissed
to service. There are king and queen rooms in pristine beachfront location.
the main house (ideal for two couples travelling Try whale spotting during your sunrise walk
together) and a guest living room and library. along the beach and return for a real treat: The
We love the sumptuous spa suites in The Beach House is celebrated for its gourmet
Colonnade Wing and the two-storey Garden buffet and a la carte breakfast and will delight
all aficionados of the morning meal. After
this indulgent start, you are ready for a day of
exploring the wineries, history and coastline of
this scenic region.
Location: 410 km or five hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 K6.
Facilities: A range of king and queen rooms and
suites, each with ensuite, most with spa. Guest
lounge, dining and courtyard garden. Full buffet
and a la carte breakfast provided.
194 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/thebeachhouse
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Woodlands Retreat
Porongurup (near Mount Barker and Albany)

(Exact location given on enquiry) Porongurup WA 6324 Whole chalet rates per couple: from $225 to $275
Ph: 08 9853 2323 Accommodation only
woodlands.retreat@westnet.com.au Minimum two nights
www.woodlandsretreat.com.au Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Hosts: Alison and Michael Phipps
Style: Secret valley hideaway

Every now and again you discover a secret kitchen and up a level is a queen bedroom with
place to escape and wonder whether you should ensuite. The other pavilion is for the indulgence
share it with friends or not. But when something offered by a hydrotherapy spa. Both share in the
is as superlative as Woodlands Retreat, it really panoramic views so whether you are relaxing
deserves to be spoken of - if only in whispers to fireside, sipping Champagne on the star-lit deck
very close friends. or rejuvenating in the spa, the changing mountain
Set within a secluded valley overlooking the scene unfolds before you.
Porongurup ranges, this couples’ hideaway derives In a quiet moment (and there are many) you
its beauty not only from the inspiring setting but really can feel a spiritual vibe emanating from
the clever design. A spacious deck unites two the mountains, the valley and the wildlife that
pavilions - one houses a glorious living, dining and comes to drink at the dam below. It is true there
are wineries nearby, a gourmet Thai restaurant
up the road and mountain walks to undertake.
But we’re willing to bet that once arrived you’ll
never want to leave.
Location: 366 km or 41/2 hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 J6.
Facilities: One chalet: one ensuite bedroom
(queen), lounge (wood fire, TV, DVD, Bose
entertainment system), dining, full kitchen, spa
pavilion. Laundry, BBQ. AC. Self-catering.
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Cloud Nine Spa Chalets


East Porongurup (near Albany)

278 Moorialup Road, East Porongurup WA 6324 Whole chalet rates per night: from $170 to $240
Ph: 08 9853 1111 (use of second bedroom from $15 to $30 per night)
cloudninespachalets@bordernet.com.au Accommodation only • Full breakfast provisions
www.cloudninespachalets.com.au and wood-fired pizzas by prior arrangement
Owners: Stan and Shelley Sypko Minimum two nights • Suitable for children
Style: Heavenly spa chalets AE • Direct Deposit • MC • VI

With the names ‘Arcadia’ and ‘Eden’, it’s features a marvellous fully enclosed second
easy to see why Cloud Nine Spa Chalets are all lounge with hydrotherapy spa, sauna and
about divine relaxation. Each chalet offers two relaxation area. Importantly, the two chalets are
bedrooms, an open-plan lounge, dining and full well apart from each other so privacy is assured
kitchen and both are decorated in contemporary and both enjoy views of the Stirling Ranges.
style. The level of detailing is truly impressive and Shelley is a certified massage therapist
host Shelley Sypko is passionate about creating so another highlight is to have a massage in
a magical experience. Guests can expect fluffy the privacy of your own chalet – this is so
robes, chocolates, candles and a few surprises too. popular you must book in advance to avoid
Undoubtedly a key attraction are the spas. disappointment. If you are seeking a romantic
Arcadia has a lovely spa bathroom and Eden escape (with your own angel in tow), this is
heaven.
Location: 400 km or five hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 J6.
Facilities: Two chalets: each with two bedrooms
(one queen and one double and king single
or single bunk), lounge (wood fire, TV, DVD,
CD), dining and full kitchen, RC AC, BBQ. Eden
with outdoor room with hot tub and sauna.
Arcadia with spa bathroom. Massage treatments
available by prior arrangement. Self-catering.
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Kendenup Lodge and Cottages


Kendenup (near Albany)

217 Moorilup Road, Kendenup WA 6323 Whole cottage rates first couple: from $200 to $350
Ph: 08 9851 4233 (extra couples in cottage from $50 to $100 per night)
kendenup@live.com Accommodation only
www.kendenup.com Full breakfast and dinner by prior arrangement
Host: Linda Harris Suitable for children • Pets welcome
Style: Cottages, lodge rooms and functions Disabled facilities • AE • Direct Deposit
Lodge room rates per couple: $160 Eftpos • MC • VI

Kendenup Lodge and Cottages is a real surprise Note to romantic couples: the deliciously named
on many levels. What began as a tree change Cottage of Indulgence fully lives up to its name
for Linda Harris and her family has grown into a and offers a spa with a unique difference – on
country property that offers untold pleasurable request, sparkling wine is on tap while you
experiences for couples, families and groups. bubble away. A chef is available for a private
The Lodge features superbly appointed and dinner and the butler would be great fun for a
comfortable guest rooms that are a short amble relaxing girls’ night out.
from the relaxing guest lounge and bar. Or you Kendenup Lodge also caters for functions,
might select one of the cottages that are set including weddings and corporate events (for
within Kendenup’s bushland. The two family business groups, the gym is a real hit). The
cottages have great views of the Stirling Ranges. property can accommodate parties of up to 36.
The purpose-built function centre has its own
separate bar and can be tailored in theme and
menu to suit your desire.
Location: 353 km or 4½ hours southeast of
Perth. Map 11. RA 82 J6.
Facilities: Three two-bedroom cottages (each
with lounge, dining, one with spa) and Lodge
Rooms (TV, ensuite). Function centre, two bars,
gym. BBQs, mountain bikes. Full breakfast
available. Self-catering (cottages).
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Esperance B&B by the Sea


Esperance

Lot 34 Stewart Street, Esperance WA 6450 Room rates per couple: from $140 to $160
Ph: 08 9071 5640 Mobile: 0408 903 130 Bed & full breakfast
esperancebb@bigpond.com Direct Deposit • MC • VI
www.esperancebb.com Member: BBFAA
Hosts: Heather and Stephen Gee
Style: Island view bed and breakfast

