Walking Through Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, Australia

2023 HAL World Cruise

Friday, February 17, 2023

In 2018, the last time we were here, we booked a tour to the Willoughby Lighthouse that also included a wine tasting stop at the Dudley Vineyards Cellar Door.  We had a wonderful time seeing many sights along the way; most especially—a lot of Kangaroos!!!  It took the entire day and we never had time to see the attractions of Penneshaw itself.

So this time, we elected to stay in town and do a walk about to experience life on Kangaroo Island!!!  We visited a crafts market, the local grocery store, several charming shops, an appealing café/bakery.  We walked to coves, bays and inlets.  And then we stopped at the Penneshaw Hotel to have lunch in the Penneshaw Pub. 

Alas and alack, we did not see any kangaroos today.

But here are some photos of what we did see:

In 2018 we did an all-day tour that took us across the countryside.
Besides a lot of coastal views, we saw a few parks, crop fields, forest land, lots of kangaroos, and the view from Dudley Vineyards Cellar Door while enjoying a nice wine tasting,
The kangaroos may have been the highlight!!!
Kangaroos are nocturnal creatures but we certainly saw many out and about on this day!
After reaching the Willoughby lighthouse, we had time to wander around.
And that’s when Roger walked right up to a cute little kangaroo!!! This little one was unafraid, posed for photos, AND STUCK OUT HIS TONGUE!!! Now who do you suppose taught him to do that!!!
But that was then; this is now. And this time, we tendered into town ready to explore Penneshaw properly!!!
And the first thing we saw was a pile of rocks just chock-full of seagulls. At first, we thought they were penguins!!! Our mistake. But a fair one because Penneshaw has a colony of nocturnal penguins and viewing tours are available in the evening.
Anyway, off we went; anxious to see what the town had to offer.
Lo and behold!!! We came upon a craft market!!!
Sandy bought, from a local artist, notecards to satisfy her penchant for frameable souvenirs!!! Roger found a magnet, made that morning from a photo of our ship coming into the anchorage. Another nice souvenir!!!
Totally satisfied, we moved on to Millie Mae’s Pantry. A nice place to linger.
Millie Mae’s serves coffee, tea, baked goods, and sandwiches.
They also sell stuff!!!
While trotting about, we noticed a lot of metel sculptures around town.
These sculptures are the creation of local artist, Phil Baines. He collects metal pieces found in farmyards and turns them into coastal art.
Next. we found the local grocery store.
Well, who can resist a little snack shopping!!! We beat-feet to the grapes and cherries!!!
Moving on, we went over to Christmas Cove.
A nice place to sit and just gaze at the water.
At this point, we decided to find a spot to have lunch.
We chose the Penneshaw Pub at the Hotel Penneshaw.
The view and atmosphere are quite pleasant.
We ordered the standard French Fries and libations.
And they were tasty!!!
After lunch, we did some shopping.
Sandy was particularly taken with the sentiment displayed in a shop where she bought a couple of gifts to take home. This is a motto she thinks we could all live by!!! “The most wasted of days is one without laughter.”
After viewing the WWII war memorial, we realized it was probably time to head back to the ship.
So, we headed back to the tender dock.
Awaited the tender.
Looked back to say goodbye to Penneshaw.
And headed back to the ship.
Once again, we departed Kangaroo Island. And we’ll look forward to a return visit someday, soon!!!

Next, we will visit Fremantle/Perth.

Join us in our final Australian port.

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