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Penola Backpackers

Certificate of Excellence 2014


Excellent 5/5 Score from 16 reviews

Welcome to Penola Backpackers! Newly renovated 1935 Spanish Mission home

Guest house | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 19

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 106 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

An historic 1935 Spanish Misson Art Deco Home, newly renovated and located within the Penola CBD, adjacent to city park and tourist information centre, and next to the Public swimming pool. Great for several families, backpackers or small groups! Very affordable.

This is the place to stop, relax and enjoy the quaint atmosphere of Historic Penola. Shops, art galleries, cafes, antique shops and much more. Walk across the street to cool off in the pool, or enjoy the park. A great place for family reunions, or small groups, or backpackers.

Size Sleeps up to 19, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Robe 106 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 100 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Mt. Gambier Regional Airport 50 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (17), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Further details indoors

Queen size Bedroom has private Bath/shower and ensuite available.

New Large shower/toilet facilities available for groups.

Further details outdoors

BBQ and outdoor eating facilities available.

Large park and public pool across the street.

The South Australia region

Penola is rich in history, and is located in a world reknown wine region. It's central to many places. Close to the beaches, half hours drive to Mt. Gambier or Naracoorte and the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves,


The John Riddock Centre, Art Galleries, Antique Shops, Mary MacKillop school and Interpretation Centre, Coonawarra wineries and cellar doors, numerous restaurants and cafes, Peticoat lane

Numerous wine festivals, art festivals, see for festival dates

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Review 1-10 of 16

12 Jun 2014


"Just be awesome"

Our trip to Penola cant be more wonderful with the host's hospitality. We just feel so friendly, trustful and welcoming in a new town. Astonishingly. # Absolutely recommended.

5 Jun 2014


"Great value for money"

I stayed 2 nights in this hostel.The place is very clean (bedroom, bathrooms, showers), with fully stocked kitchen equipment and free use of BBQ and the owners are so friendly. There is a private par… More

22 Apr 2014


"One of the best backpackers I have stayed. Home from home!!!!!"

I stayed for only one night and wish I had more time. I travelled with my friend and we stayed in the family room which was very spacious. It was very refreshing after travelling for so long in YHA�… More

24 Mar 2014


"Our family of 5 found Penolabackpackers very comforatable and well appointed and would definitely stay again."

Our family of 5 stayed overnight in the double room for the parents and the 3 teenage boys shared a 4 bunk room. The house is in a great spot in the main street close to all shops/hotels etc. and next to the park. We brought food for dinner and it was easy to cook in the lovely kitchen and BBQ just outside. It certainly had all the comforts of home and the boys enjoyed the big flat screen TV and the free WiFi. Bathroom facilities were numerous and very good and the whole place homely and clean. it suited our family very well and we would stay again!

11 Mar 2014


"Amazing value for money"

Short review - price is spectacular and the facilities are clean and well maintained. The owner is friendly, accommodating and very helpful. We had a wonderful time and will stay at this property any time we are in the region.

31 Jan 2014


"Made my visit to Penola great!!"

I'm doing a wine tour of SA by myself on a backpackers budget, so understandably I can't afford many of the fancy wine related B&B's in the area. Penola Backpackers not only made my vis… More

31 Jan 2014


"Don't be put off by the term "Backpackers" !"

This backpacker accommodation is good and more comfortable than the usual. We stayed in the room with a queen bed and its own toilet and wash basin. The kitchen was large and very well equipped even down to flowers and recipe books! There are plenty of bathrooms.
Our host, the owner Sandra Smith who has a property out of town, made an effort to meet us and we benefited from her local knowledge. She recommended Petticoat Lane – a street of slab huts preserved as they were in 1860s by the local national trust. Also the pub which Mary Mackillop's aunt ran and the school where Mary MacKillop acted as a governess. A ideal base for those doing some wine tasting in Coonawarra. Undercover parking at the rear, butcher shop across the road and supermarket within walking distance. BBQ at the back ideal for those wanting to try some of the local red wine. Industrial washing machine also handy. Town swimming pool across the road.

31 Jan 2014


"lovely host with upscale feel"

The owner was extremely helpful and friendly. My partner and I stayed in a private room, which was very nice. The inside of the house is mostly updated (minus the bathroom) but has everything you could need and more!

22 Jan 2014



A spacious, comfortable, immaculately clean guesthouse at backpacker prices. A great range of room sizes for singles, couples, families or even groups keen to explore the great produce of the terra ro… More

15 Dec 2013


"Should be renamed as guesthouse"

With the name "backpacker" I was dubious (even though I am a backpacker I don't like hostels) - but this place is lovely. Is is so so clean, with fully stocked kitchen equipment and fre… More

Review 1-10 of 16

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Calendar last updated:17 Sep 2014

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