The view from Esperance B&B by the Sea is three rooms in the guest wing, which also has a
quite simply a living postcard. Laid out before lounge and dining and a marvellous deck with a
you in panoramic beauty are the islands of the breathtaking vista of the Bay of Islands. Breakfast
Recherche Archipelago, floating like a string here is a delicious treat, particularly host Heather
of pearls in an azure sea. Imagine seeing this Gee’s homemade jams, fruits and cooked
view as you lift your head off your pillow in the selections (tailored to guests’ tastes).
morning, as you shower, and as you breakfast on Esperance is an all-seasons destination.
the balcony. Throughout the year beachcombing, nature walks
This purpose-built B&B is quietly hidden a and island cruises to spot dolphins and seals
short stroll away from Blue Haven beach (one of (and, in season, whales) are popular pursuits.
the most idyllic beaches we’ve seen). There are We advise booking in advance for the splendid
wildflower season, which peaks in September
and October. Heather has lived in Esperance for
many years and can advise on activities such as
diving, fishing, dining and coastal exploration.
Location: 735 km or nine hours southeast of
Perth. Map 12. RA 83 G13.
Facilities: Three rooms (two queen, one twin), all
with private bathroom. Guest lounge (TV, DVD,
library), guest kitchenette, deck (BBQ), RC AC.
Full breakfast served.
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Esperance Island View Apartments


Esperance

14-15 The Esplanade, Esperance WA 6450 Whole apartment rates per night: from $180 to $350
Ph: 08 9072 0044 Accommodation only (continental breakfast
admin@esperanceapartments.com.au provisions available)
www.esperanceapartments.com.au Minimum two nights at weekends
Managers: Katie and Jason Riggs Suitable for children • Disabled facilities
Style: Troppo beach apartments AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos
MC • VI

The design brief to renowned architects leather lounges and BBQs. What hasn’t changed
Troppo, was easy: create stunning beachfront is the choice of bedroom configurations, big
apartments where every apartment soaks in the living areas for relaxed entertaining, cool
fabulous view to the Bay of Islands, provide plenty terracotta and timber floors, gourmet kitchens
of space and a private courtyard garden, and and soaring ceilings that flood in natural light.
make sure everything is imbued with a striking And while the apartments invite lazy days
coastal style with a crisp, contemporary twist. doing nothing, we do suggest exploring the
The result: Esperance Island View Apartments. unspoilt natural wilderness of this superb area.
We loved these multi-award-winning apartments There are myriad white sandy beaches to
on our last visit and since then they have been explore (most with nary a footprint to be seen),
zhushed up with plasma TVs and new linen, hire a bike or kayak, cruise the hundreds of
islands offshore, or simply relax on your island-
view balcony and spot whales and dolphins
passing by.
Location: 735 km or nine hours southeast of
Perth. Map 12. RA 83 G13.
Facilities: Ten one-, two- and three-bedroom
apartments (one and two levels), each with lounge
(TV, DVD, CD), kitchen, dining, balcony; six with
spas. Laundry, Internet, BBQ. Bike and kayak hire.
Self-catering.
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Camel ride on Cable Beach, Broome

The outback occupies an iconic space in the The landscape has imposed itself on the
Australian imagination: somewhere over the culture of those who live here: they are
horizon where the immensity of nature rules laconic and laid-back but ready to help dig
and humans are dwarfed by the grandeur a stranger’s car out of a hole. The red-brown
of the landscape. In this part of Western soil, wispy spinifex, dramatic gorges and dry
Australia the icon becomes reality with river beds that flood in the flash of the wet are
all the wild beauty and spectacular sights the stage upon which nature and humans
that involves. This is the land where the create a character-filled pantomime.
Aboriginal Dreaming still echoes from the
rocks, trees, rivers and lagoons. The outback is easily accessible from Perth,
unlike many other big Australian cities. Mount
Those who haven’t visited often have a Magnet is the last remaining gold rush town
monochromatic view of the outback, but it in the region and makes a perfect base for
is full of contrasts. The verdant line of coast outback forays. The wildflowers are beautiful
around Broome fades away into the vast here after winter rains.
savannah lands of The Kimberley. Think of
the film Australia and you begin to get the Far to the north, Broome has matured into a
picture. leading destination for travellers seeking that
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World-renowned Broome pearls Historic facade of the Pearlers Row, Broome

most elusive experience: outback ambience As the tropic sky blushes shades of red and
with a culturally cosmopolitan gloss. Broome orange, it is time to just sit back and soak up
has it. From its early pearling days, Broome the atmosphere with a cocktail before
welcomed people of Japanese, Chinese, dining at one of the beachside restaurants.
Malaysian and Middle Eastern origin who And yes, you can climb aboard a camel
together have created a unique and endur- caravan along the beach or cruise the evening
ing culture. Yet Broome has an undeniably waters on an old pearling lugger.
outback Aussie flavour - and the result is an
Broome is a great starting point for
enchantingly diverse travel experience.
adventure tours into the Kimberley - and
The heart of Broome is Chinatown. It thrums what an adventure awaits you. Few
with cafes and restaurants, which are Australians fully appreciate the extraordinary
interspersed with pearl emporiums filled with beauty of the Kimberley region. It is a
innovative and beautiful tributes to the white landscape of vast savannah lands, deeply
jewel of the sea. You never need to hurry in carved gorges and craggy rock outcrops. But
Broome; it’s all languid relaxation. don’t just drive off into the wild blue yonder
Sunset on Cable Beach has become a standard hoping to find something special… it’s too
Broome photo opportunity - with good reason. big for that.
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There are many tour companies,


accommodation hosts and guides who
appreciate their region’s extraordinary
flora, fauna and ancient Aboriginal rock art.
Seek them out and learn how to reach the
Kimberley’s natural wonders, whether it be
by 4WD, canoe, light plane or helicopter.
And don’t just slip into your luxury tent or

Iconic Boab trees by moonlight, The Kimberley

four-poster station bed at night without standing


awe-struck before the majestic night sky.
The conventional wisdom is that you should
only visit the North in the dry season (May to
October) but we challenge that view. The wet
season (November to April) is a time of myriad
beauties: great rolling clouds interspersed
by fabulous light shows, the land alive with
greenery and flowers and few other tourists
to share the pool with or compete for hotel
rooms. Our advice: dress appropriately, turn
your activity metre back to “slow” and enjoy
a rare environmental experience.
The remote interior and north of Western
Australia is a treasure trove of both mineral
wealth and stunning landscapes. It offers a
range of activities, sights and sounds that can
only be found in a land which has been
continuously settled for more than fifty
centuries. Some time in your life, you should
find the time to see this wondrous land.

