Aurora Australis - Spectacular Light show at Ettrick Rocks

You have a truly gorgeous place, we were very lucky to see Aurora Australis last night, very special!

Comments and photo above, courtesy of guests Rebecca - May 2024

You may often hear someone say, "the photos don't do it justice!". Well this can't be any truer for this slice of heaven. My wife and I spent our 10 year anniversary here and it was such an incredible experience to stay at Ettrick Rocks. From the lead up to our stay, Sam's communication and help was exceptional. When we arrived at the house, we were in awe, not only of the surroundings but also of the house itself. The way this house was designed, the layout really does take advantage of the view. Whether you're enjoying a wine in the living area, reading a book on the bedroom daybed, lounging on the coach or even having a bath, you can see the beautiful waves crashing along the shoreline wherever you look. 

The inclusions are brilliant here. Sam and Angela have gone to great lengths thinking about every little thing to make the stay at their place so comfortable. High quality shampoos and soaps, breakfast provisions, coffee pods, everything you need kitchen utensils/appliance wise and detailed instructions for appliances - you name it they've thought to include it.The cleaner did an exceptional job preparing it for our arrival. We've stayed in many places over the years and this was without a doubt the most spotless and clean one we've ever stayed in.

When we arrived, Sam took his time to offer a friendly phone chat and went over everything to ensure we knew how to operate what we needed to enjoy the place to it's potential. He is such a nice bloke to deal with and it's obvious he takes great pride in providing excellent customer service and in ensuring that his guests are happy.

Sipping some nice Tasmanian wine and having some delicious King Island cheese, while you chat to a loved one and take in that view is a newly discovered pleasure of life. There's a TV but you won't need it.

Thanks so much Sam and Angela for a wonderful stay. We can't wait to come back to King Island and look forward to staying there once again.

Comments, courtesy of guests James and Amy - April 2024

We spent a magnificent Easter weekend on King Island at the beautiful Australina property.

I can’t quite put into words how gorgeous the property and surrounds are. The house has all the mod cons for you to be able to spend afternoons and evenings cooking up the terrific island produce and watching the most beautiful sunsets.

The wildlife is at your doorstep too with lots of tame wallabies bouncing around as you sit on the front deck. 

It’s the perfect retreat to come back to after a day of exploring the island. The comfiest beds to give you a great night sleep with stunning views to wake up to. We would recommend Ettrick Rocks to anyone! 

Comments and photos above, courtesy of guests Amber and Family - March 2024

Absolutely fabulous!

A peaceful, spectacular setting and stunning architecture provide comfort, luxury and uninterrupted views, from all rooms, of the ocean and Ettrick rocks, pounding waves, glorious sunsets, amazing clouds and full moon.

Generous breakfast supplies and a delicious welcoming platter are supplied by Sam and Angela. Sam is a most gracious host who responds immediately to requests and questions.

The wallabies and birds are the icing on the cake. We all loved it all.

Thanks Sam and Angela for sharing it with us.

Comments and above photos, courtesy of guests Estelle and Family - November 2023

King Island and Ettrick Rocks is one of the most beautiful, wild and magical places we have ever been.

There is nothing to do and everything to do. 

Three generations of our family (including Mum who celebrated her 84th birthday while here) just spent 2 weeks at Ettrick Rocks in both the 2 and 3 bedroom houses. The accomodation is superb, has everything you could ask for and Sam and Angela made everything exceptional and so easy.

We wanted to get away from our busy lives and have some real down time. While 2 weeks may seem a long time in winter, it gave us the ability to really experience and explore King Island and get into a rhythm of exploring and relaxing. There are so many amazing experiences and in winter no one here. Whether it’s the raw beauty of seal rocks, the amazing disappointment bay and its incredible beach, the mind-blowing Cape Wickham lighthouse and golf course (we do not play golf but had lunch there and walked the course!) King Island is amazing.

And who can go past the King Island Beef and King Island cheese and pizza at the Brewrey! And if all that fails just relax at Ettrick Rocks and be mesmerised by the waves, the roaring forties and the raw beauty of it all.

One of our best holidays ever!

Comments and above photos, courtesy of guests Martijn, Jane and Family - July 2023

Unforgettable, Breathtaking, Soul Recharging, is how I would describe our 5 night stay at Ettrick Rocks- Caladenia the 3 bedroom retreat.

