Kangaroo Island's Perfect Hideaway
Experience our Coastal Seclusion and Spectacular Views
Welcome to Antechamber Bay Retreats: two homestead getaways offering captivating views of Kangaroo Island's eastern shores.
Overlooking the dramatic vista of Backstairs Passage, Antechamber Bay is one of South Australia’s finest coastal havens. With expansive native bush and bountiful wildlife it’s a locale of rare seclusion and spectacle – all crowned by four unspoilt kilometres of white-sand beach.
Since 1999 the Gilfillan family have welcomed visitors to this cherished corner of Kangaroo Island - home to their 3500 acre working farm. Historically known as Creek Bay, the property was first settled in the 1820s by two great KI legends: English sealer and whaler Nat Thomas and his Tasmanian Aboriginal wife Betty.
With the privacy and comfort of two distinctive cottages – Nat's and The Kona – you can share in Creek Bay’s unique heritage as South Australia's oldest continuous farming estate and a living slice of maritime history.
Both Nat's and The Kona offer everything you could want in a coastal retreat: spacious, welcoming accommodation; stunning views with intimate outdoor connections – plus the freedom to walk, swim and relax amid nature in a bay like no other.
Each property is fully self-contained, with contemporary kitchens and outdoor barbecue facilities. Should you prefer a catered-for experience, we offer in-house catering from an extensive menu – featuring our own Southrock Lamb – by arrangement.
What Our Guests Say
We had a big family gathering and rented both houses at Antechamber Bay Retreats. The setting is amazing. You look out on the ocean surrounded by sheep, occasional kangaroos, and beautiful birdlife. The houses worked out perfectly for us with plenty of space for kids to play outside or walk to the beach. We could barbecue every night and sit around a campfire under the beautiful night sky. Kona was updated and very comfortable with two bathrooms. Nats has more of a historic feel and is even closer to the coast. Both houses have an amazing view.
We have returned to Antechamber Bay Retreats seven times. We drive over from Tasmania, which already says a lot for the allure of this Kangaroo Island gem! The Kona is our Kangaroo Island "home away from home" in every sense. The setting is idyllic and the seclusion, peace and comfort of the cottage make it the perfect place to recharge. We love sitting on the spacious deck savouring a glass or two of KI wine and soaking up the unbeatable views across the bay. We find Antechamber Bay Retreats the perfect base for exploring the island. There's lots to do in the immediate vicinity of the Dudley Peninsula but during our stays at The Kona we visit every corner of the island, even doing day walks on the other side of the island at Flinders Chase National Park. Kate and Andy and wonderful, welcoming host. We can't wait for our next (but certainly not last) visit!
If you want a great escape this is the place. Both houses have amazing views with great facilities. Andy and Kate also do great catering, their food is sensational. My wife and I will definitely be going back again. Thanks Andy & Kate for your great hospitality.
Fantastic place - comfortable beds, all the comforts of home. Loved the possum who we weren't expecting and the mob of sheep being mustered into the paddock in the morning. What a wonderful introduction to K.I. We feel sorry for the rest of our group who stayed somewhere else.
THE LATEST NEWS FROM OUR RETREATS
Spring at Antechamber Bay Retreats on Kangaroo Island is a stunning time. The lush grass has been cut, raked and baled. The lambs have been weaned and are growing like mushrooms. The olive trees are flowering so we can look forward to a plentiful crop in Autumn. The ocean is a magnificent turquoise colour and guests have been catching whiting and flathead off the beach. The hooded plovers are nesting and we are hoping to see a chick any day.