Enjoy a holiday in the Limestone Coast
The Limestone Coast is located South of Adelaide and is approximately 500km or one day’s drive from the city. Its Mediterranean climate with warm summers and cool winters, makes the Limestone Coast an appealing destination for travellers. The region is home to numerous attractions, endless beaches, an award winning wine region, seaside villages and some of the world’s oldest caves. A popular destination for self-drive holiday makers heading from Adelaide to Melbourne, the Limestone Coast links up with the Great Ocean Road.
Travelling through the region, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a number of experiences. Discover the history of the region and join a tour with traditional landowners or venture to Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake. Visit the Coorong National Park, one of the best spots for fishing, boating and birdwatching. Wine lovers will want to explore the hidden jewels of the Coonawarra wine region.
The Limestone Coast is not just home to Coonawarra, but thanks to its 12km stretch of terra rossa soil, it also includes Wrattonbully, Mount Benson and Padthaway wine regions. With over 40 cellar doors to choose from, it will be hard to pick a favourite.
Labelled as the jewel in the region’s winemaking crown, Coonawarra is recognised Australia wide as a top producer of world class red wines. With over 25 cellar doors and wineries, the Coonawarra wine region produces stunning Cabernet Sauvignons, Shirazes, Chardonnays and Rieslings.
The Naracoorte Caves are a world heritage listed site in South Australia. Part of the Naracoorte East Range, the caves are over 800,000 year old and house some of the world’s most important fossilised specimens. There are four caves open to the public, the remaining 24 caves at the site are reserved for scientific research. The cave system was originally used be predators, the prey would fall through a fall and become trapped, in turn creating fossilised records of ancient animals and megafauna.
The Blue Lake
Occupying an extinct volcano crater, the Blue Lake is located in Mount Gambier. Surrounded by folklore and Aboriginal legend, the lake circumference stretches 3.6km providing a walking trail and numerous viewing platforms. Each November the lake has a tendency to change colour, adjusting its sombre dark blue to an intense deep turquoise overnight. Slowly the colour fades and by late February the lake is back to its distinct winter colouring.
Ideally positioned along the Melbourne – Adelaide touring route & approximately 3 ½ hours from Adelaide, the Naracoorte Hotel is located in the centre of town, not far from the famed Coonawarra wine region.