Gary and Joylene Watters with guests.
Emu Bay Holiday Homes was established in 1993 by Gary and Joylene Watters. They had a great vision starting with a bare block of land, adding a shed, some houses, and later the cottages and cabins and developing a garden.
Looking back at the start
View from the Entrance gates 1994
Gary working on establishing a garden at Shalom.
Jireh is ready for its first guest. Joylene opening the door.
Next, owners Graham and Dianne Morris (2000-2004) and Anne and Theo Horbelt (2004-2018) managed and further improved the 5-acre property until Johannes and Renè Steyn fell in love with the views, peace and tranquility that Emu Bay Holiday Homes offers. They bought it in March 2018. Johannes and Renè have called Kangaroo Island home since 2008, working as a medical doctor and physio in the community.
Rene has just retired as a physiotherapist and now has more time to dedicate to the growth of Emu Bay Holiday Homes. 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. They love island life, including fishing in the pristine waters that surround Kangaroo Island.
Past owners Theo and Ann Horbelt, Dianne and Graham Morris with Renè Steyn, one of the current owners
Johannes and Renè have invested in renovating the property, developing accessible accommodation and building on the 27 years history of great customer experience at Emu Bay Holiday Homes. They enjoy sharing the property with their guests and meeting them in person. Their fulfilment lies in happy guests whose expectations are exceeded.
Resident wildlife and birdlife
Our Emu Labyrinth - the only labyrinth on Kangaroo Island
Best views and easy access to one of the best beaches on Kangaroo Island
Our Company Values
Emu Bay Holiday Homes functions as a strongly built home that can weather all storms together and is underpinned by its support staff that pull together as a TEAM.
- The foundations 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 – keeps everything else safe and helps EBHH innovate and grow.
- The mortar that binds everything together is Renè.
Meet our cleaning team – Kieran, Heather, Christine, our reservations manager, Stuart, Grant and Peta and with Renè that likes supporting her team.
We’ll let our guests tell you why we’re different:
Our cleaning teams take great pride in presenting spotlessly 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.
Great sea views
Very clever use of the incline by the initial owners gives everyone a different sea view, making each property unique. Easy access to one of the best beaches on Kangaroo Island.
Accommodation that is everything you need without breaking the bank, giving you the opportunity to enjoy Kangaroo Island for longer and discover all its jewels.
Free parking and Wi-Fi
Multiple free parking spots 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.
When you feel like eating out without going out, you can order meals through Lucy from KI Kitchen, to be 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.
The main house, Amani, is wheelchair-friendly with a full wheelchair-accessible bathroom. All other units excluding the two cabins have a rail in the shower.
The two cabins have two steps at their entrance, whilst other houses only a small step to enter.
Reviews and testimonials
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
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
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.