There's so much to see on the Limestone Coast. The ocean plays a big part in the region's history, with shipwrecks and caves dotted along the coast.
The creative coast
The Limestone Coast is a place of glorious diversity. This is perfectly showcased in the region’s art, culture and history. Spend some time at public art spaces, museums and galleries. You’ll find a vibrant mix of local pieces and international works, with touring exhibitions sitting alongside permanent collections.
Many townships feature locally-created murals, mosaics and sculptures.
Limestone Coast art, culture and history is on display in galleries and public spaces throughout the region.
In Kingston South East, use your shadow to tell the time. The Sundial of Human Involvement is one of only eight in the world.
The Sheep's Back in Naracoorte captures South Australia's farming past and the sights (and smells) of an authentic shearing shed. Port MacDonnell‘s Maritime Museum has stories and items from South Australia's southernmost township.
In Bordertown, the Bob Hawke Gallery features a huge bronze bust to celebrate the birthplace of the former Labor Prime Minister.
A little history
If history makes you hungry, visit the Cheese Factory Restaurant in Meningie, where history and culinary delights await. Learn how cheese is made and explore the community-run museum which boasts an eclectic collection of artefacts from all over the district, including rocket parts, old telephones, cheesemaking equipment and tractors.
Visit the Millicent National Trust Museum. It’s located in the historic primary school, built in 1873. The Old Wool and Grain Store in Beachport is another museum to visit. Both museums include Aboriginal and settler artefacts.
Saint Mary MacKillop
If you’re visiting Penola, spend some time at the Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre. It celebrates the life and achievements of Mary MacKillop, Australia's first saint. The building is close to the schoolhouse, which was founded by Mary and Father Julian Tenison Woods in the mid-nineteenth century.
For more on what to see around the region, look out for the Visitor Information Centres. At the Lady Nelson Discovery and Visitor Centre in Mount Gambier, there’s a full scale replica of the HMS Lady Nelson. This is the boat from which Lieutenant James Grant spotted and named Mount Gambier in 1800.