"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
"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 notice...you 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
"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
"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
"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
"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