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Ride a ferry to a beautiful natural landscape populated by fairy penguins, koalas, echidnas, kangaroos, and wallabies. Penneshaw, known as the 'gateway to Kangaroo Island', is the place where you first disembark a ferry from the mainland and open your eyes to see a wonderland of beauty. Kangaroo Island is a magical place to holiday, offering stunning vistas, tranquil waters, friendly locals and a place to truly appreciate the uniqueness of Australia’s animals. 
Things to do:
Fairy Penguin tour: This is certainly a highlight of Penneshaw. The fairy penguin tour leaves from Penneshaw Penguin Centre, and allows visitors to see these adorable creatures waddle up to their burrows from the beach after sunset. Tours last around 45 minutes and include entry into the interpretive centre.
Explore a national park: With more than one third of Kangaroo Island consisting of national parks, you won’t need to travel very far to find one! Pack a picnic, put on your hiking boots, and prepare to be inspired. A great one to visit first is Flinders Chase National Park, home to Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch. Here, you can see firsthand the power Mother Nature has when using water to sculpt rock. Don’t forget your camera!
Wines and vines: Kangaroo Island is part of South Australia so it’s not really surprising that they have delicious wines on offer! The phenomenal vineyards of SA are not limited to the Barossa Valley. You’ll find plenty to enjoy on this lovely island and all are a short drive from Penneshaw.
Art galleries, museums and craft shops: There are plenty to explore around Penneshaw, and equally – as you drive around Kangaroo Island, you’ll discover many more. 
Seal Bay: Pack a picnic, as Seal Bay is an all-day adventure. It will take just over an hour to reach Seal Bay Conservation Park, a safe haven for these rare and fascinating mammals. We’re lucky to have these sea creatures given so many were slaughtered by sealers last century. Today, they are protected and content to breed, raising their numbers so that generations of Aussies will be able to enjoy them. 
Swim and picnic: Take a side trip to the Chapman River, a tranquil spot to swim, picnic, and relax. Bring a sketchbook or camera to capture the beauty of this area.
When to go
Penneshaw is a year-round holiday destination. The summer months bring warm weather perfect for enjoying the beaches, and many animals have their young in these months. Cooler seasons are excellent for long walks, whale watching, and maybe even seeing an echidna “mating train”! 
How to get there: The best way to arrive at Penneshaw is to take the Kangaroo Island SeaLink Ferry from Cape Jarvis. There are multiple departures each day, and the trip takes around 45 minutes. You can even bring your car so that you can drive around the island. The drive to Cape Jarvis from Adelaide takes around an hour and a half, and there are flights to Adelaide from all around Australia.
There are numerous beach homes, self-contained holiday apartments, and bed and breakfasts from which to choose in Penneshaw. Each place offers comfort, personality and proximity to beaches and other attractions. For example, Sunset Retreat is clearly a popular spot judging by their many rave reviews from guests. This cosy self-contained apartment doubles as a bed and breakfast and accommodates just two guests at any given time. This makes it a perfect romantic break, where you can wake up to explore the beach along Christmas Cove, before heading out for a swim or to see the many sights of Kangaroo Island. Sunset Retreat is also only a short walk to the Penguin Centre.
Ideal length of visit
It takes around a week at a relaxed pace to see the main attractions Kangaroo Island has to offer. Penneshaw on its own is a lovely weekend getaway, or a great place to use as a base for Kangaroo Island exploration. 
Further information
When you arrive in Penneshaw, be sure to head to the Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre located on Howard Drive. Here, you’ll find plenty of information about tours and attractions as well as an interpretive display.
With thanks to Sunset Retreat for helping to ‘put their town on the map’.

About the Author
Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide, Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot. She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a rotating basis.

Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveller, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex, and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”  Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.


About the author
Find out more about Kylie at http://bit.ly/h_experts

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