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Accredited Visitor Information Centres

Broome Corner Broome Highway and Bagot Road. Ph: 08 9192 2222
Email: enquiries@broomevisitorcentre.com.au www.broomevisitorcentre.com.au

Derby 2 Clarendon Street. Ph: 08 9191 1426 Toll free: 1800 621 426
Email: derbytb@comswest.net.au www.derbytourism.com.au

Kununurra Lot 75 Coolibah Drive. Ph: 08 9168 1177


Email: kununurratb@bigpond.com www.kununurratourism.com

Esperance Museum Village, Dempster Street. Ph: 08 9071 2330


Email: admin@visitesperance.com www.visitesperance.com

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Kimberley Coastal Camp


Admiralty Gulf (North Kimberley)

Admiralty Gulf, North Kimberley WA Room rates per couple: from $795 to $1,590
(PO Box 9038 Nicholson Rd, Subiaco WA 6008) Rates include all meals and fully guided adventures
Mobile: 0417 902 006 Transfers from Darwin, Kununurra or Broome additional
info@kimberleycoastalcamp.com.au Packages available
www.kimberleycoastalcamp.com.au Suitable for children
Hosts: Rocky Terry and Bella Harding CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Remote luxury camp

Where in the world can you journey by completely tailored to the whim and interests of
light plane and helicopter to a secluded place each guest makes this more like staying in style
that blends cuisine, rock art and unbelievable with an outback family.
fishing? Kimberley Coastal Camp is such a rare The rate is fully inclusive of adventures and
experience and for those who make the journey food. Guests can choose to fish or set out to
the impact is always deeply profound. This is discover the breathtaking and mysterious Gwion
spiritual ground. Gwion Aboriginal rock art that few humans have
Guests stay in rustic gazebos with fine linens ever seen or simply relax in the open-air lounge.
and water views. The mix of Bella’s superb but Wake with the sunrise, graze on a leisurely
unfussy cuisine, warm characters like bushy breakfast and plan a day of adventure replete with
Rocky Terry and an itinerary of daily activities great food, fun and the rhythm of nature. This is a
truly wondrous place you will never forget.
Location: 1½ hour light plane and helicopter
flight from Kununurra, Broome or Darwin.
Map 14. RA 89 B10.
Facilities: Luxury camp: six guest gazebos, each
with king bed/twin singles, fly-screen walls,
ceiling fan, sea views. Outdoor bathrooms
(private showers and toilets). Open-air lodge with
lounge/dining. Pool. Guided fishing, walking,
wildlife and rock art tours. Fully catered.
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The Kimberley Grande


Kununurra

20 Victoria Highway, Kununurra WA 6743 Room rates per couple: from $160 to $350
Ph: 08 9193 8340 Freecall: 1800 746 282 Accommodation only • Full breakfast available
www.pinctada.com.au Suitable for children
stay@pinctada.com.au Disabled facilities
Hotel Manager: Gyan Pillay AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Resort and conference centre Member: Pinctada Resorts & Hotels

The Kimberley Grande captures the colours lamb, pasta and wood fired pizzas. Guests can
and textures of the Kimberley and celebrates the also relax in the KG bar which has a supersize
spirit of this extraordinary region. This outback screen, lounge and its own menu.
resort has a distinctive homestead feel and lodged Kununurra is the gateway to a range of
the cast and crew of the movie Australia. experiences and adventures and the town
Guests can choose from a range of rooms and offers many attractions including cruising Lake
suites, all featuring cool polished concrete floors, Argyle, fine Aboriginal art galleries, a tour of the
contemporary tones and many with original Argyle Diamond Mine and scenic flights over
artworks. Each offers an outdoor seating area, the Purnululu (Bungle Bungle) National Park
many looking onto the resort pool. The Grande and Mitchell Falls and more. Whether you are
Bistro’s a la carte menu offers seafood, beef, passing through Kununurra to other Kimberley
adventures or staying several days to explore the
East Kimberley, The Kimberley Grande offers the
outback with distinctive style.
Location: East Kimberley; flights from Broome or
Darwin. Map 14. RA 89 D14.
Facilities: Hotel: a range of rooms and suites,
all with king bed, flat-screen TV, Internet, RC
AC. Restaurant and bar. Pool, tour desk. Guest
laundry. Conference and function facilities. Full
breakfast served.
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Mornington Wilderness Camp


Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary (north of Fitzroy Crossing)

Via Gibb River Road, Derby WA 6728 Whole safari tent rate per person: $250
Freecall: 1800 631 946 Ph: 08 9191 7406 Rate include all meals
mornington@australianwildlife.org Two night stay recommended
www.australianwildlife.org Daily guided tours available
Reservations: Diane Scarsi Suitable for children
Style: Safari-style eco camp CHQ • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

A stay at Mornington Wilderness Camp tents with ensuites and fresh linen. Spend your
opens a window to the extraordinary work time on self-guided day tours (notes provided),
of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, an canoe spectacular gorges or book a guided tour
independent, non-profit organisation dedicated with their naturalist guide to further enhance
to conserving Australia’s threatened wildlife and your Mornington experience.
ecosystems. Beyond the stylish tents, the restaurant serves
Mornington is just one of 21 sanctuaries great food, wine and hearty picnic hampers.
that AWC operates, each focused on saving Mornington is unique in that AWC focuses
Australia’s most endangered species (one of on conservation work, with a visitor facility
Mornington’s stars is the beautiful Gouldian to educate and inspire guests. It has the only
Finch). Guests stay in spacious safari-style luxury genetics lab in the Kimberley, making it a place
of innovative research – find out more at a
free information evening. For campers doing
the Gibb River Road, Mornington also offers a
campground and the bonus of its restaurant.
Location: 4WD self-drive or light airplane from
Broome or Kununurra. Map 14. RA 89 G10.
Facilities: Ten safari tents, each with queen and/or
single beds, ensuite, mini-bar, deck. Restaurant,
bar and interpretive centre. Daily guided or self-
drive tours available. All meals included.
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Divers Bell Bed & Breakfast


Broome

22 Piggott Way (PO Box 1227), Broome WA 6725 Room rates per couple: from $145 to $200
Ph: 08 9192 5548 Mobile: 0423 336 925 Bed & continental breakfast
stay@diversbell.com.au CHQ • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
www.diversbell.com.au Member: BBFFA
Hosts: Ari and Shaun Oldroyd
Style: Intimate tropical B&B

The Divers Bell Bed & Breakfast is – as its lounge). There are just two guest rooms here,
very apt name suggests – cool, calm and a great which are stylishly appointed and open onto
place to decompress and destress. This is a B&B the courtyard. The Roebuck King Room takes its
without any fussy pretensions, the sort of place name from Broome’s famous bay and offers a
where you feel totally at home from the moment bedroom and lounge with a lush indoor garden,
you walk in the door. spa and a superb ensuite. The Villaret Queen
The first thing you’ll notice is the open-air Room is a cosy space with a nearby bathroom.
lounge and dining courtyard with its expansive Divers Bell is well located in Broome and its
roof and views out over luxuriant tropical hosts, Ari and Shaun, are worldly charmers (their
gardens. It’s a great place to plan your day or backgrounds are in pearling and luxury super
relax after a Broome outing (there is also another yachts). They are warm and always available to
sensibly assist with tours and advice.
Location: 2½ hour flight northeast of Perth.
Map 13. RA 88 G4.
Facilities: Two guest rooms: one with king bed,
lounge, indoor garden and spa ensuite and one
with queen bed and bathroom nearby. Both
with TV, DVD, refrigerator, RC AC, fans. Indoor
lounge (TV, DVD, CD), full kitchen. Outdoor
undercover courtyard (dining, BBQ). Wireless
Internet, laundry. Continental breakfast served.
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BroomeTown Boutique Accommodation


