Kington SE and Robe
Four Days: 13th – 16th September 2022
Twin Share: $1349 per person. Sole Use: $1549 per person.
- 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.
Join us as we tour 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 the area offer great scenery, but it also boasts a rich history and a couple of unique local businesses! There is plenty of time to relax and soak in the beauty and charm of this coastal region.
Day One – TUESDAY 13 SEPTEMBER 2022
(includes light lunch and two course dinner)
After completing home pick-ups (limited areas*), we begin our journey by travelling through the beautiful Mount Lofty Ranges.
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 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 enjoy 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 three nights is at the Lacapede Bay Motel (Ph. 8767 2444), where there is time to settle in before dinner.
Day Two – WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2022
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)
After breakfast this morning we depart for 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.
On arrival we visit McCourts Garden Centre, housed in the former Bible Christian Church which dates back 136 years. The nursery and gift shop here are wonderful and we will have time to browse and enjoy morning tea in the café.
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.
From here we drive to the southern end of Rivoli Bay, aptly named Southend. This beautiful spot is popular with holiday makers due to its white sandy beaches and opportunities for recreational water activities. We head to Cape Buffon to look at the views of the ocean.
We then make our way to the northern end of Rivoli Bay where the town of Beachport is located. Lunch is enjoyed at a local café before exploring the town known for having the second longest jetty in South Australia, measuring 772 metres. For those wanting to stretch their legs, there will be time to walk along the jetty later this afternoon.
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.
After departing Beachport, 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 and information boards, as well as a display of some of the machinery used to construct this canal.
We journey back to Kingston, arriving late afternoon.
Day Three – THURSDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2022
(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)
Following breakfast, we drive south to Mount Benson not far from the coastal town of Robe. Here we visit a rather unique farm, Humpalicious Camel Farm. This small scale, ethical farm runs a chemical free and renewably powered operation. In fact, they are the only renewably powered camel dairy in Australia, and possibly the world! We will join the Morning Milking Tour, help handfeed the babies and taste some of the milk and products. Camels milk is highly nutritious, has non-allergenic qualities and is proving to have various health benefits.
After morning tea, we journey into Robe located on the shores of Guichen Bay. Settled in the 1840s, 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 1900s to be a holiday destination and fishing port. Today it is a favourite seaside spot for many South Australians and interstate visitors.
Our first stop in Robe is at another unique business. Brad and Narelle are originally from rural Queensland and they have always had a passion for the environment, innovation and creativity. These passions have combined to form Transmutation, a plastic recycling and retail outlet which transforms plastic waste into quality products. As we tour the workshop and retail space, you will be stunned at how breadtags and polystyrene can be transformed into bowls, serving boards and pens!
After lunch in Robe we have some free time to browse the shops before reboarding the bus. We will tour around the town, admiring the history and diverse scenery of the area, from pristine swimming beaches to a rugged coastline with wild seas crashing below.
Returning to Kingston SE there will be time to relax and freshen up before dinner this evening.
Day Four – FRIDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2022
(includes cooked breakfast and two course lunch)
After breakfast we farewell our hosts, but before departing this beautiful coastline we take a short detour west to the southern tip of Lacapede Bay. The seaside village of Cape Jaffa offers a more peaceful alternative to some of its busier neighbours. 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. After admiring the stunning ocean views, we journey back to Kingston to enjoy our morning tea before commencing our travels home.
Driving north along the Princes Highway, it’s not long before 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 make our way to Meningie to enjoy lunch at the local Hotel.
This afternoon’s drive takes us to Tailem Bend where we can stretch our legs, before continuing along the freeway towards home. We arrive back in Adelaide relaxed and revived after a wonderful spring break by the beach.