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Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat

16 Hummocky Rd Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223 Australia
Spectacular Cape Cassini coastline
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View from the bedroom with a couple of kangaroos hiding in the bush.
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Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat is the only accommodation on Kangaroo Island with Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation from Ecotourism Australia, providing numerous Sustainability experiences for guests but with all the comforts of home. Only 100 metres from 90 metre high cliffs, guests can enjoy balcony views from their King bedrooms with ensuites and walk in robes. Close up animal and bird viewing is available from our Sun room.There are numerous walking trails to explore 1000 acres of wilderness fronting onto 2.25 km of foreshore with numerous access places. Activities include sandy beach and rock pool swimming, and fishing at a variety of locations. Guided walking tours are available.
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16 Hummocky Rd Stokes Bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223 Australia
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traveller22015 wrote a review Aug 2019
Sydney, Australia193 contributions70 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Endangered flora, untamed bush, glorious wild coastline, passionate owner, the sounds of silence broken only by the call of the Crimson Rosella's, Black Cockatoo, Magpie or Currawong....the list goes on. This is Cape Cassini Wildlife Retreat

The approach to this unique retreat immediately lends it self to the true essence of this remarkable place. The road is rough BUT..... but you just take it easy....slowly, slowly. It is 4.5 kms from the junction with Hummocky Road along the unsealed road to the retreat. You are immdeiately enveloped by the dense surrounding bush of this wonderful place.

If you are seeking peace and quiet, walking trails through unspoilt bush and along spectacular coastline, comfortable accommodation in a remote location and the hospitality of a good bloke in David the owner you will find all of this at CCWR.

I highly recommend CCWR if you like the Australian bush.

My wife and I stayed at CCWR for 3 nights. We were the only guests and David went to a a great deal of trouble to look after us and to keep the log fire roaring. A substantial continental breakfast was enjoyed each morning by the fire. Each evening we shared his kitchen to cook our dinner and share with him the tales of the day.

Our bedroom and separate bathroom were big, clean and very comfortable. The balcony looked out over the bush and further to the ocean. The bathroom had sufficient quality toiletries for two people. Bath towels were large and very soft (not crispy cornflake brittle!!).

David is passionate about the Retreat and his endeavours to grow and maintain a special eco friendly place in the bush that others can enjoy. (As an aside he represented Australia in the over 60's cricket versus England). We were taken aback when during the coastal walk he pointed out an endangered species of flora that grows on his property.
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Date of stay: July 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Response from ResidentonKI, Owner at Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat
Responded 17 Aug 2019
Thank you for your kind, accurate comments about your stay at CCWR, This was high praise given that you also stayed at Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island's most luxurious 6 star accommodation immediately after leaving here. The endangered species mentioned is Eutaxia Diffusa, a variety of bush pea and fortunately we have quite a few plants in different locations. Plant numbers have not altered in the last 10 years or so and there may well be plants we have not discovered as yet.
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kathryn_hopkins wrote a review Apr 2014
Perth, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat, from the wildlife that surrounds the house, to the breath-taking cliff top views, we couldn't have asked for a better place to stay on Kangaroo Island.

During our stay, we spotted kangaroos, wallabies and birds at the water bowls, which the children loved. The cliff top is literally only 100 metres from the house and provides amazing views over the ocean. It was so relaxing sitting out of the balcony of our room watching the sunset at night.

