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The Crab Shack

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by Colleen P Moyne (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in South Australia dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full-time.
Published March 10th 2016
A seaside getaway to suit all tastes
I was looking for a quick weekend getaway that was affordable, pet-friendly and available at short notice. I found the Crab Shack at Port Parham, a small beach-side town just off the Port Wakefield Road, north of Adelaide.

Crab Shack Port Parham
The Crab Shack, Port Parham


Port Parham is known for its crab fishing but I planned to just kick back and relax for a couple of days. Because the rates were so affordable, my expectations weren't high but I was more than pleasantly surprised by this lovely little hideaway.

The shack – more like a house – overlooks the beach and even has a roof deck with a view along the coast. The décor and furnishings are good quality and there is a doggy-door and large enclosed back yard that kept my small dog happy and safe.



The shack offers accommodation for six people with two generous bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry and bathroom.

Proprietors, Karl and Jill were a pleasure to deal with and although they apologised that the cleaners had not had a chance to go through yet, the facilities were clean and tidy.

Sunset, Beach, Port Parham
Sunset at Port Parham Beach


I walked along the beach, relaxed in the backyard, read, wrote, listened to music and took photos of the sunsets. At night I lazed on a recliner in the living room and watched the large TV. The shower was lovely, the bed was comfortable and the air conditioners kept the whole place cool on an otherwise uncomfortably hot day.

The only minor fault I found with the shack was that a couple of the windows had no coverings but this will soon be rectified. Otherwise this was a perfect getaway.
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Why? A great beachside escape
When: Ongoing
Phone: 0411892991
Where: Port Parham, South Australia
Cost: $110 per night
Your Comment
Sounds like you found a bargain and pet-friendly as well. Thanks for sharing.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4145) 1410 days ago
Great to hear of another pet-friendly accommodation option. Thanks
by kimja (score: 1|41) 1412 days ago
In the article above, I neglected to add that, aside from the two inside bedrooms, the Crab Shack also has an independent granny flat that sleeps two and has its own ensuite. So in fact it sleeps eight, not six. Even better value for money!
by Colleen P Moyne (score: 1|29) 1409 days ago
Sounds great and affordable. Definitely will add that to my to do list.
by aliri (score: 0|2) 1409 days ago
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