Nearby is Cape Northumberland which has long been known as South Australia's southernmost point. It boasts of magnificent natural beauty and offers uninterrupted views of the Southern Ocean. Ruins of its lighthouse can also be found here, as well as rock formations resembling animals such as the camel.
Within its town centre, you will find the old customs house and surprisingly a German mine. Built in 1863, the customs house was the only one of its kind in the state. It accommodated the harbour master's office, courthouse, post office, school teacher's residence, police station, prison cells and stables. Today, it is privately owned. As for the German mine, it unexpectedly came into the bay with the high tide one day in October 1943. Its explosive material, destroyed by Adelaide's naval demolition party, was hexonite - a reactive substance six times more powerful than TNT. The mine was designed to explode in a fraction of a second if any of its horns were touched.
Lastly, its new waterfront opened in 2018 is great for a stroll in the evening. A life-size bronze sculpture of the lobster fisherman returning from sea commemorates the town's lobster fishing industry. If you're not aware, Port MacDonnell is also often called "Australia's Southern Rock Lobster Capital".
Hi Audrey, nice article about Port Mac ... I haven't been there for a few years but have good friends there. It is a shame you didn't get to see Dingley Dell. I'm not sure when or if it will open again. You might like to check out my website -www.freestylepublications.com.au - my book Gordon of Dingley Dell has as the cover a photo of Cape Northumberland. Cheers, Lorraine Day.