The day we arrived at Ettrick Rocks we were greeted with mouth-watering Tasmanian provisions and best of all - spectacular wall to wall, floor to ceiling views of blue seas with large mesmerising waves rolling and crashing onto rugged rocks from anywhere we stood within the retreat. WOW is all we could say from the moment we set foot within the retreat.

Waking up to the breathtaking views of the deep blue sea from the bedroom or lounging on the comfy couch in the living room, hearing the white noise of the waves created a soothing ambience that simply recharged our soul each day.  

We spent many hours connecting as a family, watching the views through the binoculars, wandering across the road to explore the multi coloured shore line, stunning shells, mini waterfalls cascading from the green hills to the shore line, climbing rocks, driving to and exploring the gorgeous sights on the island, all in all making wonderful family memories without the interruption of the dreaded mobile phone. A nature lover and photographer’s paradise.

My golf loving husband’s experience at Cape Wickham Golf Links lived up to his expectations. Stunning views, great golf course, only lost one ball and a not too bad final golf score!

Finally Sam and Angela were amazing hosts who went well beyond what is expected. They have thought of everything a person could want for a tranquil, stress free, chill out vacation. From the super comfy sofas, cook’s dream kitchen, king size super soft beds, reader’s/daydreamer’s haven bedroom window bay seat, heated bathroom flooring, gorgeous gas log fire place, superb sound speakers and much more. Just heavenly.

All in all a magnificent week at a magnificent retreat, in a magnificent location. You cannot put a dollar figure on what this experience has meant for me and my family. Thank you Sam and Angela and King Island, we will be returning next year without a doubt.

Comments and above photos, courtesy of guests Lucy, Rick and Allysha - May 2023


We splurged on this place to celebrate our wedding anniversary and fell in love with it.

It really is as stunning, if not more, than the photos show, and Sam was an absolute super host. Had great suggestions before hand for restaurants to book into, ask questions to personalise the food provided for us, provided suggestions for day trips during the stay and checked in to make sure everything was as planned.

The place was so wonderful, we seriously could have just stayed at the house the whole time. Thank you Sam, we can’t wait to come over again.

Comments courtesy of guests Genevieve and Steve - March 2023

I've just spent a long weekend at Pimelea, the one bedroom retreat at Ettrick Rocks.

Yes, it is absolutely luxurious accommodation but more than that, it’s magical. The location on the headland surrounds you with a front row seat of the captivating, other worldly King Island coastline. The wind, the crashing waves and the eerie spirit of those who’ve come to grief in long ago ships on the rugged coast. You will not believe the air you breath which flows uninterrupted around the bottom of the world.

To call Pimelea at Ettrick Rocks accommodation is doing it a disservice, it’s more an embrace of comfort. With everything you hadn’t yet thought you might like already catered for in the most elegant way.

Three days at Ettrick Rocks feels like a total relaxation reset. 

Comments courtesy of guest Kate - March 2023

The setting speaks for itself!

Absolutely breathtaking views, quiet, private, serene.

I felt right at home, plenty of naps to the sound of the ocean, red wine whilst watching the sunset and an evening cooking King Island beef on the BBQ - absolute bliss!


Comments courtesy of guests Lisa and Matt - February 2023

Absolutely spectacular!

From the stunning architecture of the house to the unspoiled vistas of Ettrick Rocks we could not have asked for more.

Our breakfast was delicious and Sam was a most gracious host.

Highly recommend you stay there if you are looking for an unforgettable memory on King Island.


Comments courtesy of guests Susan and Friends- January 2023

Sam and Angela, you have created such a welcoming stunning experience to be proud of.

Your hospitality is outstanding!



Comments courtesy of guests Matt and Cazz - November 2022

Wow! What’s a stunning place.

One of the nicest places we have stayed. Everything was perfect.

Highly recommended!


Comments courtesy of guests Rebecca and Friends- November 2022

Congratulations on such an incredible development at Ettrick Rocks!

Ed and I have enjoyed many wonderful holiday destinations over the years but I have to say that our five nights on King Island have been a real stand out!

The views of the wild coastline and landscapes from your property are certainly deserving of the great architecture and quality of construction that you have employed to build your retreats. 

