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Pennington Bay

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by Vanessa M (subscribe)
I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
Published November 21st 2014
My favourite bay on Kangaroo Island, Pennington Bay, is a beautiful spot located on the more populated half of the island. It consists of a series of beaches which can be reached by sets of stairs from the high parking area stretched along their rear. The elevation of the road means there's the scenery can be appreciated both from up high and down on the sand (on my visit the sights even included seals).

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Just part of the pretty sights at this bay


The last beach in the bay is the biggest. Going for a swim here is not recommended however, due to strong rips and surf (made worse with winds), But if you're a surfer (beginner or experienced) you will find the place can be quite popular. Plenty of people like me choose to stay on the sand though, and try things like fishing. At one end the beach is separated from its neighbour by a rocky area that can be amusing for kids to climb on (for a little while).

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The main beach at Pennington Bay


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Making our base at the bottom of the stairs


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The sand is the safest place to be


The beaches beside this main one are smaller and often rockier.

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One of the other beaches


Pennington Bay is located on the southern side of Kangaroo Island, right on the narrow neck that separates the Dudley Penninsula on the eastern side from the rest. The turn off to it is located very close to Prospect Hill (which offers great views from the top). The closest town to it is American River.

The other top beaches on Kangaroo Island are probably Vivonne Bay, a beautiful spot also on the southern side, and Stokes Bay, which is up north and is a great one to actually go swimming at (it even has a tidal pool). These are both very well-known and pretty much tourist attractions themselves. Other beaches include Emu Bay (the only option there is for beach-driving) and Browns Beach, a spot for day use or camping where I saw seals twice.
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Why? For the scenery or the surf
When: Any day
Where: Take the turn off from Hog Bay Road just before Prospect Hill
Cost: Free
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