Sky House - Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Even though I'd lived in Adelaide, South Australia since the age of 5, attended High School and Art School and, in 1984, finally left to explore the world at the age of 24 ... I'd never been to Kangaroo Island!

Fast forward to 2011 and a road trip of epic proportions from Sydney to Adelaide for Christmas at mum's place and then home via Mungo Lake. 

Prior to leaving we had decided that a visit to Kangaroo Island was something we both wanted to experience and after a bit of research we arrived at the Sky House and booked it for a couple of days.

Taking the car across on the ferry it's about a 25km drive from Kingscote to the house. Once you pass Snellings Beach it's a steep road up to the top of the hill and one of the most magnificent views on the island.

Sky House is a rammed-earth villa with sweeping views of the rugged coastline as far as the eye can see and on to the beach below. The slow combustion fireplace, the huge Villeroy & Boch bathtub, the internal floor heating under the bedroom/bathroom and the complete solitude keep temperatures high all year round, making this location perfect as a base to explore all Kangaroo Island has to offer.

Planting around the house adds to it's appeal

Planting around the house adds to it's appeal

The view from the deck is spectacular and in the late afternoon the local wildlife came to visit and it's common to see Western Grey Kangaroos grazing on the hillside just below the house at sunset. This one was about 10 metres from the deck of the Sky House. 

Western Grey Kangaroo at sunset

Western Grey Kangaroo at sunset

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Tony Redhead

93 Maud Street, Unley, SA, 5061, Australia