Penneshaw

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Penneshaw

Disembark your ferry or cruise ship and discover this captivating port town, which has museums, wildlife tours and historic landmarks dating back the early 1800s.

Penneshaw is the first port of call on Kangaroo Island. Perched on the northern coast of the Dudley Peninsula, the township’s intriguing sights and historic monuments make it much more than just a gateway to your Kangaroo Island adventure. Check out the beautiful bays that were surveyed by French and English explorers in the early 19th century and get a closer look at some of the wild animals that make the coastline their home.

Many of Kangaroo Island’s visitors arrive by boat to Penneshaw Wharf. Step onto the jetty and take in the views of Hog Bay and its arc of white sand. Go for a walk along the sandy beach and overlook Backstairs Passage and the mainland of South Australia. The beach is a lovely spot for a swim and a picnic. Reach Frenchman’s Rock on the beach’s eastern edge to see a replica of the stone that the French explorer Nicolas Baudin carved into to mark his expedition to Kangaroo Island in 1803. You can see the original rock at the Gateway Information Centre to the west of town.

Stroll into town and spend some time exploring the collection of shops and cafés. Watch the world go by as you sit at a table in one of the cozy cafés fronting the rugged coastline of Hog Point, which stretches along the north of the town. To the west, you’ll find the heritage-listed Christmas Cove and the town’s Uniting Church, which was established in 1883.

As the sun goes down, return to the wharf to visit the Penguin Interpretive Centre and join your guide on a sunset tour that follows a boardwalk situated above the penguin rookery. For a daytrip from Penneshaw, visit Antechamber Bay or American Beach for great swimming and scenery.

Penneshaw is easy to reach from Cape Jervis on the mainland of South Australia via the Kangaroo Island Sealink vehicular ferry. Ferries operate several times a day. There is a range of accommodations options in Penneshaw, from seaside cottages to rural retreats. Visit the town on the first Sunday of the month to experience the Penneshaw Markets, where local stallholders sell regional produce, artisan crafts and second-hand goods.

Penneshaw Beach Stay
Penneshaw Beach Stay
2.5 out of 5
27 Middle Terrace, Penneshaw, SA
The price is AU$139 per night from 29 Nov. to 29 Nov.
Situated near the beach, this motel is steps away from Penguin Interpretive Centre and Sealink Ferry Terminal. Baudin Conservation Park is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
"Seaview"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2021

Penneshaw Beach Stay
Kangaroo Island Seafront
Kangaroo Island Seafront
4 out of 5
49 North Terrace, Penneshaw, SA
The price is AU$149 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated on the Strip, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Sealink Ferry Terminal and Penguin Interpretive Centre. Baudin Conservation Park is 1.1 mi (1.8 ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (324 reviews)
"We were in room 16 and were very happy. The floor is very creaky though but its understandable in the older buildings"

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2021

Kangaroo Island Seafront
Penneshaw Oceanview Apartments
Penneshaw Oceanview Apartments
3.5 out of 5
36 Howard Drive, Penneshaw, SA
Situated in Penneshaw, this beach apartment building is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Sealink Ferry Terminal and 12.3 mi (19.7 km) from Kangaroo Island Sealink.
4.5/5 Wonderful! (12 reviews)
"great location walk to pubs and restaurants great view"

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2019

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Penneshaw Oceanview Apartments
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Penneshaw Oceanview Apartments
Penneshaw Oceanview Apartments
3.5 out of 5
36 Howard Drive, Penneshaw, SA
Situated in Penneshaw, this beach apartment building is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Sealink Ferry Terminal and 12.3 mi (19.7 km) from Kangaroo Island Sealink.
4.5/5 Wonderful! (12 reviews)
"great location walk to pubs and restaurants great view"

Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2019

Penneshaw Oceanview Apartments
EDGLEY'S COTTAGE KANGAROO ISLAND
EDGLEY'S COTTAGE KANGAROO ISLAND
Penneshaw, SA
Situated in Penneshaw, this golf cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Penguin Interpretive Centre and Sealink Ferry Terminal. Baudin Conservation Park is 0.9 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (28 reviews)
Charming Edgley Cottage
"We enjoyed our stay at Edgley Cottage very much. The cottage is situated in close proximity to all the local shops/cafes in Penneshaw. We had beautiful views over Hog Bay / Backstairs Passage to the mainland and could watch the ferries come and go. Would recommend to anyone wanting a stay with a ..."

Reviewed on 14 Nov. 2021

EDGLEY'S COTTAGE KANGAROO ISLAND
Talinga on the Bay, Penneshaw
Talinga on the Bay, Penneshaw
109 Talinga Tce,, Penneshaw, SA
This family-friendly Penneshaw holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Penguin Interpretive Centre and Sealink Ferry Terminal. Baudin Conservation Park is ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (55 reviews)
Talinga on the Bay
"Talinga on the Bay is one of the original shacks on The Levels which has amazing views to the mainland. It is an honest, value for money place to stay. Nothing flash although it has a new laundry and bathroom. Walking distance to the Sealink Ferry and IGA. Convenient and easy. Would recommend."

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2021

Talinga on the Bay, Penneshaw
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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