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Inneston Heritage Accommodation

Inneston, South Australia 5577 Australia
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Seven fully restored heritage lodges are available for short-term holiday accommodation at Inneston Historic Township, Innes National Park. Nestled amongst the mallee and ruins of the historic township etsablished in 1913, visitors can immerse themselves in the natural environment, and take a step back in time to learn about the gypsum mining history of the area if they are interested.The Managers and Engineers Lodges sleep up to 10 people in large houses furnished in a heritage style, and command stunning views of the township and the Inneston Lake. Whilst the Post Office and Mallee Lodges sleep 2-4 people respectively, have been restored more recently and feature modern furnishings adding a little extra comfort in nature.
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Ashleighwycherl wrote a review Aug 2020
Australian Capital Territory, Australia45 contributions27 helpful votes
A quaint old cottage which has been modernised within. I felt immediately relaxed entering the lodge. If you love nature and the outdoors but need your basic amenities or like me, travelling solo and want that extra security, I highly recommend! On my first day, I opened the bathroom windows, and right outside was an Emu father and his nine chicks. It’s also a great base as you’re in the centre of the NP. My only reasoning behind one less star is that I would’ve liked to have known there was a microwave and that there was no hand wash supplied.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Jasmin955 wrote a review Dec 2019
Adelaide, Australia10 contributions2 helpful votes
We travelled here in January and stayed for two nights. What a find. The Inneston village is a beautiful, tranquil spot that allows you enjoy the heart of the National Park in wonderful heritage accomodation. The post office was perfect for a couple, with great cooking and bathroom facilities. Innes National Park is a wonderful haven on the Yorke Peninsula, a must see!
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Date of stay: January 2019
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peter6757 wrote a review Aug 2019
Brisbane, Australia5 contributions
I want to write this review to answer question that I had before I booked. We stayed at the Post Office in the cold winter and we were so comfortable. The Post Office has a large room (Post Office) which contains a three seater lounge and a six seat dining table with plenty of space to spare. From this room there were three internal doors: one to a bedroom with a comfortable bed, one to an internal bathroom with toilet, shower and modern basin, and the last to a kitchen, small and down three steps but containing everything that could be needed. Once the gas fire was on, it was lovely and warm inside and we found that over the three nights we used it less and less as the stone retained the heat and kept the inside very comfortable. We went on the walk to the jetty and recommend that you leave time to walk around there as the lookout walk was also very good. The posted 7km was really 13km after a good look around. We saw only four people that day! I found that there was information everywhere, both in the accommodation and on signs on our walks all over the National Park about history, fauna and flora and the lighthouses. We saw many things in flower and baby emus, and kangaroos as this was the time for the young and the winter flowering natives. There were more animals than people, we went on every walk in the park and the sealed roads were a surprise. Highly recommend this part of the world.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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BillWa2019 wrote a review Apr 2019
Adelaide, Australia17 contributions17 helpful votes
The Lodge was very well equipped and comfortable in a very peaceful and historic setting. Wooden interior decor pleasing. Toilet which is ensuite to the Lodge was more than adequate. This was our third visit. It was a change to have no telephone reception but this access was available at points within the Innes National Park.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Marianne F wrote a review Nov 2017
Yarrawonga, Australia107 contributions15 helpful votes
A wonderful drive through the Innes National Park. Saw some beautiful nature like Dad Emu and his four babies, several snakes a couple of huge Kangaroos. We stopped at several breath taking views of all the cliffs and the light house. Some of the beaches are so beautiful couldn't believe we had a beach to our selves the water so clear and inviting. I would come back again. Bring you own lunch and drinks as there are no facilities in the park to buy anything also take your swimmers comfortable shoes sun block hat and camera. Have fun. We didn't stay in the accommodation. This Park is good for all ages.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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alkez1 wrote a review Mar 2017
Adelaide Hills, Australia2 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a delightful three nights (Fri/Sat/Sun) whilst staying in Mallee Lodge. The accommodation was spotlessly clean on our arrival and we could not have wished for a better presentation. There was wild life with wallabies, kangaroos, emus and skinks to entertain us, and even a resident carrawong who had obviously been fed a few times by visitors. The first day we walked around the old village, which with the signage and descriptions was most interesting. Following that there was so much to see in the park with the beautiful beaches, headlands and lighthouses that we were truly sorry to leave at the end of our visit. We took pre-prepared meals for two nights and went to the local Marion bay Hotel for the Saturday night. Every table was taken, so just as well we had pre-booked. Overlooking the sea the food and service was first class - we would highly recommend it. All in all a brilliant break for us. As a word of caution we would advise ensuring you have the after hours check in arrangement sent to you before leaving home. We were delayed on our journey, and by oversight we did not receive the instructions. It was only by a diligent staff member noticing us as she was locking up that saved us from an unpleasant situation.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lesley j wrote a review Mar 2017
Mount Gambier, Australia100 contributions26 helpful votes
While we did not stay there the walk around the historic town of Inneston was a walk back in time. The stories that must have been told there you could almost imagine. The only thing I would suggest (constructive) was the lack of a toilet facility. (A long drop would do). When doing the walk we carried water with us as it was quite warm and the sensible thing to do. Needed a toilet stop but had to wait till we got to a toilet on the drive out of the national park.
