What to do and see in Penneshaw, Australia: The Best Places and Tips

March 17, 2018 Viva Honore

Discover the best top things to do in Penneshaw, Australia including Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari, Dudley Cellar Door, Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre, Penneshaw Penguin Centre, Penneshaw Maritime & Folk Museum, Lashmar Conservation Park, Kangaroo Island Source, Penneshaw Market Day, Cooinda Fishing Charters, Kangaroo Island Beauty Bar.
Restaurants in Penneshaw

1. Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari

Christmas St, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5222, Australia
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5 based on 355 reviews

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari departs daily from the Christmas Cove Marina in Penneshaw 'Kangaroo Island's gateway'. Christmas Cove is one of Australia's Geological Monuments cut out by glacial movement 240 million years ago and it offers the perfect access to board the 7.5 metre vessel a Gemini Waverider that carries up to 12 passengers. In 1802 Matthew Flinders discovered Kangaroo Island on his world expedition. See the landing places where he and his crew arrived and where French explorer Nicolas Baudin came ashore and inscribed his details into Frenchman's rock in Hog bay. Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari takes you on a awesome 75 minute coastal and wildlife tour around the coastline of Kangaroo Island visiting places like Dolphin Cove, Cuttlefish Bay, Kangaroo Head and Snapper Point. Encounter pods of Bottle Nose and Common Dolphins that can been seen up close and enjoy them in their natural environment swimming up along side the boat, with numbers sometimes in the dozens and often with their baby calves. Colonies of New Zealand Fur Seals and Australian Sea Lions inhabit the coast that surrounds Kangaroo Island and these seals gather along the rocks enjoying the warm sun, resting after fishing for days on end and show off their agile swimming ability right before your eyes. Witness Southern Right Whales (seasonal) as they pass through these waters on their annual migration to the Great Australian Bight, look in awe at these giant majestic creatures often with their new calves who have swam so far from the Great Southern Ocean to give birth in these warmer safer waters of Kangaroo Island. There are many varieties of sea birds on the Safari including the unforgettable encounters with the mighty Osprey or sometimes known as the Sea Hawk. Opportunities arise on this wildlife Safari to marvel at the Osprey diving into the ocean to grasp fish with their powerful talons. Cormorants and Gulls are abundant along the coast. Put Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari on your 'must do' list - this is a Safari not to be missed on your visit to Kangaroo Island.

Reviewed By Bigal57 - London

This is a great trip for the young and fit. My daughter swam with seals, and would have swum with dolphins, but the pod we saw were not interested in playing. Brad and Harley were professional and charming. However,if I had realised that the boat was a high-speed RIB, I would not have gone. I have artificial knees and osteo-arthritis. The boat bounced up and down, uncontrollably and at high speed, causing me severe discomfort and considerable stiffness afterwards.
A great couple of hours, but not for everyone.

2. Dudley Cellar Door

1153 Willoughtby Road | 12km from Penneshaw, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5222, Australia +61 8 8553 1333
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4.5 based on 205 reviews

Dudley Cellar Door

Dudley's cliff-top Cellar Door is situated on Kangaroo Island's stunning North Coast, just a few minutes drive from the Ferry Terminal in Penneshaw. Open 10am-5pm daily. Taste handcrafted K.I. wines in a spectacular location while enjoying a gourmet K.I. pizza or platter. Browse through our exquisite range of wool and natural fibre clothing, K.I. produce and artworks. Coffee and beer also available.

Reviewed By TravellerKRH - Adelaide, Australia

The view is amazing (as are the number of people taking photos of it!). It can be a bit cool on the balcony if it's windy so take a jacket. The food was fine, but if your'e a vegetarian your only options are a cheese plate or a dip plate (but this is not uncommon on KI - you can't assume there will be a vego option at places). The Mexican chicken pizza was yummy. The wines were...well...there's a reason KI is not known as an amazing wine region. I don't know if it's that it's not a great spot for growing grapes or if the winemakers just don't have the same experience in other parts of the state but we went to two wineries and both had only 1-2 wines that were worth drinking and the rest were very, very, very average. As I said...you go here for the view.

3. Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre

Howard Dr, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5222, Australia +61 8 8553 1185
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4.5 based on 143 reviews

Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre

Kangaroo Island's only Accredited Visitor Information Centre (VIC) offers a one-stop shop for transport, accommodation and attraction bookings prior to arrival and once on-island. Included at the VIC is a well-stocked souvenir shop including local Kangaroo Island produce and product. Contact us today to start planning your Kangaroo Island visit. ... just across the water, but a world away!

