Top things to do in Limestone Coast

Top Choice National Park in Naracoorte

Naracoorte Caves National Park

About 10km southeast of Naracoorte is World Heritage–listed Naracoorte Caves National Park. The discovery of an ancient fossilised marsupial in these limestone caves raised palaeontological eyebrows around the world…
Top Choice Modern Australian in Penola & the Coonawarra Wine Region

Pipers of Penola

A classy, intimate dining room tastefully constructed inside a 1908 Methodist church, with friendly staff and seasonal fare. The menu is studded with ingredients like truffled parsnip, mustard fruit and labneh (Leba…
Top Choice Cafe in Mount Gambier

Metro Bakery & Cafe

Ask a local where they go for coffee: chances are they'll say, 'the Metro, you fool!'. In the thick of things on the main drag, it's an efficient cafe with natty black-and-white decor, serving omelettes, salads, san…
Top Choice Cafe in Robe

Union Cafe

Always busy, this curiously angled corner cafe has polished-glass fragments in the floor and surf art on the walls. Unionise your hangover with a big cooked breakfast, lashed with locally made hot sauce. Good coffee…
Lake in Mount Gambier

Blue Lake

Mount Gambier's big-ticket item is the luminous, 75m-deep lake, which turns an insane hue of blue during summer. Perplexed scientists think it has to do with calcite crystals suspended in the water, which form at a …
National Park in Limestone Coast

Coorong National Park

The amazing Coorong National Park is a fecund lagoon landscape curving along the coast for 145km from Lake Alexandrina towards Kingston SE. A complex series of soaks and salt pans, it's separated from the sea by the…
Pub Food in Mount Gambier

Macs Hotel

Char-grilled, chilli-and-garlic marinated calamari; pork belly with cauliflower puree and star anise glaze… Not your standard pub grub, but the old Macs is far from a standard pub these days. A super renovation has …
Gallery in Mount Gambier

Riddoch Art Gallery

If Mount Gambier's famed Blue Lake isn't blue, don't feel blue − cheer yourself up at one of Australia's best regional galleries. There are three galleries housing touring and permanent exhibitions, contemporary ins…
Modern Australian in Beachport

Mayura Station

Mayura Station – a cattle property in Millicent, midway between Mount Gambier and Beachport – has a serious rep for its fine Japanese full-blooded Wagyu beef. Book a table in advance at the classy/farmy dining room …
Pub Food in Beachport

Beachport Hotel

The second-biggest thing in Beachport (after the jetty) is the pub, a chunky old two-storey boozer serving classic Aussie pub grub (if you've never had a 'surf 'n' turf' before, here's your chance). Check out the lo…