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Three hours southeast of Adelaide is the rural district of Naracoorte, home to the Naracoorte Caves National Park. For wild tales of megafauna and insight into the local ice-age experience, check out the Wonambi Fossil Centre.
LIMESTONE COAST WINE REGIONS
Naracoorte is in the heart of the Wrattonbully wine region and with the Coonawarra and Padthaway either side, there’s ample opportunity to restock the cellar. As you hop between estates within Coonawarra, stop in at Penola. Here, wander Petticoat Lane for ram-shackle shacks and heritage listed splendour, put in context by locals at the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre
Within town, in a volcanic crater, is Blue Lake whose waters mysteriously turn cobalt blue in summer. The limestone Umpherston Sinkhole also amazes, having collapsed millions of years before James Umpherston established the garden in the 1880s.
Robe is a relaxed seaside village lauded for its open long, white 4WD-friendly beaches and highquality cray that’s easily washed down with a sweet local brew. But if that’s not relaxing enough, try casting a line in a nearby lake or enjoy a dip in a natural spa. Next, spy the brightly-striped Cape Domery Obelisk, proud atop a crumbling limestone cliff lashed by Guichen Bay.
DETOURS FOR DIVERS
South of Mount Gambier, eastward and west, are two dive sites close enough for day trippers with facilities for extended stays. In Ewens Ponds Conservation Park, navigate three ponds via shallow channels through waters clear enough to support plant life to a depth of six metres or head to Piccaninnie Ponds close to the VIC-SA border.
Water babies are spoiled for choice in the quiet coastal village of Beachport due west along the coast. The sheltered Rivoli Bay offers a swell ideal for bodyboarders, and draws in fish to the footings in Beachport Jetty. There’s 2WD access along the coastal track into Beachport Conservation Park but experienced 4WDers can take a scenic route north across sands and through winding bush tracks all the way to Robe through a dune system via Little Dip Conservation Park.
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