Broome

15 Stewart Street, Broome WA 6725 Room rates per couple: from $250 to $350
Ph: 08 9192 2006 Bed & full breakfast
info@broometown.com.au Minimum two nights in peak season
www.broometown.com.au AE • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Hosts: Toni and Richard Bourne Member: BBFFA
Style: Tropically inspired suites

We rate this Broome’s most intimate boutique are avid and informed collectors of local art and
experience, a place where tropical architecture each suite is a changing gallery that showcases
and a balmy climate conspire to create a the themes of tropical Broome. Returning guests
dreamy hideaway. The name gives away the always find new inspirations in the collection.
location, close to Broome’s Chinatown and its Breakfast is a culinary event at BroomeTown,
sophisticated galleries, pearl emporia and dining. not least for the setting in the open-air lounge/
Undoubtedly, the best part of any stay at dining, which overlooks a crystalline pool and
BroomeTown is the peace and privacy – there are tropical plants. Guests can use the BBQ and
just three guest suites. Each is decorated in a blend kitchenette but with Broome’s best restaurants
of earthy and rich tones, which are highlighted and bars so close by you’ll probably just
by bold splashes of red. Hosts Toni and Richard wander through the fragrant, frangipani-lined
streets in search of local fare. If you believe the
place you stay truly makes the experience, this
is an inspired choice.
Location: 2½ hour flight northeast of Perth.
Map 13. RA 88 G4.
Facilities: Three suites: each with king or queen
bed, ensuite (separate toilet), LCD TV (Foxtel),
iPod dock. Covered open-air lounge area,
Internet, desk, AC. BBQ, kitchenette, pool. Full
breakfast served.
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McAlpine House and Captain Kennedy House


Broome

55 Herbert Street, Broome WA 6725 $550 • Captain Kennedy House rates per night:
Ph: 08 9193 8340 Freecall: 1800 746 282 from $1,200 to $1,600
stay@pinctada.com.au Accommodation only • Full breakfast available
www.pinctada.com.au Suitable for children (Captain Kennedy’s House)
Resort Manager: Michael Hughes AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Historic boutique escape and home Member: Pinctada Resorts & Hotels
McAlpine House room rates per couple: from $270 to (McAlpine House)

Pinctada Resorts & Hotels offers a unique numerous intimate nooks exemplify gracious
range of bespoke hotels in distinctive Australian Broome living. A beautiful art collection, bird
landscapes. The historic McAlpine House and aviary and library lend a Somerset Maugham
Captain Kennedy House in old Broome are two feel to the hotel. Hosts cater to personal needs
fine examples, each the legacy of master pearler including picnics, touring and corporate retreats.
Captain Herbert Kennedy. Captain Kennedy House offers a very different
McAlpine House is an award-winning escape experience with total seclusion. One guest party
of just eight rooms, each with its own style and enjoys five bedrooms, five bathrooms, gourmet
private outdoor space. There is a tropical air of kitchen, covered verandahs, swimming pool,
elegance about this experience, where lattice pergola, handpicked furnishings and original
verandahs, lush tropical gardens with a pool and artwork. This exceptional home is ideal for a
family reunion, corporate retreat or simply to
celebrate a special occasion.
Location: 2½ hour flight northeast of Perth.
Map 13. RA 88 G4.
Facilities: McAlpine House: eight guest rooms with
verandah lounge area or courtyard; pool, library,
gym-equipped pergola. Full breakfast available.
Captain Kennedy House: five bedrooms, five
bathrooms, lounge, dining, full kitchen, pool.
Personal chef available by arrangement.
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Pinctada Cable Beach


Broome

10 Murray Road, Cable Beach, Broome WA 6725 Room rates per couple: from $280 to $1,200
Ph: 08 9193 8340 Freecall: 1800 746 282 Accommodation only • All meals available
stay@pinctada.com.au Suitable for children
www.pinctada.com.au Disabled facilities
Resort Manager: Michael Hughes AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI
Style: Five-star spa resort Member: Pinctada Resorts & Hotels

Inspired by the stunning Pinctada maxima, a Mediterranean-to-Middle East signature menu


the shell that nurtures the world’s most beautiful designed by Greg Malouf (of MoMo fame). NYX
pearl, this is Broome’s new award-winning five- Bar offers cocktails until late into the night and
star spa resort. Designed by Marilynne Paspaley the BRIZO Pool Bar (the goddess who protected
AM, the handpicked art and furnishings reflect sailors and fishermen) overlooks the pool and
the colours and themes of the Kimberley. Guests cascading water feature.
can choose from a range of studio rooms and The resort’s pool offers numerous spa nooks,
luxury suites all sharing impeccable detailing. resting places and a lap lane and the lush Jamie
The dining experience is unsurpassed in Durie-designed gardens are superb. Set around a
Broome. The award-winning SELENE Brasserie private courtyard with plunge pool, the Pinctada
(named after the Greek goddess of the moon) has Spa features LI’TYA spa care inspired by the
Aboriginal Dreamtime.
Location: 2½ hour flight northeast of Perth.
Map 13. RA 88 G4.
Facilities: A range of studio rooms and suites,
all with king bed, HD TV (movies on demand),
iPod docking station, Nespresso machine, private
balcony, courtyard or enclosed verandah, fans,
RC AC. Honjin rooms open to courtyard with
plunge pool. Restaurant, cocktail bar and pool bar
and cafe. Pool, fitness room, boutique. Day spa.

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The Mangrove Resort Hotel


Broome

47 Carnarvon Street, Broome WA 6725 Room rates per couple: from $185 to $225
Ph: 08 9192 1303 Fax: 08 9193 5169 (extra guests $35 per night)
reservations@mangrovehotel.com.au Accommodation only • All meals available
www.mangrovehotel.com.au Minimum three nights November to March (includes
General Manager: Michele MacPherson continental breakfast)
Style: Tropical resort AE • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

There is a legend that the buccaneer explorer away). Then there is the fact that the resort offers
William Dampier buried a treasure of pirated a complete experience including a bar and two
pieces-of-eight at Buccaneer Rock in Roebuck restaurants as well as function rooms. There are
Bay. The beauty of the location would not have a range of room styles including well-appointed
escaped Dampier but these days the treasure trove rooms and suites (for a honeymoon, try the
is the resort that overlooks this turquoise bay. dreamy Premier Suites).
The Mangrove Resort Hotel not only has a The Mangrove Resort’s design is all about
romantic pedigree but a magical backdrop. celebrating the bay views – the vista is evident
Next to the setting, the convenient location is from the two tropical pools, many guest rooms
what guests comment on most (the galleries and and the restaurants. Whether you are poolside,
pearl boutiques of Chinatown are just a walk dining or wandering the tropical gardens the
shimmering bay is always there. At full moon
the magical reflections create a ‘Staircase to the
Moon’ reflection and resort guests have a front
row seat.
Location: Roebuck Bay, near Broome centre. 2½
hour flight northeast of Perth. Map 13. RA 88 G4.
Facilities: A range of rooms and suites with king
or queen and single beds. Guest lounge (TV),
two restaurants, bar, function rooms. Two pools,
both with spa. RC AC. All meals available.
212 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/mangroveresort
Broome and Australia’s Northwest

