Limestone Coast

The Limestone Coast might just be South Australia’s most geographically diverse and stunning region.

It’s got azure beaches, awesome wines in the Coonawarra wine region and wow-worthy geological formations you just have to see. Travellers can also visit its scenic seaside fishing ports and agricultural towns like Bordertown, Keith, Millicent, Beachport, Robe and Naracoorte.

What’s most fascinating is the coast’s subterranean landscape of limestone caves, sinkholes and volcanic lakes, many of which are easily accessible as tourist attractions. The region is also home to great wine and produce, making it a foodie’s paradise.

Attractions

The Naracoorte Caves area is South Australia’s only World Heritage listed site, with five fossil-filled caves awaiting exploration.

Be sure to check out the volcanic crater lakes such as Blue Lake, Little Blue Lake and Valley Lakes. All quick drives from Mount Gambier, the waters of Little Blue Lake are particularly crystal clear and a popular swim spot.

Also near Mount Gambier, Umpherston Sinkhole is a mesmerising sunken garden that looks like it emerged from a fairy-tale.

As for beaches, Salmon Hole is a secluded swimming and snorkelling sanctuary, and Surf Beach at Beachport is the best place to brush up your surfing skills.

Stay

At Robe, opt for 128 The Esplanade − a lovely self-contained holiday home accommodating up to twelve guests.

Near Mount Gambier, the Southgate Motel will please guests with its well-appointed rooms, restaurant and outdoor swimming pool.

At Beachport, the Beachport Southern Ocean Tourist Park is a shaded caravan park with amenities like a fish cleaning station, camp kitchen, disabled facilities and sheltered BBQ areas.

Or stay in a boutique winery at Bellwether Wines. The winery offers pretty Bell tents, and even lets you camp with your own gear under the stars.

Dine

In Robe, Sails restaurant is your go-to for freshly-caught seafood, along with hearty protein like melt-in-your-mouth wagyu. Be sure not to miss crayfish season!  There are also yummy Asian delights at Robe Chinese Restaurant, with fast service and a wide selection.

Situated in the Coonawarra, Fodder is both a cellar door for family-owned vineyard Ottelia, and a restaurant serving up amazing wood-fire pizzas

At Penola, Pipers of Penela offers diners an intimate gourmet experience inside a 1908 Methodist church. Seasonal Aussie fare is served, along with an excellent wine list.

In Mount Gambier, locals flock to Metro Bakery & Cafe for its tasty omelettes, sandwiches, pastries and meaty mains.

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