Friday, April 20, 2012

Port Macdonnell

We decided to make a day tour from Nelson to Port Macdonnell as this was not on our planned route. Along the way there was a turn-off to Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park and we decided that this was worth investigation.

Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park is on the coast of South Eastern South Australia. This is the view from atop the sand dunes along the coast towards Port Macdonnell.

The main pond of The Piccaninnie Ponds system. These ponds are very popular with snorkelers and scuba divers. This pond is 75 metres deep and cone shaped. There is another cavern beneath this pond that is accessible through a narrow opening.

The clarity of the water in Piccaninnie Ponds is astounding.

The wharf at Port Macdonnell, with moored fishing vessels visible in the back ground.

The day of our visit there was a stiff south-westerly blowing. Great conditions for these kite flying enthusiasts.

Some of the vessels moored in the harbour. This photograph taken from the end of the wharf.

At Port Macdonnell there is a huge breakwater. The semi circular wall must be close to 1000 metres in length. The last half of the wall is visible in this photograph.

The larger 'Cray Boats' are removed from the water in the off season and stored in this holding area.

More 'Cray Boats' from another angle. Many of these boats are 43 feet (approx 13 Metres) in length.


  1. Thank you for sharing, my wife and I want to travel. You just inspired a future trip. Thank you.

    1. Happy you found us and received stimulation to travel, coming from yourself that is an inspiration to us to continue. We have been to Magnetic Island and adore the place, we shall return and perhaps look you up. Regards Judy and Noel

    2. enjoyed looking through your holiday pics... my hubby and I were also enjoying reading about our home town (Port MacDonnell)...

      The Commercial Lobster Boats that you were describing, just letting you know that they are in fact, approximately 43Feet..(not 43 meters)