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Devils Gap Retreat

Charles St, Currie, King Island, Tasmania Australia
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wareinbelgium wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia225 contributions105 helpful votes
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As mentioned previously by others, there are two cottages at "Devils Gap Retreat", this review is for the "The Gap" where we had booked seven nights accommodation. While the two cottages are reasonably close together you cannot see the other cottage and both are private and remote. In fact if you didn't know the other cottage was there you would not have even known it existed. The previous reviews have painted a good picture of what the cottages are like. As I found it wasn't always clear from some of the reviews and the owners website which cottage was being reviewed or pictured I wanted to inform others of what to expect at "The Gap" only. My wife and I were met at the airport by Caroline and after picking up our hire car we followed her to the Gap where she gave us the rundown of the cottage and what to expect on KI. From the beginning I was most impressed by the abundance of little 'extras' that you don't normally get in most SC cottages. On the kitchen bench was a fresh loaf of bread from the bakery, in the fridge was bowl of fresh eggs, a slab of butter, tray of jam, a litre of milk plus a bowl of fruit. This was a nice touch but better still the cupboards contained a box of cereal plus a number of packets of Wheetbix, which could also be fed to the wallabies (see below). Additionally the kitchen cupboards contained plenty of the useful items not normally available, such as cooking and olive oil, glad wrap, aluminium foil etc. There was also a large supply of dishwashing liquid and other essential items to wash up with. An abundance of spices were available plus salt and pepper grinders. To drink there were a large variety of good quality tea (black and herbal), instant coffee plus a packet of pre-ground coffee for the coffee plunger. Plenty of pots & pans, plates, cutlery etc. The Gap cottage overlooks the west coast of the island with uninterrupted views of the coast and scrub. As Caroline pointed out, there is nothing between us and South America. On a couple of days the roaring 40s kicked in and the temperature dropped dramatically. For me this was a plus and was just the experience we were hoping for. It was great looking out over the windswept coast with the rain lashing the windows. We even lit the fire a couple of nights and the place was well stocked with firewood. The cottage comes with a large array of books and reading materials of all sorts. This includes novels, art books, history books and information on KI. There is a small TV and a number of DVDs to choose from. The bathroom had plenty of towels, soap toilet paper to use. The bedroom was spacious and had heaps of pillows, blankets and doonas to keep you warm. The bathroom has uninterrupted (meaning no curtains) views. This means there is nothing blocking the views in or out. A little hard to get used to at first but there really is nothing (or nobody) around so it didn't take long to get used to it. (Actually there were curtains on the main window that probably could be deployed but were tied up in a knot) Caroline did mention that a Wallaby might come around and we could feed her a dry Wheetbix if we wanted. Actually we had visits from wallabies every day we were there. Sometimes one or two and once there were 5 or six at one time. On the 3rd day we were there a mother with Joey came to visit which was really beautiful to see. She ended up coming back every day, mostly by herself but sometimes with another wallaby. They do like the Wheetbix! Overall the accommodation was sort of what we expected. I have added a few more pictures to help others get the feel for the place. The cottage is comfortable and nice but not luxurious. Some age is showing and a few things don't work properly but this doesn't necessarily detract from the experience but in keeping with the overall character of the cottage. Things Not Available. (Not necessary but just so you know) - No microwave dishes. No A/C. No washing machine. KI Tips & FYI 1. Hire Car - it's a must and there is only one hire car company on the island (KICR). We went with the cheaper option and the car was quite old but in good condition. I found KICR really easy to deal with and had no problems. 2. Mobile Phone coverage & WiFi. Only Telstra is available on K.I. The reception at the Gap is poor but passable. No WiFi is available. 3. Shopping. There are almost no retail shops on KI. There is a IGA which has a broad range of products on sale other than groceries as well as a Foodworks store. There is a bakery that serves great pies, a butcher shop next door and a chemist shop but not too much else. All shops close at 18:00. 4. Eateries. Not too many places to eat out on the island. We ate once at the Oleada restaurant in Currie which was great. There is another restaurant at Grassy which seems highly recommended but this is 30 plus minutes away from where we staying. Both restaurants are only open at nights and not every night so best check the times. We also had coffee and lunch at the Bakery and also at Cafe Brewer which is off the beaten track but well worth a visit. We also had a nice cheese platter and glass of wine at the KI dairy which is open every day but only offers the cheese platter and one other option. There are one or two other places to get a meal or you can eat at one of the clubs around the island as well. We didn't try these options. btw - Caroline also has a "Restaurant with no food" on the harbour but we didn't go there. 