Wanderers Rest in American River, Kangaroo Island, Australia | Bed and Breakfast | Guest House | Country house | Guest Rooms

Set high on a hillside with breathtaking views to the distant mainland, Wanderers Rest, a small country Guest House has casual yet sophisticated ambience and natural charm in American River in South Australia.

As one of only eighteen guests, enjoy uncrowded facilities, privacy and personal attention. Cooked or continental breakfast is included in the tariff. Fresh food is prepared daily utilising as much local produce as possible. Seafood, cheeses, breads, salads and seasonal vegetables are among the Kangaroo Island foods served.

Visit the Parks, wildlife, bushwalking tracks, island foods, local artists, wildflower walks, shipwreck history. Tour and picnic with one of our local experienced guides.
(Unsuitable for children under 10 years of age)

Amenities at Wanderers Rest in American River in Australia:
Nine double suites - non smoking. Ensuite bathroom with robes. King size double or twin beds. Dual control electric blankets. Individual balconies Dining table and lounge
Colour television - remote control. Reversed cycled airconditioner ceiling fans. Well stocked mini bar. Tea and coffee making facilities. Serviced daily. Fully licensed restaurant. Guest lounge with library. Solar heated pool with spa and swim jets. Billiard room and Tour desk.

The 9 double suites are well equipped including king size beds, colour television, reverse cycle air-conditioning and an ensuite bathroom complete with hairdryer, towelling, bathrobes and complimentary toiletries.

The rooms also have a mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities and an individual balcony looking out through native trees to the placid waters beyond.

The Sealers, Saltscratchers and Shipbuilders Heritage Trail is a series of five interpretative signs located at the wharf, adjacent CFS Shed, Scenic Walkway, Muston Hill Lookout and Old Muston Jetty; relating some of the early history of 'The River'.

A pleasant afternoon or morning can be spent ambling along the 'Scenic Walk'. The track begins at the northern end of the town and is clearly marked. It is approximately a one and a half hour walk to the site of the old fish canning factory. (Ruins are still visible.)

Birdlife is prolific along the 'Walk'. Swans and Pelicans can be sighted off shore, while Robins and Blue Wrens inhabit the scrub area above the water line. Penguins live in the rocks near Ballast Head and Osprey nests each year at Ballast Head. A pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles can often be seen soaring above the gully close to the old fish cannery. A flock of rare Glossy (Redtailed) Black Cockatoos feed in American River and have a flight path from Ballast Head to the township in South Australia. They feast on the Casuarina trees, prolific in the area and long the 'Scenic Walk'. There are many other birds including Galahs, Parrots, Finches, Ibis, Spoonbills, Cormorants, Herons, Oyster Catchers, Gulls and Sea Eagles both in the township and along the 'Walk'.

From July onwards the wildflowers, including Orchids begin flowering along the 'Scenic Walk'. Many species are seen in the township itself and the Freesia with its delightful scent abounds from late July.

For the less adventurous it is well worth walking the length of the township's coast. Ducks, Swans and Pelicans abound and inquisitive Pelicans will often fly across to investigate what you are doing.

The wharf and boat ramp areas are pleasant places to stroll. Here you can watch the fishermen (amateur) bring in their catches, read the heritage sign or chat with the hopefuls as they fish from the wharf. Then continue to meander throughout the Remembrance Reserve.

There are few towns in Australia that can boast Wallabies on their roads. Wait until after dark and take a quiet stroll past the American River Hall and Post Office. Wallabies abound in this area, especially in summer when feed is scarce in the surrounding paddocks.

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Location Info


Bayview Road,
American River
South Australia
+61 8 8553 7140
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Bed and Breakfast
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9 Double Suites
The Sealers
Heritage Trails
Bushwalking Tracks
Island Foods
Local Artists
Wildflower Walks