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Wanderers Rest of Kangaroo Island
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40 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2013

Great views, hosts and food! Three nights and four days were so relaxing that it felt like a week, in a good way :-) Highly recommend both KI and Wanderers Rest and the kayak tour with Scott. Flinders Chase and Prospect Hill were must dos too, and we were lucky enough to go to the Penneshaw markets first Sunday of the month.

Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2012

The kind of place where you say: "Somebody really loves this place!" Indeed a labour of love! Rosslyn and Chris are delightful...smallish rooms with comfy beds...incredible views out the window of our room, nice sitting area/patio outside, cute little swimming pool... the food is really special...kudos to the chefs! We are here now and we'll be here one more night!! They really make you feel at home. LOVE Wanderer's Rest!!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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86 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2012

We moved to Wanderers Rest for the second half of our week on Kangaroo Island having spent the first part over at Wilderness Retreat and what a great decision this was. Wilderness Retreat was adequate and well-located for exploring the west of the island but Wanderers Rest offered so much more in the way of home comforts and friendly hosts.
Our room was bright and spacious with a breath-taking view across the bay which could be seen whilst lying in bed! It seemed that everything you could possibly need was supplied: a good size fridge and well-stocked mini-bar, Tim-Tams on the pillow, towels for the pool, even an umbrella (which fortunately we did not require) plus really nice touches in the bathroom including a night light, heated ceiling lamp and sufficient towels. It was also handy to have a swimming pool on site.
Ros and Chris could not have made us feel more welcome and provided excellent information on the local wildlife and places to visit. Our nocturnal adventure with Chris was fantastic and although the primary aim was to see penguins we saw so much more: kangaroo, wallaby, possum and wolf spiders!
Although we only dined once in the restaurant the food was great. I had some delicious scallops and it was good to experience the local King George whiting unbattered for a change with a hearty bed of mash and a creamy sauce, this was followed by a strawberry tart with local sheep's yogurt. The breakfast buffet was a good one with several items of local produce - honey, yogurt, cheeses . I particularly enjoyed the fruit salad which had plenty of variety rather than being predominantly melon as so many seem to be. Chris's fry-up was a treat and the grilled haloumi was an interesting addition.
We would definitely return to Wanderers Rest if we are ever lucky enough to get back to KI.

Room Tip: I believe all rooms have balconies with views across the bay.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2012

We came to Australia to see the solar eclipse and visited Kangaroo Island as the starting point of the trip. It turned out to be the absolute highlight of the entire vacation. Chris and Rosslyn could not have been any more accommodating, helpful, and friendly. We loved our stay at Wanderers Rest. We want to return as soon as we can.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2012

Wish we could have stayed longer. We enjoyed the hospitality, the room with a magnificent view and such peacefulness only interrupted by the most amazing bird sounds at dawn. The food was fantastic, the tours fascinating and our hosts were charming. We'd go back for sure.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2012

After having been moved from the KI Lodge because they overbooked, we had the fortune of landing in the care of Chris and Ros at the Wanderers Rest. Now we wish we stayed there from the start. First off, the grounds and rooms and food were all superb. But the hospitality we received from Chris and Ros were even more so. The view of the water from the balcony was great over an after dinner drink and morning coffee. Its just too bad we were only able to spend one night there. Thanks Chris and Ros.

Dave and April (transplanted Americans now living in QLD).

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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50 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2012

The rooms in Wanderers Rest has an excellent view of the water. Food is good, place is quiet. We walked to the wharf and the Oyster Shop where we lunched on (very) fresh oysters and bottled rain water. We then went via the General Store to the Fish Cannery trail at the other end of American River. We had not brought our car with us, so we were limited in what we could do but this did not impede us. We went on a couple of coach tours to see parts of the island, and we also had a night time trip run by Wanderers Rest, to see the fairy penguins and wallabies, American River is very uncommercial and peaceful.

Room Tip: All rooms have excellent views of the water
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Wanderers Rest of Kangaroo Island
Address: Lot 2, Bayview Road | American River, American River, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
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Region: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island > American River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in American River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Wanderers Rest of Kangaroo Island 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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