Explore Kangaroo Island’s extraordinary east
Discover the Beaches and Bushland of Penneshaw and Dudley Peninsula
The tranquil seaside town of Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island is the first stop when arriving via the SeaLink ferry or cruise ship, and is on the Dudley Peninsula, the island’s east end. In the town is the Visitor Information Centre, Maritime and Folk Museum, Christmas Cove Marina and Hog Bay, one of many swimming and fishing beaches on the island. Don’t miss the little penguins, best seen on a night tour.
Dudley Peninsula on Kangaroo Island has spectacular and unspoiled coastal scenery, perfect for a beachside holiday, with hiking, fishing, great places to eat and historic sites dating back to when the area was first settled in 1836. Don’t miss the well on the foreshore, one of our top five Kangaroo Island secrets!
Just out of town, Baudin Conservation Park’s hiking trail leads to a historic site, hugging the spectacular coastline, where you can see whales in season, and endangered glossy black cockatoos.
Lashmar Conservation Park is south-east of Penneshaw on the Cape Willoughby Road. On the banks of the Chapman River, great for fishing and kayaking, the park offers two bushland camping areas. Go swimming where the river mouth meets the long sweep of Antechamber Bay, with superb views across to the mainland.
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse, built in 1852, was South Australia’s first. Tour the lighthouse or stay in an original lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Along the coastal walking trails, the isolation and beauty offer sensational views, as striking now as they were when the first settlers arrived more than 150 years ago.
If you are planning your visit to Kangaroo Island, then here are our essential guides and maps to help your itinerary
How to get to Kangaroo Island and how to get around the Island, essential information for you to know.
Learn about our Islands history and heritage, keeping the Island special and our iconic wildlife
Learn when to visit Kangaroo Island for abundant wildlife, wildflowers, fantastic local produce and seafood and the best natural attractions each season