The Victoria Fossil Cave findings

Top 5 Things on the Limestone Coast

Us with a thylacoleo carnifex

 

When you get there you’ll know, because most of the roads and houses on the Limestone Coast are a creamy white colour.  The limestone was formed by the accumulation of various deposits of marine life and shells over millions of years when the area was under the ocean.  About a million years ago, the sea retreated and allowed nature to take its course to create sinkholes, caves, salt lakes, and pockets of beautifully fertile red soil that is renowned for producing great wine and agriculture.

 

It took us about two weeks to complete the limestone coast from Nelson in Victoria to the mouth of the Murray River, and while we saw many things, here are our top five favourite destinations in this beautiful region of South Australia.

 

 

The Princess Rose Margaret Cave and Naracoorte Caves

These caves were both formed from limestone and exhibit excellent crystal formations that have developed over hundreds and thousands of years.

 

 

The Princess Rose Margaret Cave is a small gem with a fantastic story behind it, while the World Heritage Naracoorte Caves are historically significant as they contain fossils dating back to almost half a million years ago.

 

Coonawarra Wine Region

What’s not to love!?  This famous wine region is soaked in history and is considered to produce the best cabernet sauvignons in the country.  We recommend the small, boutique cellar doors instead of the big names.

 

 

Mount Gambier & the Blue Lake

Unlike the tap water, Mount Gambier does not leave a bad taste in your mouth.  The town is easy to navigate, has a great selection of pubs to tickle all fancies, and it is home to the beautiful Blue Lake.

 

 

Beachport & Post Office Rock

We weren’t expecting much of Beachport but it ended up being one of our favourite places on the Limestone Coast.  Go for a stroll on South Australia’s second longest jetty and explore beautiful Post Office Rock before having a refreshing dip in the Pool of Siloam, a salt lake that is seven times saltier than the sea.

 

 

Robe & the Mahalia Coffee Tour

There is an air of hospitality in Robe, with the main street lined with pubs, cafes, pizzerias and restaurants.  We ended up trying much of the fare and were thoroughly impressed with the goods – great coffee at Union Café, supplied by Mahalia Coffee, delicious pizza topped with fresh ingredients at VicStreetPIZZA, and a succulent ‘parmi’ at the Caledonian Inn.

 

 

We had a great time at the Mahalia Coffee Roasting House with a tour through the roasting house and a great chat with Mahalia that exposed her love and passion for coffee and providing a great product.

 

Us on the Beachport Jetty

Town Profile : Beachport

After spending the night in Tantanoola, we headed towards Beachport for breakfast.  This small town started off as a whaling station in the 1830s, an industry that played an important role in the successful colonisation of South Australia.  While it isn’t used for whaling anymore, the southern right whales still pass through here at particular times of the year.  It was officially named Beachport in 1878, after the British Secretary of State at the time, Michael Hicks Beach.

 

 

PLACES OF INTEREST

Beachport Jetty

This is the second longest jetty in South Australia.  Its original length was over 1.2km but these days it’s a measly 772m.  The view of town from the end is great and the waters are a deep blue turquoise – truly beautiful.

 

Bowman Scenic Drive & Post Office Rock

After we had breakfast on the Beachport Jetty, we followed the Bowman Scenic Drive to Post Office Rock and did some exploring.  Because there weren’t any defined paths, it felt like we were the first people there and the views from the rugged rock were magnificent – turquoise water and clear beaches.

 

Lanky’s Walk

Once we got back to town, we did Lanky’s Walk to visit the well that was built for Lanky by the Beachport police.  Lanky was a local aboriginal man and member of the Buandik people that was employed by the police as a tracker.  Part of his job was to take care of the police horses – the well was built so that he could fetch drinking water.

 

Pool of Siloam

The sun was getting high and hot so we sought out an activity to keep cool.  Along the Bowman Scenic Drive is a turn off for the Pool of Siloam.  This small body of water is seven times saltier than the ocean and is said to relieve symptoms of arthritis.  We put our togs on and inched into the refreshing water.  As soon as we got to our waists, we could feel the strange buoyancy that the salty pond provided.

 

The Pool of Siloam has surrounding facilities that include a picnic area, change rooms, toilets and a cold outdoor shower.