5. Sight Seeing & Attractions. Very limited options for sightseeing and attractions. This didn't worry us too much as the views and ambience at the Gap were the most impressive attraction. Having said that the museum was well worth a visit and included a tour of a building where they have restored the Cape Wickham lighthouse light. 6. Wildlife. There are a lot of wallabies on KI. Rarely would you not see one when driving, even when going down to Currie shops (5 min drive). Also in some places there are wild turkeys and chickens roaming about. You need to drive with some awareness especially as the roads are not too wide and windy. 7. Drinking water. It seems that the tank water at most places (including the Gap) is affected by salt and not recommended to drink unless you had boiled for 3 minutes. We purchased locally produced bottled water at the supermarkets to drink.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Us2Aussies wrote a review Mar 2019
Queensland, Australia1105 contributions164 helpful votes
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There are two cottages at Devils Gap Retreat, we stayed at Waterwitch. Caroline the owner is wonderful, she met us at the airport and we followed her to the cottage, which is a 5-6 minute drive from the Currie airport. We didn't see the other cottage on the property, but it was close-by in the bushland somewhere. Waterwitch cottage overlooks the ocean, with an expanse of dense scrubland in between. This scrub is home to lots of wildlife, we saw many birds, lizards and wallabies during our 3-night stay. Caroline is a local artist and potter, many of her works were displayed at the cottage, including a quaint canvas window blind in the bathroom, and even the shower-base is handpainted in a lovely blue. Caroline explained that the water supply to the kitchen comes off the roof of the cottage. Since there is alot of salt spray, we found it too salty to drink, but Caroline had supplied bottled water (as per the legislation she said). We did run out of this water, but we simply purchased more at the local IGA. The fireplace was a welcome addition, and it worked well to warm the cottage at night. There was an abundant supply of firewood. Fruit, eggs, honey, jam, butter, bread and milk were in the cottage on our arrival, plus weet-bix for the wallabies, and a supply of cooking basics (oil, flour, sauces etc). We had good Telstra coverage at the cottage, but there is no wi-fi. We loved the cosy, homely feel of Waterwitch Cottage, it was like staying at your grandma's house from the 1970's ... right down to the old-school cutlery and mis-matched crockery and glassware. If you prefer a stainless steel and marble kitchen, or a marble and tiled bathroom, this place is definitely not for you. A few things that we felt could be improved: The whole cottage needs a very thorough scrub inside, from top to bottom. e.g. When we moved the tea/coffee tray in the kitchen, we found dirt, stuck-on coffee, and evidence of mouse-droppings. Only a couple of the windows opened. Most of the windows were screwed shut. On the two warm days, we couldn't open the cottage up for some fresh air. The insect screen on the front door doesn't work, so we couldn't leave the sliding door open. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this quaint and quirky cottage, and King Island is amazingly beautiful.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Margaret A wrote a review Mar 2019
Maclean, Australia29 contributions3 helpful votes
This is a quaint little cottage that has almost everything you need, and the view is breath taking. In fact when you first arrive and host Caroline, who has met you at the airport, starts to explain where everything is, all you can do is stare out the window at the vista. It is not for those wanting 10 star marble and glass, but for all us normal folk it is fantastic. There are plenty of supplies in the cottage and weetbix to feed the wallabies on the front veranda each morning, and the middle of town is only a short drive. A morning walk around the headland below the cottage is highly recommended. Both cottages are secluded but close to Currie.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Kym B wrote a review Mar 2018
Australia12 contributions26 helpful votes
Perfect location if you want to be alone, completely private except for the family of Wallabys that visit every morning and evening, so don't leave the door open or they just invite themselves in . The fridge was already stocked with milk bread fruit eggs water, which we appreciated very much. Airport is only 10 mins away so very easy to get to. This is a very unique stay, and we loved all that King Island had to offer.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Nigella R wrote a review Mar 2018
Fes, Morocco37 contributions30 helpful votes
I came to King Island to see the land my mother was born in 100 years ago. My sister in law and I happened upon Devil’s Gap...What a lucky find. Our little house had a spectacular ocean and wallaby view and was stocked with breakfast goodies. Caroline met us at the airport, arranged our rental car and was a perfect hostess, giving us lots of great local information. I have a feeling I will return.
