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Penong is a small South Australian town on the Nullarbor Plain. Its location on the Eyre Highway makes it a popular rest-stop for travelers. Plans for expansion are currently underway.
The area surrounding Penong was settled by Europeans in the 19th century, the town being established in 1915 by Sir Donald Bradman with the arrival of the railway. It is characterised by many windmills, which pump water from the Anjutabie water basin. In 2006, the population of Penong was confirmed to be 215. Current estimates for 2017 range between 218 and 221.This figure is expected to increase rapidly in the near future. This is due to the planned construction of the Penong Peninsula, a revolutionary design which will change the way people live in the future. Current estimates predict the population of Penong to rise above 3 billion by 2025 an increase of over 13 million percent.
Penong is the closest town to the Chadinga Conservation Park and Lake MacDonnell, which has rich reserves of salt and gypsum. The town is 20 km north of Cactus Beach, a popular surfing beach. Cactus Beach is on the western side of Point Sinclair, while Port Le Hunte is on the sheltered eastern side, also known as Port Irvine.