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Casuarina Coastal Units
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in American River
Reviewed 7 December 2011

We spent two nights here - which we thought was enough to cover the main Kangaroo Island sights. The location is perfect - and is close to all of the Kangaroo Island attractions, especially if you have rented a car (you really have no other option on Kangaroo Island). The island itself only has approximately 4000 people so staying in one of the "bigger" towns like Kingscote or Penneshaw really doesn't make much of a difference in terms of things to do. There is a small shop nearby which has basically everything you need (including petrol), which stays open until around 8PM.

The room was basic but clean, with a slightly odd (but interesting) colour scheme, and provided all required amenities (cooking etc). Some locally handmade soap was provided which was a nice touch, and the beds were firm and comfortable. My only complaint was that the automatic air freshener was very strong, but it was able to be turned off :) Yes, the water pressure is low - but that's because they run on tank water - it's still adequate for a shower.

The hosts were very hospitable and were helpful in providing suggestions on where to eat and visit. I would stay here again :)

Room Tip: There are only a handfull of units, so it doesn't really matter which one you get.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 3 October 2011

We spent 4 days staying in these units with our children. My parents also had a unit next door. We found the units well stocked with cutlery, pans etc and plenty of blankets. Kim explained the highlights of the island and had suggestions for eating out. The children were please to find a small playground. As you need to watch water usage, don't rely on washing clothes at the unit, and the machines at Kingscote were expensive.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank Cadbury1
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

We had never been to Kangaroo Island before, and though we were expecting a rustic atmosphere, we were a bit surprised at the lack of amenities...heat being one! I'm sure the CC units are more pleasant in the summer season, but with one small space heater to heat 2 bedrooms, it was a long four night stay. Color scheme was unusual but lively. Possums dancing on the roof at night (but we came for the wildlife!) With that said, the owners were friendly and pleasant when we checked in.

Room Tip: If going in winter, layer up! And ask for extra heat.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank live2travel5
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kicu, Owner at Casuarina Coastal Units, responded to this reviewResponded 1 August 2011

Dear Reviewer
Thank you for taking the time to post feedback. This July on Kangaroo Island, was indeed cold and had some of the coldest daytime and nighttime temperatures for some years. Additional heaters are provided when requested but are not kept in the rooms as space is an issue. There are lots of blankets provided in the cupboard for the extra chilly nights.
We can not do a lot about the possums on the roof as they are wild animals and unfortunately at times they do sound like they are having a party with all their mates -but that is nature!!
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Management

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Reviewed 1 May 2011

We have never had such accomodating hosts. We stayed three nights in the budget friendly Casuarina Coastal Units. The location was perfect for planning/launching our sight-seeing adventures during the day and a safe, quiet place to rest/sleep at night. Ken and Kim offered keen tips on places to eat, provided fishing equipment to help entertain the children, gave us goodies for the local wildlife, brought wonderful lemons from their tree, and were wonderful in every way. We started our trip to KI with a slight car problem (a junction of the exhaust system broke on a bumpy secondary road). Ken took time from his schedule to have a local craftsman look at the issue and helped secure the system until we returned home for a proper fix. We had a wonderful trip to KI with much credit to Ken and Kim. Thank you!

Room Tip: Off season provides lower rates and fewer tourists
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank scheckel
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

Kim and Ken are wonderful hosts and will bend over backwards to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The cabins are basic and very clean. Our cabin had room for three people to sleep and would probably suit small families, couples or singles best. It is a great base for a relaxed holiday with great views, lots of wildlife and peace and quiet.

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 June 2010

The owner Ken and Kim are warm and helpful. Before we actually place a booking with them, they were already helping us eg. sourcing for a car rental company and patiently answering long list of questions we had regarding the Island and the unit.

The rooms are clean and spacious. The kids loved to spend times on the swing outside the office. The kitchen is neat and fully equipped. Though some of the utensils are slightly worn out but it is clean and totally usable. The bathroom is heated on winter night. We stayed 3 nights, on the 1st night after returning from dinner, we actually saw Wallabies outside our unit. The unit is very near America River. Every morning as we drove passed the beautiful river, we will see many Pelicans gathered together. The units is 35mins drive from the jetty and Kingscote.

I give a 5 star for their excellent service and 4 star for the apartment as it fit our purpose well. Upon arrival, I requested for a high chair for my baby. Kim told us that she does not have it in Casuarina Units but will help to source for us. In less than 30mins she was back with the high chair and later we learn that she has actually gone all the way to borrow for us from a nearby restaurant.

The other owner Ken gone fishing and caught a Whiting for us. They helped to clean, prepared the fish and placed it in a cooler box outside our unit when we went out for day tour. They are so thoughtful that they even leave a simple instructions on how to cook the fish and provided all the necessity (cooking oil, lemons, flour etc) in the box together with the fish.

I did not give a good rating on sleep quality because the heater is not warm enough on cold winter night. And that is the only draw back of the unit. However I would say that the blankets provided are good enough to keep all of us warm.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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5  Thank Yumi_Betty
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Reviewed 16 February 2010

We also liked Casuarina a lot. Kim is lots of fun and gave us very useful advice for visiting the island (go tothe Caltex petrol station in Kingscote for great fish and chips), and Ken helped us with the barbeque. The units are cozy, clean, and decorated in bright Caribbean-type colors. There's no actual range with oven, just a gas cooker top, and a microwave, but that was ok with us. Whether the unit is quiet will depend on your neighbors; one night the baby next door screamed much of the night, but the rest of the time we had a great family with two older kids next door. The location is great, with birds all around, and American River is a nice town--not too isolated, but not too busy. You do need to conserve water, so the owners do not encourage you to use the washing machine unless absolutely necessary. Wallabies come around at night for the (healthy) food put out for them. You can walk to the jetty and see pelicans and other birds. For a casual, inexpensive holiday, this is the place. And free internet for guests too. You do need a car; we rented on the island and so didn't have to deal with the expensive ferry.

Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
3  Thank jeanfrombos2n
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Address: 9 Ryberg Rd, American River, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5221, Australia
Region: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island > American River
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in American River
Price Range: £53 - £70 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Casuarina Coastal Units 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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