Bali Hai Resort and Spa


Cable Beach, Broome

6 Murray Road (PO Box 5455), Broome WA 6725 Room rates per couple: from $198 to $495
Ph: 08 9191 3100 Accommodation only
reception@balihairesort.com Minimum three nights in high season
www.balihairesort.com Suitable for children • Disabled facilities
Style: Tropical beach resort AE • DC • Eftpos • MC • VI

In such short reviews it is hard to list all the and tropical bathroom (some with a freestanding
reasons for loving the Bali Hai Resort. The soaking tub and outdoor shower). For those
location? Superb, just a pleasing saunter down to nights when you don’t want to eat out, a full
Cable Beach. The gardens? Exquisitely verdant kitchen allows you to self-cater. And all the
as you would expect from an immaculately essentials are here: cable TV, air-conditioning
sculpted and maintained tropical resort. The and wireless internet.
waters? This paradise includes a tropical pool We must also rave about the design, which
and a heavenly day spa (try the couple’s Geisha creates an intimate village feel. Paths and lawns
tub after a massage). join with tropical garden beds to fashion an
But, of course, there is more. There are studios enchanting setting. Each guest villa has its own
and one- and two-bedroom villas with a lounge entrance and courtyard garden (with undercover
area and BBQ), leaving you feeling like cosseted
tropical princes and princesses.
Location: 2½ hour flight northeast of Perth.
Map 13. RA 88 G4.
Facilities: A range of studios, deluxe studios, two-
room villas and deluxe two-room villas. Each
with full kitchen, lounge (TV, Foxtel). AC, private
courtyard garden (BBQ), bathroom (some with
outdoor shower, some with freestanding tub). Pool,
spa. Day Spa. Wireless Internet. Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/balihaibroome 213
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Aboriginal artist at work, Gove

Australia’s northern capital has assumed into something slightly different with each
a legendary status in the national new batch of immigrants and money.
consciousness: the city whose spirit could
Darwin has been a cultural melting pot and
not be quenched by bombings in WWII or
meeting place for centuries. Its intoxicating
cyclonic destruction in 1974. A special breed
melange of colours and flavours are vibrantly
of men and women call Darwin and the
expressed in art, food and architecture. The
Northern Territory their home and they
city’s night markets are famous for melding
are a big part of what makes this place so
world cuisines and there are plenty of art
exciting, cosmopolitan and totally beguiling.
galleries, boating adventures, crocodile
encounters and other thrills to enjoy.
The obvious base for any Top End adventure And you can do all this year-round.
is Darwin, the hub for an incredible range
of tours and routes that reach out across the The Tiwi Islands got their European names
outback. Whether you are driving yourself (Bathurst and Melville) when explorers
or travelling with a group, Darwin should be reached them in 1705, but they have a long
marked for special attention on your travel history of Islander lore and culture. The Tiwi
itinerary. The city just keeps metamorphosing people are very different from their mainland
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Darwin
The Northern
Katherine Territory

Alice
Springs

Gunlom Falls, Kakadu National Park Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) National Park

counterparts in culture and ceremony and a 1871, workers on the Overland Telegraph Line
visit offers a uniquely rich encounter. Make stumbled across the precious golden metal,
the time to learn about their religion, culture sparking a gold rush that still leaves its imprint
and art, including beautiful silk screenings and on the town and its architecture. Make sure
unique Pukumani burial poles. you check out the museum and railway
station before setting off for nearby Kakadu.
One of the Territory’s great environmental Umbrawarra Gorge makes a good stopping
treasures is Litchfield National Park. Batchelor, point for a cooling swim in a secluded
about 100 kilometres south of Darwin, makes swimming hole complete with its own
a good entry point to Litchfield. The park has sandy beach.
monsoon rainforests, waterfalls (including the
stunning Florence Falls), streams and magnetic One of our favourite Territory places is a bit
termite mounds. Litchfield is a must-see on any further down the track: the Nitmiluk (Katherine
Territory trip. Gorge) National Park. There are 13 gorges
separated by rocks and boulders and you can
About 150 kilometres southeast of Batchelor is explore this area of great spiritual and natural
the old gold town of Pine Creek at the junction beauty by canoe, guided boating tour or air.
of the Stuart and Kakadu highways. Here, in There are hot springs (32 degrees Celsius
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year-round) and the spectacular Jurassic Cycad


Gardens offer panoramic views of the Katherine
River Valley.
The World Heritage-listed Kakadu - Australia’s
largest national park - is an iconic must-visit
for any Northern Territory visitor. Aboriginal
peoples have lived here for more than 50,000
years and their spectacular rock art vividly tells

Camel safari, Alice Springs

of their creation legends. Kakadu’s flora and


fauna is staggeringly prolific, especially in “the
wet” (typically between November and April)
when Kakadu is at its most spectacular.
The centrepoint of the Territory and most visits
is Alice Springs, a lively outback town that
shelters within the arms of the McDonnell
Ranges and the sacred lands of its traditional
owners. There is a lot to do in the Alice after
your inevitable visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta
(Ayers Rock) National Park and Kings Canyon.
You can see Albert Namatjira’s gallery, place
a bet on the annual Camel Cup, visit the
Telegraph museum and much more.
Everyone should visit the Territory at least
once. We suggest making the most of a trip
by scheduling a few guided tours, where you
can learn directly from the locals. And why
not stay on an outback station to experience
some real bush living? This is true adventure
travel.
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Cullen Bay and Darwin

Accredited Visitor Information Centres

Darwin Corner Mitchell and Knuckey Streets. Ph: 08 8936 2499


Email: info@tourismtopend.com.au www.tourismtopend.com.au

Katherine Corner Lindsay Street and Katherine Terrace. Ph: 1800 653 142
Email: info@krta.com.au www.krta.com.au

Tennant Creek Battery Hill Mining Centre, Peko Road. Ph: 1800 500 879
Email: info@barklytourism.com.au www.barklytourism.com.au

Alice Springs 60 Gregory Terrace. Ph: 1800 645 199


Email: visinfo@catia.asn.au www.centralaustraliantourism.com

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Pintu Merah and The Gables


Darwin

Various locations in Darwin CBD, Darwin NT 0800 Whole apartment rates per night: from $199 to $699
Mobile: 0408 002 920 (rate is for between two and six guests per apartment)
lawrence@escapeforabreak.com Bed and starter continental breakfast provisions
www.escapeforabreak.com Minimum three nights • Suitable for children
Owner: Lawrence Buckley AE • CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Art-filled and waterfront apartments Member: Escape For A Break