Reviewed By Martin v

After a 10hour drive from Melbourne, stayed overnight in CapeJervis, down to the Sealink jetty for a 8am departure, we arrived at Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island. First stop, the Gateway Visitor Information Centre. This is a must for the first time visitor. The staff are oracles on everything KI related, what to do, when and where. Get there some time soon, you won’t be disappointed

4. Penneshaw Penguin Centre

Corner Middle Terrace and Bay Terrace, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
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3.5 based on 41 reviews

Penneshaw Penguin Centre

Reviewed By David M - Woking, United Kingdom

A pre arranged after dark Penguin spotting trip which unfortunately for us was not successful. A cold evening and no penguins but the lady who took us out was very friendly enthusiastic, knowledgeable and did her best, we were just unlucky. If we were ever back on Kangaroo Island I would definitely give it another go.

5. Penneshaw Maritime & Folk Museum

52 Howard Dr, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5222, Australia +61 8 8553 1109
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4 based on 13 reviews

Penneshaw Maritime & Folk Museum

Reviewed By Amy L

My husband is a historian and he absolutely loved this place. It's only small but the genuine artefacts make it a worthwhile visit. There's a little bit of everything. Very few tacky replicas that you see in most museums. Worth a visit.

6. Lashmar Conservation Park

Hog Bay Road, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
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4 based on 7 reviews

Lashmar Conservation Park

Reviewed By Chris and Vanes... J - Adelaide, Australia

If you are looking for a quite, secluded and picturesque place to camp then we would recommend this place. It is half way between Penneshaw and Cape Willoughby and along the Chapman River. There are two camping areas right next to the river that are very nicely set out and you can fish as well.
Close by is a sheltered area that has a BBQ and water. We liked the fist camping area - camp site 1.
Worth checking out if camping on KI.

7. Kangaroo Island Source

90 Cape Willoughby Rd, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5222, Australia +61 412 194 840
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5 based on 3 reviews

Kangaroo Island Source

Kangaroo Island Source specialises in gourmet food production, private and event catering and cooking classes which connect visitors with the abundance of the region. To experience the truly authentic flavours of Kangaroo Island, we provide catering from a casual barbecue, formal degustation dinner through to a romantic dinner for two. Our monthly pop-up dinners at the Kangaroo Island Source kitchen overlooking Penneshaw offer a different theme each month and are popular with locals and visitors alike. Our menus are designed to reflect the seasons of Kangaroo Island so you know you are eating only the freshest and the very best our region has to offer. Kangaroo Island Source provide truly immersive regional cooking classes connecting visitors with a range of produce direct from the source. Our range of gourmet produce is manufactured on Kangaroo Island using a wide range of locally grown ingredients. We use no artificial additives and follow an uncompromising seasonal ethos with taste and texture the ultimate goal. Contact us to experience the truly authentic flavours of Kangaroo Island.

Reviewed By 906641378 - Guangzhou, China

the food is really fresh,creative and yummy, expecially seafood and veg., the potato fired with goose oil is beautiful, we love it so much!! We celebrated the birthday for our friend and here is the prefect location which have enought space for the big group (about 20 people). The biggest suprise is the birthday cake: absolutely stunning appearance and taste! Really enjoy the food and wines!
We had a great experience in KI Surce and thank you to make our tour so memorable.

8. Penneshaw Market Day

Penneshaw Oval, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia, Australia
Excellent
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3 based on 11 reviews

Penneshaw Market Day

Reviewed By Blight01 - Perth Western Australia

On the day we arrived we found the markets walking to our accommodation which was on 150 mtrs from getting off ferry. The markets operate when cruise ships arrive and we had the Pacific Jewel Mored offshore the day we arrived. This was a great influx of people to the island and the small market was a buzz. There was lots of local produce for sale from handmade jewellery , leather goods, honey, cards, hand creams, wood work products. One would come away with something when visiting this market. I am not sure how often it operates but it was a great find on the oval walking to our accommodation on our first day in Penshaw. Very much worth a visit when on Kangaroo Island.

9. Cooinda Fishing Charters

Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5222, Australia
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3.5 based on 5 reviews

Cooinda Fishing Charters

We operate a 13m vessel "Cooinda" from American River daily and conduct fishing charters. Our charters cater include 1/2 day which is aimed at novice anglers right through to full day game fishing for the more serious angler.

Reviewed By PrevC - Sydney, Australia

Booked a trip with these guys directly 6 weeks ago. Im in KI on holiday from Sydney and I rang the day before to confirm the trip. They had cancelled the trip and not told me. They have technical issues but couldn't contact me even though I had used Facebook and mobile to communicate with them. Now stuck with no fishing charter as everyone is booked out.

10. Kangaroo Island Beauty Bar

Nat Thomas St, Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia 5222, Australia +61 422 103 346

Come to Kangaroo Island Beauty Bar to relax and unwind. Make it the first stop on your holiday before your sightseeing. We offer facials and body treatments such as massage and scrubs as well as waxing, tinting, manicures and pedicures. What not make a few hours for yourself and choose from one of our delightful packages.

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