2010 Wrap Up of Kangaroo Island Tours and Life

Let me start by saying thanks to you for all of the support that you provide for Janet, our family and team on Kangaroo Island. Despite challenging economic circumstances we have managed to come through with good results for the year. Our association with Southern Ocean Lodge is very enjoyable – customer satisfaction from Ben and Lou and their team is very high and the creative marketing from Hayley and James in Sydney dove-tails well with our activities.

In July I lead two back-to-back expeditions based at Southern Ocean Lodge. This 7 day programme provides a level of immersion not previously offered on the Island. The first departure sold out in days and the second added to cater for additional demand. Bookings are open for next year – dates are 23 – 29 July 2011.

Other fun activities have been a family holiday in a rambling old homestead out of Blinman in the Flinders Ranges and on our return hosted celebrity chefs Antonio Coluccio and Neil Perry on a famil of Kangaroo Island – I showed them a few tricks cooking King George Whiting in the bush!

On our way to Blinman we had a night as guests of Pat and Sally at Arkaba Station and enjoyed their hospitality immensely. We managed to see one of their campsites used for the extended walking programme and the swag decks look great. The landscape and wildlife encounters are fabulous. Highlights of the trip:

Seeing 4 species of Kangaroos in 20 minutes! Enjoying the results of heavy rains in February – the vegetation is in great condition as are the animals Fabulous family lunch at the Prairie Hotel in Parachilna Raiding our cellar so we could enjoy endless vistas with a great red from the verandah at sunset

Accommodation Update

Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn:

You might recall the energetic Chris and Debbie Schumann who for many years managed the Ozone Seafront Hotelin Kingscote (now Aurora Ozone). Chris, Deb and their son Alex have bought the former Country Comfort Wisteria Lodge in Kingscote and are relaunching under this new name. The property is currently undergoing a makeover and will fit into our packages in the “Hotel” category. We are preparing a bare-bones package which is touring and room only, giving guests a more cost-effective option where they can make more modest dining choices.

Kangaroo Beach Lodges:

This is a new option for people seeking a private home up on the north coast. Three very contemporary 4 bedroom/3 bathroom homes have been built overlooking remote Kangaroo Beach on the rugged north-west coast. Guests have complete access to thousands of acres of wilderness. A range of hosting and activity packages with extended walking options are currently under development.

Southern Ocean Lodge:

Despite being a very new property Southern Ocean Lodge has been shut down for a few days for a quick refresh. A comprehensive range of activities were undertaken to bring the property back up to “as new” condition.

Accomodation | Exceptional Kangaroo Island

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