A warm welcome from the Steyns

Emu Bay Holiday Homes is a property that delights guests that like their own space. Cleanliness is the most commented attribute and with stunning sea views, enchanting gardens and friendly wildlife on your doorstep, this quiet and private accommodation is rated amongst the best on Kangaroo Island, catering for everyone's budget and style.

Why our Emu Bay accommodation is amongst the best on Kangaroo Island

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Our cleaning teams take great pride in presenting spotlessly Covid clean units with guest rating this highly in their reviews.

Quiet and distanced from other guests

Units are spread out across the 5 acre property, giving all guests privacy and the luxury of space in your own spot of paradise.

Great sea views

Clever use of the elevation by the initial owners gives all units a unique sea view.  Guests have easy access to one of the best beaches on Kangaroo Island, and rated in the top 20 in  Australia.


Accommodation that is everything you need without breaking the bank, giving you the opportunity to enjoy Kangaroo Island for longer and discover all its attractions.

Free parking and Wi-Fi

Each unit has it’s own dedicated free parking and free Wi-Fi – the comforts you’re looking for.

Location and access to the rest of the island

Kingscote, the main township is an easy 15-minute drive away. Emu Bay is also well located for easy day trips to all the island’s main sightseeing attractions.

In-house catering

When you feel like enjoying the views without having to cook, you can order home cooked meals through Michelle from Bites At The Bay. All meals are placed in your unit for heating or BBQ at your convenience.

Easy, contactless check-in

Self check-in gives you great flexibility to enjoy some sights along the way on your day of arrival as you don’t have to check in by a specific time. While this low-touch tourism provides for greater safety, staff are always ready to assist as they are just a phone call away.

Well equipped

Guests regularly comment that there is everything you need at this Emu Bay accommodation, including linen, towels, shampoo and shower gel, enough toilet paper, tea towels and dishwashing liquid, hand sanitiser, disinfectant spray, a coffee plunger and ground coffee as well as tea, sugar, tomato sauce, vinegar, salt/pepper and some basic spices; aluminium foil, cling wrap, baking paper and a good range of crockery, cutlery, sharp knives, pots and pans, and then some. You can leave the kitchen sink at home, just bring your food and drink!

Access needs

The main house, Amani, is wheelchair-friendly with a full wheelchair-accessible bathroom. All other units excluding the two cabins have a grab rail in the shower and next to the toilet.

The two cabins have two steps at their entrance, whilst other houses only a small step to enter.

EV Charging

Three 7kW chargers are available on site for fast charging of your electric vehicle giving peace of mind. Booking is essential. Charge applies.

Take a look at the history of Emu Bay Holiday Homes

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Gary and Joylene Watters with guests.

Our Emu Bay accommodation was established in 1993 by Gary and Joylene Watters. They had a great vision and started with a bare block of land before adding a shed, erecting some houses, and later developing the cottages, cabins and garden.

The result of their hard work is a collection of accommodation options that are ideal for singles, retirees/grey nomads, families and small groups.

Emu Bay accommodation: The early days

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View from the Entrance gates 1993

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Gary working on establishing a garden at Shalom.

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Jireh is ready for its first guest. Joylene opening the door.

Through the years

The next owners, Graham and Dianne Morris (2000-2004) and Anne and Theo Horbelt (2004-2018) managed and further improved Emu Bay Holiday Homes until Johannes and Renè Steyn fell in love with the views, peace and tranquility that the property offers. They bought this beautiful Emu Bay accommodation in March 2018. 

Johannes and Renè have called Kangaroo Island home since 2008, working as a medical doctor and physiotherapist in the community.

Renè has now retired as a physiotherapist and dedicates her time to the growth and improvement of this Emu Bay accommodation destination. Fiela, their black miniature Schnauzer, is never far from their side when at the property. He is very friendly and loves to meet the guests too.

Amani Patio

Past owners Theo and Ann Horbelt, Dianne and Graham Morris with Renè Steyn, one of the current owners

Your comfortable, private Emu Bay Accommodation

Johannes and Renè have invested in renovating the property, developing accessible accommodation and building on the 29 year history of great customer experience at Emu Bay Holiday Homes. They enjoy sharing the property with their guests and meeting them in person. 

We love to welcome guests from all over the country (and beyond) and make sure they enjoy every minute of their stay.” – Renè and Johannes

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Resident wildlife and birdlife

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Your Emu Bay Accommodation is blessed with a rich diversity of bird life that love the bird baths at each unit. Koalas are resident and echidnas and kangaroos frequent the property regularly.

Our Emu Labyrinth - the only labyrinth on Kangaroo Island

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Your Emu Bay Accommodation is home to the only labyrinth on Kangaroo Island built by the current owners. Read more about it here.

