SOUTHERN OCEAN DRIVE: SEE THE FLEURIEU, LIMESTONE COAST AND KANGAROO ISLAND
From the land of natural wonders on the Limestone Coast, to the untouched wilderness of Kangaroo Island and the sea and vines of the Fleurieu Peninsula, there’s something to discover around every bend. Download the Southern Ocean Drive map, and hit the road to uncover some of Australia’s best wineries, most breathtaking beaches and jaw-dropping geological marvels. Here’s our guide to the best things to see and do between Robe and Victor Harbor, along the Southern Ocean Drive.
ROBE TO VICTOR HARBOUR
Coorong National Park
Explore towering sand dunes, meander down quiet waterways and roam along snow-white sandy beaches. Nature lovers will be richly rewarded on the Southern Ocean Drive at Coroong National Park. Stretching some 130km down the coast from the Limestone Coast to the Fleurieu Peninsula, the ecological diversity of this important wetland system is staggering. Encompassing a string of saltwater lagoons and wetlands brimming with fish, spend a few days kayaking the tranquil waters, spotting abundant birdlife, lounging on picturesque beaches and discovering the important Aboriginal culture of the Ngarrindjeri people. Make sure you stick around for dusk – sunsets over the Coorong are a sight to behold. Australian film lovers will also recognise it as the site where Storm Boy was filmed.
Home to the oldest recorded cabernet sauvignon vines in the world and fifth-generation wine making families, Langhorne Creek is sprawling with vineyards and ancient gum trees lining lush river banks. Stop for the day and explore grand cellar doors at the beautiful Angas Plains Winery or immerse yourself in the stunningly renovated horse stable at Bremerton Wines. Indulge yourself at the Vineyard Road Cellar Door with their range of wines and skin care products or sample your way through award-winning wine labels at Winehouse. With the jaw-dropping Fleurieu Penisula coastline, world-famous McLaren Vale wines and lush Adelaide Hills right on Langhorne Creek’s doorstep, it’s the perfect base to explore the region.
Victor Harbor and Port Elliot
Next stop is Victor Harbor, a holiday town known for its horse drawn tram, penguin colony and surf beaches. If you happen to arrive between May and October you may be lucky enough to see southern right and humpback whales frolicking in the waters between Victor and Goolwa. A stone’s throw away is the neighbouring seaside town of Port Elliot where you’ll discover some of the best beaches in South Australia plus homewares shops, stylish cafes and chic, beachside cottages. Walk the trails along a dramatic coastline, wander through the charming streets admiring the town’s historical facades, stop for lunch at the Flying Fish Cafe or try the famous donut flavour of the month at Port Elliot Bakery (think flavours like Espresso Martini, lemon cheesecake and Tim Tam) before settling down at The Summer House or Mill Estate Cottage.