About THORN PARK on the island

luxury regional accommodation kangaroo island
South Australia

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the location

Thorn Park on the island is located at Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island: one of the state’s most popular and spectacular tourist destinations. Thirty minutes by plane or a forty-five-minute ferry trip from the mainland of South Australia.

the house

Thorn Park on the island is located on three acres overlooking the town and harbour of Penneshaw. In 2020 the house underwent major renovations and improvements that have continued externally into 2022 with major landscaping and an almost self-sufficient vegetable garden. The house is light and bright with large north facing windows that provide an expansive view of the ocean, township and countryside. The property is furnished with high quality furniture and artworks but maintains a relaxed and comfortable seaside ambience.

The home is surrounded by native bushland that is home to abundant birdlife, numerous wallabies, kangaroos and is the feeding ground for the endangered glossy black cockatoo. Rosenburg Goannas, Echidnas also like to pay a visit. Thorn Park on the island is suited to groups of two to four people.

the bedrooms

The Blue & White Room
The Blue & White Room has north and western vistas over our property and down to the coastline. It has a queen-sized bed with fresh “Greek island” inspired décor, there is Wifi, television with Netflix, reverse cycle air-conditioning, and doors opening onto the north-facing deck. The adjoining ensuite bathroom has a walk-in shower, heated floors and towel rails plus supplies of locally produced toiletries.

The Mocha Room
The spacious Mocha Room, looks down over the coastline from the northern-facing windows. It has a king–sized bed that can also be twinned. The rich mocha and white décor is a beautiful foil to the sea views. We supply free Wifi, television with Netflix, reverse cycle air-conditioning, and doors opening onto the north facing deck. The adjoining ensuite bathroom has a walk-in shower, heated floors and towel rails plus supplies of locally produced toiletries.

food and wine

Dinner David Hay is a celebrated cook: and “dining” at Thorn Park on the island means to enjoy world-class contemporary Australian cuisine. Dinner is offered nightly at the exquisite 1830’s French walnut farmhouse table and includes matched wines from the property’s wine cellar. It is a ‘set’ menu, that changes daily and utilises fresh regional produce.

Breakfast Mornings start with breakfast that is of the type one always wishes for and rarely finds!  Everything is homemade, from the delicious granola and fresh muesli, to the jams and preserves. Freshly squeezed juices, brewed teas and perfect coffees compliment the delicious, cooked dishes.

Cooking Schools We can arrange, “hands-on” cooking classes for our house guests; with prior arrangement

Dietary requirements must be notified prior to arrival, and every endeavour will be made to accommodate them.

Cellar and bar Thorn Park on the island’s wine cellar mainly features premium wines from Kangaroo Island, the Clare Valley and other Australian wine regions, predominantly South Australian. Add to this, French Champagnes, quality spirits and aperitif wines. All wines and beverages are included in the tariff.

thorn park on the island

has consistently
received the
highest accolades

Thorn Park on the island is a world class beach holiday destination. At Thorn Park on the island, you can choose to stay at home, enjoy the view and read a book, or take in the many things that Kangaroo Island has to offer. Amazing seafood harvested in pristine waters, to excellent wineries and dining options, some of them in the quirkiest locations with incredible views. It is small wonder that a great proportion of guests return on a regular basis.

Owners David Hay and Michael Speers have consistently received the highest accolades both nationally and internationally.  After thirty five years a third property Thorn Park by the Vines was sold as a private residence and closed in October 2020. To read more about the history of the acclaimed Thorn Park by the vines 

Kangaroo Island is South Australia’s number one tourism destination!

we have two brilliant properties


In addition to Thorn Park on the island we also have another property Thorn Park in the City, located in inner city Adelaide, South Australia.

Thorn Park
on the island

Can lead to making some charming new friends…like our resident kangaroos!


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telephone +61 8 8553 1367
postal PO Box 696, PENNESHAW, South Australia 5222
address 50 Wright Street, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5222

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