Plans lodged as beloved Kangaroo Island restaurant set to rise from the ashes

Plans to reopen Kingscote’s Seaview Motel restaurant have been lodged after the venue was closed due to a fire.

Image credit: The Seaview Hotel

Kangaroo Island’s oldest motel, The Seaview Motel, has logged plans to renovate and reinstate the former restaurant, allowing guests to soak in the breathtaking views of the ocean, after a devastating fire.

The exciting development will also look to build three new two-storey accommodation suites in order keep up with the growing demand for accommodation.

The comprehensive development application report has been lodged with PlanSA, which provides a detailed blueprint of what the future holds for this iconic locale.

The report was submitted by Kangaroo Island Council and says “The Motel is in prime position for visitors, acting as a base for travel around the Island, as well as a convenient location for walkability to local Kingscote shops, restaurants and other facilities.

“The existing restaurant on the corner of Chapman Terrace and Drew Street is within a local heritage
building and was due to reopen in September this year following winter closure.

“However, the restaurant has remained closed due to a fire on 7 August 2023. The reopening of the restaurant will be open to motel guests and will continue in the local heritage building with no external alterations proposed.”

The Seaview Motel was established in 1920 and was the first motel on Kangaroo Island. The Motel’s location in Kingscote allows visitors to take advantage of the tourist attractions, including local galleries, the Kingscote tidal pools and walking trials.

In October, Lonely Planet named Kangaroo Island number 2 as a must visit region for 2024, and we would have to agree.

According to the development proposal, Kangaroo Island is visited by over 200,00 people each year, making it one of the most popular South Australian tourist destinations.

By creating an additional 42 rooms at the Seaview Motel, it will help address the growing demand for tourism accommodation while also giving 104 year old establishment a new lease on life.

Out of the 42 rooms, 28 will be premium suites while the remaining 14 will be standard suites. Each room is promised to hosts breathtaking views of the ocean, given it’s a stones throw away it would honestly be rude not too.

However if ocean swimming isn’t for you, the plans also reveal a pool will be available for guests, as a part of their beautifully landscaped grounds.

The new look restaurant will also accommodate up to 100 guests at any one time, operating 7 days per week, from 7am to 10pm.

There will also be plenty of car parking at the motel, for anyone who wishes to pack up their car and go exploring through the day, before returning for a good night sleep.

It’s no secret that Kangaroo Island is one of SA’s crown jewels, from the local produce to the breathtaking views, we could not recommend it enough.

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