Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge
Unspoilt Island and Completely Spoilt Guests
Kangaroo Island Lodge is situated on the banks of Eastern Cove in American River, with all rooms perfectly perched offering exceptional water views over the bay. Amid lush coastal vegetation, KI Lodge is designed to blend in with its natural surroundings. There is no better place to unwind and to enjoy the peace and tranquility. Kangaroo Island Lodge is nestled on a hillside in lush native bush land. The seclusion of this area allows for the abundance of wildlife to roam free. So come and escape to Kangaroo Island Lodge.
Superior Queen Poolview
Situated overlooking the pool and views of the bay beyond, this modern refurbished room features a queen size bed, reverse cycle air-conditioning, LCD TV, tea and coffee making and an en suite bathroom.
Deluxe Studio Waterview
Enjoy panoramic Eastern Cove water views in this spacious Deluxe Studio Waterview. It is large and luxurious and features rammed earth walls in ochre tones. Ideal for those who want to spoil themselves a little bit more.
Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari
Tour Kangaroo Island by beginning your wildlife journey from Penneshaw with a Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari!
Witness dolphins, seals, birdlife, eagles, whales and magnificent coastline as well as being provided with informative local history, wildlife facts and geological information.
Cliffords Honey Farm
Dave started out with a couple of hives as a hobby in 1973.
Dave Clifford in the 1970s
During the 1980s when the wool prices dropped, Dave and Jenny diversified by expanding their fledgling honey industry. They opened the shop in 1993 and it has been a buzzing success ever since.
Dave now runs approx 300 honey producing hives and it is increasing each year. With help from daughters Bev and Sharon and son in laws Tony and Greg, Dave can extract up to 20 tonnes of honey annually.
The Honey Farm aims to provide visitors with quality honey, select regional produce and to provide information on the unique Ligurian bee found only on Kangaroo Island.
Dave and Jenny are committed to upholding the integrity of this unique resource for future generations to enjoy.
Jenny and Dave employ 8 people, including their daughters and husbands, two grandchildren and locals Kelly and Julie.
Rebuild Independence Project
The Rebuild Independence Project is a volunteer group that is re-creating the first vessel ever built in South Australia - the 45ft United States Schooner "Independence." The original Schooner was built on the banks of inlet, where now stands the town of American River. She was built by American sealers from Stonington in Connecticut, USA, in 1803, who sailed here in their Brig "Union". The vessel is being built in the "RIG Boathouse", which is at the entrance to the American Wharf. Visit us and see out interpretive display, which details the adventures and fate of the "Union" and "Independence". Discover their association with the great explorers Nicholas Baudin and Matthew Flinders. The vessel is being built entirely by voluntary labour and will take some three to five years to complete. Once finished visitors will be able to climb aboard and go for a short sail around the beautiful Eastern Cove and learn how these old sailing vessels were handled. Looking for refreshments? Our adjoining licensed water front Deck Cafe, with ample parking, looks out over the anchorage. While away the time over a delicious lunch or coffee and watch the many birds, and maybe a seal or dolphin.
Admirals Arch is one of Kangaroo Island's most impressive and unusual natural landmarks. It took thousands of years of erosion to create this distinctive rock bridge near the Cape du Couedic Lighthouse on the island's southwest coast. The boardwalk leading to the Admirals Arch is nearly as scenic as the landmark itself.
The Admirals Arch viewing platform is also an ideal place to observe the New Zealand fur seal colony that has established itself below the landmark. These dark brown seals rest and breed on land, but find food in the water. Summer is the primary breeding season, and the rock pools underneath Admirals Arch are a popular place for seal pups to play.
Another unique thing about Admirals Arch is the stalactites which dangle from the rocky ceiling of this former cave. The floor, on the other hand, is very smooth. Whale migration season takes place between May and October, but dolphins are frequently spotted throughout the year. Another famous Kangaroo Island natural landmark, the Remarkable Rocks, is also nearby.
Admirals Arch is just one of 27 officially designated geological monuments situated throughout Kangaroo Island. This landmark is also the starting point of several hikes throughout Flinders Chase National Park. The Admirals Arch Boardwalk leads to the Cape du Couedic Lightstation, which has guarded the southwest coast of the island since 1909.