Entering our accommodation for the first time was nothing short of breathtaking! The walls of glass open you up to the ever changing vista of the ocean and rugged rocks all the while creating a warm and protected atmosphere within the accommodation. Great furniture added to our comfort- we particularly loved your selection of the hardwood tables and chairs.

I don’t think that I have felt more relaxed than the couple of afternoons spent on the daybed looking out over the ocean with the sun streaming through the glass whilst the rain was actually blowing onto the window. 

We greatly appreciated the quality of the bedding and towels along with the provisions you provided for our stay. We would also like to acknowledge the wonderful work done by your cleaner to ensure that the accommodation was presented in a manner that I am sure you would both expect.

We were fortunate to spend time with Andrew Raff from Raff Angus and witness the extraordinary work his family are doing to develop their organic beef cattle stud on the island after many years of farming in drought prone Queensland. We also tasted their organic grass fed King Island lamb which goes down as the best lamb we have ever eaten!

We look forward to returning to Ettrick Rocks- on an annual basis if we can arrange it- and definitely for at least a week next visit- if not longer.

So thanks to you both for such a wonderful getaway destination.

Comments courtesy of guests Kim and Ed - September 2022

The most beautiful Airbnb!!

Everything about this place is exceptional. The location, the finishes, the provisions, everything was impeccable. We stayed for 3 nights and would have loved to stay more.

Sam and Angela were amazing hosts and so great to communicate with. They gave us some local tips and were very helpful with any questions we had about the island. We can’t recommend this place enough!


Comments courtesy of guests Emma and Family - September 2022

The property is absolutely fantastic - clean, new and well appointed.

A great design that maximises the fantastic views and in a great location where the seashore is but a few minutes walk.

Sam was a great host who explained the property's many features very well.


Comments courtesy of guests Dallas and Family - August 2022

Probably the best accomodation on King Island. The property has three villas in a gorgeous location about 200m from the shoreline. We stayed in the one bedroom (Pimelea) and from the beginning we were impressed by the quality of construction and the thought that went into the planning.

The building is specifically designed to take advantage of the spectacular location showcasing the wild nature that surrounds it. Virtually 90% of the walls are glass making you feel like you are one with the nature. However ….it is double glazed glass making for great insulation from both the weather and the sound of the wild waves on the rocks.

The villa is set to be fully self contained with Miele appliances , gas fireplace and thermostat controlled panel heater in the bedroom. The bathroom has underfloor heating and is fitted with both shower and a bath …..with a view. The king size bed is very comfortable.

Everything in the unit is button operated….including all the blinds.

In summary, it is one of the best remote accomodation that we encountered.

Sam is a very good host and very communicative. The produce provided in the welcome pack were high quality and sourced on King Island . He even made the effort to provide lactose free milk and gluten free crackers for my wife. Thank you. 

Comments courtesy of guest Calin - June 2022

We and two other couples recently stayed at Caladenia for five nights, and had a great time touring around King Island and watching huge seas rolling in from the warm comfort of this lovely house. We found everything to be as hoped - excellent accommodation and facilities, great location, wonderful views, etc. It is obviously a moderately expensive stay, but proved to be one of those happy instances where we felt that the cost was well justified. We thoroughly recommend Caladenia and will certainly return to Caladenia when we next visit King Island. Andrew

Comments courtesy of guests Andrew and friends - May 2022

Wow, just wow. We had stayed about 18 months ago on King Island and all 6 of us fell in love.  King Island goes at a different pace, and you can totally relax. The last house we stayed at was stunning, so I wasn’t sure if Ettrick Rocks was going to live up to it. But it certainly did.

We arrived too early to check in, so stopped in at the bakery for some pies and drinks, yum!  Then across the road to check out the Op shop, the fishing and a wander around the IGA and Foodworks.

Still too early so we headed to Naracoopa for some fishing. Dropped the rod in and bam, fish within 20 seconds. The boys were delighted. 17 fish later and we got the call that the house was ready for us.

We drove up and thought this is nice.  Pulled up to the back door and being able to see right through to the ocean, wow.  Everything inside is just lovely.  The location is beautiful and the house compliments it.

Sam and Angela have thought of everything.  Extra towels, ingredients, breakfast provisions, everything. Even some wine and a cheese platter.

The place was so comfy, allowing us to explore the island from Martha Lavinia beach to the penguins in Grassy, and loads of fishing and come home to relax on the couch with the beautiful view.

