Penong is the first town you reach as you travel west from Ceduna, on the Eyre Peninsula.

It’s a good ‘watering hole’ before the long journey across the Nullarbor Plain – one of Australia’s great road trips.

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. Cactus has three perfect surfing breaks – Castles and Cactus both left handers and Caves, a powerful right-hand break.

Although the surrounding land is private property, the owner permits camping in a natural environment. Toilets and bore water showers are provided, and firewood is supplied nightly.