Naiko Inlet, Deep Creek SA 5204

THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT AWAY FROM CITY LIGHTS

Located on the coastline of South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, Naiko Retreat is a refuge from the everyday. Time at Naiko will allow you to disconnect from the world and let what truly matters come into focus.

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Welcome to Naiko Retreat

Eco-luxe design, with all the modern comforts. Panoramic views of hilltops and the ocean. A secluded beach, with private access. Naiko is a refuge from the every day.

Remote

Located on the coastline of South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, Naiko Retreat is situated within Rarkang, a 2000 acre operating sheep farm.

The Retreat is a refuge from the everyday. Time at Naiko will allow you to disconnect from the world and let what truly matters come into focus.

Water

Floor to ceiling double-glazed windows boast panoramic views of rugged cliffs and turquoise seas, stretching across to Kangaroo Island.

The deck overlooks a secluded cove which is only accessible to Naiko guests. At this private beach you will find pristine waters, perfect for swimming and fishing.

Life

As you enter Talisker Conservation Park you will notice the giant native Grass Trees (Xanthorrhoea) lining the way (there are some on the property that are 1500 years old!).

From waterfalls to wildflowers, Rarkang is home to some of Australia’s most iconic animals – the sea eagle, wedgetail eagles, kangaroos and echidnas.

Green

Rest easy knowing that conservation is always front of mind.

Architect Max Pritchard designed Naiko to complement the surrounding environment, working in harmony with the natural elements of the land. Solar panels, recycled infrastructure, worm farm, water conservation methods and 60,000 litre rainwater tank systems have been set up so guests can tread lightly.

 

Futuro

Created by Finnish designer Matti Suuronen as a ’portable ski chalet’ in the 1960’s, the Futuro home is an architectural icon; one of only 60 in the world.

Shaped like a flying-saucer, this stand-alone futuristic space is a place Naiko guests can use for meditation, inspiration and reflection.

 

Stories

Naiko means ‘mother’ in Ramindjeri, a dialect of indigenous Australian people and the property is a sacred part of the Aboriginal Dreamtime.

Rich with history, seafaring communities have been using the area for generations. In the mid nineteenth century, the property was part of the Silverton Silver mine, the ruins of which can still be explored today.

The French, British and American cultures have strong ties to the Fleurieu Peninsula, adding to its rich history.

Rarkang is also home to a WW2 radar hut, which was manned by the RAAF.

Accommodation at Naiko

Three King size bedrooms, each with their own ensuite and free-standing bath, can sleep up to six guests.

Contemporary design and luxe appliances are throughout, from the Danish Aeno Rocket pendant lights, polished concrete floors, to the French Invicta fireplace, Ligne Rosset Togo lounges and luxury bathroom products.

A fully equipped kitchen and Weber Pulse electric barbecue are at your disposal.

Rates:
Monday – Thursday: $990 per night

Friday – Sunday: $1200 per night

Certain holiday periods and days that fall between Monday – Thursday will attract a $1200 p/night fee, and will be highlighted in the booking calendar

Rates include

  • Exclusive use of Naiko Retreat
  • Three King-size bedrooms, which can sleep up to six guests in either king size or king single configurations
  • Full breakfast provisions
  • The Retreat is not suited for children under 12 years of age
  • The Retreat is a pet-free zone 
  • A two night minimum stay applies

Seasons

Positioned atop a hill and overlooking Backstairs Passage, Naiko Retreat is a front row seat to the glory of nature. As the seasons change Naiko changes with them; in Summer you will find sunlit hilltops and turquoise seas, Autumn a vista of gold, contrasting against bold blues. As the weather gets wild, wintery skies border green pastures before wildflowers burst to life in Spring.

Comfort

Whatever the weather, guests can still appreciate the outside elements while enjoying every modern convenience inside. Three King size bedrooms, each with their own ensuite and free-standing bath, can sleep up to six guests. Contemporary design and luxe appliances are throughout, from the Danish Aeno Rocket pendant lights, polished concrete floors, to the French Invicta fireplace, Ligne Rosset Togo lounges and luxury beauty products.

