LIMESTONE COAST ROADTRIP
A long weekend roadtrip to the Limestone Coast on the south east region of South Australia almost towards the Victorian border.
FIRST STOP: NARACOORTE CAVES NATIONAL PARK
A World Heritage site opened in 1994 where several fossil deposits can be found in the cave and bones of Megafauna which had been extinct since 60,000 years ago. There’s a café, a camping site and some accommodations in the Park. Entry to Naracoorte Caves National Park is free. However, entry to the various caves is for a fee.
SECOND STOP: THE UMPHERSTON SINKHOLE MOUNT GAMBIER
The Umpherston Sinkhole or the Sunken Garden is located in Jubilee Highway East, Mount Gambier. The sinkhole offers a grandiose setting of a garden which was once a limestone cave.
THIRD STOP: THE BLUE LAKE
We also stopped by Engelbrecht Cave which was closed for the day. We proceeded to the Blue Lake (still in Mt Gambier) as our third stop, the crater was not blue that day as expected (as summer is over). But still it was a picturesque sight worth the peek.
By the time we were finished snapping photos of the Blue Lake it was almost dark. We proceeded to Victoria Hotel in Port MacDonnell where we stayed for the night.
FOURTH STOP: PORT MACDONNELL
Port MacDonnell Jetty is a picture of a quiet countryside. I have all the good impressions about how friendly and welcoming are the folks in Port MacDonnell. I like Port MacDonnell and will certainly go back there soon.
FIFTH STOP: BEACHPORT
Continuing our road trip we drove the next day to Beachport. The drive to Beachport took over an hour from Port MacDonnell but you’ll never get bored as you catch glimpse on either an array of vineyards or an array of Pine forests. We’ve passed by several Caravan Parks and Camping sites all full packed with campers who were also enjoying the long weekend. By the time we arrived at Beachport Jetty it was freezing perfect for a coffee break at the nearby café. We then proceeded to follow the Bowman Scenic Drive . It was breathtaking!
SIXTH STOP: ROBE
After enjoying all the scenic stops at the Bowman Scenic Drive we continue to our next destination – Robe. I’ve heard a lot of nice things about Robe and can attest that it is a haven for nature lovers. There are lots of things to do for the adventurous. Little Dip Conservation Park is a major attraction for bush walkers, picnickers, surfers and 4WD enthusiasts. Robe used to be a thriving port until the decline in 1870s. Now, it’s a seafood capital and a popular holiday destination for all.
As we drove back towards Adelaide to complete the loop, we stopped by Cape Jaffa Lighthouse and Larry the Big Lobster in Kingston S.E.
Coorong National Park made up most of the way as we loop back towards Adelaide but we didn’t have time to stop as it was almost dark. It was a wonderful 2-day Limestone Coast loop, a road trip with over a thousand kilometres drive. There are still so many features of this great region and we hope to revisit them soon.