Things to do in Penneshaw

With your holiday accommodation less than two kilometres from the ferry terminal and walking distance to town, everything is within reach. Stay at Ocean Blue KI for the best of everything – Penneshaw Beach, the town centre, and easy access to the ferry. Our accommodation sleeps up to seven people, in an Airbnb that feels like home. No other rental has a private cove and an enclosed deck with panoramic views of the crystal blue ocean. This is both your relaxing holiday home in Penneshaw and gateway to explore the rest of KI… the beaches, wildlife, food, wineries, and distilleries.

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Start your KI trip in Penneshaw

Begin your time on this beautiful island by spending half a day in Penneshaw – your home for your time here. In walking distance from your accommodation, there’s Penneshaw Beach, Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail, the Frenchman’s Rock, the Penguin Centre, the Maritime and Folk Museum, Wallaby Track, the marina, and jetty.

If you’re there in the morning, head to the Fat Beagle Coffee Shop, Millie Mae’s Pantry, Cactus Kangaroo Island, and Seadragon Café. For lunch or dinner, check out the Penneshaw Hotel, Fire and Smoke KI, Sorrento’s Pizza, and Sunset Food and Wine. Penneshaw is a great starting and ending point for your days, as well as filling those in-between hours when you’re not away adventuring across the island. Fuel your days with coffee and breakfast, end a long drive with fish and ships on the beach at sunset or simply laze out on your private dock, spotting dolphins and whales. There’s no shortage of things to do in Penneshaw.

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Food, wine, water sports & wildlife

People are drawn to Kangaroo Island for a myriad of reasons. To enjoy the gourmet food and wine, relax on some of the world’s best beaches, and see native Australian wildlife up close and personal. There’s something for you, no matter what you love.

It’s hard not to fall in love with this special island. Travellers fly across the world and take a ferry to step foot on our gorgeous little slice of paradise. Vivonne Bay is known as one of Australia’s best beaches and has even made the ‘World’s Best Beach Award’. This is no ordinary holiday, especially if you stay in our Ocean Blue rental accommodation.

Visitors to KI fill their days with outdoor activities, day trips around the island, food, and wine experiences, snorkelling and surfing, at luxury spas, learning about KI’s wildlife and conservation, and on boats, 4WDs, and mini safaris. From Penneshaw, you can travel to Flinders Chase, the other side of the island, within one and a half hours. Stokes Bay is accessible by car within one hour and 15 minutes, and to get to Vivonne Bay only takes an hour. This means you don’t have to jump from accommodation to accommodation. Stay put in your comfortable KI ‘home’, Ocean Blue, for your whole trip.

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Must-do activities in KI

The whole island is accessible to explore from Penneshaw. There are specific attractions that every new Kangaroo Island visitor should see – whether they’re from another part of South Australia or the other side of the world. These top sights include Flinders Chase National Park, Remarkable Rocks, Admirals Arch, Seal Bay Conservation Park, Little Sahara, Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail, Kelly Hill Caves, Cape Willoughby, Wiers Cove, Kingscote Beach, Emu Bay Beach, and of course, the stunning Vivonne Bay.

It’s also worth checking out the lavender and honey farms, oyster farms, eucalyptus oil distillery, wines, olives, and cheese. Some of the best Kangaroo Island wineries include Dudley Wines (right near our accommodation in Penneshaw), Bay of Shoals, False Cape Wines, Sunset Food and Wine, Islander Estate Vineyards, and Lake Breeze Wines.

For beer lovers, don’t miss Kangaroo Island Brewery, Coopers Brewery, and for a fun liquor experience, visit Kangaroo Island Spirits. On this island, expect great food and drinks, while enjoying South Australia’s nature up close and personal.

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For 5-7 days in Kangaroo Island

While Kangaroo Island isn’t the fast-paced place you need an itinerary, it’s good to have an idea of what you want to do on your trip here. Make a list of the top 5-10 sights or experiences you can’t miss, then group them together by location to roughly map your days. The whole ethos here is to relax and unwind, in breathtakingly beautiful nature that you can only see on KI. A great way to split up your trip is to pick a part of the island to day trip to. If you’ve got a few attractions on the far western side of KI, maybe you need two days to truly explore it.

Many of our travelling guests dedicate the first day in Penneshaw, two days to the western side (Flinders Chase), one day to the south (Vivonne Bay and Little Sahara), one day up north (Stokes Bay and Emu Bay), then one day to the east (Willoughby), followed by a final day relaxing in and around Penneshaw. This is a well-rounded week-long trip to Kangaroo Island.

The best accommodation in KI

A slow, yet exciting trip like this, seeing all the sights of Kangaroo Island, is possible when you can return to a comfortable accommodation. Ocean Blue sleeps up to seven people and with the panoramic backyard view of Penneshaw Beach, you never feel confined. There’s everything you could ever need in this KI Airbnb; you’ll want to just dedicate hours to relaxing. This is the perfect way to complement the frequent day trips around the island. Ocean Blue is made for couples, families, and groups of friends. And you can even bring you dog too, with the enclosed front and backyards. Enjoy coming ‘home’ to Ocean Blue, during your stay in KI. It’s part of what will make your trip unforgettable. Get that modern Airbnb feel, mixed with traditional bnb charm, and local hospitality, all in one. This is one of the most convenient and sought-after places to stay in Penneshaw.

Contact us today to discuss your upcoming trip to the gorgeous Kangaroo Island.

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