Admella Discovery Trail

Go on a family adventure trail and follow the real events of a historic shipwreck in which 89 people  perished. In Nene Valley Conservation Park, walk the path taken by the two sailors who managed to make it to land and trek through the bush for help. Stand on the observation deck near the lighthouse  in Canunda National Park to view the reef where the ship foundered 150 years ago. Imagine how it  felt to be part of a crowd watching helplessly for eight long days as survivors tried to cling to the  wreckage, being pounded by the waves. Visit maritime museums where you can see real artefacts  washed up from the ship, and the lifeboat that managed to rescue 19 people.

Contact details

Various locations

Download an Admella Discovery Trail brochure from or pick up a copy from Mount Gambier, Portland, Robe, Beachport, Millicent or Port MacDonnell visitor information centres

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Don't Miss

■ The opportunity to read about the heroic rescuers and see a medal awarded to one of them at the  Old Wool and Grain Store Museum.

■ Artefacts from the wreck at the Old Wool and Grain Store Museum and the Millicent National Trust Museum.
■ A professional, metre-long model of the Admella in full sail at the Port MacDonnell and District  Maritime Museum.
■ The memorial to those who perished on the Admella, at Cape Banks lighthouse near the town of  Carpenter Rocks.

Fabulous Facts

In 1859, when the SS Admella sank, it was the first news of a shipwreck to be carried along the  newly installed telegraph link between the capital cities of Australia. Because of that technology, the general public was able to hear news of a shipwreck disaster as it unfolded. For a week, newspapers  published daily, harrowing updates about the rescue attempts and the state of the survivors who could  be seen hanging onto the wreckage.

Insider Tips

■ This is a driving trail which covers large distances, and access to many of the sites on the trail is  along unsealed roads.

■ If you cross the state border heading towards Melbourne, you can call in to Portland Maritime  Museum and see the Portland lifeboat that was used to rescue many of the Admella survivors.

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