Due South Australia : Due South Australia 2014
166 | DUE SOUTH AUSTRALIA | LIMESTONE COAST | www.duesouthaustralia.com.au LIMESTONE COAST VISIT N ot so long ago the Limestone Coast was just a term to describe the journey from the Victorian border to the Coorong. Today, this remarkable stretch of coastline is a destination in its own right – a region which also stretches inland to Mt Gambier and the Coonawarra. For more than 25 million years, this part of the continent was underneath the Southern Ocean. One of the legacies of this incursion is a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and inland lakes. Both the Naracoorte Caves and Piccaninnie Ponds have become major drawcards. The Blue Lake in Mount Gambier is one the region’s major attractions. The lake changes colour from a steel grey in winter to a vibrant turquoise in summer. Mount Gambier is the region’s commercial centre – a great place to explore and stock up on supplies. Anyone who drives from Melbourne to Adelaide will see a softer side to the Limestone Coast. The area is also known for its pristine coastline, rolling farmland, well- tended vineyards and historic townships. Apart from wine, the region is also gaining a reputation for its fresh produce, including grain-fed beef and seafood. The region’s beauty has inspired many writers, including poets John Shaw Neilson and Adam Lindsay Gordon, whose Port MacDonnell cottage ‘Dingley Dell’ has been restored as a museum and is open to the public. The coast has long been a favourite with anglers and offers a wide choice of Volcanoes, pretty coastal towns, glorious beaches, world-class wine, ancient fossils, a remarkable inland lake and a Catholic saint – all of this adds up to a unique place of discovery and wonder. LIMESTONE COAST experiences – from deep-sea, to beach, jetty and rock fishing. Mulloway, salmon, shark, abalone and crayfish are all in ample supply. Other outdoor pursuits include golfing (17 courses), beach driving, cycling, scuba diving and caving. There are good surf breaks to be found at Cape Northumberland, Stoney’s Rise and Browns Beach. Can’t decide where to go? Then follow the Limestone Coast Loop. This self- drive trail will take you from Adelaide to Keith, Bordertown, Naracoorte, Mount Gambier, Millicent, Kingston and back to Adelaide. Highlights include the Padthaway Homestead, Naracoorte Caves, Coonawarra, Penola, Blue Lake, Tantanoola Caves, Robe and Coorong National Park.
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