Limestone Coast Travel Guide

The Limestone Coast

The Limestone coast is another administrative region which was created to manage tourism funding in the 1990’s, and the local government bureaucrats decided to use the name in advertising campaigns. Unfortunately the name doesn’t appear on any maps and the advertising has not been effective in telling anyone where the Limestone Coast is, with the result that no one knows exactly where to find this mythical Limestone Coast.
Technically the Limestone Coast covers the region from Port MacDonnell along the coast to Kingston and includes Mount Gambier, the wine regions of the Coonawarra and the farming regions around Narracoorte. All of these these areas are quite unique and offer a completely different visitor experience and deserve to be promoted and described individually rather than being lumped together and sold to tourists as “The Limestone Coast”
The majority of visitors to this region come to see or stay in a specific town or area for instance the seaside townships of Robe, Beachport and Port MacDonnell attract visitors looking for a holidays beside the sea and the Coonawarra is visited by people looking for visit local wineries, however there are increasing numbers of visitors who now visit the region as an extension to the Great Ocean Road.

Beaches

The small seaside towns of Robe, Beachport and Port MacDonnell are the idillic getaway locations that are literally miles from anywhere, and popular with visitors wishing to get away from the crowded city resorts.

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Wine

The Coonawarra region in South Australia’s is renown as one of the finest wine regions in the country and is particularly known for producing world class red wines especially Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Caves

The region around Mt Gambier is the geological equivalent of Swiss Cheese and dotted with caves, sink holes and lakes and include the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Fossils Cave the sunken gardens in the centre of Mt Gambier and the famous underwater caves at Piccaninnie Ponds.

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Major Towns

Millicent - Wood Wine

Located at the centre of a vast pine plantation region, Millicent is locked into the regions main activity of pulp and paper manufacturing and is close to the famous wine growing regions of South Australia
Millicent is located almost mid way between Adelaide and Melbourne and 36kms from the sea and apart from the vast pine plantations the regions attractions include Lake Bonney, South Australia’s largest fresh water lake and Canunda National Park, South Australia’s second largest coastal park, stretches 40 kilometres from Southend to Carpenter Rocks. This park has a number of walking trails, boardwalks and lookouts. It has splendid panoramic views of the lakes, costal environment and wildlife. Other local attractions include the Tantanoola Caves. Millicent is named after Millecent Glen, wife of one of the early pioneers and daughter of the first Anglican Bishop of Adelaide.

Beachport

Beachport's beach front is dominated by one of the longest piers in South Australia and a reminder of the past when the region’s wool was sent by sailing ship to the other side of the world. Today the pier is a trademark of the town and a popular spot for local and visiting anglers of all ages. Beachport is also a popular 4WD area and the local Beachport Conservation Park is used by four wheel drive enthusiasts. Local coastal scenery includes secluded beaches, the wildlife around Lake George the Pool of Siloam, a salt lake, reputedly seven times more salty than the sea and , Bowman Scenic Drive which allows visitors to explore the coastal dunes offering spectacular views of the rugged coast of the Southern Ocean.

Robe

The historic seaside village of Robe is the regions number one tourist destination, and is a popular year-round holiday destination with stunning beaches and rugged cliffs, tranquil lakes and mountainous sand dunes. Robe’s appeal is also due to its clean seaside village atmosphere with a typical array of pubs, groovy cafes, trendy homeware shops, galleries and clothing outlets, Robe’s broad range of accommodation and reasonable pricing has also helped to entice many tourists .

Main Attractions

Things To Do

Limestone Coast Helicopters Get a unique perspective of Robe with a joy flight over the town. Limestone Coast Helicopters offer helicopter joy flights departing from Robe Airfield every day
Sailing Operating from Lake Butler Marina, Robe Sailing has adaptable sailing charters for up to 10 passengers on the yacht "Masquerade". Robe Sailing is located in the Marina.
Fishing and swimming at Long Beach - Long Beach at Robe is a safe family beach with gentle surf and is quite unique as its one of the few beaches where you are able to drive your car onto

Caves

If you enjoy exploring things below the earth’s surface then the south east of South Australia is the place for you. Dotted across the region are a number of significant sites but by far the most spectacular is the Fossil caves at Narracoorte There are four adventure caves to explore and if you are energetic and love a challenge, then crawling and squeezing through one of the will definitely get your hands dirty and adrenalin flowing. Walk among delicate stalagmites and beneath stalactites, marvelling at these ancient natural decorations which were formed more than half a million years ago through water and minerals slowly seeping down from the earth above.

Coorong

The Coorong is one of South Australia's most significant National Parks. Located at the mouth of the Murray river, the Coorong is a long, shallow lagoon that extends for over 100 kms, from Goolwa in the north, almost to Kingston in the south. This delicate ecosystem depends on a fragile mix of fresh water from the Murray river and sea water that enters via the river mouth for its survival . Almost closed for a number of years due to the drought, the Murray river is now flowing and the Coorong is beginning to return to it normal state There are a number of walking tours and cruises available and for anyone with more that a passing interest in the natural world, a visit to this area is highly recommended .

Main Events

Jazz Festival

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wine festival

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Spring Festival

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Harbour View Motel566 Raglan Parade

Mid Price

Set close to the centre of town, the Harbour View Motel takes in panoramic views of the Robe harbour and Guichen Bay. The upper level contains new luxury self contained apartments plus harbour view spa suites and the ground floor level has new harbour view suites. plus standard and budget rooms.

AVG/NIGHT$120 Web Site

Robe Haven Motel 4 Spence Street

Economy

Robe Haven Motel overlooks Robe's scenic boat harbour and is just two blocks from Robe's main street. Robe Haven has its own licensed restaurant offering delicious meals at great prices, with local wines and fresh local seafood. All rooms are at ground floor level (non-smoking) and are spacious, clean and comfortable, with updated bathrooms and walk-in showers. Robe Haven Motel is a friendly, family run business

AVG/NIGHT$100 WEB SITE

Robetown Motor InnWarrnambool

485 reviews

The Robetown Motor Inn is a stylish and modern 14 unit motel located about 300 metres from the centre of Robe. All rooms are at ground level, and some are available with their own undercover parking. Robetown Motor Inn also has its own indoor heated pool and spa . To visit the Robetown Motor Inn website click on this link

AVG/NIGHT$110 WEB SITE

Villa San Danci 23 Wrattonbully Rd

485 reviews

Gordon Biddle is Robe's distinguished elder statesman and also the owner of one of Robe's up market B andB's . The Villa San Danci is a luxury 4½ star rated fully self contained two bedroom apartment close to the centre of Robe. Elegantly appointed with quality furniture and fittings. Great sea views from the lounge and also direct access to the Robe town beach.

AVG/NIGHT$95 SELECT

Begonia City Motor InnBallarat

112 reviews

Begonia City Motor Inn offers comfortable, 3.5 star accommodation in a quiet area of Ballarat. Begonia City Motor Inn has 17 spacious ground floor units offering double, twin, family, spa or self-contained accommodation. All units are non-smoking, and feature queen size beds, reverse cycle heating and cooling, telephone, remote controlled 81cm LCD television, electric blankets, tea/coffee facilities, iron & ironing board, hairdryer and toaster..

AVG/NIGHT$110 SELECT
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Travelling around the South East of South Australia

Getting Here

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Local Travel

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Public Transport

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