Winter at Ettrick Rocks - Roaring 40's spectacle - Front row seats only
Enjoy 7 nights of total relaxation for the price of 6.
Ettrick Rocks' retreats are located on the west coast of King Island directly in line of the roaring 40's latitude and the weather in winter can be quite blustery, moody and tempestuous. Ocean swells are so large they make you feel as if they will swallow up anything in their path. Being just 50m from the shoreline with only the wide panels of thick glazing separating you and the weather outside can be exhilarating, thrilling and yet so calming, knowing that you are protected by the retreat's aerodynamic design, kept warm by its cosy gas log fireplace, and feeling snuggly and relaxed on the comfortable chaise/sofa lounges that offer front row seats to the most spectacular theatre that only Nature can provide.... A Winter Holiday, why not!
Please contact us to book your winter holiday.
Offer Valid for Bookings between 1/6/2021 to 31/8/2021
Your Winter Haven for 7 days detailed from room to room
The Living Space
The Living space is open and free flowing. This is the space where you can be most creative or simply unwind and relax. A comfortable chaise sofa lounge large enough for guests to stretch out is appropriately positioned to take in the spectacular and uninterrupted views offered through the large floor to ceiling glass spanning the entire living area.
An upright brick chimney just wide enough to accommodate a cosy log fire, Smart TV and sound system is strategically positioned to add ambience and warmth, yet not detracting from the amazing views fronting the retreat.
The lighting system in the living area consists of an LED dimmer controlled system that can be adjusted to set your mood.
Large double glazed sliding doors connecting the outside BBQ deck to the living, kitchen and dining areas provide an integrated entertainment space with the ocean views remaining constantly the main focal point.
Point of Interest
When entering the retreats you may notice a metallic ridge line on the floor, which runs diagonally from the end of the BBQ deck to the corner end of the living area. The floor at this juncture mitres creating an arrow shape following the general aerodynamic design of the retreats. The ridge line points true west in line with the Roaring 40's latitude.
The Kitchen and Dining Area
A modern contemporary kitchen compliments the design of the retreat equipped with high quality appliances to assist with putting together some of your favourite recipes. Spacious and functional the kitchen combines floor to ceiling cabinetry that follows the smooth lines of the the raked roof with a beautifully designed kitchen island for meal preparations and those get together breakfasts. A mirrored splash-back ensures none of the action outside is missed even with one's back turned away whilst stirring the pot.
A large beautifully timber crafted dining table adds that extra touch for the lovely meals prepared by guests or served by your own exclusive chef, who can be hired for that special evening you may have in mind.
The Spacious and comfortable Bedrooms
A winter holiday at Ettrick Rocks is more than just nature's amazing theatrics. It is also about comfort, and creating a personal sanctuary for your well awaited holiday.
The bedrooms are spacious and designed to make you feel relaxed with comfortable beds, soft blankets and 5-star quality linen and pillows. There is also a large cushioned window seat, a Smart TV, wall heater and a mirrored study desk. Inside the bedroom there are many functional items that will keep you as connected or as disconnected as you wish to be to the rest of the world.
A private ensuite with floor heating adjoins the bedroom, with walk-in shower, toilet and basin. Some of the bathrooms also include an insert bathtub. A large window, with automated blinds for privacy, ensure the views remain constantly the centre of attraction
Activities and experiences to enjoy for the 7 nights
Celebrating King Island's Finest ingredients
Forage to Plate Tour* - From $300/person
Full day Foraging and Cooking Class (Min 4 people)
The tour and cooking class combines recognizing and foraging local coastal ingredients, sourcing fresh seafood from the local fishing boats and travelling back to Wild Harvest Restaurant to learn from top chef Ian Johnson. Ian will teach preparation techniques as well as how to cook and serve the sourced ingredients, which may include fresh lobster and other well know KI specialties.
Taste of King Island Experience* - From $120/person
Wild Harvest 5 Course Degustation
Showcasing King Island’s iconic ingredients including succulent KI beef, oysters, lobster and other Wild Harvest specialty dishes.
*Advance Booking required and subject to availability.
Personalised Chef & Cooking Masterclass - At your retreat
Half day - From $350/person (min two people)
Learn and interact with local chef Jai Freeman the techniques in preparing and serving the finest ingredients King Island has to offer, from mouth watering locally sourced Crayfish and other seafood varieties, succulent KI beef, tender Wild game and award winning King Island Cheeses. The final sitting of the course is to enjoy your own creation in the company of your loved ones, family or friends.
