How does this region not earn more attention??
Put simply, this glittering patch of southeast SA hoards a treasure chest stuffed with incredible natural wonders.
And that’s just the start, as you’ll soon discover.
It’s time to reveal all…
An ancient volcanic landscape and prehistoric caves dominate these surrounds, leading to a feast of eye-popping sights. The headline acts include:
If you're searching for more eye candy, note the following:
Two beauties command attention. They are:
Coorong National Park: This long, thin strip of turf is flanked by water on both sides and features epic sand dunes, a wetland of international significance, and myriad bird life. It’s rich with Aboriginal culture, too. Accessed from: Kingston SE.
Canunda National Park: Also surrounded by water, Canunda has a rugged coastline that reveals towering limestone cliffs and alluring beaches that draw surfers. Accessed from: Millicent.
Conservation parks abound in the region, too.
There are plenty of sparkling strips of sand to explore in these parts. Keep these locations in mind:
Robe: The place to go with a series of beaches that suit a wide assortment of water-based fun, including swimming, surfing, and kayaking. Crowds flock to Town Beach while Long Beach and West Beach are renowned surfing spots.
Beachport: The historical town is home to Surf Beach, which lives up to its name.
Port MacDonnell: Has a cluster of beaches that welcome swimming, surfing, diving, and more.
The biggest name in the Limestone Coast is the Coonawarra, one of Australia's best grape-growing areas. Just minutes from Penola, its terra rossa soil is ideal for producing distinctive, rich reds – led by cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. Dozens of wineries are dotted here for effortless cellar-door hopping.
Further north and easily accessible from Naracoorte is Padthaway where shiraz and chardonnay lead the way. And emerging from the shadows are the wine regions of Robe, Mt Benson, Wrattonbully, and even Mt Gambier.
Whether it’s too wet, windy, or hot – or just a damn fine day – there is ample history and culture to immerse yourself in. Try some of these attractions:
Among top picks is the Valley Lake area in Mt Gambier. It’s home to a free wildlife conservation park with kangaroos and koalas, an adventure playground, and the Centenary Tower where sparkling views are on offer from up high. Throw in free BBQs, and you have the perfect picnic spot.
In warmer months, Naracoorte Swimming Lake and Millicent Swimming Lake are super inviting for a refreshing dip.
Admire the incredibly detailed sculptures within Father Woods Park, near Penola. Carved from trees, these creations are well worth checking out and are dedicated to the inspiring lives of Catholic priest, Father Julian Tenison Woods, and Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop.
BIG4 parks are planted in two prime Limestone Coast locations. Take a peek below.