Penong is a very small settlement located
on the Western edge of South Australia's grain growing belt. The
town itself is an easy 75 kilometres drive to the west of Ceduna,
or coming from the opposite direction it is situated 78 kilometres
east of Nundroo Roadhouse. Scattered around Penong are dozens
of windmills that pump water from the Anjutabie water Basin. This
water is supplemented by the use of rain water and water is also
carted by truck from a reticulated water supply connected to the
Tod River pipeline some 15 kilometres east of Penong. South of
Penong are massive deposits of salt and gypsum in Lake McDonnell.
Each year 100,000 tonnes of salt are harvested from brine pools
and exported from Port Thevenard to the eastern States. Lake McDonnell's
gypsum deposits are the largest in the Southern Hemisphere and
cover an area of 87 square kilometres to an average depth of 4.8
metres. That's a lot of gypsum. Cactus Beach is located 21 kilometres
south of Penong and surfers from around the world and Australia
frequent the area to surf 1 right hand and 2 left hand breaks.
Banded Stilts at nearby Lake MacDonnell
Penong General Store and
The General Store sells
groceries, pies, pasties, fruit, vegetables, ice cream, LPG, ice,
fishing bait and souvenirs. Penong General Store also acts as
an agent for the State Bank of South Australia. EFTPOS Facilities
are available however a $2-00 fee applies to cash out transactions.
An outdoor eating area is available and an Australia Post Box
is located nearby. Opening Times: Monday to Friday .. 8-00 am
to 5-30 pm Saturday to Sunday ........
9-00 am to 1-00 pm
is located behind the General
Store on Saunders Street
Caltex Roadhouse and Fast Food Outlet
This business operates from
the main road . Fuel is sold 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The
fast food shop operates between 6-00 AM and 10-00 PM. 7
days a week. Fishing tackle and supplies are also sold in the
A Public Phone is also available next
to the Take Away food shop.
Hotel operates from the main
Road and has a beer garden and accommodation facilities. For further
information telephone (08) 8625 1050.
Caravan Park is located 500 metres north of the Eyre
Highway on 5 Stiggants Road. Penong Caravan Park's facilities
include drive through sites and on site vans for hire. Cabins
are also available for hire and guests are offered free use of
laundry facilities. Penong's Caravan Park also has barbecue facilities
and pets are permitted on a leash. For further
information please telephone (08) 8625 1111.
Alternatively for email contact Penong Caravan Park.
If you are interested
in surfing definitely make the journey to Cactus
Beach. Cactus Beach is renowned for 2 world class left hand
breaks named "Cactus" and "Castles", and a
right hand break known as "Caves".
Cactus Beach on a calm day
For the non-surfing inclined
traveller a popular picnic spot is located at nearby Port Sinclair.
On the Western outskirts of Penong is the Woolshed. The Penong
Woolshed is operated by the local community and is generally open
5 days a week between 10-00 am and 4-00 pm. Nowadays the Woolshed
operates as a museum exhibiting historical memorabilia and a variety
of local arts crafts. If Quandong Jam or Chutney is available
I definitely recommend you buy some. The Quandong
is a variety of native fruit. Also sold is a popular range of
handcrafted glassware made by local artist Cindy Durant. Cindy's
work typically exhibits marine themes including fish, seahorses,
sea shells and crabs. Within Penong is Paul Gravelle's surfboard
factory which may or may not be open depending on how the surf
Blue Lake near Cactus Beach