Dingley Dell is a pretty little cottage that once belonged to Adam Lindsay Gordon [poet]. Adam saw this stone cottage with a shingle roof, and decided to buy it when it came up for sale. This he did. This was Gordon's only true home where he found peace to write.The Dingley Dell cottage is a museum which houses the most important collection of...more
The Port MacDonnell Historic Trail led us to the Woolwash Interpretive Centre.The historic Trail is a walk or drive where we saw old homes and businesses and natural wonders of historical significance to the local area, one of these was the Woolwash Interpretive Centre.Here interpretive signs told me all about the wool wash.We saw quite a few old...more
Along the South Eastern coast of South Australia, we came across the Admella Discovery Trail.Here it was again at Port MacDonnell.The Admella Discovery Trail’s self-drive touring route covers a 130km radius of Mount Gambier. The Trail officially begins at Cape Banks Lighthouse near Carpenter Rocks, where I read a brief account of the disaster and...more
Port MacDonnell is where we came to visit South Australia's most southerly point at Cape Northumberland.We drove to the look-out and had a look at the sign, and then at the wonderful view. Thankgoodness it wasn't a windy day, I imagine you would nearly be blown away. Next to the lookout is some of the most beautiful coloured cliffs we saw in the...more
Coastal carvings are rocks that have been carved by the Southern Ocean over thousands of years. Now, they are sitting in the ocean away from the mainland.At Cape Northumberland, there are a few of these. Camel Rock was excellent, it really looked like a Camel, and Rhino rock was quite good too! Others that can be seen here are, Frog, Crocodile,...more
If you enjoy viewing unusual rugged coastline, then you will enjoy this scenic drive. I loved what I saw and walked quite a bit of the way. Around each corner of coastline was a surprise, I never knew what I was going to find.Off shore reefs, rock formations out to sea, rugged and colourful cliffs, Birds, and if you come at night, Fairy Penguins....more
All along the beachfront at Port MacDonnell is lawned area, with shelters for picnics.There are three beaches along the Port MacDonnell waterfront, only one of them is good for swimming, the other two are shallow and have seagrass. Fishing is good from the Jetty and from the rockwall.The Port MacDonnell Jetty is where Saint Mary MacKillop boarded...more
This is an excellent mural depicting scenes from local history. They must have some very talented people living here, as 416 local residents took 8.5 weeks to do the painting.It is painted on the outside walls of the Town Community Hall, so you must walk around it to see all the murals.ON the west wall, the Mural is of the Jetty and Coastline, and...more
Now, this building was quite a surprise, mainly because of its size compared to the rest of the village, it was huge! I found it was the old Customs House, although now it was used as a Bed & Breakfast, described as "luxurious apartment bed & breakfast," check out the website.Why it was so huge, was because Port MacDonnell was the second busiest...more
We came from Mt. Gambier to Port MacDonnell, a distance of 27kms as part of a day trip. At the entrance of Port MacDonnell, we saw a giant limestone sculpture that looked like a wave. Sure enough it was, and another sculpture done by Ivo Tadic, we had seen some of his sculptures in Mt. Gambier. It is known as "Bay Wave" and weighs around 50 tons...more
Great ambiance, with glass windows looking out on to the bay. Cosy warm and yummy food! I always enjoy one of the many bagettes or bagels on the menu. My faves are the chicken and turkey ones. The hot choc are delicious and mum tells me the coffee is pretty good too. The best bit is the cakes! Yummy lemon tart and muffins are the best!more
Port Macdonnel doesn't have a lot of shopping, but each time we visit, we pass the same little sign on the main road, pointing to a kind of permanent garage sale/secondhand sale. You can find a lot of interesting things here - everything from bric a brac to clothing, to outdoor gear and especially art (including wildlife art) - I believe the owner is the artist - she's also set up an artistic little garden you can visit, between her house and the 2 large sheds she uses for the Sale. One of the exhibits in this garden is amazing - part of a whale skull. The sheer size of it is very impressive.
The 2nd photo has 2 examples of the impressive art hanging on the outside of the shop building.
Entering Port Macdonnell from the south, if you keep driving for another few kilometres, you reach Cape Northumberland, which is well worth the stop. It's almost like a mini Great Ocean Road stop off point, with rock formations like The Frog, The Arch, and more.
This Heritage & Nature park was opened in 2001. Most of the rock formations are at the one stop, and only require a few hundred metres of walking to each.
At this stop, you can also walk to the edge of the cliff (beware don't go to the very edge as it could be eroded underneath) and see the remains of the first lighthouse which was built there, and part of its surrounding wall. You can see the new lighthouse in the distance, about 1 km inland, but the access to it seems to be private only.
At Cape Northumberland we saw some Birdlife. Lucky we had the binoculars with us, as we really needed them.The Birds turned our to be Cormorants nesting on the ledges of one of the carved rocks, I imagine quite safe from predators there!Other sea birds were around, but these were the only ones nesting.more
This is the first Aussie town I've been to which had in its park not the usual war canon, but a former real German Mine!It washed ashore here in Port MacDonnell in 1943 (little knowing it would one day go on display as the centrepoint in a park as a bit of a tourist attraction!)Funny, I always thought Mines were more 'spiky' than this.There it is,...more