With white sandy shores, clear dive sites, underground treasures and volcanic lakes, there’s a purity unique to the Limestone Coast

Read our guide below, or CLICK HERE to download the Almanac with a full guide for the Limestone Coast,  and other South Australian regions. The guide lists attractions, events and importantly - the top campsites in the region!

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Top Attractions:

  1. Naracoorte Caves
  2. Beachport Conservation Park
  3. The Big Lobster
  4. The Old Wool & Store Grain Museum Beachport
  5. Mount Gambier Crater Lakes Trail
  6. Southern Ocean Shipwreck Trail

Key events:

  1. Cape Jaffa Seafood and Wine Festival  13 January 2019
  2. Frances Folk Gathering 23 February 2019 - 24 February 2019
  3. Bay Escape - Food, Wine and Lifestyle  23 February 2019
  4. Blades of Glencoe  10 March 2019
  5. Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival 16 May 2019 - 19 May 2019

Walking SAFavourite walking trails:

  1. Cape Buffon Walk, Canunda National Park (pictured) - 2.5km, 1 hour
    Enjoy this highlight walk in Canunda National Park, looping around Cape Buffon. The walk includes some of the spectacular wild coast, some of the calmer bay-side coast and beaches and inland coastal vegetation, and climb to a trig point. 

  2. Mt Schank, to Crater Rim - 1.3km, 30 mins
    Hike up to the rim of Mt Schank to experience 360 views into the crater and of the surrounding countryside. The trail comprises mostly of a limestone planks, 1,038 of them, to climb up to the crater rim. 

  3. Blue Lake Circuit - 3.6km, 1 hour
    Enjoy a circuit walk around the Blue Lake perimeter. There are numerous lookouts and interpretive signs along the way. The trail is lit at night time.

For more Walking trails in the Limestone Coast click here to visit Walking SA's website.

NARACOORTE CAVES

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

MOUNT GAMBIER

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. 

RobeROBE (pictured)

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.

BEACHPORT

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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