If you ever think of opening an airbnb or that type of property, come and check out Ettrick rocks to learn how.

So friendly, helpful and the place is just stunning.  I only have one complaint.  I booked too late and could only get 2 nights.  We’ll definitely be back!!

Comments and photos above courtesy of guests Diana & Peter and Family - April 2022

"Situated in a stunning position overlooking an ever-changing ocean, the property is beautifully presented, has a stunning design and all furnishings are incredibly comfortable and functional.

Sam and Angela were consummate hosts, we adored our stay."

Comments courtesy of guests Sian and Alex - March 2022

"Wow what an amazing experience. Where else can you free dive in the front yard for Crays!

Sam and his team were professional and communicated everything we needed. Absolutely beautiful location that had the most amazing surrounds."

Comments courtesy of guests Nathan and Touring Group- January 2022

"There's lots of places that get 5 stars, this place really deserves it.

Brilliant communication, lots of food options during booking, the views are to die for, beautiful accommodation.

Definitely our best Airbnb experience to date."


Comments courtesy of guest Tim and partner- January 2022

"A stunning location perched above the rugged and dramatic coastline. Ever changing views as the weather changes.

Helpful and friendly host. Attractive, modern and well appointed accommodation with everything you need.

Close enough to Currie for conveniences but far enough away for peace and quiet creating a very relaxing environment.

We will definitely go back to Ettrick Rocks."

Comments courtesy of guests Richard and Family- December 2021


"An unexpected visitor decided, whose ancestors had not been procreating on the island for more than 200 years, to get a closer look at the Ettrick Rocks' retreats fronting the Great Southern Ocean on the western coastline of King Island. The secluded coves and the protection of the rocky outcrop was an inviting venue for this furry elephant seal.

The first seal being born on King Island after 200 years was reported in 2015 with hope that more will begin to take refuge on the wonderful shores of King Island.

This was a rare sight at our location and we hope the beginning of an elephant seal settlement at Ettrick Rocks.

We thank our guest Cath Carroll for sharing her photos with us."


Photos courtesy of guests Cath Carroll and Anthony Lloyd from Curious Us - December 2021

"Thanks for the incredible stay.

My wife and I needed some much earned downtime after a hectic first half of the year and needed to get away from our daily grind. Ettrick Rocks surely delivered and exceeded all of our expectations. From the impeccably designed retreat to the breathtaking and forever changing views, we were always spoilt for choice and were able to relax from night 1.

Sam and Angela’s hospitality was always prevalent, from helpful pre-checkin advice to above and beyond service, we always felt looked after. We will recommend this place to our friends and will certainly be back here soon. "

Comments and Photos below courtesy of guests Corey and Barbara - July 2021

"Sam and Angela’s retreat is a place to recharge, reconnect with your favourite people and escape what is going on in the world.

I have no words for the view, it makes all your troubles melt away. You can sit on the lounge all day and never tire of the view.

The beds are super comfortable, bathroom floors heated, a toasty fire place and beach walks where you won’t see a soul. As the day turns to night expect a beautiful sunset on a clear day and friendly visits from the wallabies.

If time allows you could easily spend a week here . We will definitely be back."

Comments courtesy of guests Dee and Family - June 2021

"We just wanted to thank you SO much for our fabulous stay at Caladenia the past four days. We loved every minute in your luxurious and beautifully designed retreat, which it absolutely is in every definition of the word!

From the initial booking process and subsequent communication with you, our check in, thorough briefing, the well-appointed and thoughtful layout of the property, the minimalist but luxurious furnishings we truly felt like we were in a remote Tasmanian paradise .... AND then there is the spellbounding, spectacular view from literally every direction !!!

We have returned to lockdown in Sydney but feeling totally revitalised and rejuvenated and so fortunate to have had our wonderful visit to King Island. Thank you very much!"

Comments courtesy of guests Ange and Friends - June 2021

"Our arrival on King Island coincided with a cold front from the Antarctic - gale force winds, driving rain and mountainous seas. Nestled strong and secure in the face of this wild weather was our home for the next 7 days, the stunningly beautiful 2 bedroom retreat  'Australina'. 

