Harsh conditions and rocky shores surrounding Kangaroo Island have been the cause for many shipwrecks and lives lost, and today three of the lighthouses dotted around the island offer heritage accommodation in the original keepers’ cottages. These absolute beauties are budget friendly, cosily appointed and magnificently positioned. Constructed from 2000 individual pieces of local stone, the National Heritage-Listed Cape du Couedic with its whitewashed look has trim little cottages to rent.
The impressive Admirals Arch is right before it and Remarkable Rocks just a short drive away. What was once an isolated lighthouse now graces the main sightseeing drag of the island, which by world standards is still far-flung. Dudley Peninsula to the far east of the island is home to the squat 155-year-old Cape Willoughby lighthouse, with quaint red-roofed accommodation charming to some, a little too twee for others.
One of the three cottages acts as a museum, while the spacious Seymour Cottage is a royal treasure to stay at (it’s fitted with a porcelain antique bathtub, every girl’s delight). The third keepers’ quarters is at Cape Borda, the only square lighthouse in SA. It retains a Deville lantern room (one of only three in Australia to do so) and is home to a mini canon for defence and for sounding in especially heavy fog. Today the canon fires away daily – just another interesting element of your day as a lighthouse keeper.
“UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION IN A BRILLIANT SETTING. YOU’LL DEFINITELY FEEL LIKE YOU’VE GOTTEN AWAY FROM IT ALL.” – Richard I’Anson
WHERE // Cape Willoughby lighthouse is on the easternmost point of Kangaroo Island, Cape Borda lighthouse is on the northwest on the top edge of Flinders Chase NP, and Cape du Couedic is on the southwest edge.
DID YOU KNOW? // On the day Cape du Couedic opened, the weather was so bad that the ship carrying the official “switching on” party wasn’t able to land – so the ceremony was carried out remotely via signals while the ship hovered offshore.