Wanderer's Rest have been operating on Kangaroo Island for more than 40 years and offers a family-hosted accommodation experience in a beautiful setting overlooking Eastern Cove.

Wanderer’s Rest is a family operated property with nine guest rooms situated high on a ridge overlooking Eastern Cove. The on-site restaurant is licensed and serves breakfast and dinner. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound with great birdwatching and the locality of American River offers an excellent microclimate year-round.


Wanderer’s Rest is located in American River, a small fishing village about 30 minutes drive from Kingscote Airport. American River is known for its casual atmosphere, amenable microclimate, abundance of wildlife, bird life, bushwalks, wildflowers and friendly locals. This family run property offers great hospitality with 9 rooms looking out through the trees to the waters of Eastern Cove. The restaurant caters for guests at breakfast and other patrons for evening meals.

The property is set over three levels with the dining room at the top with expansive views, the second level featuring the pool and gardens and a single detached guest room, and then the lower level has the remaining 8 guest rooms side by side.

Each of the guest rooms has king beds that can be split into two singles, and a third bed can be added for triple share. The rooms are accessed from a walkway at the rear, have en-suite bathrooms with shower and vanity and open up to individual balconies with views to the ocean.

All rooms have sea views and feature televisions, reverse cycle air-conditioning, ensuite bathroom with robes, individual balconies, mini bar, tea and coffee-making facilities and free wifi. The property also has a heated swimming pool.

American River is a great location for guests interested in natural history as the mix of low energy marine environment and a variety of vegetation types on the hillside behind the town offers habitat for a good range of birds, plants and animals which provides great viewing opportunities. Regular encounters include the endangered glossy black cockatoo, royal spoonbills, black swans, pelicans, superb blue wrens, tammar wallabies and brush-tailed possums.



Location: American River
3 Star Hotel
Children: Yes
Touring: Small Group or Private



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