Do you want to get away from it all – we mean, really get away from it all?

These luxury Kangaroo Beach Lodges, on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, are one hour away from the island’s capital on the rarely-visited north-west corner. Here the country is wild, with the highest sea cliffs in Australia. How rugged… and romantic. 

It gets better. The three lodges can only be accessed by private road through De Mole River Farm, an 8000-acre cattle property, and are set on pastured slopes, far away from each other for utterly peaceful seclusion and uninterrupted views of the craggy coast.

Housing up to eight guests each, these Phil Harris-designed hideaways are comfortably spacious, with all the mod-cons (touch-control lighting, iPod docks, wi-fi, plasma screens, cable TV) and bespoke furnishings. The lounge area and breezeway are perfect for enjoying each other’s company as well as the vistas.

Although the lodges are fully self-contained, a stocked pantry with fresh local produce can be arranged – Woolies might be a little hard to find in this neck of the woods. And if you’re a one-dish trickster (or just want to sit back and relax), you can also take advantage of the chef for a fully-catered stay.

Beyond the comforts of the lodge is a wild playground. Take a walk to meet the locals – kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, cockatoos, eagles and ospreys – or explore the underworld. The north-west coast is famous for gropers, leafy sea dragons and you may even spot visiting dolphins and seals. And, in the bay next to Kangaroo Beach, you will find a shipwreck just waiting to be explored. One to add to the list, no?

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