About Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Resort will offer unique Australian wildlife vacations, but behind the five-star cuisine, the spa and the luxury accommodation there is a deep commitment to preserving the pristine eco heritage of this astonishing location.

Offering holidays that live in the memory, while enabling guests to sample the best local produce in an unspoilt setting, Kangaroo Island Resort is the perfect base from which to explore and enjoy the healthy outdoor island environment and marvel at the native flora and fauna, incredible sunsets and majestic scenery.

The innovative construction methods used by Central and City Development (CCD) Hotel and Resorts LLC when developing the site has meant that the local environment has been subject to minimal disturbance despite the 200 bed full service hotel project offering all the expected facilities of a prestige resort combining traditional rooms and modern lodges.

In addition we are reviving a dock and marina area to enable access to maritime leisure services and improved travel options - bringing retail and restaurant outlets into the mix to create a vibrant, attractive wharf plaza to complement the hotel and resort.

CCD has proven experience in island and coastal developments and in producing outstanding projects with a range of shopping and accommodation features.

CCD is committed to great design that sits easily in any location. Our ethos of excellence in hospitality is a golden thread woven into every development project and venture we embark upon.


The Lodges

Whether staying in a veranda room, cottage or lodge suite; the range of lodge activities, natural beauty and Island treasures makes the Lodges a fantastic year round destination for families, couples and groups of friends. 

The Lodges at American River are a carefully crafted collection of unique experiences.

The site is located between a lagoon and bay on Kangaroo Island, often referred to as the Galapagos of Australia.

The Lodges at American River provide authentic encounters; specialist activities; adventures in nature; and will be a complete retreat from normal life. At American river, every journey is unique. 

Kangaroo Island

10 reasons to explore

1. Accessible

Airport upgrade in 2017 will put KI in 2 hours of major Australian hub airports. 

Adelaide - 35mins ( ight) Adelaide - 45mins (ferry) Melbourne - 80mins ( ight) Sydney -130mins ( ight) 

2. Wilderness

4000 square kilometres of National Park, beaches and rolling pasture. 

Kangeroo Island is wild, natural and beautiful. It is a gem in the South Australian landscape that de nes ‘getaway’.

Rolling hills, rocky outcrops, sweeping valleys, expansive beaches and extraordinary woodland cover the island, o ering a wealth of unique ora and fauna in a most majestic setting.

From visiting the Remarkable Rocks
to spotting the rare and endangered birds and marsupials, days of adventure await.

Lodges estate

3. Forecast

A perfect temperate climate: warm, dry summers and cool, mild winters.

4. Romance

Breathtaking romantic retreats in the jewel of South Australia.

5. Adventure

Get o the beaten track with day trips or multi-day adventures and trails. Kangaroo Island is waiting to be explored, starting with the Lodges Estate! Go on treetop walks; horse-riding at the stables; rent kayaks at the wharf; grab bicycles from the activities lodge or even quad bike along the beach.

6. Produce

Amazing sh, seafood, wine, cheese, honey, lamb & more to taste.

7. People

A small, special population of caring and generous Islanders.

8. Landscape

Breathtaking hills, natural bushland, magni cent rocks & pristine beach. The 35 hectare estate is beautifully varied, o ering large at areas for activities; wooded parts for treetop walks; fertile elds for vegetable patches; landscaped moments
of intimate gardens; and huge expanses of local Australian heathers that the footpath weaves over. Here, kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, rare birds and guests are brought together on a site that looks out over the sea and nearby lagoon. It is a peaceful spot with a dramatic landscape that truely makes one feel embedded in nature. 

9. Wildlife

‘The Galapagos of Australia’ with kangaroos, koala, penguins & seals. Kangaroo Island is waiting to be explored, starting with the Lodges Estate! Go on treetop walks; horse-riding at the stables; rent kayaks at the wharf; grab bicycles from the activities lodge or even quad bike along the beach. The estate is home to one of Australia’s most endangered bird species - The Glossy Black Cockatoo. Guests can see these rare birds and help in their active conservation - protecting nests from possums and ensuring the birds are as happy and well fed as possible! 

10. History

Amazing history; In Aboriginal stories the Island connects our world with the Spirit-land in the Milky-way! 




Experience Seekers

These days we travel for our own particular experiences and interests. At American River, each lodge is a 12 room boutique specialising in something di erent. The lodges are intimate, each with its own friendly manager to tailor stays to suit each guest.



There are many options for eating on the site; from burger sliders at the panoramic bar; international
plates at the poolside restaurnat; to more experimental cooking at the speciality food lodge. At this lodge, the
changing menu o ers seasonal local produce from around the Island. In the mornings, the head chef spends time teaching cooking classes and taking guests fruit picking or to collect the local oysters. (Food Lodge left) 




There are plenty of options for relaxation, such as a large spa with thermal pools; wild gardens and walking routes; and cosy spots to curl up in front of the re with a glass of wine. (Wine lodge left) 



The Lodges at a glance

In 35 hectares expansive landscape - with panoramic views of lagoons, beaches and rolling hills - are the ten boutique lodges of American River.

The inventory of 323 rooms comprises: 120 room Veranda Hotel
20 Cottages (4 bedroom)
20 Couples cabins

108 Lodge Suites

Facilities include:
Pool lodge (inc. main restaurant) Conference centre (500 people) Panorama bar Lodge
Wine + library lodge
Spa Lodge
Activity + conservation Lodge Kids club
KI food lodge.
Botanic & garden lodge
Fitness lodge
Veranda hotel dining room Whisky bar + roof-top