Port Germein is a nice stop over with a dog friendly caravan park, blue swimmer crabs and a very long jetty.
Port Germein Caravan Park
The folks have had the Port Germein Caravan Park down as a stopover for a while. The reports on Wikicamps were excellent. The park is owned by the local Progress Association and run by Connie, Phil and their dog Harrison. Harrison is a bit of a social media personality, just like me. We swapped notes and liked each other’s pages. Booking into the park comes with a promise from Connie that she will cook chilli crab, if you catch them. The legal bag limit is 20, not counting any that dogs eat on the beach.
Port Germein Jetty
There are some nice old buildings in town, a pub, a general store and a caravan park. At last census, the population was about 250. The big-ticket item in town is the jetty. It’s about 1.5km long and was once the longest in the Southern Hemisphere, with a lighthouse and tide clock at the end. It’s worth coming to Port Germein just to walk the jetty. The end of it was damaged by storms some time back, so it is just a few metres shorter now. The derelict pylons at the end of the jetty are much loved by local cormorants. The Progress Association have done quite a bit of work restoring the lighthouse, tide clock and cargo sheds. These are now all back at the start of the jetty.
The jetty was a major wheat export hub around 1900, with Cutters sailing the cargo back to England. The town grew up around the jetty. In 1900 the population was about 300. The railway coming through put an end to all that in the 1930’s.
Now, Port Germein is mostly a holiday town best known for fishing and blue swimmer crabs. The town itself is very quiet. The pub only does meals at weekends, but the caravan park has a friendly happy hour every afternoon for travellers to exchange tales and share in the chilli crabs. Sparrow was keen to go crabbing (she loves chilli crab!), but after meeting a lady on the jetty who had caught only one under sized crab after 2 hours of trying, decided to give it a miss. No one caught any that day; the tide was wrong apparently. Maybe next time………
……..or is it just a cunning ploy to attract visitors?