Getting to Know Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island

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penneshaw beachKangaroo Island is a haven of wildlife and stunning scenery. Boasting pristine beaches, lush forests, and a huge collection of native species, it’s the go-to place for animal lovers who find themselves in the area.


Penneshaw is a township that sits along the northeast coast of the Dudley Peninsula. It acts as the main ferry port, linking up with Cape Jervis to provide regular transport from the mainland to the island.


The Beach at Penneshaw
Penneshaw’s beach is known as Hog Bay, and offers visitors a delightful sandy scene that’s perfect for swimming, relaxing, and picnicking on. There are designated eating spots, as well as a grassy picnic reserve with barbecues.


penguinsThe Penguin Colony
When dusk falls, the local colony of penguins totter up the beach to their homes for the night. At Penneshaw, you can watch the show unfold as guides share snippets of fascinating information about these cute critters. The colony leaves the sea just after sunset near the Penguin Interpretative Centre. While here, you can learn more about the colony, their habitat, and their history on the island.


The penguins have chosen Penneshaw as their home because of the rich abundance of fish that live in the unpolluted waters around the island. There is a specially lit boardwalk that gives visitors the chance to watch the penguins make their journey from the rocks to the burrows in the cliff face.


Other Things to Do in Penneshaw
As well as seeing the penguins and kicking back on the beach, there are plenty of activities to do in the town.


penneshaw info centreVisitors can check out the Gateway Information Centre, which shares facts and stories about the island, they can play some rounds at the picturesque Penneshaw Golf Course, and learn more about the history of the town and its surroundings at the popular Maritime and Folk Museum.


Just outside of the town, the Baudin Conservation Park gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the island’s wildlife and plant species.


For a dose of history, the Ironstone Hill Hike shares the life of the family that used to live on the local farm, while exposing hikers to stunning views across the cliffs and sea to the Fleurieu Peninsula back on the mainland.


Kangaroo Island is a must-visit for anyone looking to soak up the natural beauty of Australia, and Penneshaw is the perfect place to start your journey.