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Port MacDonnell

Experience the magnificent rugged coastline and natural vegetation of Port MacDonnell, the southernmost port in South Australia.  Located 467km south east of Adelaide, it is one of the unspoilt treasures of the western Gateway to The Great Ocean Road.  Click here for a Port MacDonnell Street Map (not to scale) and Visitor Information Brochure (to be used in conjunction with each other).

The traditional owners, the Boandik people, lived largely on the produce from the ocean and the authentic fishing villeage is officially known as 'the Southern Rock Lobster Capital of Australia'.  Seafood factories sell cooked, fresh or frozen Southern Rock Lobster to the public in the fishing season each year, from October 1 to May 31.

The Port MacDonnell Visitor Information Outlet, located within the Port MacDonnell Community Complex at 5 Charles Street, Port MacDonnell, welcomes visitors to the town and provides valuable information on accommodation, dining and places of interest.  Contact the Port MacDonnell Community Complex (open 7 days) on phone 08 8738 3000 or pmcc@dcgrant.sa.gov.au or click here for additional information.

Things to See

Port MacDonnell is home to many historical sites including:

    • 1858 lighthouse monument (the first mainland lighthouse in South Australia) and 1882 lighthouse
    • 1862 Customs House that was once a courthouse, police station, post and telegraph office, and currently a private home and bed and breakfast accommodation
    • Dingley Dell, where Adam Lindsay Gordon, one of Australia's most famous 19th century poets, lived from 1864 to 1867
    • Maritime Museum which holds an interesting collection and display of maritime artefacts
    • Walk along the boardwalk through native flora and natural regeneration at Germein Reserve, a popular wetland area
    • Cape Northumberland Heritage and Nature Park holds the historical lighthouse site and is one of the most spectacular locations to have an uninterrupted view of the sunrise and sunset of the Southern Ocean

For information on the future development of Port MacDonnell, click here


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