No Kangaroo Island holiday would be complete without a trek to one of the island's signature landmarks, Remarkable Rocks. It took 500 million years for rain, wind, and pounding waves to create these aptly named granite boulders which are now part of the Flinders Chase National Park.
Early morning and early evening are the most ideal times to visit Kangaroo Island Remarkable Rocks, not only to avoid large crowds, but also to enjoy the stunning sunrises and sunsets around these impressive sculptures. Many of the rocks are covered by golden orange lichen, and interpretation signs describe even more details about the formation of the rocks.
Black mica, bluish quartz, and pinkish feldspar comprise most of the granite of Remarkable Rocks. These flat rocks are easy and safe to walk on during dry weather, but special caution should be taken when weather conditions become wet or windy. Strong winds and slippery rocks make it far easier to fall into the water.
The wooden boardwalk leading to the Remarkable Rocks is partially accessible for disabled visitors. The crest's western platform provides an ideal vantage point to see the surrounding bays and the historic Cape Du Couedic Lighthouse. The equally photogenic Casuarina Islets can also be easily seen from the Kangaroo Island Remarkable Rocks.
The Flinders Chase National Park is also home to another distinct Kangaroo Island landmark, Admirals Arch, a New Zealand fur seal colony, and the Cape Borda Lightstation. Cape Borda is the nation's only square lighthouse in addition to South Australia's tallest lighthouse.
Dudley Wines is a family owned and run business on Kangaroo Island. Jeff Howard is a fourth generation Kangaroo Island farmer. He and his wife, Val were looking for a new challenge to complement their life on the land as woolgrowers and beef cattle producers.
Kangaroo Island’s cool climate combined with the limestone soils of their farm, Porky Flat had for years been suggested as a likely place for grape production. So in 1994 Jeff and Val decided to take the plunge with a small 2 acre planting of Shiraz. Dudley Wines now have around 20 acres of various varieties in their two vineyards on the Dudley Peninsula
Islander Estate Wines
Discover the taste of French winemaking expertise married with the incredible natural environment and ideal grape growing conditions of Kangaroo Island.
The Islander Estate Vineyards was established by renowned Bordeaux winemaker Jacques Lurton after falling love with the natural beauty of Kangaroo Island and recognising the region’s enormous viticultural potential.
The third largest island in Australia, Kangaroo Island offers near perfect growing conditions of wine grapes, including a cool, semi dry climate that allows slow ripening, significant factors in producing The Islander Estate Wines
Jacques established a modern 70 tonne winery onsite at the vineyard at Kohinoor Hills in the centre of the Island in 2000. Today Islander Estate enjoys a 5-star Halliday rating for its outstanding cool climate wines.
Join us at our intimate Wine Tasting Room to experience The Islander Estate range. Centrally located at Cygnet River, take part in a guided tasting before relaxing with your favourite wine on the deck.
The Tasting Room is open 6 days a week (closed Wed) from 12 noon to 6.00pm.
For a special experience contact us for information about private vineyard tours.
The Islander Estate Vineyards wines are also available from fine wine merchants nationally or direct via the Islander Estate website
Seal Bay sits just west of the Cape Gantheaume Conservation Park along the south coast of Kangaroos Island. It is easily accessible via Seal Bay Road, a sealed road that runs south off of South Coast Road.
The main draw of the area is the Seal Bay Conservation Park. This seaside park is a great place to view the largest colony of Australian sea lions and watch them play on the beach, bask in the sand and swim in the sea. To get to the beach visitors must walk along an 800-metre footpath that winds through stunning cliffs and sand dunes.
There is also a visitor centre onsite that was built in an environmentally friendly method. It is powered by solar energy and fresh rain water runs through its taps. Inside visitors can learn about the history of sealing through interactive displays. The visitor centre also has a sheltered area where one can enjoy a picnic, as well as public toilet facilities.
Just east of the conservation park is the protected Bales Beach Aquatic Reserve, which is also located in the Seal Bay area. Access to the reserve is allowed by way of Bales Beach, which is a sandy beach with a stunning backdrop of cliffs. Sea lions can also be spotted here and offshore there is a reef system that is home to numerous marine life.