Jun
14
2018

Limestone Coast splendour

The Limestone Coast of South Australia is a truly wonderful destination to visit.

Magnificent sandy beaches, serious cliffs and rocky outcrops, blowholes, caves and being at the end of the world renowned Coonawarra wine district makes this a ‘bucket list’ location.

Proximity helps, as both Melbourne and Adelaide are a comfortable and drive-able distance from this locale. The Limestone Coast extends for a couple of hundred kilometres, so never fear that you will get crowded in, or miss out on a spot.

There is room for every one, so jump in your Adelaide car rental or bring your motorhome or campervan, tow your caravan, bring your family, bring your relatives and bring your friends.

Along the way

OK, so you have picked up a hire vehicle and made plans to explore the Limestone Coast area. Why not turn “getting there” into “an adventure”? Wineries, antique shops, arts and crafts boutiques will all compete for your attention as you drive to your destination.

Make sure you stop and indulge in some of these activities. Check out the roadside fruit and vegetable stalls, the meat produce stalls and plenty more.

The beauty of Beachport

Good question this. And with little or no hesitation on this trip I chose Beachport.

Beachport is one of those iconic Limestone Coast towns steeped in history but with a flavour and vibe well and truly set in this decade.

The town is flanked by pristine natural attractions, is a half a day drive from Adelaide, and only a bit more from Melbourne.

The town is of particular appeal to visits by solos, couples, families and extended groups. The periphery of Beachport sees all sorts of outdoor activities from boating to fishing, to water sports of a general nature, to hiking and bush walking, to dirt biking on sand dunes, to antiquities and history, to golf… and the list goes on.

My Beachport favourites

OK, so what was some of my fun while in Beachport?

The Jetty – over three quarters of a kilometre long, this wooden jetty is the second longest in South Australia. A good work out (walk) affords opportunities for fishing, photography, bird watching and, of course, exercise. Remember that if you walk out you have to walk back – all up a 1.5km plus stroll! Might come back a little thirsty or hungry? Which brings me to…

The Jetty Café – situated directly opposite the jetty entrance and a truly wonderful place for a well earned meal and beverage. I ate there twice and was really impressed with the brekky burger.. I mean, anything with bacon, egg, mushrooms, hollandaise and a hash brown, cannot be all bad. But that was breakfast.

The Pub – only one pub in Beachport and it is a place well worth your time. Good cold beverages, an excellent wine list including some local Coonawarra favourites, and a nice selection of lunches and dinners. For those who like to have a quick punt there’s the TAB, Keno and Pokies available at this location.

The Salmon Hole – yep, got that right: they even tell the fishos exactly where to go to catch a great Australian Salmon.

Like all things old? Then check out the Old Wool and Grain Store and the National Trust Museum – dating from 1879 and nearly 140-years-old. True history.

Where to motor? OK, so jump back in the car and travel to Rivoli Bay, Lake George or head down to Southend where you can check out the fleet and maybe pick up some serious seafood at the right price!

There is so much more to do. Just ask as the locals who are upbeat and ready to point you in the direction of an adventure.

Where to stay

ON this occasion, and being in a motorhome, I decided to stay at the aptly named Beachport Caravan Park.

This venue is the first accommodation venue as you come into town and on one side is flanked by beach Road. You walk across Beach Road, and you are literally on the beach.

The owner Stacey, runs a great venue with large powered sites, cabins and also camp sites. The park was heavily grassed when I was there and I was impressed.

Amenities include an excellent camp kitchen, clean toilets and laundry facilities which all make for a great experience. But better still this venue is only a hop, a skip and a jump to many of those attractions listed above. Indeed, the jetty, the jetty café, the pub, the foodmart, the historic buildings really are only 3-5 minutes walk from this venue.

Limestone Coast – a wonderful region of Australia and Beachport is a great town on the Limestone Coast.

See you there one day because… I’LL BE BACK.

THE CHAIR

Also check out Five Things To Do Between Adelaide and the Barossa

DennisW

Dennis Werthenbach is the enigmatic and larger than life Chairman of the Family Parks chain of holiday havens designed for caravanners, campers and park life enthusiasts throughout Australia and New Zealand (www.familyparks.com.au). DriveNow is proud to say he's our roving reporter on the road.

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