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.

Kangaroo Island Seafront
Kangaroo Island Seafront
4 out of 5
49 North Terrace, Penneshaw, SA, 5222
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The price is £87 per night from 2 Sep to 3 Sep
Stay at this 4-star motel in Penneshaw. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (335 reviews)
"Beautiful seafront location, good location being walking distance to pub & shops, nice & quiet town, good location for day trips out to explore Kangaroo Island, very friendly people"

Reviewed on 5 May 2022

Kangaroo Island Seafront
Baudin House
Baudin House
3.5 out of 5
5 Cheopis Street, Penneshaw, SA, 5222
Stay at this 3.5-star beach holiday home in Penneshaw. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Sealink Ferry Terminal and Baudin Conservation ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Gem of a house!
"I booked Baudin House for a weekend getaway with friends for our first trip to KI. The house was amazing! The pictures were exactly as the house was. The view of Penneshaw and the Bay was perfect. It rained all weekend but we didn't care as the wood fire kept us cosy and warm. We can't wait to come ..."

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2020

Baudin House
Lindsays of Kangaroo Island
Lindsays of Kangaroo Island
3 out of 5
Lot 14 Bates Way, Penneshaw, SA, 5222
Stay at this 3-star holiday home in Penneshaw. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Sealink Ferry Terminal and Baudin Conservation ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Fantastic four night stay. Close to Penneshaw Great view. Very clean accommodation and well equipped kitchen. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 31 May 2020

Lindsays of Kangaroo Island
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.
Baudin House
Baudin House
3.5 out of 5
5 Cheopis Street, Penneshaw, SA, 5222
Stay at this 3.5-star beach holiday home in Penneshaw. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Sealink Ferry Terminal and Baudin Conservation ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
Gem of a house!
"I booked Baudin House for a weekend getaway with friends for our first trip to KI. The house was amazing! The pictures were exactly as the house was. The view of Penneshaw and the Bay was perfect. It rained all weekend but we didn't care as the wood fire kept us cosy and warm. We can't wait to come ..."

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2020

Baudin House
Lindsays of Kangaroo Island
Lindsays of Kangaroo Island
3 out of 5
Lot 14 Bates Way, Penneshaw, SA, 5222
Stay at this 3-star holiday home in Penneshaw. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions Sealink Ferry Terminal and Baudin Conservation ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Fantastic four night stay. Close to Penneshaw Great view. Very clean accommodation and well equipped kitchen. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 31 May 2020

Lindsays of Kangaroo Island
Talinga on the Bay, Penneshaw
Talinga on the Bay, Penneshaw
Penneshaw, SA
Stay at this family-friendly holiday home in Penneshaw. Enjoy on-site parking, an arcade/games room and a garden. Our guests praise the overall value in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (68 reviews)
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"great location everything worked great bed & shower"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2022

Talinga on the Bay, Penneshaw
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