From the lush Adelaide Hills to the ancient Gawler Ranges, we’ve scoured our regions to bring you South Australia’s top five cosy winter retreats.
As the thermometer drops, South Australia transforms into a winter wonderland. Cosy cottages and roaring fires beckon travellers to the Adelaide Hills while Gawler Ranges’ lunar landscape changes from deep red to moody blue. Rug-up and watch roaring waves on Kangaroo Island or retreat to a woodland paradise on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Slip on your thermals, throw on your coat and cosy-up to nature in South Australia this winter.
1. CAPE WILLOUGHBY LIGHTHOUSE, KANGAROO ISLAND
Escape to the secluded, picturesque, Cape Willoughby Heritage Lighthouse Keepers Cottages, situated on the breathtaking easternmost point of Kangaroo Island. Fully furnished and spacious, both Thomas and Seymour cottages are self-contained and offer five bedrooms, accommodating up to eight guests. Enjoy spectacular sunrises and in the evening listen to the waves crashing onto the nearby cliffs. Guided tours of the Cape Willoughby lighthouse offer fabulous 360-degree views of the rugged coastline.
2. THE KANGALUNA SWAGON, GAWLER RANGES
Experience the beautiful Gawler Ranges from Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris' characterful, rustic Kangaluna Swagon: a renovated, covered wagon complete with swag bed and see-through roof, perfect for star gazing. Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris also offer glamping tents, complete with all the creature comforts of a hotel, as well as a fantastic range of tours.
3. LIFETIME PRIVATE RETREATS, KANGAROO ISLAND
LifeTime Private Retreats offers tailored long and short term luxury private accommodation set in stunning Kangaroo Island landscapes. Wake-up each morning to rugged cliffs and empty beaches from the comfort of your very own beautifully appointed luxury villa. For an unparalleled experience, guests can select a package that includes all meals, beverages and transfers. Take your pick from the Sky House, Settlers Homestead, Cliff House or Sheoaks.
4. RIDGETOP RETREATS, FLEURIEU PENINSULA
Designed by renowned architect, Max Pritchard, Southern Ocean Retreats' Ridgetop Retreats combines cutting-edge design with the beautiful surrounds of Stringybark Forest in Deep Creek Conservation Park. Parquetry floors, bespoke stainless steel kitchen, leather sofas and cedar venetians await, as well as floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, looking out on kangaroos, birds, bandicoots, a lush forest with wildflowers and changing weather patterns. Ridgetop Retreats is centrally located in Deep Creek Conservation Park near the starting point of the Forest Circuit Walk and the Spring Wildflower Walk.
5. MOUNT LOFTY COTTAGE, ADELAIDE HILLS
Mount Lofty Cottage is a beautifully renovated historic cottage built in 1880 and located in a unique bush setting, right in the middle of Cleland Conservation Park in the Adelaide Hills. Situated 200 metres from the famous Mount Lofty Lookout, it’s close to a huge range of fantastic walking trails. Wake up each morning with kangaroos as your closest neighbours. The cottage boasts a modern interior and sleeps up to 10 people (two double rooms, one bunk room).