The Limestone Coast

The Limestone Coast covers an area of approximately 21,310 square kilometres in the south-eastern corner of the state of South Australia.  It stretches south from the Coorong National Park along a beautiful, rugged coastline to the Victorian border.  It also includes inland pastoral districts and the Coonawarra Wine district.  The area was named because of the underlying limestone deposits that have been used as the foundation of many industries.  It lies midway between the capital cities of Adelaide and Melbourne and is bounded by the Southern Ocean to the west and south, and the Victorian border to the east.  Incidentally, Australia is the only nation that recognises the Southern Ocean.  To the rest of the world it is just part of the Indian Ocean.  In June 2006, the Limestone coast region’s estimated population was 63,580 with a median age of 36 at Mt Gambier to 44 at Kingston.  The area is one of the most productive in South Australia, with produce including wine grapes, vegetables, cereal grains, fish & livestock.  Softwood timber is also grown in plantation forests which cover an area of approximately 100,000 hectares in total.  Much of this produce and timber is also exported.  Limestone Coast summers are warm to hot with mainly dry conditions and winters are crisp and wet.  Sunland Holiday Village and the nudist beach at Lurline Point is situated right on the coast midway between the fishing towns of Robe and Beachport.  The natural attractions of the region include World Heritage caves, coastal dunes, lagoons and lakes, both fresh and salt-water.  The Coorong and Canunda National Parks occupy vast stretches of the coast and cater for camping, fishing, four-wheel driving and of course quiet observation of the local flora and fauna.  Lovers of seafood, such as lobster, will delight in local catches that can be purchased at Robe or Beachport.