There was loads of activities to do, from the great fishing spots, to the beautiful snorkling, we always had something to discover and try.
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Date of stay: April 2014
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The balcony rooms provide amazing views.
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Response from ResidentonKI, Owner at Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat
Responded 29 July 2014
Thank you for your great review, Kathryn ! After a few years of having very few guests ( our choice ) we now have a new website and are open for bookings once more. We also can now cater for Self Contained stays as well.
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Carol B wrote a review July 2013
Newbold, United Kingdom92 contributions66 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 2 nights in the beautiful guest house at Cape Cassini. Our room was superb with a magnificent view over the ocean. We enjoyed walking in the grounds and the visits of the local kangaroos to the garden. The hospitality was excellent and we made full use of the owner, David Welford's, experienced knowledge of the island. He is a qualified guide and took us around the island seeing the local wildlife, scenery and landscapes.
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Date of stay: August 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jdzu wrote a review Aug 2012
Fountain Hills, Arizona8 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat is a fabulous lodge, and I would highly recommend it as a base to explore Kangaroo Island. The Retreat is located on a secluded cliff on the northern shores of the island with stunning ocean-views. My family of four stayed for 2 nights and enjoyed the many amnenities that were available. Our two rooms were spacious and clean, and we were allowed full use of the common areas of this lodge. The kangaroos and wallabies were plentiful, and the grounds of this property were enjoyable to walk and explore.I would recommend utilizing David as a private tour guide as he was very knowelgeable in regards to the Island's wildlife and worked extremely hard to ensure our satisfaction. This lodge is eco-friendly and David is in constant reminder of the significance of conservation and how we can utilize the information that he provides in our everyday lifestyles. As David works by himself, be prepared to assist in the daily preparation of meals during your stay.
John and Family, Fountain Hills, AZ
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Date of stay: July 2012
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Ocean-view rooms enjoy a full balcony and are well worth additional cost.
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RC20190207 wrote a review Mar 2019
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Really really good place, we go to KI 3 times holiday and stay at David house are most unforgotten trip.
We stay here on 7-10Feb2019 for total 4 Nights, house located at very wild & nature place. You can totally relax & will not hv others disturbed you. David is very kind hostel & helps us a lot. Wild tour & night safari are amazing. We really recommend my friend stay at here!
Wishing David good health & wealth & see you on next time!
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from ResidentonKI, Manager at Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat
Responded 31 May 2019
Thank you for your kind words. You were also amazing guests. It was fun taking you on your tours, especially the Coastal Wildlife Walking Tour when some of your extended family joined us, 15 of you in all ! I look forward to seeing you again, soon ! The writer, I hope she doesn't mind me saying, runs a travel agency in Hong Kong.
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Caroline O wrote a review Dec 2018
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
For staying off the beaten track CCWR really takes some beating, but with the added luxury of accommodation that offers all the mod cons.
We had a fantastic morning seeing the local penguins in their burrows, ably guided by our host. We then took time to explore some of the caves along the beautiful rocky coastline, all with not another human being in sight.
At dusk it was magical to sit in the comfort of the conservatory, glass of wine in hand, and watch the kangaroos, echidnas and local bird life drinking from the water troughs about 6 feet from us.
Be prepared to find yourself so captivated by the breakfast wildlife visitors that you have to tear yourself away to get on with the days exploring!
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ResidentonKI, Owner at Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat
Responded 5 Dec 2018
Thank you for your kind comments Caroline; you have described the essence of what the Retreat is all about !
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Laurent59xxx wrote a review Jan 2018
Yamato, Japan1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A cosy place in a wild environment, and the best location to see daily wildlife. The way down to the sea is fantastic, we really had a wonderful time. Definitely recommended It you want to enjoy wallabies and Kangaroos in the wild, and take a deep glance at the stars.
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Date of stay: January 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 13 Nov 2018
Thanks for your kind comment !
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Heather S wrote a review Dec 2017
melbourne153 contributions54 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This retreat is certainly in a quiet location, being at the end of 4.5 kilometre dirt track. The view from our room, Yacca room, towards Investigator Strait was lovely. It could be very pleasant watching the local wallabies and kangaroos feeding down below the balcony. Kitchen facilities are provided, with a reserved fridge shelf, for own meal preparation. The bedroom and ensuite were clean and comfortable, however, no servicing provided over the four nights we stayed. There are some rules applying at this eco-retreat which are fair enough- limit water use, a request to use the provided environmentally friendly toiletries, being aware of electricity and internet usage. However, the period we stayed was very hot with temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius or more. Whilst the main building is constructed of mud brick, the second storey is not, and our room became unbearably hot in the evenings. The ceiling fan did not make much difference to the temperature or stuffiness in the room, with the westerly sun beating through the bathroom window, which did not have a blind. We have lived in some very hot climates and are used to the heat, so knew that the room only had to cool down a little and we would be able to sleep. An electric portable air-conditioner was provided in the room, so we used this, only to be questioned about running it all night, which we had not done. We do not think the owner had any idea how hot it becomes upstairs, despite his knowledge about eco-friendly operations. If you are considering staying here in summer we suggest you check with David about this issue first. Another thing to be aware of, is the 4.5.km track off the main road is through private property, and in sections, can be very rough. More like 4WD access tracks we have used. A rental car insurance policy will most probably be invalidated by driving this track and damage to the underbody can easily occur. Be warned. Also, some of the information on the website is outdated, but was still included in the room folder, so double check if anything in particular appeals to you. Although comfortable, we found the facilities a little dated. David no doubt has a wealth of knowledge about Kangaroo Island and will be happy to share this with guests. A comprehensive library is available for browsing,too.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ResidentonKI, Manager at Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat
Responded 13 Nov 2018
Our power system was in the process of being up dated which happened immediately after the stay in question to a set of 3.1 kW panels and now power is no issue. Internet usage is 100 Mb per room per night.We don't provide for guests to download movies etc. This is a wilderness experience ! Our back up generator now is run only for maintenance reasons ! Our guests were very unfortunate in that we had several days of 40 oC maximums for their stay which is most unusual for Kangaroo Island ( its 5 to 10 oC cooler often than the mainland ! ), with no normally cooling evening breezes to provide relief for them. I would question that water bottles were not filled or bins emptied. If beds are made by guests they are usually left that way. Do you normally expect to have your room serviced everyday if you are staying in a Self Contained accommodation ? Our track is regularly graded so that it is 2 wheel drive with care. Although it is rocky in places, we have only had one guest in 15 years complain about the track damaging his Jaguar but he ran off the edge of the made track ! Most guests understand that it is a scenic bush track to be driven carefully to avoid obvious rocks or dips. Its part of our experience that we offer !
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KatharineGB wrote a review Nov 2017
Oxford, United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat in October 2017 for the best part of a week with our three children, aged 1, 3 & 6. David was a lovely host making us all feel very much at home, providing a delicious daily breakfast and giving us an insight we would otherwise not have experienced into not only the immediate property (all eco and renewable energy driven) and the local wildlife but also tips on where to visit on the wider island. I don't think we will ever forget the magic of coming home for the day to a reception of wild kangaroos and wallabies leaping away into the undergrowth as we drove down the long dirt track to the house with another welcome party of their friends grazing on the lawn a meter or so away from the conservatory, seemingly oblivious to our excitable one year old being pretty much nose to nose with them through the glass window! The beautiful sea views from the balconies and windows of our bedrooms will long stay in our memories and the children have been spoilt after having their very own private beach and rock-pools to play in, the highlight of which was finding fairy penguins! If you want to take children back to experience an outdoor, natural childhood where the wonder of nature trumps any technological distraction, then this is the place to do it. This is an amazing place that requires time to fully explore, appreciate and truly switch off. A sense of adventure will get the most fun out of your stay - you are a very much out in the wilderness with miles of countryside, beaches, cliffs,views and heaps of wildlife all to yourself which is what makes this such a special experience. You are well off the tourist beaten track but still within reach of all Kangaroo Island has to offer. Be prepared for the dirt roads, especially the final approach to the house which can be a little exciting when you first arrive if not used to off-road driving but which you soon get used to. Very much recommended for a truly special stay.
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Date of stay: October 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Fantastic views from the 2 balcony rooms. Great for families needing 2 neighbouring rooms (they...
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Response from ResidentonKI, Manager at Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat
Responded 13 Nov 2018
Thank you for a very insightful comment on what we hope guests will experience here.
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relle61 wrote a review Sept 2017
San Remo, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived late at night. We had a mini van and manged to negotiate the dirt road ok. We were here for my son's wedding and the retreat had been booked for us by my daughter in law. We weren't to sure of what to expect but was wonderfully suprised. David was waiting for us to arrive. He was very helpful, we were shown to our ensuite rooms and comfy beds. We awoke to an amazing view. After breakfast that David had prepared for us we took a walk down to the cliff edge. OMG is the only way to explain the view it took my breath away. David was a wonderful host and was only to willing to help you out with places and landmarks to see on beautiful Kangaroo Island.
We only had 2 nights here but would have liked to have longer to do more walks and more exploring of the coastline.
I would love to return here again one day and would highly recommend this Retreat to anyone that loves nature and the extremities but with a Wilderness Retreat!!!
Thanks again David for some wonderful memories!!
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The upstairs ensuites with the views from the balconies was spectacular!!
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Response from ResidentonKI, Owner at Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat
Responded 1 Oct 2017
Thank you for your kind comments. The other walks go to our 10 metre waterfall and our two different beach locations all within a kilometre of the Retreat, one a Summer Sandy Beach with a nice swimming access. The other is a wave cut platform with two rock stacks and numerous swimming experiences, even a wading pool for small children.
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KatharineGB wrote a tip Nov 2017
Oxford, United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Fantastic views from the 2 balcony rooms. Great for families needing 2 neighbouring rooms (they have an interconnecting balcony)."
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relle61 wrote a tip Sept 2017
San Remo, Australia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The upstairs ensuites with the views from the balconies was spectacular!!"
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Tony S wrote a tip Nov 2015
46 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are two north-facing ensuite rooms with balconies designed for couples."
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Donatella R wrote a tip Jan 2015
Milan, Italy38 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We had 2 rooms. Both same size and with en suite bathrooms. Maybe the one to the right as you go up the stairs is a bit better as it's sun exposed in the morning therefore warmer"
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RGC1911 wrote a tip Dec 2014
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ocean views a must."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Stokes Beach (7.8 km), Lathami Conservation Park (6.3 km), and Stokes Bay Beach (7.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Cape Cassini Wilderness Retreat?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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