Minimal

At Naiko, you will find quietness and space. A place to declutter your mind; permission to turn the volume down and let distractions fade out. You will not find televisions here – guests are encouraged to switch off and connect with each other and their surrounds. Mobile network, complimentary wifi and Bluetooth sound are provided so that you can decide how ‘off the grid’ you would like to be.

 

Things to know

Being surrounded by conservation parks is one of the best things about Naiko; not only are we remote but the property is brimming with wildlife. In the interest of guest safety on the roads at dusk, we are unable to accept check in after 5pm and recommend you arrive between 2 – 5pm.

About us

The Johnson family first purchased Rarkang in 1998, their mission being to protect and preserve the land. It is also home to two permanent streams – Campbell’s Creek and Rarkang Creek which come from springs within Deep Creek. The Johnsons have worked hard to restore local vegetation so that its natural beauty can be enjoyed by many generations to come.

Activities at Naiko

If your way of relaxing involves being active, there is plenty for you to do at Naiko. Try yoga on the deck at sunrise, exploring the Rarkang property or walking the Heysen Trail.

In-house massages and spa treatments are available. Other experiences can be enjoyed including 4wd tours and helicopter flights.

Or, leave Rarkang altogether and see the local natural beauty of Deep Creek, Second Valley, Victor Harbor, Goolwa and McLaren Vale which are also right on your doorstep.

Water

The deck overlooks a secluded cove which is only accessible to Naiko guests.

At this private beach you will find pristine waters, perfect for swimming and fishing. Within the Rarkang property you may also come across two permanent streams – Campbell’s Creek and Rarkang Creek which are borne from springs within Deep Creek. Local fishing charters and boat cruises can also be arranged for those who like to be deep in ‘the deep’. Here you may see whales, dolphins and seals whilst being in some of the very best King George Whiting fishing grounds.

Futuro

Created by Finnish designer Matti Suuronen as a ’portable ski chalet’ in the 1960’s, the Futuro home is an architectural icon; one of only 60 in the world.

Shaped like a flying-saucer, this stand-alone futuristic space is a place Naiko guests can use for meditation, inspiration and reflection.

Explore

There are many ways to stretch your legs at Naiko Retreat.

The property is adjacent to Deep Creek Conservation Park and Talisker Conservation Park. There is also direct access to the Rarkang Walking Track and the Heysen Trail, ideal for both gentle sunset walks and energetic hikes. Internationally regarded attractions Kangaroo Island, McLaren Vale and Victor Harbor are only a hop, skip and a jump away.

Food

Eat well and eat local.

Our well-appointed kitchen is stocked with full breakfast provisions and you can comfortably self-cater in the open plan living and kitchen area if you wish.

You can also pre-order locally-prepared food and wine from our comprehensive seasonal Larder.

Nearby is Leonard’s Mill, a restored flour mill that has been turned into one of the region’s best restaurants.

 

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Getting to Naiko

We are 114km from Adelaide CBD, which will take less than two hours (allowing for a stop at the Yankalilla Bakery!). As the last 6km and our driveway are unsealed roads we recommend you are traveling in either a 4WD or SUV. Although Naiko Retreat is accessible by 2WD, arriving by 4WD will give you access to other parts of the property.

Alternate travel arrangements can be made, including arrival by helicopter or bespoke 4×4 experience which can include a tour of the greater region. These tours can incorporate catering or a stop at one of many eateries in the area.

Naiko Retreat has to be life’s ultimate paradox – the place to completely disconnect from your ‘every day,’ for the sole purpose of engaging in a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ world. Our time was a blur yet everything about Naiko had its own relaxed pace about it. Looking forward to another once-in-a-lifetime stay.

Jowell Amores, New York

Absolutely love Naiko Retreat. The solitude, the nature and the sheer remoteness. Couldn’t think of a better place to escape and unwind, while still enjoying all the fine things.

Terry, Prahran

You’d think Max Pritchard’s hand in the architecture, ocean views and a private beach but no, there’s also rolling hills, babbling brooks, wildlife, wildflowers and butterflies. And a spaceship!

Hayley, Stirling

The owners vision for Naiko Retreat should be applauded. We look forward to returning and experiencing how Naiko evolves.

Mark & Rita, Adelaide

By making a booking at Naiko Retreat you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions.

Where

Naiko Retreat is situated within Rarkang and adjacent to Talisker Conservation Park and Deep Creek Conservation Park.

