De Mole River Retreat on Kangaroo Island's northwest coast is the perfect bush hideaway. Unique in its remoteness the setting is tantilisingly tranquil and has incredible access to nature whilst still managing to be a home from home. This is heaven for nature enthusiasts and a have for those wanting to escape the crowds. Tucked into the heart of the island's bush land, this unspoiled and peacful sanctuary has something to offer everyone whether adventure, romance, family fun or simply the need to chill. With the best the island has to offer, be it wildlife, birds, beaches or bushwalks, the De Mole River Retreat has it all.
Like your very own mini wildlife reserve - we cater to nature lovers, eco-tourists, walkers, photographers and those just wanting to get away for it all. This idyllic spot is not on the tourist route and not easy to find but guests wanting a truly amazing experience are never deterred.
Having abundant wildlife on your doorstep is only one great facet of the Gaia experience. For those wanting to explore there are many rewards awaiting you: from waterfalls to secluded beaches, from bushwalks to endlessly dramatic coastal views. You won't be disappointed.
Walking: There are many walks around the area, whether an easy stroll to KI's rugged rocky cliff top, a more challenging bushwalk through the scrub, or a wander down the creek past waterfalls and waterholes to De Mole River Mouth.
Beaches and swimming: We have access to Kangaroo Beach (short drive), one of the most beautiful secluded beaches on the Island. A fantastic beach for kids to snorkel, boogey board in the gentle surf or to poke around the various rock pools. Peaceful, picturesque and strangely poetic.
Fishing: KI is well known for being one of South Australia's top fishing spots. At De Mole River Retreat you can fish from the beaches, but if you want a day at sea why not charter a boat with Kangaroo Island Fishing Adventures www.kifishing.com. A really unique experience at Gaia is to fish for your own marron (delicious fresh water crustacean) from the river.
Photography: Whether you are amateur or pro there's always something to photograph. From all creatures great and small, to flowers and oddly shaped trees, from panoramic landscapes to dramatic skies of pristine blue, stormy grey or shining stars. The difficulty is to put the camera down!
Trips around the island: There is a lot to do and see on KI within driving distance. Days out could include a trip to Seal Bay, exploring the sites of Flinders Chase National Park, checking out the north coast beaches and bays, or, for those of you interested in the local produce, a day tasting KI's delicious produce of wine, honey or cheese. Much of this you can find in the links below.
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