Journey to a place where the rich landscape is characterised by dramatic contrasts, breathtaking scenery and unique experiences. Explore endless beaches and picturesque seaside villages, discover cellar doors in the famed Coonawarra wine region and walk through some of the world’s oldest caves. Create lifelong memories on a family road trip to the Limestone Coast.
How to get to there
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.
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).
The Limestone Coast is the perfect region to go on a family road trip. Discover the rugged and beautiful coastline. Take a tour along the Southern Ocean Shipwreck Trail. Step inside a labyrinth of caves in Naracoorte. See the Blue Lake at Mount Gambier. Taste wine from Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Mount Benson and Padthaway, with more than 40 cellar doors to choose from. Limestone Coast Visitor Guide and Self Drive Itinerary.
Make sure to check out the National Public Toilet Map when you’re planning your trip.
You’ll find numerous food, wine, sports and arts events all year-round, see here for a list of What’s On throughout the year.
Good to know
Regional Express (REX) does fly between Adelaide and Mt Gambier and can accommodate wheelchair passengers, however as with many regional airlines there are certain terms and conditions that apply. Make sure to check these out to see how they apply to your individual needs prior to booking.
Now this is what should be on every wheelchair users bucket list – a wheelchair accessible cave! The Tantanoola Caves have been accessible since 1983 and are very proud of the fact they where Australia’s first and they know how special this experience is. All visitors to the cave are on a guided tour and the story of the discovering the caves is great.. this is not to be missed
Bool Lagoon is one of the largest and most diverse freshwater lagoon systems in southern Australia. This seasonal wetland is home to a wide range of wildlife and provides essential drought refuge for many rare and endangered bird species.
The boardwalk, extending 500 metres over the wetlands, gives you the feeling of walking on water. Brolgas, commonly associated with northern Australia, are perhaps the most spectacular of the 150 species of birds that visit this area. Enjoy the magnificent scenery and listen carefully for the creatures of the wetlands, especially the insects and frogs.
Hacks Lagoon Conservation Park adjoins the main basin of Bool Lagoon Game Reserve. Whether you are a birdwatcher, a lover of open space, or merely wish to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life, Hacks Lagoon offers another wetland habitat to explore.
You can learn more about the region and things to do at www.southaustralia.com