Time well spent
The locals joke it took 26 million years to make the Limestone Coast. Check out the sites here and you’ll agree it’s been time well spent!
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. In-between are natural wonders.
World Heritage Listed
The Naracoorte Caves are South Australia’s only world heritage listed site. Fossils of extinct mega-fauna (large marsupials) are found in the cave system. The attached Wonambi Fossil Centre gives a rare glimpse of life 500,000 years ago.
History and heritage
The traditional home of the Ngarrindjeri and Booandik Aboriginal people is simply bursting with experiences that have put South Australia on the international map.
There are natural wonders like the unique Coorong, the stunning Blue Lake and the world heritage listed Naracoorte Caves. We’re proud of the famous Coonawarra wines but nowhere demonstrates the human spirit like Penola, home of Australia’s first Saint, Mary MacKillop.
Coorong National Park
Birdwatchers, you’re in for a real treat. More than 80 species live in the long, shallow saltwater lagoons of the Coorong National Park. Towering white sand dunes separate the Coorong from the wilds of the Southern Ocean.
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.
Lakes and caves
The Limestone Coast features 20 sites of international or national significance. Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake fills the crater of a dormant volcano. The Umpherston Sinkhole features a beautiful garden at the bottom of a natural sinkhole. The Pool of Siloam at Beachport is seven times saltier than the sea. Limestone Caves can be found at Naracoorte, Tantanoola and Mount Gambier.
Renowned wine regions
We not only proudly celebrate our history on the Limestone Coast but also continue to make it. The Coonawarra is the best known of our six unique wine regions and is Australia's top producer of premium red wines. Cruise this 12 kilometre (7.5 miles) 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, Millicent, Beachport and Robe.
The Limestone Coast will give you memories good enough to bottle.
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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.