Limestone Coast Galleries and Museums
The creative coast
The Limestone Coast is a place of glorious diversity and this includes the region’s art, culture and history.
Spend some time at public art spaces, museums and galleries. You’ll find a vibrant mix of local pieces and international works, with touring exhibitions sitting alongside permanent collections.
Many townships feature locally created murals, mosaics and sculptures. The themes are simple: the sea, rural life, a train tunnel and regional history. Have you ever seen a Land Rover on a pole?
In Kingston South East, use your shadow to tell the time. The Sundial of Human Involvement is one of only eight in the world.
The Sheep's Back in Naracoorte captures South Australia's farming past and the sights (and smells) of an authentic shearing shed. Port MacDonnell‘s Maritime Museum, has stories and items from South Australia's southernmost township.
In Bordertown, the Bob Hawke Gallery features a huge bronze bust to celebrate the birthplace of the former Labor Prime Minister.
A little history
If history makes you hungry, visit the Cheese Factory Restaurant in Meningie, where history and culinary delights await. Learn how cheese is made and explore the community-run museum which boasts an eclectic collection of artefacts from all over the district, including rocket
parts, old telephones, cheese making equipment and tractors.
Visit the Millicent National Trust Museum. It’s located in the historic primary school, built in 1873. The Old Wool and Grain Store in Beachport is another museum to visit. Both museums include Aboriginal and settler artefacts.
If you’re visiting Penola, spend some time at the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre. It celebrates the life and achievements of Mary MacKillop, Australia's first saint. The building is close to the schoolhouse, which was founded by Mary and Father Julian Tenison Woods in the mid nineteenth century.
For more on what to see around the region, look out for the Visitor Information Centres. At the Lady Nelson Discovery and Visitor Centre in Mount Gambier, there’s a full scale replica of the HMS Lady Nelson. This is the boat from which Lieutenant James Grant spotted and named Mount Gambier in 1800.
The Limestone Coast - it’s blessed with history.
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