As the last 6km and our driveway are unsealed roads we recommend that you are travelling in either a 4WD, or SUV. Although Naiko Retreat is accessible by 2WD, arriving by 4WD will give you access to other parts of the property. Alternate travel arrangements can be made, including arrival by helicopter or bespoke 4WD experience which can include a tour of the greater region. These tours can incorporate catering or a stop at one of many eateries in the area.

Who can stay here

A maximum of six guests are permitted to stay in three King-sized beds, each of which can also be separated into two king singles. Please let us know of your desired configuration at least 48 hours before your arrival.

Naiko Retreat is not suitable for pets.

The Retreat is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.

When

Check-in is 2pm. Check-out is strictly 11am. We recommend that all guests plan to arrive between 2 – 5pm.

A two night minimum stay applies to all bookings, except long weekends and peak periods where longer minimum stays will apply.

Cost

Please make us aware of dietary requirements at your earliest convenience, but no less than 72 hours before your stay so that we can accommodate you accordingly.

Guidelines

Naiko Retreat is home to some of Australia’s iconic animals and boasts grass trees that are thought to be up to 1500 years old. To help us protect our precious wilderness and wildlife we ask that you abide by the following rules:

Security Bond

The owners and staff accept no responsibility for loss or damage to guest property during the rental period.

Additional charges will be applied if there is damage to the house or if extra cleaning is required over and above the ordinary course of cleaning the property.

These will be charged within 30 days of your stay and you will be made aware of these charges via email.

Payment Policy

A 50% deposit for accommodation is required before the booking can be confirmed. The remaining 50% will be charged thirty (30) days prior to your stay. In the instance where the booking is made less than thirty (30) days before the stay the full amount will be charged at the time of booking.

CREDIT CARDS – We accept online payments by Visa and MasterCard (a 2% credit card fee is payable on these).

EFT – To make a (fee free) payment as a direct deposit from your bank account into ours, please click “request invoice” during the payment process and we will provide our bank details.

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations prior to 30 days of arrival date attract a $100 administrative fee.

Any cancellations within 29-15 days will attract a fee of 50% of your total booking. Any cancellations within 14 days notice and non-arrivals attract the full tariff being charged. We recommend purchasing travel insurance so that you can navigate any unforeseen circumstances.

 

You acknowledge that the Naiko Retreat property is unsupervised and that there are inherent risks in bushwalking, swimming, four-wheel driving and being in the close proximity to native animals.

You will use all walking and driving tracks at your own risk in the knowledge that there may be safety risks, and that tracks may not be suitable for ill prepared, unfit or inexperienced walkers, inexperienced drivers or two wheel drive vehicles.

You agree to take due care at all times for your own safety while using the facilities of Naiko Retreat (including proper clothing, footwear and appropriate equipment) and at all times while on the property, and to properly supervise any children and other guests requiring supervision or assistance.

You acknowledge that you and your guests will be staying at the Naiko Retreat property at your own risk. To the extent permitted by law, Naiko Retreat disclaims all liability for any loss or damage suffered (including physical injury and liability for negligence) while staying at the Naiko Retreat property.

To the extent permitted by law, you will indemnify Naiko Retreat for any loss or damage suffered by Naiko Retreat in relation to your stay and those of your guests at the Naiko Retreat property, except to the extent caused by the wilful default of Naiko Retreat.

Agreement to these terms and conditions is a condition of staying at the Naiko Retreat property.

By making a booking at Naiko Retreat you are deemed to agree these terms and conditions.

You acknowledge that certain products and services at the Naiko Retreat property (including food services and massage services) are provided by independent contractors and that Naiko Retreat will have no liability to you or your guests in relation to the provision of those products and services by independent contractors.

To the extent permitted by law, these terms and conditions apply to the exclusion of any implied terms including terms implied by law. However, these terms are to be read subject to any laws of mandatory application or terms implied by law that cannot be excluded, including any rights under the Australian Consumer Law.

You agree to these terms and conditions on your own behalf and on behalf of your guests including children.

For the purpose of these terms, “Naiko Retreat” includes Ralgnal Pty Ltd and its directors, employees and agents, and Ralgnal Pty Ltd holds the benefit of these terms and conditions on trust for its directors, employees and agents