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Australian Arms Guest Lodge
On the premises of one of South Africa's most known icon and tourism attractions - the Big Hole - the The Australian Arms Guest Lodge and Pub offers you four star accommodation in Kimberley, South Africa.

The Lodge consists of several authentic buildings dating back to the late 1800's. Staying over at this four star guest house will take you back to the days of the Diamond Rush known as the era of fame, fashion and wealth.

Today The Australian Arms boast thirteen exclusive rooms all in the original old diamond rush period houses inside the Big Hole Complex. There is 24 hour security on-site, with controlled access for vehicles. You can park your car inside the complex within a few meters of your chosen room.

For the ultimate experience, staying over in this four star graded establishment, is a must. No other accommodation in Kimberley, South Africa can offer you the opportunity to relive the days of the diamond rush on the edge of the largest man made hole in the world, The Big Hole.

Wedding and Conferences
We have the use of the German Lutheran Church of St. Martini within about 50 meters from our building in the Big Hole complex. This is the oldest existing church in Kimberley, built in 1875. It contains all its original furnishings.

The church is hired out for weddings and Christening ceremonies. The church can accommodate up to 100 people. Now you can have your wedding in the Old Town at The Big Hole, have your reception at and let your guests stay on site also at.

You never need to leave the premises of The Big Hole as the Old Town is also the perfect setting for exclusive wedding photographs. Now you don’t even need to travel after the reception as you and your bride can sleep over in our special Bridal Suite to make the day even more special.

Our conference hall can accommodate the following amount of persons:
* Houses 70 classroom style
* 100 at round tables
* 120 cinema style.

Catering can be done for all functions. We provide standard equipment like flipcharts, proxima, overhead projector. Standard day conference packages and accommodation/conference packages can be arranged. All meals can be catered for with options from a finger buffet to a traditional braai.

Facilities & Services:

  • Other
  • Conference facilities
  • Other
  • Wedding facilities
  • Self-Braai / Barbecue
  • Other
  • Bar on the Premises
  • Restaurant
  • Fireplace on the Premises
  • Other
  • Garden
  • Parking (off-street - covered)
  • English
  • Other Language
  • Communal Television
  • Swimming Pool
  • Communal Satellite TV
  • Other


    The Australian Arms boast thirteen exclusive rooms and can accommodate up to 26 people sharing.

    All rooms are in the original old diamond field houses inside the Big Hole Complex and air-conditioning, Victorian bathrooms with showers, DSTV and a bar fridge.

    The restored old-time houses and rooms will definitely give you an experience never to be repeated, as the atmosphere of days gone by fill this luxurious and unique place.

    Australian Arms Guest Lodge Activities:

    Play Skittles at the Skittle Alley with old wooden balls just as the diggers of old did. Try your luck at the Diamond Dig where you could sort through gravel to find a special diamond token and win great prices.

    Take a ride on the Kimberley Tram. This restored electric Tram used to transport people between various sections of the town like to Beaconsfield or Alexandersfontein. Now you can relive the thrills of riding through town on an open tram just as the people did a hundred years ago.

    Visit the Occidental bar where you can have a drink in a typical old time pub. Wander through the Old Town and experience life as it was during the founding days of Kimberley.

    Visit the new visitor’s centre at The Big Hole where you can see a movie, look at the Big Hole, experience the thrills of an underground scene of a Diamond Mine as well as see the Diamond Display where the world’s largest uncut diamond, the 616, is on display.

    You could also shop at the various shops in the complex. You could visit Annette’s Gift Shop, drink Coffee at “Coffee at the Hole”, buy a piece of Africa at the Rock Shop, see the genuine leather articles at “Kitwe Leather” or buy a memento at Art Memo’s.

    In the Old Town you could try out the various wines produced in the area and buy a bottle or two of Barney Barnato’s wines that are exclusively sold at Gowie's Corner.

    If you feel like a bite, you could buy fast foods at the Diamond Rush Café. This replica of a “caravan” of a hundred years ago serves cool drinks and fast foods.

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    Australian Arms Guest Lodge Guest Reviews

    Average Guest Rating: 
      4.0 out of 5 based on 4 reviews.

    Had a wonderful stay with you, thank you for letting me stay the day while waiting for my husband to finish his work in Kimberley. Will definitely make use of your establishment again.
     Reviewed by Marlene Fabricius over a year ago

    A unique experience staying in a miners cottage. Friendly and willing staff. We were very comfortable in the cottage. We found it difficult to find the entrance to the complex.
     Reviewed by B Collins over a year ago

    We stayed in the family room and found it very neat and clean. The staff was very friendly and helpful. This is a place that one can definitely recommend to anybody.
     Reviewed by Susanna Vosloo over a year ago

    The people we interacted with were pleasant and this was appreciated. There was 2 things which caused a bit of inconvenience. There is no bin in the room only one in the bathroom. Our room's plug in the basin was not working. Other than this it was pleasant and I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you for the hospitality.
     Reviewed by Chantelle Moss over a year ago

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