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Griswolds_15 wrote a review Jan 2017
Adelaide, Australia21 contributions3 helpful votes
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Our first holiday for 2017 was one to remember. Innes National Park is truly memorable, full of natural beauty, turquoise waters, beautiful beaches and so many picture perfect photo opportunities. We stayed in the Gatehouse at Inneston, which was basic but very clean and quaint, with most things expected of a rental. No microwave and a bit limited on kitchen utensils, bring your own linen but otherwise had everything we needed. Kids will love no TV or phone reception!!! Warning : March flies a plenty so bring the Bushman's! Beaches for kids under 10, Dolphin Bay, Shell Beach and Browns Beach. For boogie board action we had a great time at Pondalowie Surf Break. Definitely worth visiting the park for its natural untouched beauty. We'll be back!!
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Date of stay: January 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Cazamatt22 wrote a review Nov 2016
Adelaide, Australia9 contributions5 helpful votes
We recently decided to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary by staying 2 nights in the Old Post Office at Inneston in the Innes National Park. We had visited the park some 8 years earlier with kids and camped then, so knew the beauty of the area. Hiring out his charming 100 year old cottage did not disappoint, it was exactly what we were after, no phones, no TV, heaven. A well appointed Kitchen meant we could prepare our own breakfasts, we ate of an evening in the Marion Bay Hotel, only 10 kms away. The gas heater certainly warmed the rooms quickly, there was plenty of hot water in the generously sized bathroom and the queen sized bed was really comfortable, even for a big unit like me! The only thing we would have like was more photos and information (if its available), on the post office itself
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Date of stay: November 2016
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Room Tip: We preferred the post office as there were only the two of us, other cottages/houses slept up to 10
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kingsleyallen wrote a review Oct 2016
Adelaide, Australia8 contributions2 helpful votes
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Inneston, Innes National Park, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia Coming into the Innes National Park, fair weather or foul, there’s a point where you top the rise and see a sight that simply demands that you stop and take in the view. The road unravels in undulations somewhere over Cape Spencer, which protrudes like other more distant capes into the mighty Southern Ocean spread before you. Today its mood is winter grey green, the ochre gold of the Althorpe Islands shrouded in sea mist. An Osprey and several Petrels wheel away. We have driven about 290 km from Adelaide down into the Innes National Park at the toe of South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, colloquially termed ‘the Bottom End.’ We pick up our key from the Ranger Station at the entrance, having booked the Post Office accommodation within the old ghost town of Inneston some time ago. We drive past Cable Beach. Off in the distance is the aptly named Rhino Head. We pull in at Stenhouse Bay for a look. The jetty, once used to convey gypsum on to ships, reaches out down below. For a moment the sky clears, the sea suddenly a brilliant aqua, the rounded granite boulders beyond the jetty honey brown. The Innes brothers, Willliam and Stanley along with Andrew Stenhouse and Graham Bell mined gypsum, used in the production of plaster, cement, chalk and fertilizer, here early in the 20th century. The town they established, Inneston, was a day’s journey from the nearest town, Warooka. It thrived between 1913 and 1930. Near where we will stay is a humble looking building. From here chalk was sent to every school supply outlet in Australia until the 1980s. It is the one, and literally, only Bellco Chalk Factory, named aftrr Graham Bell. The Innes National Park is famous for its spectacular coastal landscapes, rugged cliffs and sandy beaches. There are shipwrecks visible, a hull spread-eagled like gigantic rusty fishbones, another just a smoke stack leaning out of the sand. There is the tiny rock lobster fishing shack town of Pondalowie Bay and the brilliant world famous surf beach next to it. Further are the beautiful white beaches of Dolphin bay and Shell Beach. At the far end is Browns Beach, a place of pilgrimage for fishers of Salmon. The capes with their lonely windswept light houses