Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide : 2016-2017 Kangaroo Island Visitor Guide
tourkangarooisland.com.au | penneshaw and dudley peninsula 48 Arts KI Artworks Gallery and M.B. Stonor Art Glass are two local art galleries worth calling into during a stay on Dudley Peninsula. Tours Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari operates from Christmas Cove Marina and takes you to places where you may encounter pods of Bottlenose and Common dolphins. Colonies of Long-nosed fur seals and Australian sea lions also inhabit the coast. Join an informative nightly tour between March–January at the Penneshaw Penguin Centre through protected areas under a luminous southern night sky. Tours last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. An introductory talk is given at the centre before viewing this endangered colony. The centre is closed for the whole month of February each year. Keen anglers should contact KI Boat Hire, which offers a range of fishing charters and sole use boat hire. Full-day and half-day charters are available. They can arrange a private fishing guide, bait, ice and fishing gear. Be sure to book into a Kangaroo Island Wildlife Safari. This nocturnal tour will take you to meet the ‘locals’ when they are most active, at night. Walking trails Keen walkers will revel in the Ironstone Hill Hike and the Penneshaw Historic Walk. The four kilometre Ironstone Hill Hike follows the coast east of Penneshaw along a section of the original bullock track to Cape Willoughby. The farming heritage of the area is interpreted on signs along the hike. Beaches Dudley Peninsula has many fine beaches to choose from; take the time to explore them and discover your favourite. Chapman River is a great destination to visit with children, as they can play in the shallow waters of the river mouth. A stroll along the sandy beach will reveal the splendour of Antechamber Bay and you may even be lucky enough to have the beach to yourself. Swimming, picnic areas, camping and public toilets are available. The small Baudin Beach community of approximately 50 residents is actively preserving the local area for the enjoyment of all. Next to the boat ramp is an interesting copper sculpture celebrating Mary Beckwith, the first recorded European woman to set foot on South Australian soil. East of the town you’ll find a staircase to the mouth of Deep Creek. To the west, follow the boardwalk to a sheltered Penneshaw Hotel beach, perfect for watching the sunset. Facilities include a boat ramp, viewing platform, cliff top walking path and public toilets. Brown Beach is a sheltered and easily accessible beach suitable for families with children and great for swimming, snorkelling or fossicking for shells. Camping facilities, a picnic area and public toilets are available. Clean sand, safe swimming and views across Backstairs Passage to the mainland make Hog Bay the ideal holiday beach. Lloyd Collins Reserve has toilets, a barbecue and picnic areas. Island Beach is fringed by dense bushland that's home to an abundance of wallabies, kangaroos and Rosenberg goannas. The expansive, family-friendly sandy beach provides very safe swimming and an opportunity for encounters with a range of birdlife including pelicans and the endangered Hooded plover. Visitor Information Services On arrival to the Island, call into the Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre (the Island’s only accredited centre) to pick up maps, brochures, general information including operating hours and costs for Island businesses, souvenirs and produce. They also offer brochures and advice for other South Australian regions.