Cheese and wine, courtesy of our hosts Sam and Angela, in front of the fire looking out at a stormy sea and dramatic sky was more than breathtaking - we were immediately drawn into the perils of early settlement and the legacy of shipwrecks along the island's rocky shores. 

Two days of wild weather were followed by sunshine, calm seas and constant shifts in light and clouds. Beachcombing and exploring rocky shores and secret, sandy coves revealed many natural treasures. Constantly changing light, sea and sky made returning by 4pm for sunset and emergence of the Bennetts Wallabies a must.

There are so many pathways for gaining a feel for the island and its people. Exploring its wilderness coastline and learning about its early history; sampling King Island produce; and a superb degustation fine dining experience at Wild Harvest meant our days were full and our evenings relaxed and comfortable. Sam and Angela could not have done more to help make our time on the Island a truly memorable experience." 

Comments courtesy of guests Virginia & Alec - June 2021

"Sam and Angela have created the perfect wilderness retreat. Their beautiful, luxurious accommodation has been constructed in such a way that it coexists harmoniously with its surrounding landscapes. 

The thoughtfully positioned property allowed us to sink into its luxury without missing out on the scenery and wildlife abutting it. Eagles at eye-level was a definite highlight—the majestic creatures are definitely not a rarity in these parts! Counting wallabies and magpies quickly became routine when walking to any nearby destination. 

Ettricks Rocks is a perfect getaway for anyone wanting to relax and rejuvenate in style. We will most definitely be back!"

Comments and Photos below courtesy of guest Pieter van der Woude - Tasmanian Boat Charters - February 2021

"Ettricks Rocks are most definitely luxury retreats! Hosting culinary tours globally there are few places I have stayed where the juxtaposition between our luxury retreat and the dramatic wild landscape is so breathtaking.

The Island itself exceeded our expectations. The locals are so warm and  friendly ensuring your time there is special. The King Islanders we connected with were entrepreneurial, not just running one business but often two or three!  Wild Harvest Restaurant and King Island Tours with Chef Ian are a must do. Cape Wickham Golf Course another must (even for a hacker), the scenery is spectacular and a visit to HH Distillery and a tasting with Heidi tops the day off. 

Plan your time to enjoy the late afternoon and evenings at Ettrick Rocks, you just won't want to leave. One of the places I've stayed that you don't feel you are missing out on a thing if you stayed in all day.

Sam & Angela were brilliant hosts and need to be congratulated on building luxury accommodation of this standard on a remote island. 

I look forward to our return."

Comments and Photos below, courtesy from Tania Sibrey - Food I Am Culinary & Cultural Tours - February 2021

"Stunning views, a superbly designed and built home, the most comfortable beds.......and the food already there for our arrival just perfect. 

We had such a fabulous trip and will be booking it again. You have done a wonderful job, nothing else needed!!

Many thanks  and thank you for the lovely wooden bowl which we will now use as our key bowl at home. 

Thanks Sam we will be back."

Comments and Photos below courtesy of guests Miffy and Family, Vic - January 2021

"Thank you for an absolutely wonderful stay in your beautiful accommodation.  It was everything and more than your website depicted!  Everything was so tastefully and thoughtfully done from the welcoming King Island cheese platter and Tasmanian Pinot Noir to the well equipped kitchen, lounge, bedroom to the bathroom, with views from every room!  There just simply wasn't enough time to just soak up the magnificent views of the ever changing ocean vista.  We were hard pressed to leave every day to explore King Island!  We would love to come back - but this time, to just veg and not move!"

Comments and Photo courtesy of guests Mike and Mandy, Queensland - January 2021

"WOW ... just WOW. We spent 3 nights in the 2 bedroom retreat at Ettrick Rocks in January. From the moment we stepped in the door we were blown away by the location, view and quality of this amazing property. You step into a world just metres from the shoreline with breaking waves on the rocks with spectacular views of a pristine coastline. 

We cooked every night and used the great kitchen facilities and bbq, bed was super comfy, quality of the linen was first class and provisions including generous local cheese platter and breakfast provisions meant you only really needed to buy dinner provisions if not eating out. 

Currie 15 minutes away had 2 supermarkets including some great local wines, an exceptional butcher with amazing King Island beef and a great Bakery, Pharmacy and Pub for a cold beer. If you want local seafood you can order at Foodworks, just give them 24 hours won't be disappointed when you pick up your super fresh seafood. 

