Larry the Lobster is located at the Big Lobster Tourist Complex at 17 Princes Hwy, Kingston SE. He was built in 1979 over 6 months, with the construction occurring in Adelaide before they carted him down, bit by bit to Kingston for assembly.
Larry is 17 metres tall and about 14 meters wide and has become a major tourist drawcard and icon of Kingston SE. He’s made of Styrofoam and fiberglass with a steel skeleton and weights approximately 4 tonnes.
We were sad to say goodbye to Robe. It was such a beautiful town with just enough to get by without all the crap that comes with living in a big city. We stopped in Kingston SE to check out the Lobster and while we had high hopes, we were presented with a town that was a little ordinary.
Kingston sits on Lacepede Bay and has about 2600 residents. It’s a fishing and farming town that loves lobsters and wine. It was established in 1858 by two brothers who arrived and wanted to encourage its development. It was eventually connected to the outside world with a railway that was completed in 1876.
We drove around town for a while; saw some houses on stilts, a pub, a jetty and lots and lots of weedy beach. One of the locals said that we would be able to stay on the beach and have a fire just below high tide line, but every time we approached the beach, there were signs that said NO! There were a few 24hr parking areas reserved for self-contained units like campervans and the like, but none of them really seemed like a place we’d want to pull up for the night.
We made up our minds fairly quickly that we weren’t going to stick around for long. After we caught some dinner off the jetty and cooked it up on an electric BBQ at the park near to the Sundial of Human Involvement, the rains came and we left town.
If your thing is fishing, this should be your first stop for gear and advice!
We stopped by Swampy’s with a fish dinner in mind and the awesome dude at the counter was a fountain of information – where to fish, what bait to use, how to hook up our lines, tide guides, etc. Afterwards, we headed to the jetty for some easy fishing. Within an hour, we had caught three tommy roughs and one trevally with filthy prawns as bait – any more would have been a waste so we called it a day. We cooked those little fishies with a bit of sumac, and popped them in some bread with caramelised onion and sweet potato – BLISS!
Other places to fish were along the beach, at the breakwater, south along the coast towards Cape Jaffa or north along the Coorong Beach.