Ewens Pond, Port MacDonnell

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Ewens Ponds is a series of three water-filled limestone sinkholes in the Australian state of South Australia located in the gazetted locality of Eight Mile Creek on the watercourse known as Eight Mile Creek about 25km south of Mount Gambier and 8.4km east of Port Macdonnell. The ponds are popular with recreational divers due to underwater visibility of up to 80m. It has a large fish population including the endangered golden pygmy perch. Ewens Ponds has been part of the Ewens Ponds Conservation Park since 1976.
The original inhabitants of the land were Aborigines of the "Boandik" tribe, part of a larger "Bunganditj" clan. The first European identified with the area was Thomas Ewens, whose dog chased a kangaroo into one of the ponds while he was hunting geese. Ewens reported his discovery of the ponds to the survey department and they became known as Thomas Ewens Spring Ponds.
The land surrounding the ponds was gradually cleared for agriculture and dairy farming and a drainage system built to draw water from the ponds for land sold for soldier settlement programs post-World War II.
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  • After our disappointing experience at Piccanni Ponds a local suggested we visit Ewens pond, due to lack of time we only walked to the floating pontoon and viewed from above. The water was so clear it ...  more »
  • Found this to be an interesting attraction. Not a lot that you can say about the ponds but interesting all the same.  more »
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  • Are three ponds better than one sinkhole? Permits are not required. No depth or time limits, no protocols of any kind.
  • Fantastic freshwater diving and snorkeling experience with crystal clear water and a small variety of freshwater creatures. Jump into the top pond, descend and marvel at the serenity then gradually ascend and go into the first raceway between ponds where you can sit back and let the current take you into pond 2, repeat for pond 2 and make sure you get out at the ladder in pond 3. Otherwise it's a nice journey down 8 mile creek to the sea.

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