Sam and Angela could not do enough to make our stay amazing including booking golf and sharing any local knowledge. Make sure you visit Disappointment Bay and Quarantine Bay.

4WD recommended and if you are going for the day take a picnic lunch. You will not be disappointed when you arrive at paradise and please make sure you take any rubbish with you when travelling around. King Island is pristine and as visitors we need to keep it that way. We will be back."

Comments and Photos below courtesy of guests Mark and Lana - January 2021

Sunset at Ettrick Rocks - Caladenia

"We have just had 5 splendid nights in Caladania which is all we hoped for & more .....a modern, well designed, luxury beach house.

Sam & Angela were “super hosts” & arranged everything we needed to make our stay stress free with breakfast provisions, easy to follow island tour & restaurant recommendations.

Be sure to book a reflexology session with Anne Love, a table at Oleada Bistro in Currie & lunch at the Wickham Golf Links - the latter if only for the superb coastal view."

Comments and Photo courtesy of guests Colin and Richard - December 2020

Beautiful Sunset at Ettrick Rocks - Australina

"We had the pleasure of staying four nights at Ettrick Rocks on King Island!  Such a beautiful location and the house and property were exceptional – everything we could need and hope for, during our wonderful stay. 

During the days, we visited the many sites across the island and were able to learn about the history, enjoy the abundance of wildlife and meet many of the locals.  Sam and Angela organised a booking for us at Cape Wickham Golf Course – the golf became secondary to the view and experience!  We enjoyed our wedding anniversary lunch at Wild Harvest Restaurant – another great recommendation from Sam and Angela! 

At the end of each day, we came home to Ettrick Rocks, relaxed in front of the fireplace, enjoyed our King Island cheese and Tasmanian Pinot Noir and watched the waves from the Southern Ocean crash over the rocks and the magnificent sunsets.  A great experience."

Comments and Photo courtesy of guests Peter and Peta - December 2020

"Caladenia is something out of the movies !! We felt like celebrities in our robes and slippers and with all the fancy finishing touches like heated bathroom floors, automatic blinds, fireplace & coffee machine. Having the fridge and pantry already stocked was an extra bonus. Sam was also super helpful with assisting with car hire and always promptly replied to any questions we had. If you want a fancy getaway off the grid for some downtime, this place is spot on !!"

Janene and Family - November 2020

"An amazing place to be to just switch off and breathe. We live pretty busy lives and it usually takes us a few days to unwind - we were completely relaxed by our first evening. The hospitality and little touches make it even more. From the welcome hamper to the local information of whats where was the cherry on top."

Michelle and Family - November 2020

“In a world that is swirling with chaos, Ettrick Rocks is a sanctuary to reprieve & replenish. I loved the juxtaposition of the rugged wild landscape providing an ever-changing dramatic view while tucked away in complete luxury with every need preempted. I came to King Island with an open mind but never expected how idyllic it would be for an adventure away. I came for work but I am adamant I will return for pleasure”

Skye Campbell, Freelance producer on assignment for Tourism Tasmania - September 2020


Ettrick Rocks aerial view Guest Photo

"I had not visited King Island previously, however, it has been on my bucket list for some time. As I have an interest in aviation, the flight to the Island from Melbourne with Rex was an exciting start to the holiday. Arrival provides an aerial view of the Island, much better than driving into a new location.

I also have an interest in photography and the Island did not disappoint, even if one did not venture far from the accommodation. The standard of the units exceeded my expectations. Well appointed, with great views to the west over the ocean. Cloud sunset photographs every evening!

Even though Ettrick Rocks provides a break from work-life, one can still be connected to the world, or one can read a book in quiet comfort. For a little more adventure, some rock climbing on the foreshore is available a short distance away.  

The cheese platter on arrival was most appreciated, no need to look for supplies on arrival. Highly commended."

Comments and Photo courtesy of guest David - March 2020


Tea Trees King Island Ettrick Rocks guest photo

"If you want to get away from the demands of daily life, Ettrick Rocks is the place to visit.

Fantastic location, looking over the ocean to the west, it is quiet, yet not too far from Currie.

The accommodation is lovely and modern, beautifully presented and equal to anything that I have stayed in many international holidays.

The generous wine/cheese platter and breakfast options is a nice touch."

Comments and Photo courtesy of guest Jane - January 2020