Dudley Peninsula

View of Sea Dragon Lodge from Cape St Albans

Chapman River with Antechamber Bay in the background Sea Dragon Lodge is located on the eastern most tip of Dudley Peninsula very close to Cape Willoughby Lighthouse.

Formerly an island in its own right, the eastern 'head' of KI or Dudley Peninsula has a character all of its own. The peninsula's parks, beaches and coastal scenery are the equal of any on the island. Best of all, there is some great unheralded bushwalking and very peaceful hideaways to explore.


Penneshaw is KI’s second largest town and the main gateway port. The original settlement was around the enclosed anchorage of Christmas Cove – now home to a modern small-boat marina. After construction began in 1903 of a jetty in Hog Bay, the centre of town gravitated east to its current location. The town beach and nearby Baudin Conservation Park make Penneshaw an attractive holiday spot and it’s well-known for its resident colony of Little Penguins. As well as having some of the island’s best regarded eateries, it also hosts a monthly farmer’s market and the annual Easter Art Exhibition. If you want to try your hand at fishing, KI Fishing Charters operates from Christmas Cove at Penneshaw

Lashmar Lagoon is only a 10 minute drive from the Lodge

Antechamber Bay

Antechamber Bay is one of the island’s most beautiful beaches – three pristine kilometres of golden sand flanked by Lashmar Conservation Park. It’s an excellent swimming and fishing location with views across Backstairs Passage to the mainland.

Chapman River & Lashmar Lagoon

After winter rains this peaceful estuary behind Antechamber Bay becomes a brimming wetland. A haven for native water birds, its groves of melaleucas have great sheltered bird watching and picnic locations.

Devils Kitchen is a short 30 minute walk from the Lodge

Cape Willoughby

Cape Willoughby The Eastern most point of Dudley Peninsula, Cape Willoughby is the home to South Australia’s first lighthouse, built in 1852. It’s construction was thanks largely to the urging of Charles Sturt, the colonial secretary and famed former inland explorer. Built from massive blocks of locally quarried granite the lighthouse stands 25m tall. While it might have lost its original lantern room, it’s still an imposing and historic structure.

Leseur Conservation Park

Formerly the Cape Hart Conservation Park, this 1100 hectare park was re-named in 2002 to honour Charles-Alexandre Lesueur the artist with the 1802 Baudin expedition. It protects significant plant communities – including rare species – and a magnificent coastline of granite crags and wave-cut platforms

Island Beach

The long sweep of coast taking in Baudin and Island Beach is a popular holiday haunt. A great stretch for swimming, fishing and boating, its coastal scrub is now dotted with some of the island’s most dapper waterfront homes.If you want to try your hand at fishing,KI Fishing Charters operates from Christmas Cove at Penneshaw and fishes the waters off Island Beach.

Pennington Bay

One of the most accessible of the south coast's dramatic beaches. Popular for surf fishing and sightseeing - in a big sourtherly gale the surf is impressive. It's as wild and windswept as nearby Pelican Lagoon can be calm and protected. Pennington Bay is a photographers dream and is one of the most photgrahed beaches on the island

Dudley Peninsula Wineries and Cafes
Kangaroo Island Wineries

There are several wineries on Dudley Peninsulawhich include:
Pennington Bay is great spot for Surfing and fishing There are several wineries on Dudley Peninsula.
Dudley Cellar Door which has great gourmet pizzas and local seafood to accompany their wines. They also have absolutely spectacular views and are a must see. They are approximately half way between Penneshaw and Sea Dragon Lodge and therefore make a great place to stop for a magnificent lunch as you make your way to the Lodge. They are about 16kms from Penneshaw on Cape Willoughby Road

Sunset Winery about 10 kms out of Penneshaw on Hog Bay Road. They have a lovely view over Eastern Cove Chapman River Wines provide an excellent platter to accompany their wines.

Kangaroo Island Cafes & Restaurants

There are several great cafes on Dudley Peninsula.

Zest 'n Thyme located near Cape Willoughby Lighthouse is our favourite. They have stunning views and serve great meals as well morning and afternoon teas. They will do takeaway evening meals for Sea Dragon Lodge guests.

Penguin Stop Cafe in Penneshaw. Try their great coffee and good meals at lunchtime.

The Penneshaw Hotel servesquality lunch and evening meals.

American River

A narrow tidal channel, known locally as 'The River', separates Pelican Lagoon and Eastern Cove. This channel forms the Island's most protected harbour. The village of American River nestles on the hillside in native bushland, offering superb views of Eastern Cove and the mainland. The bushland surrounding the village is habitat to the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo, which are often seen in the area. Eastern Cove, the outer bay, offers excellent sailing and fishing in semi-protected waters. American River supports these pursuits with an excellent boat ramp, barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing charters and boat hire. If you want to try your hand at fishing,KI Fishing Charters operates from Christmas Cove at Penneshaw and fishes the waters off American River.

Pelican Lagoon, the inner bay, is a natural fish nursery and is protected as an Aquatic Reserve. The islands within the lagoon are important bird-breeding habitats. Black Swans, Cape Barren Geese, Australian Pelicans and other birds make the area an excellent bird-watching destination. The foreshore and the Fish Cannery Walking Trail are great places to pursue this.