If you’re spending time in Ceduna, it’s worth a short self-drive tour out to Penong. The small town is a great stop on the Eyre Highway, just 74km west from Ceduna. One of its main highlights is the Penong Windmill Museum, which is located right in town. Whether you just have time to wander through the open-air display or also have extra time to explore the town’s surroundings, travelling from Ceduna to Penong makes for a great day trip.
No matter whether you have a few hours or a full day, you can easily explore much of Penong and the surrounding area of the Far West Coast from Ceduna. Here are some of the best things to see on the way that you can customise to suit your own itinerary.
NOTE: This itinerary is designed to be used along with our map of Ceduna where you can view all locations and roads and informational cards and videos to assist and enhance your adventure.
Itinerary for Penong Windmill Museum self-drive tour
Stop 1: Penong Windmill Museum
As one of the most popular attractions on the Far West Coast, a visit to the Penong Windmill Museum is a must when arriving in town. Located right in the centre of Penong, this open-air museum includes 20 restored windmills from around the country. The display demonstrates the importance of these iconic inventions for the agricultural history of the area.
You’ll also find the largest windmill in Australia at the museum, which is named Bruce. It attracts travellers from all over the country to come and see it, making it one of the most popular attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
Stop 2: Lake MacDonnell (Pink Lake)
If you have some more time up your sleeve, then another popular spot to visit is Lake MacDonnell. If you turn left down Point Sinclair Road towards the end of town, you’ll come across this spectacular pink lake. The former salt mine on the largest gypsum deposit in Australia attracts hundreds of travellers and photographers who come to take photos of the fluorescent pink lake which is created by the unique algae and bacteria in the water.
However, the lake is at its brightest when the weather is dryer, so be aware of recent rainfall if you’re hoping to see the real pink colour. You should also be aware of other vehicles when stopping to take photos, it is on a public road so make sure you don’t block oncoming traffic.
Stop 3: Cactus Beach at Point Sinclair
If you have even more time, you can continue down the road past the lake to Point Sinclair. This beautiful coastal point is home to Cactus Beach, a famous surf beach with three world-class breaks and further on is the Port Sinclair jetty along with a safe swimming enclosure in summer. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy a picnic.
Stop 4: The Pantry Tree
As you leave Penong and head back towards Ceduna on the Eyre Highway, you should stop for a quick photo op at the “pantry”. This tree showcases the local sense of humour and is where people have hung pots and pans from the branches. You can either just enjoy the unique icon or add your own pan to the pantry tree.
Return to Ceduna
You can return to Ceduna back along the Eyre Highway.