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Events: Please scroll down for a list of events held in the District Council of Grant

Listen to live entertainment at the annual Bayside Festival in March, or browse local produce at  pop-up markets during summer.  Win great prizes in the annual Tuna & Sportsfish Competition in May, watch professional cyclists race in the Tour of the Great South Coast in August, immerse yourself in history at the Maritime Museum or view an exhibition at the Community Art Gallery.

  Photo: Tour of the Great South Coast stage 3, Port MacDonnell to Port MacDonnell via Carpenter Rocks, Mount Gambier, Donovans, and Eight Mile Creek; held annually in August.

  View highlights from the 2015 event 


1 Oct - 31 May annually Southern Rock Lobster fishing season 

Nov - Apr annually Fire Danger Season   

2 Apr - 10 Sep 2016 Mid South East Football / Netball League season draw


Coming Events

Annual Events (past)

Anniversary & Historic Milestones  

  • 1859 Wreck of the SS Admella, August 6
  • 1860 Port MacDonnell officially declared a port, April 4
  • 1860 Tarpeena established
  • 1862 Port MacDonnell Customs House built 
  • 1863 Compton Primary School opened
  • 1863 First meeting of the District Council of Mount Gambier, June 17
  • 1867 Mil Lel Primary School opened
  • 1910 Kongorong Closer Settlement October
  • 1910 Allendale East Public Hall opened December 7
  • 1936 Mount Gambier Airport granted licence on 1 July and began hosting regular public transport flights
  • 1938 Mil Lel A&H Show Society founded
  • 1953 Allendale East Area School opened
  • 1973 Australian Cave Divers Association formed 
  • 1976 Port MacDonnell Library opened
  • 1980 Port MacDonnell Meals on Wheels formed, July 14
  • 1983 Ash Wednesday Bush-fires, February 16 -17 
  • 1996 District Council of Grant formed: District Councils of Mt Gambier & Port MacDonnell amalgamated, July 1
  • 2011 Port MacDonnell Community Complex officially opened, November 15
  • 2015 Port MacDonnell marine infrastructure and boat ramp officially opened, October 9