Our incredible state is bursting with amazing experiences, and whilst we’re often starstruck with things in and around Adelaide, there’s certainly more than enough wonderful things happening in the regions to lure us out of our comfort zone.
With World Heritage-listed fossil sites, a gorgeous garden in the middle of a sinkhole, and award-winning food, wine and accommodation, there is a lot to love about South Australia’s Limestone Coast.
In fact, there is so much to see it can become overwhelming! Not to worry, we have done the hard work for you. This guide is your one-stop-shop of everything to see and do in the Limestone Coast.
Canunda Frontage Road, Canunda
If this name rings a bell, it’s no surprise. Mayura Station’s award-winning Wagyu beef is a feature on high-end menus all around South Australia. At this restaurant just outside of Millicent, you can experience the glorious full-blood Wagyu on the same property it is produced.
2 Victoria Street, Robe
The South East is known for its incredible seafood, with none more coveted than the Southern Rock Lobsters. To sample some lobster, and a showcase of other local produce, head to Sails at Robe, and enjoy a selection of local beverages while you’re there.
The Limestone Coast is truly blessed when it comes to wine.
On the main strip between Penola and Naracoorte is the renowned Coonawarra wine region. Take your pick of more than 30 wineries, including Patrick of Coonawarra, and DiGiorgio, all located across one convenient stretch on the highway.
Just an hour’s drive north, you’ll find Padthaway – another famed South Aussie wine region. Here you can choose from another great range of award-winning cellar doors. While you’re there, a visit to the newly-renovated Padthaway Estate is certainly worthwhile. Take in breathtaking vineyards, sip local wines at the cellar door and even stay a night in the cottage or shearer’s quarters.
3449 Riddoch Highway, Willalooka
For those looking for the quintessential country pub experience, look no further than the Willalooka Tavern – also known as “The Tav”. With all the classic pub favourites on offer, there is no better place to kick back with a cold beer and get to know the locals, perhaps over a game of pool or during the Friday night raffle.
14183 Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra
Popular winery Bellwether Wines offers a glamping experience like no other. Here, you can sleep under the stars without sacrificing traditional hotel-style amenities. On site, a camp kitchen and dedicated produce garden are available for guests to cook up a storm. Or, kick back and leave the cooking to the Produce Chef, who knows the garden better than anyone.
747 Glenelg River Road, OB Flat
Settled within a gorgeous English-style garden, spanning over 5 acres, is The Barn Accommodation. Guests can kick back in generously sized suites, or even more spacious self-contained cabins just outside the hustle and bustle of Mount Gambier. No need to worry about dining options either; the award-winning Barn Steakhouse is right next door.
89 Wonambi Road, Naracoorte
A World Heritage-listed site, and recognised as one of the world’s most significant fossil sites, the Naracoorte Caves are a must-see when travelling through the South East. Tracing fossil history as far back as 500,000 years, four caves are open to the public, and twenty four others are used for archeological research. Visitors can be led through the caves on guided adventure tours, or can make their own way thanks to self-guided maps.
Jubilee Highway East, Mount Gambier
Also known as the sunken garden, the size, depth and beauty of the Umpherston Sinkhole has to be seen to be believed. You can take it all in from viewing platforms above the sinkhole, and then walk down into the sinkhole to truly appreciate its brilliance.
John Watson Drive, Mount Gambier
The Blue Lake occupies a volcanic crater in Mount Gambier, and is certainly worth a visit when on the Limestone Coast. Visitors can either enjoy a self-guided tour around the 3.6 kilometre walking track, or take part in a guided tour through a tunnel to see the Blue Lake at close proximity.
There you have it, your all-inclusive guide to South Australia’s Limestone Coast. For more inspiration, check out these breathtaking photos of the region.
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