We’re so spoilt for incredible travel, food and wine adventures in South Australia, that sometimes the Limestone Coast is overlooked. With its dramatic coastline, fascinating sinkholes and award-winning wineries, this is a must-visit region for any discerning traveller. Here are just a few reasons to put the Limestone Coast on your bucket list…
For those who love the thrill of exploring underwater worlds, a visit to the Kilsby Sinkhole is a must. Located on a sheep farm just outside Mount Gambier, this huge sinkhole is 65 metres deep and filled with crystal clear water and a wide variety of plant and animal life. You can explore the unique underwater ecosystem on a snorkel tour or have a fully immersive experience with one of their qualified Scuba diving operators. But you don’t have to get wet to appreciate the beauty and history of the Kilsby Sinkhole. You can take a guided tour which fills you in on everything you need to know about this incredible natural wonder.
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Located near the town of Beachport is the Salmon Hole, a 600 metre long natural gorge that will blow your mind! The gorge is a popular spot for hiking, swimming and fishing. With its crystal clear water and stunning surrounding landscape, the Salmon Hole is the perfect spot for a picnic or day trip.
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STAY A WHILE
When it comes to accommodation, you’re spoilt for choice, but the Tempest Robe has the prime location perched high on a hill with 180 degree views over the seaside town of Robe. With accommodation for up to 8 people complete with a fabulous outdoor entertaining area, sun lounges and a firepit for the cooler nights, this property offers the perfect base from which to explore the Limestone Coast. Take the boardwalk into town or enjoy one of the many scenic walking tracks around the iconic Obelisk and lighthouse.
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For foodies, Ottelia is one of our faves. Located in the heart of the Coonawarra wine region, Ottelia serves up contemporary Australian cuisine using fresh, locally sourced ingredients paired with some of the finest local wines. Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner, celebrating a special occasion, or just living in the moment, a visit to Ottelia Tasting Room & Restaurant ticks the box.
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TOUR LIKE A LOCAL
The Coonawarra wine region is home to more than 25 cellar doors, and Simon and Kerry from Coonawarra Experiences are the perfect hosts to show you around. They take you behind the scenes to meet the winemakers, hear the local stories and traditions, taste wines that have yet to be released, and get to know some of the characters who make Coonawarra so special. Oh, and they also take care of the driving, so you can enjoy the wines at each stop along the way!
The Limestone Coast is a holiday destination you’ll want to visit time and time again. It’s full of adventure, natural beauty, delicious food and wine experiences, and friendly locals. Don’t take our word for it, go and explore the Limestone Coast for yourself. She’s ready and waiting for you!