I have to admit that I didn’t know much about Kangaroo Island, except that it had great local produce and stunning scenery. That was enough to pique my interest, so when I saw a voucher for a two night stay at Blue Ray Lodge, including home-cooked dinner and breakfast and a half-day farm and winery tour, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to find out more about the Island. We arrived on a gloriously warm weekend in September, and after stepping onto the tarmac at Kingscote Airport, I quickly realised that my winter coat was completely unnecessary. After a quick tour of Kingscote, the largest town on the island, we headed to Blue Ray Lodge at Penneshaw to be greeted with this amazing view.
We were shown around the accommodation by Lisa, our friendly host and chef. Blue Ray Lodge is a spacious, light-filled three-bedroom house that can be shared by up to three couples. Our bedroom features an ensuite with underfloor heating, a walk-in wardrobe and floor-to-ceiling windows to take full advantage of the gorgeous ocean views over Kangaroo Headland. The queen bed was super comfy; I must have slept for close to 10 hours every night!
From our bedroom, there is direct access to the outdoor deck and alfresco dining.
The large kitchen dominates the open plan living/dining area which also looks out onto the lush green grass and hypnotic blue ocean. The wood fire keeps us warm as the temperature dropped to 3° at night, and the deep couches are perfect for curling up with a good book.
Lisa makes us a gourmet three-course dinner on our first night – a delicious poached egg and pan-fried haloumi salad, fillets of King George Whiting and carrot cake with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream – and follows this up the next morning with a tasty big breakfast of poached eggs (from her own chickens) on toast with bacon, potato, mushrooms and tomato.
See here for part two of my Kangaroo Island trip for photos of the Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch and an amazing honey ice cream.
- Blue Ray Lodge was a wonderful place to stay – modern and spacious, comfortably furnished and with breathtaking ocean views.
- Lisa was extremely friendly and helpful, and as a Kangaroo Island local, she was able to offer many suggestions as to where to go and what to do on the Island to make the most of our visit. Not to mention, being an extremely talented cook – all of our meals tasted amazing!
- The Lodge is located in Penneshaw, a few minutes drive from the ferry terminal or a 40-50min drive from Kingscote Airport. Flinders Chase National Park is all the way at the other end of the Island (some 150km), so bear that in mind when planning your itinerary.
Blue Ray Lodge
117 Buick Rd
Penneshaw SA 5222
T: +61 (0)417 856 130
W: Blue Ray Lodge