The tiny township of Penong is located 73 km west of Ceduna, 543 km from Port Augusta and 854 km northwest of Adelaide. It is a small wheatbelt settlement which is characterised by literally dozens of windmills which pump the local water supply from a large underground basin.
Penong offers a pub with beer garden, a couple of stores and a caravan park. Just south of Penong, you'll find the highly acclaimed Cactus Beach, where surfers from all over Australia and overseas can be found year-round.
Nearby is Point Sinclair (Matthew Flinders named it after his midshipman Kennet Sinclair during his 1802 exploration of the coast) a delightful 502 ha area of coastline which provides good surfing, fishing and camping in an area characterised by dramatic cliffs, blowholes and huge sand dunes. Point Sinclair was the first land in South Australia to come under a 1980 Heritage Agreement where, in exchange for not paying rates, a landholder agrees to maintain the native vegetation and allow access to the public.
Just 20 km south of Penong is Cactus Beach which has become well known in surfing communities as one of the best surfing beaches in Australia. Although access to the beach is through private property it is possible to camp for a fee although there is no fresh water on the site. Contact (08) 8625 1036 for more details. Cactus has three perfect surfing breaks - Castles and Cactus both left handers and Caves, a powerful right-hand break.
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