My 84 yr colleague, plus me (75) as his carer, stayed 4 nights and ENJOYED Kangaroo Island tourist offerings.
BUT for anyone in future, if u arrive on a late afternoon Ferry, as we did, stay the one night at Pennshaw or better still the Kingscote end of island. Then use at least the next full day touring en route to a mid-island base. This is because of distances to 'sights' - the Island is 150km long- travel wass slow on winding metal but sometimes poor dirt roads, and the avoidance of being on the road after dusk which is 'roadside kill' time.
We 'stayed put' at Seafront Resort and as a result did not get to visit the far end of island and its famous rock formations.
The informative, helpful Seafront 'Resort' hosts were available up to 7-9pm only, no presence at all after that.
For the elderly/infirm/handicapped, walking about, by day or in the somewhat dull evening lighting, is in my opinion an 'accident waiting to happen', on the uneven, sloping pathways that may turn slippery if really wet, yet no hand rail help. We were 'alerted' to the 'un-even path situation' and offered inside accomodation but had paid for, and preferred, the excellent self contained villa unit.
Once an extra heater was provided- as the air-con living area heating did not reach to the bedroom- we were comfortable, but walked carefully on the outside porch, as again there was a short drop/steps with no railings.
Our rate included an excellent value for money $20 full buffet breakfast. We learnt to get in early while the cooked food was still hot, since the containers never had their 'under- flames' lit. You could order 'fresh' scrambled or poached eggs cooked on the spot.
For other meals you had to exit the 'Resort'.
After 7.30pm the only 'late night' food was at the nearby Hotel, provided by, we understand, the same 'proprietors/owners as the 'Resort'. The Hotel offered very good food choices prepared by two excellent chefs, with reasonable pricing supported by average, jovial, serving staff.
I could go on - if you want to do Kangaroo Island maybe give Seafront a miss or one night only.
'Resort' is certainly a 'misnomer'.
Our tour highlights -
-The journey from Pennshaw or Kingscote to visit Jenny at her Honey farm and the nearby Eucalypt Distillery and the 'American River' enclave
-Seal Cove and its walk-about to the beach and the en-route 'Birds of Prey' demo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Seafront is perfectly situated in Penneshaw - Gateway to Kangaroo Island, and overlooks the magnificent Backstairs Passage. Kangaroo Island is totally unspoilt with white beaches, stunning coastlines and home to an abundance of wildlife. If you're looking for four-star accommodation in an idyllic setting, this is surely the place, located on the Esplanade just 500 metres from the Sealink Ferry Terminal. The Kangaroo Island Seafront has 16 rooms and 12 Villas.....Choose from the 4star Sea Front Rooms with spectacular views and private balcony, 4star Sorrento's rooms located upstairs in the original guest building or the sanctuary of our Deluxe Villas. Bringing the family? Why not stay in one of our 1, 2 or 3 bedroom Villas. FREE WiFi for all our guests ... more less
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