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Date of stay: February 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Michael W wrote a review May 2017
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Great place to stay, met at the airport by agent, place was stocked with bread, milk, eggs and fruit - plus some weekbix to feed the wallabies if you are keen. Very relaxing place to stay, the open fire is a nice change to the sterile safe hotel rooms. The bath tub has one of the best views on the island. Buy some local product and cook at the gap to get some sense of how the locals rough it with the local dietry conditions - the best cheese, beef and seafood going around.
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Date of stay: May 2017
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aerobiz1 wrote a review Mar 2017
Gatton, Australia16 contributions3 helpful votes
Our party of 4 - 2 couples, stayed in a pair of small houses close to the beach. The had everything we needed including fresh local bread, eggs and fruit. Each house had a slow combustion heater as well as electric heaters, big TV, plenty of reading material about King Island, a large bathtub and a comfy bed. Great privacy except for the visiting wallabies ! The owner, Caroline, is a die-hard local and couldn't do enough for us.
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Date of stay: March 2017
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bigkahoonaOssie wrote a review Dec 2016
Perth, Australia64 contributions55 helpful votes
Lighthouse Rocks Cottage is one of the old Fishermans cottages managed by Caroline of Devils Gap Retreat in Currie. We booked as we thought we would try some 'different' accomodation! And we were right these cottages have been decorated by Caroline, a local artist, and may I say a local 'character'. Caroline met us at the airport and we follower end her to our cottage. The colours and decorations are vibrant, you feel good just being there. Currie is a small place, so you are within walking distance of the town, jetty and the lighthouse. It's a fun, funky place. We just loved being a part of it. Nearby is Caroline's The Boathouse-The Reastaurant with no Food!!! It is right on the waterfront, is also a funky crazy decor. It is set with tables, cutlery, crockery, glassware, soft music playing , but no food and no staff! And what a place to have dinner that you have bought with you, as the sun sets and the sea brushes the rocks outside. Magic!
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Date of stay: December 2016
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DidsterBenalla wrote a review Dec 2016
Benalla221 contributions207 helpful votes
Stayed at Waterwitch for a week. This is not 5 star accommodation, but is best described as comfortable, homely, whimsical and rustic - which is a deliberate creation of the artistic owner Caroline (who was very friendly and helpful - she even met us the airport !). This is not a criticism, as it does add hugely to the charm and appeal of the place, and one of the reasons we wanted to stay there. Uninterrupted views of the wild Southern Ocean and the Island's west coast, at times gale force winds, and hand-feeding Bennett's Wallabies on the balcony add to the wild King Island experience - and only 5 minutes from Currie. You can cobble together most meals here with a bit of imagination given the available kitchen and the limitations of the supermarkets in Currie. We loved our time at Devil's Gap Retreat, and it truly did serve its purpose in getting us to unwind and relax. Thanks Caroline.
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Date of stay: December 2016
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Margot D wrote a review Dec 2016
Melbourne, Australia64 contributions33 helpful votes
The sandy track up winding through the sand dunes to the retreat sets the scene to this gem. Colourful paintings,sculptures and coastal paraphernalia line the one bedroom cottage. An added touch of eggs, fruit and milk and plenty of left over tea and coffee made the need to immediately go shopping seem redundant. One side of the lounge looking over the Bass strait and the never ending glory of waves rolling in and crashing onto the rocks provided many hours of scenic wonder. What a great place to unwind and recharge
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Date of stay: December 2016
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Which popular attractions are close to Devils Gap Retreat?
Nearby attractions include King Island Dairy (7.5 km), King Island Historical Museum (1.4 km), and King Island Trail Rides (1.9 km).
Is parking available at Devils Gap Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include King Island Bakery, Oleada, and King Island Golf.