A region three hundred and fifteen kilometres south of Adelaide, four hundred and ninety kilometres west of Melbourne is the heart of the Limestone Coast. Travellers have explored the charms of the Limestone Coast (some even the locals don’t want you to know about) and they’ve discovered its home to incredible coasts, wineries and caves.
Growing up myself on the Limestone Coast, I’ve been able to experience all the amazing places we have around the region. Here are some of my favourites.
The little country town of Naracoorte is the town I call home. Naracoorte is home to South Australia’s only World Heritage-listed sights and has amazing fossil sights and caves. The caves are amazing to walk through and experience from your eye. I’ve made so many memories of taking people through the caves and showing them how beautiful the caves are. With 5 caves to explore (each slightly different), an adventure playground, amazing photo areas and campgrounds, there’s so much Naracoorte can offer. Book your tickets for a breathtaking experience of the caves HERE.
The city of Mount Gambier offers a range of tourist attractions from The Blue Lake to Umpherston Sinkhole & public galleries and museums.
One hundred kilometres south of Naracoorte, with a population of 21,256 is South Australia’s second-largest city – Mount Gambier. One of the most-visited tourist locations on the Limestone Coast is The Blue Lake. The Blue Lake is breathtaking and is a must if I was visiting the Limestone Coast for the first time. The Blue Lake’s history is fascinating and can be explained with a visit to the Riddoch Arts & Cultural Centre. The Little Blue Lake is less known but still just as beautiful and is a popular diving and swimming spot. My friends and I all enjoy it being summer so we can experience the beauty and fun of this little attraction. The lake is located eleven kilometres southwest of Mount Gambier.
Mount Gambier is filled with little gems within the town. The Umpherston Sinkhole is one of the sunken gardens that was once a cave through dissolution and is located right in the middle of the town. I remember visiting the garden for the first time and experiencing the beauty with my parents one night in Mount Gambier.
I can’t forget the stunning beaches when talking about the Limestone Coast which is a perfect summer road trip destination. The beaches are situated only a couple of hours from Adelaide and can choose from the sandy area of wonders. Robe is one place to go, as of the series of beaches to choose from and an assortment of water activities from surfing and kayaking. Long Beach, West Beach and Town Beach are beautiful beaches to enjoy with your loved ones. Salmon Hole is an amazing choice if you’re after a place to snorkel, sandboard and explore the rockpools located in the crystal-clear water. The other beach towns from Kingston, Beachport, Southend and Port MacDonnell are all amazing to drive through and worth the effort.
The Limestone Coast is a treasure chest of attractions just waiting to be open. It is covered over twenty-one thousand square kilometres, with rural areas and twenty-two townships. The Limestone Coasts is home to some amazing gems and is a perfect place to relax and rewind. I recommend making the road trip down to experience the beauty of the Limestone Coast. Create a travel plan to help you reach all the amazing destinations HERE.
By Zoe James