If you find yourself travelling along the Eyre Highway, Penong makes for a convenient place to stop and take a rest for a few days. The small town has plenty of amenities for travellers, including a great place to stay the night with the Penong Hotel Accommodation. With plenty of things to do in and around town, you can spend your day exploring the area and head back for a meal and comfortable room at the Penong Hotel.
Here’s everything that you need to know about the hotel and town of Penong.
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About Penong Hotel
The Penong Hotel is a great country pub located on the Eyre Highway in the middle of the town of Penong. The hotel was originally opened in 1910 and has continued to serve the locals and travellers of the region for over 100 years. The hotel is open every day of the week with drinks and accommodation on offer, and teas from Monday to Saturday.
They also have a sister pub – a hotel in Thevenard, which is just over 70km to the east.
Meals and drinks
You can find classic pub meals and drinks at Penong Hotel and friendly country service. You can find a number of classic favourites on their tea menu, including a range of seafood such as calamari and beer-battered fish, steak and schnitzel. Enjoy meals from Monday to Saturday 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm, they also have special nights such as Schnitzel Nights on Thursdays.
For drinks, you can find plenty of beer choices, wine and regular non-alcoholic choices, and Penong Hotel being a Liquor Legends outlet you can purchase well-priced alcohol to go too.
Penong Hotel Accommodation is a popular choice for a stay in Penong. They offer clean and comfortable rooms with shared bathroom and toilet facilities, and old-school country pub charm that is unique to hotels such as this. After a long day of driving and exploring their rooms offer a nice retreat. Simply call or call in to book.
Penong is a small town on the Eyre Highway, just 74km west of Ceduna, South Australia. It’s a convenient place to stop on your trip across the Nullarbor Plain, with some great attractions and things to see and do in and around the town. Penong also has a range of amenities and facilities for travellers, including a fuel stop, roadhouse, general store, laundromat, caravan park and, of course, Penong Hotel.
While you can simply drive through Penong, if you have the time to stop for a day or two, there are some great things to see and do nearby.
Things to do in Penong
If you’re staying the night at Penong Hotel Accommodation, then here are some of the best things to do in Penong.
Penong Windmill Museum
The Penong Windmill Museum has become a major attraction on the Far West Coast. Dedicated to the agricultural history of the area, it showcases the importance of windmills in supplying energy and water to farming properties over the years. The open-air museum has a unique collection of 20 restored windmills collected from around Australia, including the country’s biggest which is named “Bruce”.
Another good museum stop, the local community runs the Woolshed Museum on the western outskirts of Penong town. The local museum and craft shop has memorabilia collected from the town and displays a variety of art and jewellery. It requests a gold coin donation for entry which goes into supporting this local museum and community effort.
Cactus Beach is one of Australia’s most famous, world-class surf beaches. Located on the eastern side of the Great Australian Bight at Point Sinclair, the beach has been declared a National Surfing Reserve. The beach provides three breaks, Cactus (left), Castles (left) and Caves (right) which can be particularly wild depending on the swell. The area around Point Sinclair is also quite notorious for Great White Shark sightings, so it’s mostly reserved for experienced surfers only.
It’s easy to reach the beach from Penong. You can take a left turn just after the Penong Hotel and follow a dirt, 2WD road for around 20 minutes. There is also a jetty at Point Sinclair which is popular for fishing and swimming, with a safe swimming enclosure present during summer.
If you’re a surfer, then it’s likely you’ve heard of Paul Gravelle’s boards. He has been hand-shaping surfboards for 50 years and is known for his custom boards made for his customers. His factory is based in Penong, with varying hours depending on how the surf is breaking. You can also contact him via email if you’re interested in seeing his work.
Another popular place on the same road to Point Sinclair and Cactus Beach is this stunning salt lake. It’s located at a salt mine on the largest gypsum deposit in Australia. The incredibly high salt levels in the water combined with algae and pink bacteria makes the colour of the lake turn a bright fluorescent pink colour. The lake has become a bit of an Instagram-famous attraction with many travellers heading there to snap a photo of the unique colours.
For golfing enthusiasts, the Nullarbor Links is the longest golf course in the world and a must-do in Penong. The 18-hole par 72 course spans 1365km across the Nullarbor with one hole in each roadhouse along the Eyre Highway. Penong is home to Hole 3 at the Penong Golf Course so you can have a hit during your visit or attempt to finish the whole course over a number of days.
Scotdesco Aboriginal Community
The Scotdesco Aboriginal Community and their 25, 000 acre property lies just 30km west of Penong. The community is open to the public and offers a photo op of a big wombat sculpture.
The farm and community are managed and run by the Scott family descendants who originally came from Eucla. The Big Wombat on the farm was built by local artists and has become a popular tourist stop and photo opportunity.