Limestone Coast Parks and Wildlife

A special place

The whole world agrees that the Limestone Coast is something special. World Heritage Listed caves, significant wetlands and a unique ecosystem, it’s all here for you. 

Valley Lake, Mount Gambier, South Australia

You’ll find Australia’s biggest volcanic region and the nation’s only geo-park on the Limestone Coast. The landscape is amazing. It has dozens of old volcano cones poking out of the ground. Six sites are internationally recognised.  

Natural heritage

Walk inside volcanic craters, explore lava caves or pitch a tent and camp under the stars.

Giant kangaroos, monster-sized wombats and marsupial lions called the Limestone Coast home for more than half a million years. Their fossils, which are on display at the Naracoorte Caves, are in excellent condition. This is the only place in South Australia on the World Heritage List!

The sinkhole at the Cave Gardens in Mount Gambier was the original source of water for early residents. Today, it's a beautiful picnic spot, famous for its roses. Cave divers and snorkellers flock to Piccaninnie Ponds and its underwater limestone caves. 

National parks

The Little Dip Conservation Park near Robe features a number of small lakes and offers a detailed look into the region's Aboriginal history.

South Australia’s second largest coastal park stretches north from Carpenter Rocks to Southend. The rugged coastline of the Canunda National Park, features huge limestone cliffs, offshore reefs and “mobile” sand dunes.

Four wheel drives (4WD) will get around most of the parks. Get out of the car and explore the area by following the many walking tracks. 

Wetlands and wildlife

The Limestone Coast is a superb place for bird watching. Butcher's Gap Conservation Park and areas near Salt Creek, Parnka Point and the aptly named Pelican Point are all prime locations.

Other great bird watching spots include Bool Lagoon and Hacks Lagoon near Naracoorte. The lagoons are home to rare and endangered wildlife, including the southern bell frog, blue-billed duck and brown bittern.

Don’t leave the Limestone Coast until you’ve seen the Coorong. It’s a remarkable ecosystem and unique to this state. It stretches more than 100 kilometres down the coast; only a thin strip of sand dunes hold back the Southern Ocean from this series of shallow, saltwater lagoons. This internationally significant national park is also home to many species of migratory birds.

The Limestone Coast - it’s a little pocket of nature’s best work. 

What's on in SA

There are plenty of events on in South Australia. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Things to do

Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.

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