The masterclass course includes the special attention from your own private chef, hands-on techniques, dish presentation, ingredients, and the meal for your enjoyment.
Advance bookings are required. Ingredients and masterclass course subject to availability and seasonal considerations.
Relaxation and Wellbeing - In the comfort of your retreat
Personal Masseuse – Onsite – from $ 150/person
One hour sessions - Local experienced and trained masseurs can come directly to your retreat. Within minutes muscle tension is diminished, your blood circulation improves, stress levels reduced and relaxation will be maximised.
Reflexology – Foot, Hand and Facial from $120/person
One hour sessions - Reflexology is a type of massage technique that applies different amounts of pressure to the feet, hands and ears. Its aim is to calm the central nervous system, and reduce stress by stimulating circulation in order to restore energy.
Personal Yoga Coach - Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher
From $160/hr (1-2 people) and $190/hr (3-6 People) - On site
Two masters of their art Jacqui Brumley and Shimon Tchobutaru can either come to your retreat or you can join in on any of their sessions on the island during your stay (lower fees for off-site coaching). Whether you are new to yoga or experienced, you will enjoy their tuition, which brings the body & spirit into unison.
Contact us for more information
Full day sessions can include a tour of the island - on request and subject to availability - Please Enquire
Outdoor Adventure and Exploring King Island
King Island Guided Tours
King Island Hidden South Experience – minimum of 6 people*
Full day - 4WD adventure Tour– Lunch Included – from $ 230/Person
Ettrick Rocks and King Island Tours are pleased to offer our guests an adventure that showcases King Island food, nature’s coastal ingredients and locations off the beaten track.
The tour begins in Grassy and will take you off the main roads onto the pinnacle sand dunes, isolated bays and coves and other hidden destinations. Along the way learn about KI shorebirds, the 5th generation Bowling family, 7000 year old calcified forest, and the history of sealers and kelp harvesters.
* Advance booking required. Couples or singles can join an existing group. Subject to availability.
Day Tours for 5 or more people*
King Island Discovery Tour – Lunch Included – from $ 200/Person
For those just wanting a relaxed and comfortable coach tour, this is one of the better ways to travel. Explore King Island with a tour guide, who has a long generational history with the island. The tour includes lunch as well as morning and afternoon teas.
Locations include Cape Wickham, Martha Lavinia Reserve, Penny’s Lagoon, Kelp Factory, Currie township and harbour, the Boathouse "Restaurant with no food", British Admiral Beach, Naracoopa, Grassy, Seal Rocks and the 7000 year old Calcified Forest.
* Advance booking required. Please enquire if less than 5 people as we may be able to have you join an existing tour, if space permits.
Do It Yourself Tours - Where to go and what to see.
Currie is the main business hub of King Island. It is where many of the locals and visitors congregate and go to purchase provisions and eat out. Here one can meet the locals, discover the artworks of local artists, learn of King Island's history and spend some time at the Harbour and even have a meal at the iconic Boathouse, "the restaurant with no food". Some other places of interest include:
KI Arts & Cultural Centre - KI Historical Society Museum - Boathouse - Currie Harbour
King Island South West tour (2-4 hours for general sightseeing and more if exploring the nearby beaches)
A leisurely drive southward of your retreats along South Road.
Follow the map provided in our Information Booklet. If you don't have it please Contact us.
Ettrick Rocks/Ettrick River/Millers Bay
Cataraqui Memorial/Calcified Forest/Seal Rocks
Sealers Wall/Stokes Point
Explore King Island North (3-4 Hours)
The northern part of King Island has a number of delightful attractions.. Travel along North Road.
King Island Dairy Cheese Factory/Quarantine Bay/Phoques Bay/Shannon Shipwreck
Cape Wickham Lighthouse/Cape Wickham Golf Course and restaurant
Disappointment Bay/Martha Lavinia Beach/ Lake Martha Lavinia/Penny's Lagoon
Explore King Island East Coast (3-5 hours)- Grassy and Naracoopa
On the east coast of the island visit the harbour township of Grassy, the main port for the transportation of goods as well as Naracoopa and its popular jetty.
Grassy Harbour/Wild Harvest Restaurant/Penguin Rookery/Kelp Craft Shop
Naracoopa and Jetty/The Blowhole/Sea Elephant River