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Boat Ramps

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EasyPark is now available for Port MacDonnell & Blackfellows Caves Boat ramps. Further information is available here. 


 Boat Ramp Permits

Council have implemented fee systems to assist with maintenance costs of boat ramp infrastructure. The two fee systems are located at the Port MacDonnell and Blackfellows Caves Boat Ramp areas.

Since 1 July 2015 all users of the Boat Ramp whom launch or retrieve a boat are required to pay a fee. The quantum of these are set by Council and reviewed annually. The fees are set to reflect the forecast ongoing maintenance and compliance monitoring over the estimated life of the boat ramp, as well as servicing of the Port MacDonnell Offshore Angling Club loan.

Separate fees are applicable to recreational users and commercial/professional operators.

All permits must be displayed on vehicle windscreen, affixed to trailer or similar. The permit is valid from the date of purchase to the following day, week, month or year according to the length of permit purchased.

Boat Ramp Policy


Boat Ramp Locations

The District Council of Grant operates four Boat Ramps at Port MacDonnell, Blackfellows Caves, Donovans and Dry Creek.

Port MacDonnell boasts a four lane boat ramp with two floating concrete pontoons, and wharf for heavy tonnage vessels.

Port MacDonnell Boat Ramp      Port Mac Boat Ramp  


Blackfellows Caves - The Blackfellows Caves Boatramp features two 4.1m wide launching lanes incorporating a central fixed landing.

Donovans (Glenelg River) - Located on the Glenelg River at Donovans.


 Donovans boat ramp


Dry Creek (Glenelg River) - Located upstream from Donovans on the Glenelg River.


Additional boatramps are located within the Council area and not under Council's care and control.  To access information including a map showing their location here


Fees and Charges (Port MacDonnell and Blackfellows Caves)

Commercial (annual permits only)

Commercial Registered Vessels & Associated                              $200
Commercial Registered Dinghy                                  



Annual Permit                                                                                $100

Annual Permit Pension Concession                                               $60

Monthly Permit                                                                               $50

Weekly Permit                                                                                $25

Daily Permit                                                                                    $5


Both Boatramps have ticket machines installed for daily and weekly passes.  All other permits can be purchased from District Council of Grant’s Customer Service Centres below:

  • Main Office: 324 Commercial Street West, Mount Gambier  SA  5290 (Phone 08 8721 0444)
  • Port MacDonnell Community Complex, 5 Charles Street, Port MacDonnell  SA  5291 (Phone 08 8738 3000)

Postal applications can be sent to District Council of Grant, PO Box 724, Mount Gambier  SA  5290.  Please make cheques payable to District Council of Grant or complete credit card details on the application form.

Download Application form


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