Bring back the great family road trip
Remember those great family road trips you went on as a kid? The games of ‘I Spy’ and ‘Car Cricket’, sing-alongs of ’99 bottles of beer on the wall’ and of course fighting for elbow-room with your brother or sister in the back seat. They’re magic memories that’ll be cherished forever. What will your kids remember?
Find the magic, and make memories, on a family road trip.
Formed by tonnes of marine life falling to the sea floor, the Limestone Coast is book-ended by rivers. The coast heads south from the Coorong at the Murray River mouth and east to the Glenelg River. It's a treasure trove of natural wonders.
History and World Heritage
The traditional home of the Ngarrindjeri and Booandik people is simply bursting experiences that are culturally, environmentally and historically significant. Join a tour with the traditional land owners and learn about the ways of the Coorong - a series of long, shallow saltwater lagoons that support hundreds of migratory birds and plant species.
There are 20 sites of international or national significance on the Limestone Coast including Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake, which fills the crater of a dormant volcano. The Pool of Siloam at Beachport is seven times saltier than the sea. The megafauna fossils in the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves are around half a million years old.
Australia’s first Saint, Mary MacKillop lives on in the town of Penola and the Coonawarra wine region has put the Limestone Coast on the international wine map for it premium reds, which date back to 1891, when the first vines were planted in the region.
The Coorong National Park is an incredible spot for four wheel driving (4WD), fishing and boating. Birdwatchers, you’re in for a real treat. More than 80 species live in this series of long, shallow saltwater lagoons. Towering white sand dunes separate the Coorong from the wilds of the Southern Ocean.
Scattered around these dunes are mounds of shells. Called “middens”, they point to the generations of Ngarrindjeri who have lived in this area.
You can explore the park on foot along one of the many walking trails; on a kayak or in a four-wheel drive (4WD), along designated tracks
and the beach. You can also join an adventure and discovery tour of the Coorong.
campgrounds are located on both sides of the lagoon. You'll need a permit to enter the park. Visit National Parks South Australia website for more information.
Renowned wine regions
The Limestone Coast's burgeoning wine industry was founded in 1891. Today, the Coonawarra is the jewel in the region's wine making crown and is well-regarded as Australia's top producer of premium red wines. Explore this 12 kilometre strip of precious terra rossa soil, then sample wine from the cellar doors in Wrattonbully, Mount Benson or Padthaway.
To help your planning, Visitor Information Centres are dotted around the region, including at Bordertown, Mount Gambier, Naracoorte, Penola and Robe.
The Limestone Coast will give you memories good enough to bottle.
Eat Local SA
Eat Local SA
Want to eat like a local on the Limestone Coast? There's honey, native preserves, pickled walnuts and emu mettwurst, plus lobsters and wagyu beef. Eat Local is an easy way for you to eat and buy authentic South Australian food. Look for the Eat Local signs or visit Eat Local SA.
The Limestone Coast is the perfect self-drive destination. Plan your holiday with the Limestone Coast Visitor Guide. The guide contains plenty of information about self-driving options, things to see and places to stay along the way.
Download a Limestone Coast map to help find your way between charming coastal villages and the famous Coonawarra wine region.
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Things to do
Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.
There are plenty of events on in the Limestone Coast. Here are some ideas you might like.