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Kalangadoo Accommodation at its Best

Newly renovated Cloisters of Kalangadoo

Cloisters of Kalangadoo - Home away from home

Fifteen minutes from the south east town of Penola in the Limestone Coast of South Australia is an undiscovered village called Kalangadoo (aboriginal name "Big trees in water").  The town is surrounded by beautiful river red gums and it is here you will find unique accommodation known as Cloisters of Kalangadoo. In its previous life it was a 1914 Presbyterian Church, which after 2 years of restoration is now a unique architectural home away from home.

The position of the property makes it central to the world famous Coonawarra wine region (20 minute drive north), the world heritage listed Naracoorte Caves (50 minutes) and still has easy access to Mount Gambier and the natural wonder of the Blue Lake, its many sink holes and underground caves, as well as the Glenelg River in Victoria.  A visit is an opportunity to experience a true Australian town with a typical pub (2 minutes down the road), impressive country views, outstanding sunsets and very friendly locals.  In all a true Aussie experience where you will see sheep, cattle and horses grazing. There are also a number of boutique businesses - organic apples, cider, wine, rose horticulture and beer brewing.

When you first enter this lovingly renovated property you are transported to the 21st century with large expanses of modernistic architecture.  The ground floor has 2 separate lounge rooms (one with a sofa bed to sleep extra guests), large dining with an open plan kitchen.  A laundry (with washer and dryer) and bathroom with shower, bath and toilet are adjacent to the kitchen.  New extension and adjacent to the kitchen is a large entertainment area (casual dining with sliding doors overlooking rear yard) with kitchenette and third shower room and toilet (has disabled accommodation). This area has a day bed and trundle (sleeping 2 - property vacation home rentals sleeping 10 in total)

The upper mezzanine houses 3 bedrooms (1 queen, 1 double and 2 single beds) - all have views of the surrounding countryside through skylights.  All rooms on the upper floor have views of the downstairs living area.  The upstairs bathroom which contains double showers, double vanity and toilet are accessed via an impressive walkway (which allows full views of the downstairs living area) 

Kalangadoo History

Kalangadoo (formerly Kalangadoo East) is located in South Australia, located approx. 348 Km south east of Adelaide and about 31 Km north of the regional centre of Mount Gambier.  Originally proclaimed as Kalangadoo East in 1891, the name changed to Kalangadoo in 1940.  The aboriginal word means "Big trees in water".  Today the small business district includes a general store, a farm supply store, a pub and a timber mill.  The disused railway station houses a small museum.  At the 2006 census, Kalangadoo had a population of 305.

Kalangadoo is located approximately 30 kms south from Penola. Turn off the Riddoch Highway at Nangwarry on to Kalangadoo Road - and 10 minutes you will be there. It is 40 kms east of Millicent and 70 kms southeast of Beachport via Millicent and Mt Burr.

The Kalangadoo railway siding opened in 1888, the station building opened in 1907 (now a museum) and the Broad Gauge Kalangadoo to Mt Gambier Railway opened in 1953 (closed in 1985). It was one of the busiest and most productive stations in South Australia.


Since opening at Easter 2019, Cloisters of Kalangadoo is proving to be a popular stopover for visiting the Limestone Coast of South Australia.  Located 30 minutes from the Coonawarra wine region and 40 minutes from Mount Gambier. Many guests have wished they had allowed longer in the area as there is much to see and do.

Disabled accommodation

The new annex is now completed and has a variety of uses.  It can either be used as an entertainment/bbq area or can accommodate wheel chair access and sleeping arrangements (on day bed with trundle underneath) with shower room and toilet.  This area with its wheelchair access gives accessibility to the main church living area. 

Why Kalangadoo?

Sometimes we all need to get away from the rat race.  The Cloisters offers high quality architectural accommodation in a quiet, rural setting with unbelievable river red gum landscape, beautiful sunsets and a much slower pace of life - a photographers delight.  Why wouldn't you want to experience this at least one time in your life.  

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Enjoy  your country getaway in the Limestone Coast of South Australia, only 20 minutes from Coonawarra and 30 minutes from Mount Gambier in a luxury converted church holiday accommodation



This beautifully restored church has been given a new lease of life for the 21st Century for guests to enjoy


Sleeping 6 in 3 bedrooms upstairs plus sofa bed in separate lounge room  plus  day bed and trundle enabling property to host 10 in comfort with fully equipped kitchen, 3 bathrooms (4 showers, 3  toilets).

New extension sleeps 2 - day bed and trundle.  Total sleeping - 10 holiday accommodation with its own shower, toilet and kitchenette.

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Cloisters of Kalangadoo

6 John Street, Kalangadoo South Australia 5278, Australia

0417 825 479