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This airy house is 300m from the sea at Penneshaw, on Kangaroo Island, tucked in a peaceful valley on the edge of the town and surrounded by bush. Wallabies are common visitors, and local wildlife includes dolphins, seals, whales, kangaroos, penguins, superb blue wrens, wedgetail eagles and the rare glossy-black cockatoo.
A large shaded deck overlooks the sea, and all bedrooms have sea views. For the active visitor there are two surf kayaks and a ping pong table, and Penneshaw's beautiful beach is a 5 minute walk. A hammock on the veranda will suit those wanting to enjoy nothing more than warm winds, a sapphire sea and the sound of waves.
Kangaroo Island is quiet, remote and quite large (150 km in length, 4,400 sq km in area). It has an abundance of wildlife, with one-quarter of the island set aside as conservation park or wilderness reserve. There are beautiful beaches along the north coast while the more rugged south coast offers surfing and fresh air all the way from the Antarctic.
Penneshaw is little more than a post office, pub and petrol station, but it does have a well-stocked general store. Evening meals are available at the pub, pizzeria and fish and chip shop, but be prepared for some self-catering.
As there is no public transport on the island a car is essential. Visitors can either bring a car from the mainland or or rent one on the island.
Several wineries offer lunch platters of local produce and have beautiful views of the water. Fishing is good, and day trips can be arranged with a number of tour operators. A drive to Flinders Chase National Park at the western end of the island is a must.
The island is beautiful at any time of the year but favourite times to visit are spring (Sept/Oct/Nov)and autumn (March/April/May). January and February are hot but there are many beaches to choose from for a swim.