Luxury apartment accommodation
Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia
There are about 1600 km of roads on the island. The major roads between Penneshaw, American River, Kingscote and Parndana are excellent and sealed, but minor roads are secondary and require reduced speed and care.
Every itinerary should include a ranger-guided beach walk with the Seal Bay’s unique colony of 500 Australian Sea Lions. Seal Bay is a 65-minute drive from Penneshaw on an excellent road.
Take a night-time walk in the bush to see the island’s many nocturnal animal species like wallabies, possums and bandicoots, and make a date to see the little penguins as they emerge from the sea at the end of the day to return to their nests in the sand hills and rock faces around Penneshaw. They are just outside the Rookery at Christmas Cove.
Marvel at the extraordinary shapes of Remarkable Rocks, a cluster of huge weather-sculptured granite boulders created over 500 million years by wind, water and sea spray. Nearby at Admirals Arch, walk the boardwalk and see some of the 7,000+ New Zealand Sea Lions scamper on the rocks. It’s quite delightful and amusing to watch their antics.
Go walking on the excellent trails in Flinders Chase National Park or dive to one of the 50 recorded shipwrecks around the Kangaroo Island coast or join a guided tour of Kelly Hill Caves complete with stunning new fibre optic lighting. Quite spectacular. Try and also see the Little Sahara – Kangaroo Island is a pot pourri of delight whether it be flora or fauna.
Self-driving touring is a popular option and hire cars are widely available but should be booked in advance. 4WD vehicles are not essential on the island but for a chance to explore the island’s more remote attractions book a 4WD tour with an expert local guide. Fishing and water sports are popular and visitors can cast a line from a jetty or charter a deep-sea boat. The Rookery is familiar with top tour operators who can assist visitors with their requirements. Daily SeaLink tours also operate out of Penneshaw seven days a week and visit top destinations all over the island.
Take a guided tour of Cape Borda Lighthouse and museum. Climb South Australia’s first lighthouse at Cape Willoughby completed in 1852, just half an hour from Penneshaw and enjoy lunch at the neighbouring winery. Visit Hope Cottage Folk Museum, founded in the 1850’s by the Calnan brothers with the proceeds from a gold mining expedition in Victoria.
Swim at Emu Bay, one of the Island’s more popular beaches, or Stokes Bay where a big rock-enclosed pool, protected from the surf, makes it ideal for all the family. Picnic at Duck Lagoon and enjoy wonderful bird life and shady trees which often house beautiful koala bears. See the popular surfing spot of stunning Vivonne Bay, voted by the University of Sydney as Australia’s most beautiful beach, not an upmarket high rise beach resort, but voted the best for its clarity of water, privacy and cleanliness. Vivonne Bay came out tops. It is home to many lobster fishing boats and a picnic on the jetty is pure delight.
Many of the Island’s farmers grow specialist food products like free-range poultry and eggs, marron (fresh water crayfish or lobster), King George whiting, oysters and pure Ligurian bee honey. Abalone farming is now growing in significance on Kangaroo Island. There is also a rapidly expanding wine industry and the Rookery can advise on wine tasting facilities and outlets.