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“Secluded nature experience with all the comforts of home” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Demole River Retreat, Gaia

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Demole River Retreat, Gaia
Melbourne
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3 reviews
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“Secluded nature experience with all the comforts of home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2011

Gaia is nestled under the trees, looking out across the river to a forest of eucalypts and huge grass trees. The split-level house is clean and spacious, with views all around through its huge windows. Since Gaia is located about half an hour's drive from the last of the bitumen, you need to bring all of your food and beverages with you - there's no popping down to the shops - but this was exactly why we loved it. Goannas, echidnas, possums, wallabies and more birds than you can count constantly move through the landscape, and don't forget the lady of the house, Bella. Hand raised by Graham since she was orphaned as a joey, this cheeky kangaroo and her family provided us with hours of entertaiment. We stayed for three weeks, a mix of travelling around the island and enjoying the quiet of Gaia. This is a good location for exploring the natural wonders of KI, with Kelly Hill Caves, Seal Bay and Flinders Chase national park all within an hour's drive. Graham is a wonderful host, and we were very fortunate to time our stay during strawberry season!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2011

Travelled around K.I. over the years now and have found De Mole river retreat the most exciting package. Beautiful natural Australiana at its best. If you love animals, nature and clean air then this is for you. The accommodation is comfortable, clean and fits wonderfully with its surroundings.
Graham was a most helpful host, made us feel very welcome.
Thanks Graham.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2011

my wife and I stayed here for 2 nights in October 2011.

We loved it. This place had everything we needed/wanted and was very comfortable but it is away from everything so you need to bring food and bottled water.

The cabin has two large rooms and a very large sunken open living area with kitchen on one side and lounge on the other fronted by a large wrap around deck/balcony. Don't expect 5 star hotel accommodation - the cabin is not decked out in designer furniture and cutlery etc but it is clean and more than comfortable. The living room is very nice with very large windows looking out onto a gumtree filled small gully. It has some comfy lounges next to a fireplace well stocked with wood from the property.

We enjoyed listening to the sounds of nature which includes the nearby creek, where the cabin gets its tannin-stained water for showers etc. Wild kangaroos come right up to the back door on the balcony hoping for food and you can feed them by hand. Graham, the very nice owner, lives on the block but about 300m away so you will have complete privacy.

My recommendation: Stay at Gaia, take some wine, a good book, your ipod with your own connection cable and pick up some fresh fish in Kingscote and enjoy an evening away from everything. It is difficult to understand why some people would stay in a concrete box, in between two other concrete boxes, when you could stay here for about the same price.

If you would like to experience the Australian bush and wildlife in comfort, especially if you are a visitor to Australia, I highly recommend this place.

PS - If you have a car with low ground clearance like ours (a prius) remember to drive slow with one of your wheels in the raised centre of the track to minimise chassis scrapping.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2011

When looking for the ideal getaway on Kangaroo Island I stumbled upon "Gaia" De Mole River. What a true gem of a place, situated in remote bushland the only neighbours you will have are the very friendly kangaroo's, possums and echidna's.
At night you will be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waterfall and the river close by.
The house has everything you could possibly need, two spacious bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, BBQ on the deck, and a cosy wood burning stove for those chillier evenings.
There are plenty of books, magazines, games and a CD player for evening entertainment.
On our first day we asked Graham how to get to the beach, he invited us over to his place so we could cross his private bridge over the river up the track to the road and down to De Mole beach. The second day Graham took us to a few special lookouts where we saw a seal swimming in the sea below us before heading down to Kangaroo beach, a private beach which can only be accessed by a select few.
In all I'd say this was the most unique place we have ever stayed at and we have some very special memories of our time there.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2011

When time slows in clean air, dappled light caresses tree and limb, quiet ambiance welcomes feathered conversation, gentle breath of sleeping lover, star light again through blissful clouds, rivers babble meets dawn chorus,

The DeMole is like no other.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Reminisci
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Property: Demole River Retreat, Gaia
Address: near Cape Borda, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5223, Australia
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Region: Australia > South Australia > Kangaroo Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 51 Speciality Lodging in Kangaroo Island
Price range (per night): $180 - $260
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Your very own wildlife sanctuary in the middle of Kangaroo Island's bushland on the northwest coast. Close to private beaches, stunning bush and cliff top walks, plus fishing and swimming. A home from home. Great for nature enthusiasts, bird watchers and animal lovers. The essence of tranquility. No TV, no mobile reception, just you and nature in a comfy self contained hand built house - most of our guests don't want to leave! ... more   less 

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