above the savagery of the ocean stand testament to how wary and careful even the most capable seafarer must be here. There are so many stories here. We revisit the places we grew to love when we lived on Yorkes. Tomorrow we’ll take a few walking tracks. There are plenty of them and so diverse too, through sections of the park. We expect to glimpse some of the vast range of bird and animal life habituating here. Mallee Fowl, the White Bellied Sea Eagle and Western Whipbird are a few among the seventy odd species of birds down here. The knee high Tammar Wallaby, once thought extinct, has been reintroduced and is thriving. It has a dark grey-brown coat, reddish arms and flanks, often with a faint white cheek stripe. Inside it’s snug and warm. A clock ticks. Outside gusts of wind bring squalls of rain. Sea and woodland birdcalls occasionally carry through the weather. Our accommodation is the old post office, one of seven refurbished dwellings, intact and comfortable amongst poignant reminders of the old mining town of Inneston. Except for occasional temporary visitors like us, it is a ghost town. Accommodation Our accommodation is comfortable. There’s heating, a complete kitchen, excellent shower facilities, a very roomy lounge dining area and a bedroom with a Queen size bed. Other restored places cater for more people than our post office. But there’s just the two of us. If you are accommodated in Inneston itself, there is not a separate entry fee. There are plenty of campsites round the park as well. Following are the seven heritage listed Inneston accommodations and two just outside. Accommodation Peak Off Peak Post office $135 $115 Engineers lodge $190 $170 Managers Lodge $190 $170 Miners Cottage $145 $115 Gatehouse Lodge $170 $135 Norfolk Lodge $190 $165 Mallee lodge $190 $265 Stenhouse Hall $450 $360 Shepherds Hut $65 $65 The weather settled a while ago and we walked round the empty town. Puddles reflected the sky, ploughs and cultivators immobilized by rust and half obscured by lush grass and wild flowers gathered in a rough line, petering out to gnarled twisted trunks of coastal mallee scribbled above the remnants of days gone by. The gypsum track wends and winds up to the manager and engineers houses, both intact and available for hire. The lake is a bright light blue from up here. In the other direction a dirt track leads to the sea and the Althorpe Islands look golden against a sky scrubbed clean by the rain. A few clouds hang dripping on the horizon. There is no noise except the rustle of leaves, the call of a bird, the ocean. And now that we’re back, the weather wheels back in from the Southern Ocean. How considerate. There’s no T.V. here but its snug and dry and warm. A clock ticks. There are things to write and books to be read. I peek outside. A forest of flowering melaleuca trees sway to the rhythm of the wind. Next door to us, rising from grass and wildflowers is the General Store, next to that the Hall and School and further along the bakery. Other dwellings trail in a rough line from there. In the other direction, slightly up hill is the plaster factory and below that leading to the lake is the sports precinct, a tennis court and cricket ground. Lapped by the lake are the remains of the Crushing and Washing Plant. Overlooking the town are the intact lodges once occupied by the company manager and engineer. Inneston, tiny as it was had almost everything, including tennis courts and a cricket oval. A lofted straight drive from the Managers House end, would have resulted in a six and ball lost in the lake. It didn’t have a pub, which probably reflected an agreed teetotaler lifestyle within the community. What is more curious though is there is no sign of a cemetery. There are stories still to be told in this remote, beautiful part of the world. Remote, yet only a few hours from Adelaide.
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Date of stay: October 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions about Inneston Heritage Accommodation
Which popular attractions are close to Inneston Heritage Accommodation?
Nearby attractions include Innes National Park (6.5 km), Marion Bay Jetty (7.9 km), and Cape Spencer Lighthouse (7.2 km).
Is parking available at Inneston Heritage Accommodation?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Inneston Heritage Accommodation?
Conveniently located restaurants include Marion Bay Tavern, Beach Break, and MBC Foods.
Are there any historical sites close to Inneston Heritage Accommodation?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Ethel Wreck Lookout (6.6 km) and Inneston Historic Walk (5.3 km).
Is Inneston Heritage Accommodation accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.