Kangaroo Island’s wharf facilities only allow for smaller vessels to dock. From your ship it is an easy walk into Penneshaw village. Larger vessels will use tenders to the same landing pier. There is a tourist information center set up in a tent on the dock.
Kingscote is biggest town on Kangaroo island, around 70km or just under an hours drive from Penneshaw. It has a small shopping strip downtown, which in addition to supermarkets has a choice of cafes, a bookshop, choice of restaurants, pubs, and a couple of other stores to browse.
Free shuttle buses are running from Penneshaw village to a beach area 8 miles away and to Kingscote (a 45 minute ride,$50 AU$ per person, this is about 50% cheaper than a cruise organized excursion), the largest town on the island. You can sign up for these buses for specific times. Very efficient system.
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Kangaroo Island is Australia's third-largest island after Tasmania and Melville Island. It is 112 kilometers (70 mi) southwest of Adelaide at the entrance of Gulf St Vincent, in the state of South Australia. There are four significant settlements on the island, with Kingscote being the biggest.
Visitors to Kangaroo Island will experience an abundance of wildlife, natural scenery and wild beaches. The cliffs and bays can be spectacular, and there are interesting geological formations along the south, the most popular to visit being Admirals Arch and the Remarkable Rocks. Popular attractions include the KI Penguin center and the New Zealand Fur Seals which can be seen under Admirals Arch in Flinders Chase National Park.
Penneshaw is a small pretty country town on Kangaroo Island with a population of about 1500 people, and is on the north-east coast of the Dudley Peninsula, and overlooks Backstairs Passage, with the mainland of South Australia a mere sixteen kilometers away.
There are no taxi services on the island.
Situated on the shores of the beautiful Nepean Bay, with a panoramic view of the boat-studded harbor, Kingscote is the commercial and business hub of the Island. To the north there are steep cliffs that descend steeply to Reeves Point (old Kingscote), one of the most important heritage sites in South Australia. Kingscote is the Island's capital and a bright, bustling town of about 1,800 people. It is the center of trade and commerce with banks, extensive shopping and services. A comprehensive guide to the attractions, activities and interesting walks is available from the Information center, shops and accommodation houses. The delightful Little Penguins have established themselves in the sandstone and clay cliffs in front of the town. Guided by KI Marine center, tours are conducted after dusk to see the penguins returning from their day's fishing. The jetty nearly always yields a feed of fish for the keen and patient angler. Tommy ruff, garfish, King George whiting and snook are the most commonly caught varieties.
Shops and services are generally open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and until lunchtime on Saturday. In cities and larger towns, many shops stay open late on Thursday or Friday evening - usually until 9pm - and all day on Saturday. Shopping malls are often open on Sundays as well.
In remote country areas, roadhouses provide all the essential services for the traveler and, on the major highways, are generally open 24 hours a day. In tourist areas, even ones well off the beaten track, tourist offices are often open every day or at least through the week plus weekend mornings; urban information centers are more likely to conform to normal shopping hours.
Tourist attractions such as museums, galleries and attended historic monuments, are often open daily, though those in rural communities may have erratic opening hours.
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