Our quaint two bedroom light and airy beach house directly overlooks the beautiful beach at Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, and is only a 5-10 minute walk away from all town facilities and the ferry terminal.
Perfectly located overlooking the white sands of Hog Bay and with uninterrupted views across the waters of Backstairs Passage to Cape Jervis, The Beach House on The Bay is the ideal base for a Kangaroo Island holiday.
The house comprises a living/meals room with terrific views across the bay, two bedrooms (1 double and 1 x 2 single), kitchen and bathroom. A separate back room includes a laundry area equipped with a fully automatic washing machine and dryer.
The well-equipped kitchen includes electric hot plates, microwave oven, electric frying pan, toaster, kettle, coffee plunger and a good range of cooking pots, utensils, crockery and cutlery. Guests can also use the stainless steel gas barbeque (stored out of the weather in the back room). We ask that guests please clean the barbeque after use and return it to the back room.
All beds have doonas and bed linen is provided. Towels and spare blankets are also provided.
Across the road the flat beach and generally calm waters combine to produce one of the safest swimming beaches on the island.
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We live in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills so we cannot always meet and greet our guests but we are readily contactable by phone or email and are very happy to provide recommendations on things to do on Kangaroo Island.
I am an exploration geologist and have worked in many parts of Australia and New Zealand for over 35 years, assisting in the discovery and development of gold and base metal deposits. I have lived nearly all of my life in South Australia although work has taken my away to diverse places for extended periods of time.
I first visited Kangaroo Island as a teenager and was delighted by the abundant wildlife, the wonderful coastal scenery, the beautiful and uncrowded beaches and the relaxed lifestyle. Of course, I kept returning.
Over the years, I have found that there seems to be a spiritual cleansing as soon as you step on the ferry at Cape Jervis for the crossing to Penneshaw. You leave any work pressures behind and enter the world of nature. Every crossing is different: the sea can be calm or rough, you sometimes see dolphins and/or seals and, very occasionally, a whale or two.
My interests, apart from my work, include cuisine/entertainment and wines, travel and people. We are fortunate in South Australia to have a diverse array of wine regions, each producing some fantastic wines, and I am very interested in the study of the terroir of each of these regions. In this regard, Kangaroo Island is a relatively young wine region and it is good to see the progress and development that has taken place.
The excellent local seafood, including whiting, snapper, lobster, marron, scallops, oysters, abalone, crabs and squid, whether you catch it yourself or buy it, forms the basis of formidable meals to be shared with friends.
My wife, Pam, and I bought our first beach house in Penneshaw in 1998 and, in 2005, we bought "The Beach House on the Bay". We renovated the bathroom and outdoor areas and it is now a relatively small but quaint and quirky house with the most magnificent views of the beach and over the waters of Backstairs Passage to the mainland.