Christmas on the Coast
(Combined Adelaide and South Coast Departure)
Five Days: 22nd – 26th December 2020
Twin Share: $1795 per person. Sole Use: $2039 per person.
Included in the tour:
- Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
- Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
- All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
- Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.
What better way to spend Christmas than on the stunning coastline of our very own state. The Limestone Coast is one of South Australia’s best kept secrets and we base ourselves in picturesque Kingston SE, in accommodation that is close to the water. We explore the diversity of the region with its mix of sparkling bays, rugged coastlines and lush pastures. Not only does it offer great scenery, but the area also boasts a rich history and a variety of charming villages. Spend your Christmas with friends, relaxing in the beauty of the Limestone Coast.
Day One – TUESDAY 22 DECEMBER 2020
(includes light lunch and two course dinner)
After completing home pick-ups (limited areas*), we begin our journey by travelling through the Mount Lofty Ranges. We stop for morning tea at Tailem Bend before continuing south on the Princes Highway.
As we near Lake Albert, we detour off the highway, driving a short distance towards the passage of water known as The Narrows, which joins Lake Albert and Lake Alexandrina. We will journey past Australia’s only inland lighthouse at Point Malcolm, before catching a ferry to the Narrung Peninsula.
Continuing around the western side of Lake Albert, it won’t be long before we come to the small village of Meningie. This waterfront town has a very relaxed lifestyle, and we will take the opportunity to stop for lunch and perhaps the chance to stroll the foreshore or along the jetty.
This afternoon we continue our journey alongside the picturesque Coorong. The long, shallow lagoons of the Coorong stretch for more than 130 kilometres. They are a haven for birdlife, protected from the Southern Ocean by the sweeping sand dunes of the Younghusband Peninsula. The wetland ecosystem protects a number of endangered species and is a national park, wetland of international significance, as well as a place of enormous cultural significance to the Ngarrindjeri people.
Kingston SE is nestled on the waters of picturesque Lacapede Bay and has some of the safest beaches in South Australia, making it a popular destination for families. It was established as a private town in 1858 by statesman George Strickland Kingston and by a decade later, it was a bustling seaport.
On arrival we take a drive around town. One of Kingston’s most striking features is historic Cape Jaffa Lighthouse, originally built over 20 kilometres away, on Margaret Brock Reef off Cape Jaffa. Deactivated in 1973 when a new lighthouse began operation in Robe, the lighthouse tower was moved to its present location in 1976 where it became a museum. We will also stop at the jetty for the chance to stretch our legs and admire the ocean views.
Our accommodation for the next four nights is at the Lacapede Bay Motel, which is ideally located opposite the ocean and the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing Christmas break.
Day Two – WEDNESDAY 23 DECEMBER 2020
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)
Following breakfast, we drive south to the regional town of Millicent. This peaceful community is a service centre for the region and home to the Millicent mill, which manufactures paper products for multi-national company Kimberly-Clark.
After enjoying morning tea on arrival, we stop at the Visitor Information Centre, also the venue of the National Trust Living History Museum. This award-winning museum features displays of Millicent’s history including the wreck of the Geltwood (an iron-hulled barque wrecked on the south east coast of South Australia in 1876), Aboriginal cave art, farm machinery, and the largest collection of horse drawn vehicles in South Australia. We will have plenty of free time to explore here.
The Windfarm Tourist Drive takes us out of Millicent a short distance towards Lake Bonney, one of the largest freshwater lakes in South Australia. Dominating the skyline of the Woakwine Range, are giant wind turbines as far as the eye can see. Lake Bonney and Canunda Wind Farms comprise the largest wind farm development in the Southern Hemisphere, with 129 turbines combined.
We return to Millicent for lunch, before visiting Ants Redgum Gallery, which showcases the works of sculptor Anthony Martin. The gallery displays up to 60 sculptures at a time, using predominantly redgum, but also many other native woods. There is a wide variety of subject matter and ‘Ant’ will tell us the unique stories behind them.
After our visit we return to Kingston SE for a relaxing evening.
Day Three – THURSDAY 24 DECEMBER 2020
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)
This morning we journey to the coastal town of Robe, located on the shores of Guichen Bay. Settled in the 1840’s, Robe was once the third largest port in South Australia. After its decline due to the popularity of rival ports, Robe reinvented itself in the early 1900’s to be a holiday destination and fishing port. Today, it is a favourite seaside spot for many South Australian’s and interstate visitors.
On arrival we will take a tour around the town, admiring the history and diverse scenery of the area, with both its pristine swimming beaches and rugged coastline with wild seas crashing below.
After morning tea, we have some free time to explore the main street before continuing south.
We take a short detour off the main road to Woakwine Cutting. This is a fascinating story of an enterprising farmer who carved a culvert through the Woakwine Range, to drain swampy farmland. It is an outstanding example of engineering and persistence, accomplished by just two men and a tractor. The length of the cutting is one kilometre and the depth at the deepest point is 28.34 metres. Woakwine is an Aboriginal name, meaning elbow or bent arm and refers to the shape of the large watercourse near the Woakwine Homestead. The cutting has a viewing platform, information boards and the machinery which was used to construct this canal on display.
We continue to Beachport, located on the northern end of Rivoli Bay—a sheltered bay popular for mooring local fishing boats. The town is known for having the second longest jetty in South Australia, which at 772 metres, was necessary because of the shallow waters in the Bay.
Bowman Scenic Drive offers spectacular views of the rugged coastline and takes us past the Pool of Siloam, said to be seven times saltier than the ocean. This unique lake is known for its unusual buoyancy and has a reputation for healing.
Lunch will be at a local café in Beachport before travelling to the southern end of Rivoli Bay, aptly named Southend. This beautiful spot is also popular with holiday makers due to its white sandy beaches and opportunities for recreational water activities.
After our day touring we return to our accommodation for the evening.
Day Four – FRIDAY 25 DECEMBER 2020
(includes cooked breakfast, traditional Christmas lunch and light evening meal)
Merry Christmas to all! We wake to a special day of fun, friendship and relaxation!
For those who wish, there is an opportunity to attend local Christmas Day church services this morning.
Others can spend some free time strolling along the beach or perhaps enjoy an easy morning relaxing at the motel.
At lunch time we gather together for a magnificent three course meal prepared by our hosts in the motel restaurant. Our Christmas lunch will have all the decorations and traditional trimmings and will be a wonderful feast to enjoy with friends!
Full and contented we enjoy some scenic touring around the region with our tour driver this afternoon. We will head to Cape Jaffa to take in more of the stunning views of this beautiful coastline. We take the opportunity to drive around the Anchorage, a relatively new marina development in the area which also features an estate, fishing port and tourist accommodation.
Returning to our accommodation, there will be time to relax before dinner. Our meal this evening will be a light dinner and a lovely end to a spectacular Christmas Day!
Day Five – SATURDAY 26 DECEMBER 2020
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
After breakfast we farewell our hosts and commence our travels home.
We will journey east this morning travelling through fertile farming country towards Naracoorte, where we will stop for morning tea.
The beautiful countryside continues as we travel north, passing through Padthaway and to Keith for a hearty two-course lunch. The afternoon takes us along the Dukes Highway, through Tintinara and Coonalpyn before having a comfort stop at Tailem Bend.
Before long we are travelling through the Adelaide Hills and back to our homes, feeling relaxed after celebrating a wonderful Christmas on the coast.