Kangaroo Island YHA - Penneshaw
Kangaroo Island, Australia
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Kangaroo Island YHA - Penneshaw Reviews
2 min walk from the penguins! Apr 15, 2010
The YHA in Penneshaw is an excellent place to stay. The staff was very nice and very helpful, and there's free coffee and tea in the mornings in a good size sun-lit kitchen.
The YHA is right up the street from the ferry landing (but opposite the flows of traffic), right up a small hill and overlooking the bay. The view of the sunrise from the hostel is beautiful, with the bay spread out in front and the sky on fire. It's nice :)
Very near the hostel is a park (right on the beach), and this is where the tickets for the penguin tour are sold (adults were around $7, and concessions were $5; I highly recommend the tour, it's well worth it to see and be that close to the penguins). And directly up the street in the opposite direction is an IGA - for groceries.
The room was a 6 bed dorm en suite, with a double in a separate bedroom. The room had a small fridge and sink, and a small sitting area. The bathroom was clean and the hot water was constant, and there wasn't any noise late at night.
I only have two problems with this hostel: the heating method in the room is a stand-alone space heater, that doesn't really do much; so it was very cold overnight. And second, the mice in the walls. Fair enough, this is a rural island and mice are abundant, but I just don't like scratching in the wall near my head to wake me up at 5am.
Now, with that said, I would definitely stay here again.
A few side notes:
-There is parking for vehicles at the hostel, but no rental agency in Penneshaw; and yes, a car is a must, to see the island.
-Groceries and "food" are only really available in Penneshaw and Kingscote (the two "main" towns on KI). So if you head the western side of the island, bring everything you need and want because resources are very scarce.
-Driving at night...avoid it. If you can't, drive half the speed of the posted speed limit. The amount, and frequency, of wildlife (roo's, bilbys, echidnas, wallabys, etc) is crazy! Let me just say this about driving at night on Kangaroo Island: if you drive longer than around 2-3 minutes without having a kangaroo jump out in front of you or dash off into the bushes, or have to stomp on the breaks because an echidna is waddling off the road, or, lastly, a group of kangaroos are just sitting in the middle of the road as you come around the turn and don't really want to move with some quickness...I would be extremely surprised and have to shake my head at my strike of good luck (to see so many animals, that is).
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