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The story of Sunrise on Falie started back in 2002 when Kevin Matthews bought some land in the place he loved to go fishing, American River on Kangaroo Island.
“One day I will build my dream house overlooking my fishing grounds, ” he kept saying.  Sure enough in 2011 Kevin did build his ‘dream house’ designed with daughter architect D’Arne Matthews.  He moved in with his partner Yvonne and enjoyed entertaining friends and family in the ground level self-contained apartment.

In 2015 Kevin saw an opportunity with high demand for quality modern accommodation in and KI tourism on the rise.  Booking.com and Airbnb were taking off as more visitors world wide preferred private accommodation to staying in traditional hotels.  That was the start of Sunrise on Falie boutique accommodation named after the stunning sunrises seen almost every morning all year round on the property. 
The first downstairs apartment quickly became popular with guests wanting to stay somewhere central to the Island’s unique attractions.

In 2017 the second build began further up the hill with 2 mobility friendly apartments specially built for the hillside with natural bushland and sea views.  Special ramps car-park had to be designed for wheelchair access. 
In 2018 the apartments were opened and guests came from all over the world and Australia.  Of course that was all to change in 2019 and 2020. 

Drought, bushfires, COVID19, border restrictions.  The world changed and Sunrise on Falie changed too but we are still here and confident of a bright future. 

In the summer 2021 we started the year with more border restrictions but interstate guests happy to postpone their holiday until later in the year and more South Aussies experiencing KI maybe for the first time with their fur babies.  

During the quiet times we upgraded our apartments and with winter rains improved the landscaping.

Ground level Apartment 1 now has a dishwasher and coffee machine.  More artworks of the local landscape and updated furniture including a coffee table and dining table and extra storage. Yes there is now a new smart TV. There's a new outdoor barbecue area with wooden seats.

In the second building, ground Apartment 2 has an additional lounge suite to seat 5 comfortably and bedhead in the master bedroom.  There's an electric barbecue and seating to enjoy the view. And extra storage for your groceries.

The top apartment Apartment 3 has extra kitchen storage for your food supplies and a jarrah bedhead in the master bedroom.  There is also additional artworks of the surrounding landscape and island attractions by host Yvonne.  Guests will also find the little handy items not usually found in other holiday apartments. In 2022 we added a white luxury leather lounge suite for your further lounging enjoyment.

As the world moves towards slower travel, rejuvienatve travel, healthy travel, sustainability and more authentic eco travel experiences the team at Sunrise on Falie will endeavour to ensure our all our guests will have the best experience when they stay with us on Kangaroo Island.  

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