Best views and easy access to one of the best beaches on Kangaroo Island

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The elevated position of your Emu Bay Accommodation gives you expansive views over Emu Bay and the surrounding farmlands. Rated as number 16 in the top 20 beaches in Australia for 2022, it is definitely the place to be for long beach walks and safe swimming with a dolphin encounter if you are lucky.

Emu Bay Accommodation: Our Company Values

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Emu Bay Holiday Homes functions as a strongly built ‘home’ that can weather all storms and is underpinned by support staff who pull together as a TEAM.

  • The foundations of our home are the reservations and marketing team.
  • The walls are the cleaning team.
  • The maintenance team is the windows and doors that keep the building secure.
  • The owners are the roof – keeping everything else safe and helping our business to innovate and grow.
  • The mortar that binds everything together is our dedicated owner/operator Renè.

Emu Bay Holiday Homes on-site Team: Pierre, Andy, Heather, Tamara, Renè and Grant

COVID-19 Management at Emu Bay Holiday Homes

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Emu Bay Holiday Homes adheres to strict cleaning protocols for Covid cleaning.

We please ask you to advise us if you test positive during your stay to help protect our staff.

Covid Symptoms:

Fever (a temperature higher than 37.5 degrees)
Sore throat
Loss of taste or smell
Fatigue (tiredness)
Shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
Nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
Muscle and joint pain
Loss of appetite

Remember to:
Wash hands regularly with warm water and soap
Cover any coughing or sneezing with a tissue discarded appropriately
Avoid handshakes and sharing personal objects
Thoroughly clean and disinfect shared surfaces often. Hand sanitiser and disinfectant spray are provided in each unit
Practice physical distancing and wear masks as required.

The cleanliness of Emu Bay Holiday Homes has always been our pride. Additional attention with appropriate disinfection is given when cleaning during changeovers.

Self-check-in allows for low touch tourism, but we are always available by phone should you need assistance and will say hi from a safe distance.

We look forward to having you stay.

Reviews and testimonials

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Ideal location, great stay

Two friends and I spend 3 lovely nights in a cabin at Emu Bay Holiday Homes over the final weekend of October. The cabin was very clean and well maintained. Rene warmly welcomed us on arrival and provided us with some great local tips. The cabin was well equipped and had everything we needed for a home away from home experience. Spectacular views of Emu Bay and convenient location. We return home to Adelaide refreshed and with many lovely memories. A big thank you to Rene and Johannes. We now keenly await our next memorable KI experience.

– Holly P

What a gem

We had a fantastic five night stay with four other friends in Jireh House. Spotlessly clean and well appointed it was great location to enjoy the views set among beautiful gardens with numerous colourful flowering plants. Mornings and evenings on the front verandah were memorable in the tranquil setting with numerous birds using the bird bath or feeding on the flowers. Easy access to Island attractions. Great assistance and communication with all our arrangements from Christine and Rene. We’ll definitely recommend it to friends and return some time.

– Peter F

Family friendly home

A house with stunning views. Home away from home comfort. Great facilities provided. A fantastic location . House situated amongst beautiful gardens so tranquil and peaceful.
Beautiful grounds for taking a walk and enjoying the Australian flora and fauna. Spotting koalas in the trees near the house was a highlight.

– Artkat


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Reviews and Testimonials

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Exceeded our high expectations!

A wonderful experience that exceeded all expectations. The cabin has everything one needs. The surroundings are very beautiful and kangaroos, koalas and the birds come to visit often. Just when we thought it was as good as it can be, we realized there was more! Incredible starry skies and a lot of shooting stars. Wishing we could have stayed for more than 9 days.

– Trip48477180221

Vacation ❘ Couple

We stayed in the Bayview Guest wing, perfect for the two of us, for our seven night stay. Although it is attached to Amani House, (so it can be hired as part of Amani too), it is very well sound proofed and we chatted to our neighbours at times but felt undisturbed by their presence. Fantastic views of the superb Emu Bay, surrounded by wildlife and we were made very welcome by Rene and Johannes. The lovely Rene visited us to make sure we had whatever we needed and she is very knowledgeable about KI and can answer any questions you might have. Everything we needed was supplied, including a welcome gift of a bottle of False Cape red wine, local honey and KI oats and the apartment was beautifully clean. An easy walk to the beautiful beach, friendly locals and a fifteen minute drive to Kingscote for a meal at the pub, or the local Italian.

(Booking is a good idea!)

Highly recommend Emu Bay Holiday Homes.

– nick vallence

Vacation ❘ Family

“Emu Bay Holiday Homes offers a delightful experience with its stunning views of Emu Bay, exceptional service, and comfortable rooms. The central location is perfect for exploring the major attractions of Kangaroo Island. A special thanks to the owner for providing an EV charging facility, which adds a thoughtful touch to an already fantastic stay. Highly recommended for anyone visiting the area!”

– Jag Kakarlapudi