The Limestone Coast is an idyllic combination of beautiful beaches, stunning coastline, and irresistible food and wine.
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 will be cherished forever. What will your kids remember?
The Limestone Coast is a perfect road trip destination. 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.
Find the magic and make memories on a family road trip to the Limestone Coast.
History and World Heritage
The traditional home of the Ngarrindjeri and Booandik people is simply bursting with experiences that are culturally, environmentally and historically significant. Join a tour
with traditional landowners 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 and 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. The Coonawarra
wine region has put the Limestone Coast on the international wine map for its 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 are in for a real treat. More than 80 species live in this series of long, shallow saltwater lagoons. Only towering white sand dunes separate the Coorong from the wild Southern Ocean.
Scattered around these dunes are mounds of shells. Called “middens”, they point to the generations of Ngarrindjeri people who have lived in this area. You can explore the park on foot along one of many walking trails, in a kayak, or by four-wheel driving along beach tracks. You can also join an adventure and discovery tour of the Coorong.
Scenic campgrounds are located on both sides of the lagoon. You'll need a permit to enter the park. Visit National Parks South Australia's 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 winemaking 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 cellar doors in Wrattonbully, Mount Benson and Padthaway.
To help your planning, Visitor Information Centres are dotted around the region at Bordertown, Mount Gambier, Naracoorte, Penola and Robe.
The Limestone Coast will give you memories good enough to bottle.
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, things to see and places to stay along the way.
Between two cities
The Limestone Coast is the perfect destination for both Adelaide and Melbourne-based travellers. Mount Gambier, the region’s biggest town, is approximately 500 kilometres from both cities. It’s easily accessible in a day’s drive.
To reach the Limestone Coast from Adelaide, take National Highway One. Travel inland along the Duke (A8) and Riddoch Highways (A66) or take the coastal drive via the Princes (B1) and Southern Ports Highways (B101).
many scenic roads lead to the Limestone Coast. The breathtaking Great Ocean Road joins the Princes Highway (A1) on its way to Mount Gambier. The Wimmera Highway (C240) reaches Naracoorte via Bendigo and Horsham. The Murray Valley Highway (B400) shadows the Murray River and joins the Mallee Highway (B12) en route to Tailem Bend.
The busy Western Highway (A8) takes you from Melbourne to Bordertown via Ballarat and Horsham. Reach Mount Gambier on the Glenelg Highway (B160), via Ballarat and Hamilton.
Stop along the way
Leave the main roads and you'll soon reach quaint country towns, wilderness, wildlife, rugged coastlines and of course, world-famous wines.
Hire cars and taxis are available for shorter trips around the region. Just check the local Visitor Information Centre for full details. You can also hire scooters, bikes and boats.
Take a coach
If you'd like someone else to drive, Premier Stateliner operates a daily coach service between Adelaide and Mount Gambier along both the coastal and inland routes. V-Line runs a daily service from Melbourne to Mount Gambier, via Warrnambool and Ballarat. There’s also a weekday coach between Naracoorte and Horsham.
Mount Gambier has its own bus service, running Monday to Friday and stopping at all the major city attractions. Timetables are available at The Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre and The City of Mount Gambier. Coorong Coaches operates another public bus service. Note: for pickups at some stops you’ll need to book in advance.
For a bird’s-eye view of the Limestone Coast, flights to Mount Gambier are available daily from both Adelaide and Melbourne with Regional Express (REX).
Ask a local
The Visitor Information Centres located at Beachport, Bordertown, Millicent, Mount Gambier, Naracoorte, Penola and Robe are open seven days a week and the friendly staff are always on hand to help you with your plans, so drop in and say hi.