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Top Things to See and Do in Port Macdonnell

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Published January 11th 2021
Impressive coastline and popular attractions
Port Macdonnell
Port Macdonnell

Located approximately 30 kilometres south of Mount Gambier, Port Macdonnell is a small town surrounded by an impressive coastline and some of the popular attractions in the region.

Cape Northumberland
Cape Northumberland

Cape Northumberland
Cape Northumberland

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.

Cape Northumberland
South Australia's southernmost point

camel rock
Camel Rock

Towards the north are Little Blue Lake and Mount Schank. Both will leave you truly amazed. Little Blue Lake is a 47-metre deep water-filled sinkhole while Mount Schank is a rare cone-shaped volcano.

Mount Schank
Mount Schank

customs house
The old customs house

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.

german mine
The German mine

Its new waterfront

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".

lobster fisherman
The lobster fisherman

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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 - my book Gordon of Dingley Dell has as the cover a photo of Cape Northumberland. Cheers, Lorraine Day.
by Lorraine Day (score: 1|56) 367 days ago
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