Why stay in a mere hotel when you can Entertainment Centre and mall – a blessing
luxuriate in your own private scene? Such is for art lovers, shoppers and those on business.
the philosophy of Escape for a Break, which Pintu Merah is a creative haven with a delightful
provides Darwin visitors with a very chic range blend of striking art and hip decorative styles.
of CBD and waterfront apartments as well as the The Gables is a two-bedroom inner-city pad
gorgeous Envy collection (see next page). that has achieved a perfectly pitched colonial
The Pintu Merah’s architect design has ambience. It is located in the historic precinct
really set a new style standard in Darwin, near Parliament and Government House and is a
fusing a languidly tropical feel with a modern, stroll away from the new wharf and convention
effervescent sensibility. This spacious one- centre district. The Gables is low rise, spacious,
bedroom apartment is close to the Darwin stylish and gazes out over Frances Bay, making
its large sea view verandah perfect for relaxing
on a tropical evening. The full kitchen and cosily
contemporary furnishings all combine to make
The Gables a brilliant choice for travellers on
business or leisure.
Location: Darwin CBD. Map 15. RA 94 H2.
Facilities: Apartments: one, two and three
bedrooms, lounge (cable TV, DVD, CD),
dining, full kitchen, laundry. Internet, RC AC.
Continental breakfast provisions provided.
218 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/pintumerah
The Northern Territory

Lotus, Marilyn, Spice and Envy


Darwin

2 Gardiner Street, Darwin NT 0800 Whole apartment rates per night: from $289 to $699
Mobile: 0408 002 920 (rate is for between two and six guests per apartment)
lawrence@escapeforabreak.com Bed and starter continental breakfast provisions
www.escapeforabreak.com Minimum three nights • Suitable for children
Owner: Lawrence Buckley AE • CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Utterly indulgent CBD apartments Member: Escape For A Break

OK, we admit upfront to coveting these and a collection of arresting artworks. Marilyn
wonderfully styled apartments, which are is a stylish homage to the queen of the silver
in the delicious Envy boutique apartment screen and is equally bold and beguiling. Her
complex – right in Darwin’s CBD. There are three bedrooms are dressed in beautiful linens
four apartments to choose from and each has with rich tones that recall the glamour of our
the finest of furnishings throughout and a unique favourite starlet. The lounge is irresistible with
theme or style to arouse your passion. But which its stunning Italian dining table for six.
one to choose for your first stay? Spice was inspired by chef Christine
Lotus has all the elegance of the flower that Manfield’s book of the same name and will
inspires its name. The ambience? Think cafe- transport you to the tropical Spice Islands. Sleep
latte tones with accents of waterlily magenta under a canopy of palms and revel in its rich
decorative flavours. Envy is a modern Art Deco
design. Its sparkling cocktail of colours and styles
beautifully offsets an eclectic artwork collection.
The overall effect is breathtaking.
Location: Darwin CBD. Map 15. RA 94 H2.
Facilities: Apartments: two or three bedrooms,
lounge (cable TV, DVD, CD), dining, full
kitchen, laundry. Rooftop garden with spa
tubs. Internet, RC AC. Continental breakfast
provisions provided.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/envy 219
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Aqua Marine and Harbour Lights


Darwin

Cullen Bay and Darwin CBD, Darwin NT 0800 Whole apartment rates per night: from $350 to $595
Ph: 08 8942 3012 Mobile: 0418 616 888 (up to six guests)
stay@morethanaroom.com.au Accommodation only
www.morethanaroom.com.au Minimum four nights
Owner: Philip Grice AE • CHQ • DC • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Harbourside and marina view apartments Member: More Than A Room

There is nothing quite like a totally captivating furnishings, Aqua Marine’s sleek nautical curves
view, whether you are entertaining or celebrating and spa overlooking the marina will impress.
an intimate occasion. These two stunning Harbour Lights is the perfect choice for a
apartments have truly breathtaking outlooks, panoramic view of the harbour and Darwin’s
each quite different but both equally beguiling. gleaming new convention centre – at night
Aqua Marine at Cullen Bay has without the scene sparkles. With Darwin’s most
doubt the best position of any apartment commanding position on the Esplanade, the view
overlooking the marina. Above Buzz Cafe and is uninterrupted from the living room and all the
looking directly out at a million-dollar view of bedrooms. Watch the boats go past, count the
the luxury yachts, this is a dress circle setting. lights as you dine in true style and toast a special
Featuring Mount Bundy granite and very stylish occasion or unforgettable holiday. From here it’s
a mere stroll to the convention centre, wave pool
and wharf – and the CBD is on your doorstep.
Location: Cullen Bay and Darwin CBD. Map 15.
RA 94 H2.
Facilities: Two apartments, each with three
bedrooms (one king and two queen), lounge
(LCD TV, Blu-ray DVD, CD), dining and full
kitchen, balcony (BBQ), laundry. RC AC. Pool,
secure undercover parking (Harbour Lights),
spa (Aqua Marine). Self-catering.
220 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/aquamarine
The Northern Territory

Mandalay Luxury Stay and Villa La Vue


Darwin

78 The Esplanade, Darwin NT 0800 Whole villa rates per night: from $395 to $694
Ph: 08 8942 3012 Mobile: 0418 616 888 (up to six guests)
stay@morethanaroom.com.au Accommodation only
www.morethanaroom.com.au Minimum two nights
Owner: Philip Grice AE • CHQ • DC • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Style: Luxury villas Member: More Than A Room

When it comes to selecting Darwin’s most a luxury experience, including beautiful bed
exclusive villas, Mandalay and Villa La Vue are linens and quality soft furnishings. All bedrooms
undoubtedly the pick. Designed by Lord Alistair open to a magnificent balcony with views
McAlpine, their combination of esplanade overlooking Darwin’s foreshore and harbour.
location and dreamy architecture is unsurpassed. Villa La Vue shares a similar quality and
Mandalay exudes a sultry romantic feel, style to Mandalay and is dressed in cool tones,
with beautiful stonework, timber shutters and blending tropical and French styles. Both villas
wide verandahs. The interiors are a rich blend offer spacious lounge rooms, a separate dining
of antique and modern furnishings (including a room and a gourmet kitchen.
fascinating collection of indigenous and other Part of the magic of these villas is the setting
artworks). No expense has been spared to ensure within a lush garden, with use of an invitingly
shaded pool. The location on Darwin’s
prestigious esplanade is within a short stroll
to restaurants, shopping and Parliament and
Government Houses.
Location: Darwin CBD. Map 15. RA 94 J2.
Facilities: Two villas, each with three bedrooms
(two king and one twin singles, all with LCD TV
and DVD), lounge (LCD TV, Austar, DVD, CD),
dining, full kitchen, laundry. AC. Two bicycles,
BBQ. Pool. Self-catering.
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Northern Territory

Fannie Bay Beach House


Darwin (Fannie Bay)

9 Parsons Street, Fannie Bay NT 0820 Whole apartment rates per night: from $200 to $300
Ph: 08 8942 1292 Mobile: 0438 520 898 (up to two guests, extra guests $25, children under 13 free)
fbbh@bigpond.com Accommodation only
www.fanniebaybeachhouse.com Minimum five nights in peak periods
Hosts: Denise, Roger, Bernie and Kaylee Dunn Suitable for children
Style: Tropical apartment with pool Direct Deposit • MC • VI

