Kingston SE and Robe
(South Coast Departure)
Four Days: 9th — 12th November 2020
Twin Share: $1095 per person. Sole Use: $1245 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.
As the weather warms it’s a great time of year to discover one of South Australia’s best kept secrets in the Limestone Coast. Staying near the water at Kingston SE, we explore this stunning region with its mix of coastlines, lush pastures and sparkling bays. Not only does it offer great scenery, but the area also boasts a rich history, and there is plenty of time on this relaxing break to soak in the beauty and charm of this coastal region.
Day One – MONDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2020
(includes light lunch and two course dinner)
After completing home pick-ups (limited areas*), we begin our journey by travelling through the stunning countryside to Strathalbyn. Continuing on Callington Road we join the South Eastern Freeway and it’s not long before we stop at Tailem Bend for the chance to stretch our legs and enjoy morning tea. Refreshed, we continue towards the Tatiara, travelling through Coonalpyn and Tintinara to Keith where we stop for a light lunch.
From Keith we journey south onto the Riddoch Highway and head towards the Limestone Coast. Mid-afternoon we arrive in Kingston SE, nestled on the waters of picturesque Lacapede Bay. It was established as a private town in 1858 by statesman George Strickland Kingston and by a decade later, it was a bustling seaport. Kingston SE boasts some of the safest beaches in South Australia, making it a popular destination for families.
On arrival we take a drive around town. One of Kingston’s most striking features is historic Cape Jaffa Lighthouse, originally 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 three nights is at the Lacapede Bay Motel, where there is time to settle in before dinner.
Day Two – TUESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 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 – WEDNESDAY 11 NOVEMBER 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.
As we journey back to Kingston this afternoon we call in at 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.
Day Four – THURSDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2020
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
After breakfast we farewell our hosts and commence our travels home. Today we drive north along the Princes Highway and its not long into our journey when we reach the southern end of the Coorong. The long, shallow lagoons of the Coorong stretch for more than 130 kilometres and 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.
We stop to enjoy morning tea before a visit to Camp Coorong. Generated from a vision that the traditional owners, the Ngarrindjeri people, had back in 1985, Camp Coorong is a place where non-aboriginal people can gain a better understanding of Aboriginal culture, traditions, and their relationships with the land, water, plants and animals. We wander through the cultural centre and are given a talk on Ngarrindjeri history and traditions.
Following our visit, we make our way in to Meningie to enjoy lunch at the local Hotel.
On this afternoon’s drive, we turn off the highway at Wellington, taking the ferry across the Murray River. As we journey towards home, there is time to take in the country scenery and reflect on our relaxing holiday in the picturesque Limestone Coast.