10 quirky, unique places to stay in SA


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By Sonia Bavistock

What’s that old saying – when returning from a holiday the first thing you should do is book another?

Yes, that’s the one.

And a truer word has never been spoken with winter edging ever closer and long weekends disappearing at a rapid rate.

So, we thought it was timely to discover some of the most interesting, amazing, cool and quirky places to stay in South Australia.

Whether you’re on the prowl for a one-night-stay or looking for a long term holiday love, here are 10 accommodation options that will have you clicking ‘book now’ – from former bacon factories to treehouses.

1. FACTORIA VII, Dawesley

Built circa 1877, this property was originally The Davies Bacon Factory. Located in Dawesley (a 10-minute drive from Woodside, Oakbank, and Hahndorf) the two-storey barn has been converted into stylish, minimal FACTORIA VII – a five bedroom house that uses reclaimed timbers and local stone for a unique vibe. The property features stone paths and a courtyard, tiered gardens, fruit trees and lawn area surrounded by native trees and hedging to create a completely private space that Conde Nast Traveller called the “ideal base in the Hills”.


2. Bayside Glamping, Marion Bay

Bayside Glamping is a newly created glamping experience in Marion Bay, right on the doorstep of Innes National Park. A 5-metre-wide bell tent sits atop a wooden deck with an outdoor kitchen and indoor bathroom, all with hot water and electricity. Comfortably set up for two with a pillow top mattress and plush bedding, Bayside is perfect for those who want their camping with a side of luxury.


3. Bed in a Shed, Clare Valley

A unique accommodation option located on a working vineyard in the beautiful Clare Valley wine region, this private retreat was designed and built by Andrew – host and resident artist. Bed in a Shed has vineyard views and features an extensive use of recycled materials, opening out onto a Mintaro slate pergola area. A must stay for any art lover or wine connoisseur.


4. Container 65, Kangarilla

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Modern and cosy, this converted 40-foot shipping container is a perfect couple’s retreat. Featuring stunning views over the vineyards, you’ll be surrounded by wildlife and the property’s collection of farm animals. Located in Kangarilla, it’s just a short drive to all of McLaren Vale’s wineries and restaurants. Also? Your morning coffee fix is literally freshly roasted and brewed right next door at Dawn Patrol!


5. Trader Jack’s, Robe

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Set in a private coastal garden, Trader Jack’s has been styled by a professional interior designer – so as you can imagine, the open plan property has been cleverly designed and decorated to provide a unique and stylish stay. Located in Robe’s historic old town area, it’s just a short walk to the main street, cafes, restaurants and, of course, the beach.


6. The Cube, White Sands

No, not that cube. This Cube is a modern eco pod floating right on the mighty Murray. Designed as a stylish getaway for two people, it features one bedroom with queen size bed, ensuite with toilet and shower, kitchenette, lounge area and huge sundeck. Simply kick back and watch the world float by.


7. The Enchanted Treehouse, Bridgewater

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A tree change of a different kind, you’ll feel like you’re staying in a fairy tale at The Enchanted Treehouse. Nestled up high in a large, fragrant eucalyptus tree, this is the only one of its kind in South Australia. Modern with a touch of whimsy, it was built by a husband and wife team and inspired by a treehouse they visited in Napa Valley, California.


8. The Bush Inn, Robe

Originally a roadside inn built in 1852 and licensed in 1855, The Bush Inn catered for teamsters carting wool to the Robe town port and for thirsty travellers during the gold rush. These days, it’s a beautifully refurbished four bedroom place to call home for the night, with the quirky features of the past carefully integrated with modern design.


9. Mt Scott Homestead, Hawker

Imagine yourself sitting on the veranda of an early 1900s homestead, surrounded by all the character of the early farming days, with sheep and cattle grazing amidst iconic Flinders Ranges views. This is Mt Scott Homestead – a quiet, remote working farm house. For when you want to get away from it all and get back to nature.


10. Camel Beach House, Eyre Peninsula

Mt Camel Beach is famous for its long golden sands and pristine wilderness, sitting at the southern tip of the Chain of Bays. Camel Beach House, set on the stunning 250-acre oceanfront heritage property, is an architecturally designed “box” inspired by the simplicity of the classic west coast fisherman’s shack. You’ll feel a million miles from anywhere.


Sonia Bavistock is a fashion and lifestyle blogger and also has her own social media management and copywriting business. Sonia is passionate about all things South Australia and can often be seen dining out with a glass of wine in hand.

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