When hosts Denise and Roger Dunn is private yet airy and provides you with an
designed a self-contained apartment under their unforgettable experience of tropical bathing. This
home, they wanted to create an iconic Top cleverly designed apartment can accommodate a
End style that would give their guests a unique group, a family or just a couple and still feel cosy.
experience. The result is an apartment that In particular, we love the stylish but easy-wearing
feels more like a house. Guests enjoy complete interiors that allow the kids to play freely and
privacy and resort-style facilities, including a parents to relax (the Dunn’s have kids too).
sensational pool with spa. Fannie Bay is an ideal location for this type of
The apartment has a bright, spacious open- property, nestled in one of Darwin’s leafy inner
plan living, dining and kitchen area with two enclaves. From the apartment it is an easy walk
bedrooms. The brilliant garden bathroom to the Parap shops (and its weekly market), the
beaches, the famous Mindil market, and the
Darwin Turf Club.
Location: 4 km or seven minutes from Darwin
CBD. Map 15. RA 94 F2.
Facilities: One apartment: two bedrooms (one
with queen and one with king/twin or three
singles), open-plan lounge, dining and full
kitchen (TV, DVD). Outdoor private bathroom.
Wireless Internet, cot, laundry facilities, RC AC,
fans. Pool (spa), BBQ. Self-catering.
222 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/fanniebay
The Northern Territory

Knuckey Lagoons Villa


Darwin (Knuckey Lagoon)

160 Secrett Road (Cnr McMillans Road), Whole villa rates per night: from $250 to $300
Knuckey Lagoon NT 0828 Bed & full breakfast provisions
Ph: 08 8984 4744 Mobile: 0412 456 780 Dinner by prior arrangement
stay@knuckeylagoonsvilla.com.au Minimum three nights preferred
www.knuckeylagoonsvilla.com.au Direct Deposit • No credit card facilities
Owners: Kathy and Rick Dawson
Style: Private tropical villa

This exclusive villa is so far off the radar breezes to flow through. The open-plan, Bali-
that most locals don’t even know of it. Tucked inspired interior has a queen bed, a spacious
within a tropical garden overlooking the lounge, dining and kitchenette and wide doors
Knuckey Lagoon wetlands, the Villa is just that swing open to enhance the inside-out feel.
twenty minutes from Darwin’s CBD. But you There is even a tropical pool with waterfall
could easily be in Kakadu; this lagoon has the reserved for guests.
largest concentration of long-necked turtles But the most appealing aspect of this hidden
in Australia (and recently attracted National jewel is its privacy: just one villa secluded in
Geographic magazine to photograph here). lush greenery and a mango grove – well away
The Villa is idyllically tropical in design: from the owners’ house. There isn’t even a
louvered windows all around allow soft sign on the gate, so you may as well be in
your own home. If your idea of paradise is a
private tropical escape, close to Darwin yet in a
precious wilderness setting, look no further.
Location: 16 km or 20 minutes from Darwin
CBD. Map 15. RA 95 C2.
Facilities: One villa with one queen bed, open-plan
kitchenette/dining/lounge (TV, DVD, CD), ensuite
(bath, indoor and outdoor showers), RC AC, fans.
Laundry. Pool, gas and wood BBQs. Full breakfast
provisions provided. Dinner by prior arrangement.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/knuckeylagoons 223
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Banubanu Wilderness Retreat


Bremer Island (Northeast Arnhem Land)

PO Box 1211, Nhulunbuy NT 0881 Rates per couple: $500


Ph: 08 8987 8085 Mobile: 0411 690 508 Rate includes all meals while on the island
trevor@nomadcharters.com.au Suitable for children
www.ecotoursonbanubanu.com.au CHQ • Direct Deposit • MC • VI
Hosts: Trevor Hosie and Helen Martin
Style: Magical island hideaway

With a maximum of eight guests, it is easy Guests stay in well-appointed tents and the
to see why Banubanu Wilderness Retreat rate includes all meals while on the island. The
opens a door into a culture and country that central lounge/dining area is straight from the
few will ever see. Usually just one party is pages of Robinson Crusoe’s journal. Banubanu
accommodated at a time, which makes this is at the northern tip of the island and it is not
experience all the more special and personal. unusual for turtles to nest on the beach right in
Located on Bremer Island – off the coast of front of the camp. Beachcomb by day, stargaze
Arnhem Land – this rustic camp offers cultural by night and let the hours drift by with languid
encounters with the local Aboriginal people, disregard.
awe-inspiring fishing and the chance to simply It’s little wonder that previous guests have
kick back and enjoy the island’s natural wonders. described this as a magical life experience.
You won’t find this in the pages of glossy travel
brochures, so broaden your horizons and book
your turn in this Top End nirvana.
Location: Bremer Island near Nhulunbuy.
Accessed by light plane or boat from Gove via
Darwin or Cairns. Map 15. RA 97 C13.
Facilities: Five safari-style tents, each with two
oversize single camp beds (all linen provided),
fan. Shared bathing facilities. Lounge, dining.
All meals on the island included.
224 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/banubanu
The Northern Territory

Dugong Beach Resort


Groote Eylandt (Gulf of Carpentaria)

1 Bougainvillea Drive, Alyangula NT 0885 Room rates per couple: from $210 to $280
Freecall: 1800 877 077 Ph: 08 8987 7011 Whole bungalow rates per night: from $350 to $600
reservations@dugongbeachresort.com.au Additional persons: $50
www.dugongbeachresort.com.au Accommodation only • All meals available
General Manager: Matthew Graydon Suitable for children
Style: Tropical island resort Disabled facilities
AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

This is Australia’s newest and most exciting Gulf. The resort’s architectural style captures
Top End destination. But it’s still under the the essence of tropical Australia and its interiors
tourist radar, making it the type of place our resonate with the natural tones of its artistic and
readers love. You can’t drive here; the only cultural context.
way to get to Groote Eylandt is by plane from Guests can choose between spacious and
Darwin, flying east over Arnhem Land. The luxurious bungalows or hotel rooms. There is
pristine island floats languidly below in the fine dining at the Seagrass restaurant and you
turquoise seas of the Gulf of Carpentaria. can relax poolside or venture out for cultural
In a partnership with the Anindilyakwa and natural encounters. For guests who want
islanders, the remarkable Dugong Beach Resort to try the ultimate in Top End fishing, Andrew
has been placed lightly on land overlooking the Ettingshausen’s Sportfishing Lodge is right next
door. The newly constructed arts centre gives
guests the opportunity to meet local artists and
the resort celebrates local cultural ceremonial
events and traditional dance.
Location: 15 km or 20 minutes from Groote
Airport (flights from Darwin). Map 15. RA 97 F12.
Facilities: A range of bungalows and hotel
rooms, all with queen bed, ensuite, balcony,
TV, DVD, AC. Restaurant, bar, pool, conference
facilities. All meals available.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/dugongbeachresort 225
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Lakeview Park Kakadu


Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

27 Lakeside Crescent, Jabiru NT 0886 Room rates per couple: from $95 to $225
Ph: 08 8979 3144 Accommodation only
info@lakeviewkakadu.com.au Suitable for children
www.lakeviewkakadu.com.au AE • Eftpos • MC • VI
Manager: Dianna Kiss
Style: Troppo shacks and cabins

There are three ways to experience Kakadu suit couples and families, making it a perfect
National Park: in a tour with the same group base to daytrip out to the best of Kakadu.
over several days (not everyone’s cup of tea); Guests can choose from the very funky ‘Love
drive yourself in a 4WD (precarious for many); or Shacks’ whose architecture is inspired by a
drive the bitumen to Jabiru and stay several days, tent and each has its own private bathroom;
picking out guided day-tours as they take your Double Rooms (six to one building) which
fancy. That’s where Lakeview Park comes in. share a central kitchen and bathroom; and the
Lakeview is a place for those who want some very private two-bedroom cabins with private
independence but with a truly knowledgeable kitchen, lounge and bathroom. All are self-
staff on hand to advise and book tours. Here in catering and the lush surrounding gardens have
the centre of Jabiru is a selection of lodgings to BBQs. The designs were all conceived by the
legendary Troppo architectural firm and offer
tropical flair on a budget.
Location: 255 km or three hours southeast of
Darwin. Map 15. RA 96 D6.
Facilities: Bush Bungalows (double and bunk
beds, private ensuite), Double Rooms (double
bed or two singles, communal central kitchen,
shared bathroom) and Cabins (two bedrooms,
lounge/kitchenette, private external bathroom).
BBQ facilities, laundry. Self-catering.
226 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/lakeviewkakadu
The Northern Territory

St Andrews Serviced Apartments


Katherine

27 First Street (PO Box 1537), Katherine NT 0850 Whole apartment rates per night: from $190 to $245
Ph: 08 8971 2288 (up to four guests, extra guests $15 per night)
info@standrewsapts.com.au Accommodation only
www.standrewsapts.com.au Suitable for children
Host: Paul Mullins Disabled facilities
Style: Comfortable serviced apartments AE • DC • Direct Deposit • Eftpos • MC • VI

Katherine should be high up on any serious either families or couples. A pool is essential to
Northern Territory eco-itinerary. The landscape cool off at the end of each day. We found it all at
is filled with hidden marvels: the spectacular St Andrews Serviced Apartments on our last visit –
Nitmiluk Katherine Gorge in the Nitmiluk and it has only got better. The new BBQ area is a
National Park; the little-known Katherine River hit with guests who can relax there at day’s end
hot springs; the Cutta Cutta caves and Edith and share their travellers’ tales.
Falls. Better still, you can drive out to most The amenities are great but it’s the staff who
attractions in a standard car. really shine here, with that friendly, very relaxed
But where to base yourself? You need Territory style. They will word you up on the
somewhere with a full kitchen, a comfortable best tours and sights, ensuring you make the
lounge, and a choice of one or two bedrooms for most of your Katherine time. Don’t rush: allow a
good three days for the complete experience.
Location: 315 km or four hours south of Darwin.
Map 15. RA 95 J5.
Facilities: 14 one- and two-bedroom Deluxe,
Family and Studio apartments (king, queen
and single bed combinations, sleeping up to
eight) each with full kitchen, lounge (TV, VCR
or DVD), laundry, AC, ceiling fans. Pool, BBQ
area. Tour desk, airport transfers by arrangement.
Self-catering.
Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/standrews 227
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Coodardie Station Stay


Mataranka

Stuart Highway (PO Box 4101), Mataranka NT 0852 Room rates per couple: from $280 to $550
Ph: 08 8975 4460 Tariff includes all meals and beverages
general@coodardie.com.au Special rates for two or more nights
www.coodardie.com.au Single rates available
Hosts: Clair and Mike O’Brien Suitable for children • Pets by arrangement
Style: Outback station stay Disabled facilities
Direct Deposit • MC • VI

Northern Australia is simply unique. Its look, adults alike will be fascinated by the way this
languages and outback lifestyle make for an farm runs, getting up close to the Brahman
exotic tourism experience. And the only way cattle and other breeds or seeing where the
to truly appreciate it all is to stay at its heart, fresh eggs for breakfast come from. And there is
with people who work the land. Clair and Mike always plenty of time to relax on the verandah
O’Brien open up the red centre for you at their soaking up the bush views or enjoying nearby
Coodardie Station, generously sharing its riches Mataranka’s thermal pools or barramundi
with guests who are treated like family. fishing.
You’ll want to start with a station tour, finding Guests might be in the heart of the outback but
out about the holistic cattle grazing rotation the comforts at Coodardie extend everywhere from
techniques they are pioneering here. Kids and the breezy guest rooms to the delicious family
meals shared with the O’Briens (all included in the
tariff). If you are coming to the Northern Territory
to experience outback life, Coodardie Station is a
must-stay for a few days.
Location: 422 km or five hours south of Darwin.
Map 15. RA 95 K7.
Facilities: A range of rooms including two
Rotunda Suites with ensuite and others with
shared bathroom. Lounge, dining. Wireless
Internet, laundry. All meals included in tariff.
228 Online enquiry & updates: www.beautifulaccommodation.com/coodardie
The Northern Territory

Desert Springs Luxury Accommodation


Alice Springs

Unit 1, 2 Caterpillar Court, Alice Springs NT 0871 Whole townhouse rates per night: from $240 to $290
Mobile: 0437 713 433 (up to six guests)
desertspringsluxury@hotmail.com Bed & continental breakfast provisions
www.beautifulaccommodation.com/alicesprings Suitable for children
Owners: Sue and Norm Direct Deposit • No credit card facilities
Style: Spacious townhouse

There is just one address you need to have been thoughtfully planned. Downstairs
know in Alice Springs: Desert Springs Luxury are a spacious lounge and dining (with full
Accommodation. This marvellous townhouse entertainment systems), full kitchen, laundry
is just a few minutes’ walk from Alice Springs’ and one bedroom. Upstairs are another two
CBD and all the desert capital’s best restaurants, bedrooms, including the master with ensuite and
galleries and shopping. Stroll in the other its own balcony with views over the Todd.
direction to the casino and resort dining options. Desert Springs townhouse is ideal for up to
But Desert Springs’ greatest asset is the view six people who want to be close to all the best
over the iconic Todd River (often dry but always of Alice Springs yet relax in peace. You can slip
an idyllic outback scene) and the MacDonnell from your private retreat to golf on one of the
Ranges beyond. The interior appointments world’s top 10 desert courses, stroll the CBD, or
access all the fascinating tours available. Desert
Springs is an ideal Alice Springs choice.
Location: Near Alice Springs CBD. Map 15. RA
101 F8.
Facilities: One townhouse: three bedrooms
(queen with ensuite, double and twin king
singles), lounge/dining (plasma TV, surround
sound, Austar, DVD, CD, iPod dock), full
kitchen, bathroom, laundry. AC, gas heating.
Continental breakfast provisions provided.
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Map 3 – South Australia

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