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About Ecopia Retreat

Ecopia Retreat is Kangaroo Island luxury accommodation set within a spectacular 150 acres of natural wilderness.

A dedicated wildlife sanctuary, the property, featuring three luxury retreat options – two Villas and the Residence – reflects the owners’ ethos and passion for the Australian natural environment, with its captivating native vegetation and fascinating wildlife.

Owners Rob and Yael share a love for immersive experiences, nature-based travel, eco conscious and sustainable living. They have created luxury accommodation options for like-minded travellers where you can truly relax, restore your wellbeing and be inspired by authentic Kangaroo Island.

Rob has a real understanding of the value of a quality tourism experience acquired through his Cultural Tourism degree and being a keen traveller himself. He has always had a special interest in rammed-earth construction and a wish to create unique solar-passive dwellings designed to complement the natural Kangaroo Island wilderness. After decades of extensive world travel and years of experience in running engagement programs for young Indigenous males in remote Aboriginal communities, Rob has decided to return to his home on Kangaroo Island to focus on building the villas. Self-taught handy and passionate Rob worked hard to create the remarkable villas, with the help of a good friend and locally renowned builder Nathan Guidera (NRG Building).

Yael has a breadth of knowledge and experience in the tourism industry – tailoring packages for travellers, marketing management at a Sydney 5-star hotel, and developing tourism products with clients in her consultant capacity. An experienced business consultant and trainer, who worked in mainstream corporate, community and Indigenous settings, Yael teams up well with Rob to offer high-end tourism experiences at Ecopia. Like Rob, she has lived and worked in remote Aboriginal communities and has a genuine appreciation for Indigenous Australian culture and native flora and fauna. Introduced to Kangaroo Island by Rob, Yael has fallen in love with its wilderness and beautiful community.