Established in the late 19th century near the site of the old Penong homestead, the township of Penong is 75 km west of Ceduna on the Eyre Highway. It is a mixed farming and cropping area with a district population of about 170 which includes 75 in the township itself.
It is one of only two communities in the State’s out-of-councils area that has coastal frontage and this frontage includes Point Sinclair and Cactus Beach.
The town water supplies at Penong that supplement roof catchment are derived from the adjacent Anjutabie water basin by an array of operational windmills situated near the main entrance to the town.
Cactus Beach, with its famous right-hand and left-hand wave breaks, is only 25 km from Penong. Adjacent to the beach is the Point Sinclair Conservation Reserve which provides excellent fishing spots in the bay off the Point Sinclair jetty.
The old Penong Woolshed Museum offers locally crafted artwork, produce and gourmet foods. The old Town Hall has been converted into a surfboard factory and Penong has an excellent sporting complex, hosting its own football team, the Western United Tigers.
There is a hotel in the town and a 24-hour roadhouse on the Eyre Highway.
The Progress Association meets on a monthly basis and is a proactive Committee. Although limited fundraising occurs they have been successful in receiving several grants over the years.