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Limestone Coast

The Limestone Coast is home to some of South Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders.

 

ROBE

 

Robe is just 90 minutes from Mount Gambier, this picturesque coastal town transforms from a local’s seaside village to a bustling and chic holiday hotspot come summer.

 

Holiday makers flock to Robe to soak up the sun on long sandy white beaches and kick back in cosmopolitan cafes and glam galleries.

 

Start your day off with a pick-me-up coffee and breakfast at Mahalia Coffee, sample the smorgasbord of local seafood on offer (Robe is famed for its crayfish) and wind down with a local brew at Robe Town Brewery.

 

Browse boutique shops, stroll along Long Beach stretching 14km of sandy-white bliss or drive right on to the sand and spend the day enjoying the surf. Soak in the seaside scenery on a coastal walk and stop for a photo at the insta-famous Cape Dombey Obelisk.

 

BEACHPORT
 

One of the longest jetties in South Australia, Beachport Jetty reaches out into the waters of Rivoli Bay. Anglers keen to snare Salmon, Mullet, Mulloway and Whiting. Sandy beaches stretch around the bay offering surf, safe swimming and relaxing sunset strolls.

Beachport is an isthmus with the sea on two sides and Lake George beside it. Sandy beaches stretch around Rivoli Bay offering great surf and safe swimming, while Bowman Scenic Drive allows visitors to explore the coastal dunes offering spectacular views of the rugged coast of the Southern Ocean.

KINGSTON SOUTH EAST

Referred to as the Gateway to the South East, Kingston is a coastal town nestled on the picturesque waters of Lacapede Bay at the southern end of the Coorong.

Lacapede Bay, with its relative calmness, offers families the safety of its waters and long stretches of sandy shores. It is an invitation to beach goers to enjoy a wide range of water sports and fishing opportunities.

Visit the historic Cape Jaffa Lighthouse. Once situated on the Margaret Brock Reef, off the shores of Cape Jaffa, it was dismantled and re-erected on the Kingston foreshore and is now open for inspection and tours. For those interested in history, the township of Kingston was officially established in 1858. Many historic buildings still stand as a reminder of the past.

Kingston is home to an Analematic Sundial, the second in Australia and one of only eight in the world.

It is also home to Larry the Lobster, a 17 metre high, 15 metre long structure at the front of the Visitor Information Centre who stands as a tribute to the fishing industry based in the town. Legend has it that although imperial measurements for the creature were given to the builder, he used metric instead, resulting in a threefold increase in size. Make sure you have a photo with Larry whilst you are in town.

The area south of Kingston is flourishing with the establishment of numerous wineries, so for lovers of fine wines, a visit to this new and exciting area will offer a selection of cellar doors.

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CAPE DOMBEY OBELISK

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The Robe Obelisk stands proudly on the point of Cape Dombey and was constructed by local builder George Shivas at a cost of £230 in 1855. The Obelisk was used to create a landmark to navigate the entrance into Guichen Bay and to store rocket fired lifesaving equipment for stricken ships.

Later it assisted passing ships with navigation, standing at a height of 12 metres it is easily visible 20 kilometres out to sea. In 1862, after complaints by the Captains that the then white Obelisk was difficult to differentiate from Long Beach's white sand hills, it was repainted in alternate red and white bands.

*Park at Old Goal and walk to view the Obelisk.

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CRAYFISH/ROCK LOBSTER

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Locally caught seafood is sourced from the clear, pristine waters off the beautiful coast of Robe in the south east of South Australia. 

Taste crayfish or rock lobster, a highly prized delicacy, from local seafood outlets.

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CAPE JAFFA LIGHTHOUSE

Kingston SE

Kingston's view to remember, the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse experience will intrigue and exhilarate.

Australia's historic first lighthouse to be dismantled and re-erected onshore is waiting for you.
Follow in the footsteps of the lightkeepers to admire that amazing lens. Hear the stories of lighthouse work under intense adversity and feel the hardship the women felt living so far from shore.

With guides ready to assist, you can have the tour customized to your interests including:


- The Margaret Brock shipwreck exhibition room.
- Interactive exhibits allow you to explore the story at your own pace.
- Rare, original lighthouse objects.
- You can view the extensive collection of treasures rarely seen on lighthouse tours.

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MAHALIA COFFEE

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For the best coffee in Robe, head to Mahalia Coffee.

 

Supplying award-winning roasts all over Australia, a visit to Mahalia HQ is a must for coffee aficionados exploring the Limestone Coast.

 

Not only do they roast and serve up the region’s best coffee paired with breakfast and cakes, Mahalia also stocks a range of china, ceramics, art works and souvenirs.

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BEACHPORT JETTY

Beachport

One of the longest jetties in South Australia, Beachport Jetty reaches out into the waters of Rivoli Bay. Anglers keen to snare Salmon, Mullet, Mulloway and Whiting. Sandy beaches stretch around the bay offering surf, safe swimming and relaxing sunset strolls.

Beachport is an isthmus with the sea on two sides and Lake George beside it. Sandy beaches stretch around Rivoli Bay offering great surf and safe swimming, while Bowman Scenic Drive allows visitors to explore the coastal dunes offering spectacular views of the rugged coast of the Southern Ocean.

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"LARRY" THE BIG LOBSTER

Kingston SE

"Larry" the Lobster is 17 metres high and stands at the entrance to Kingston SE. Originally consisting of a restaurant, tourist area and small theatre, Larry is now home to Janet's Takeaway.


Janet’s menu features a breakfast offerings, including all the favourites, with lunch and dinner meals such as seafood platters, mixed grill, schnitzels, warm chicken salads, plus a variety of ready-made sandwiches, wraps and rolls. The take-away menu is also extensive, serving up the usual options including burgers, seafood, yiros, hot dogs, chicken, and all your fish & chip shop favourites.


So, if you’re staying locally, or whether Larry the Lobster is a stopover on your drive down the Limestone Coast, make sure you get along to Janet’s and support Larry’s long life as a giant SA tourism destination.