After a spooked night at a roadside rest area (it’s amazing how your mind can play tricks on you), we entered Naracoorte tired, unwashed and with a bag of laundry.
The town was thick with the promise of rain, but there were still lots of people bustling about along the two main streets that run adjacent to each other, with the library and memorial park in between them.
Naracoorte was established as a government settlement in 1847, combining the two small towns of Kincraig and Naracoorte. It grew as a service town for people travelling to and from the Victorian Gold Rush in the 1850s but these days, it’s just another relaxed town with a few pubs, and it’s main concern is conserving the Naracoorte Caves National Park and Bool Lagoon.
PLACES OF INTEREST
South Australia’s only World Heritage area, Naracoorte Caves is the location of one of the world’s most valuable fossil sites, dating back to around half a million years ago!
Check out our post on the Naracoorte Caves.
The Swimming Lake
The Swimming Lake is a free attraction that is open between December and March. The lake is seven times bigger than an Olympic swimming pool and has surrounding barbeque facilities, playground and amenities block with showers.
The Laundry Hub
This colourful Laundromat lets you clean your clothes while browsing sweet-smelling homewares. All the machines have built-in detergent dispensers so you don’t need to bring your own.
Washing a load is $5 and the dryers cost $1 for 7 minutes. Internet is also available at a fee.
The library was opened in 1978 and was also the visitor information centre until 1986. Located in the centre of town on DeGaris Place, this quiet location is great for some reading or blogging. They offer free wifi and temporary memberships.
We worked in the library for a few hours and watched the ceiling drip as it bucketed down outside.
FOOD & ACCOMMODATION
Van Leuven l’Artisan Bakery Patisserie
We stopped in at a bakery that looked heavily influenced by France, with blue, red and white flags fluttering outside the window. It was thoroughly charming inside – a very happy and smiley lady behind the counter with a thick French accent served us.
We shared a chicken and leek pie, as well as a sausage roll. Both were flavorsome succulent and devoured within minutes.
BIG4 Naracoorte Holiday Park
81 Park Terrace – 08 8762 2128
Centrally located, it has ensuites, air-conditioned units, both powered and unpowered sites, as well as mini golf and train rides.