Limestone Coast Towns

A fine selection

The Limestone Coast has towns made famous by their people and breathtaking natural beauty. 

Umpherston Sinkhole, Mount Gambier, South Australia

Built on the slopes of a dormant volcano, Mount Gambier is South Australia’s largest regional city. People flock to the city of “craters, lakes and caves” to see the amazing Blue Lake, which in summer, turns a brilliant turquoise colour.

World Heritage and famous faces

There are 20 sites of international or national significance on the Limestone Coast including Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake. Mount Gambier was also the birthplace of Sir Robert Helpmann - a dancer, actor and director. Dingley Dell was home to Adam Lindsay Gordon, the only Australian poet to be interred in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey. He published his first book in Mount Gambier.

The megafauna fossils in the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves are around half a million years old and have put the region on the world map. So too has Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, who founded the Sisters of Saint Joseph in the small town of Penola in 1866.

Her church and schoolhouse still stand proudly today among the mix of cafés, galleries and boutique shops.

Coastal towns

You’ll love the Coorong. It lies between Meningie and Kingston S.E. Experience this unique ecosystem, then head to Lake Albert or Lacepede Bay. The water is perfect for swimming, fishing or relaxing.

Robe is picturesque. It has stunning beaches, rugged cliffs and the best seafood. In Beachport or Port MacDonnell, enjoy four wheel driving (4WD), great surf beaches and fascinating dive sites.

Cape Jaffa is more sheltered and you’ll often see dolphins and penguins swimming close to the shore.  

Inland surprises

In Millicent, you’ll find great examples of a proud past and bright future. The living history museum is popular. See a bird sanctuary that used to be an old quarry. Lake McIntyre has bird hides, walking trails and barbecue facilities. The town has a mega-playground that is popular with the kids.

Have you ever heard of the Tantanoola Tiger?  Visit the Tantanoola Pub and you’ll see the stuffed animal and hear the story that generations of publicans love telling.

Feeling hungry? Lucindale is Limestone Coast heartland. It’s famous for emu mettwurst and gourmet cheeses.

Keith is the northern gateway to the Limestone Coast. Bordertown, east of Keith, is the birthplace of former Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke. It’s also home to Australia's only known colony of white kangaroos.

The Limestone Coast towns - so much to explore. 

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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