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    Your Limestone Coast weekend itinerary

    One of the best things about Mount Gambier isn’t the Blue Lake. Yes, it’s gorgeous but it’s only a small part of what makes the region so popular.

    Don’t just come for the day or simply stopover in Mount Gambier. Use it as your basecamp to experience the Limestone Coast. Get a group of friends together and check off all the things to see on the coast.

    Ready for your great south eastern ocean journey? Think of this as your go-to visitor guide for the Limestone Coast.

    Get ready for long weaving roads with beach views, lighthouses, caves, fishing, lakes, and artisan food and drink. It’s the perfect weekend getaway.

    Start your road trip.

    Begin your adventure in Mount Gambier. See the Blue Lake, Umpherston Sinkhole, Piccaninne Ponds and Tantanoola Caves. Spend the whole day there and stay with us overnight.

    Get an early start on your Sunday and drive 30 minutes to Coonawarra. On the way, stop by Saint Mary McKillop Centre in Penola. Once you get to Coonawarra, Australia’s ‘other’ Red centre you’ll have your choice of dozens of charming cellar doors. Some of the popular local cellars are St Mary’s Wines, Wynns Estate, Katnook Estate, Hollick Wines, Bowen Estate and Rymill Coonawarra. Taste some of the local jams, cheeses and wines to curb those mid-morning munchies.

    On your drive to Robe, which takes around 90 minutes from Coonawarra, visit the Naracoorte Caves . Once you’re in Robe, see Long Beach, meander the main street, and take some photos of the beautiful Robe Obelisk.

    If you’re driving back to Adelaide, you’ll need about 3.5 hours from Robe. But, allow for more because you’ll want to stop and take in the unique sights along the Coorong National Park. Jack’s Point Pelican Observatory is one of these hotspots.

    Peckish on the trip home? Stop for a bite at Coorong Wild Seafood in Meningie. Visit the Cheese Factory Museum and take a quick walk to see Lake Alexandrina. For those taking a long weekend, continue onto Victor Harbor, you have plenty to do for the next day.

    Explore the Goolwa Wharf Precinct, take a Big Duck Boat Tour, enjoy views from The Bluff, take the horse drawn tram to Granite Island and join a Spirit of the Coorong Cruise.

    Sound like your kind of trip? It’s easy to do in two to three days from Adelaide or Melbourne.

    Pack your Limestone luggage, weekenders.

  • Main Street of Mount Gambier showing the clock tower that was erected in 1883

    3 free things to do in Mt Gambier

    3 free things to do in Mount Gambier

    Always wanted to see Mount Gambier? Unsure whether you can afford a trip away? So many of us associate travel with being expensive. The thing is, if you do it right, you can spend as much as if you stayed home. Even less.

    Accommodation and sightseeing are two of the main things you need to budget for. While it’s nice to stay in a five-star hotel with a spa, pool and room service, it’s not feasible for many travellers. Ask yourself this: how much time do you really spend in your room? Besides when you’re sleeping, it’s probably only a couple of hours here and there.

    If you can travel for less, you can take more trips. It’s that simple. See South Australia’s second ‘city’, affordably with these tips.

    1. The city centre heritage walk
    Pick up a free map at the tourist information office and enjoy a guided tour of the town’s unique character buildings. There are 16 places of historical significance, so take your time and learn about the history at your own pace

    2. Cave gardens
    This beautifully landscaped space is right in the middle of the town. Formed from a sinkhole, you can follow a walkway down or take in the scenery from a viewing platform above. Every night there is a Sound and light show to enjoy which attracts many tourists into the bowels of the State Heritage listed Cave Gardens. http://stayanotherday.com.au/mount-gambier/

    3. Picnic at Browns Lake
    One of the four craters formed from the volcano , Browns Lake did, in fact, once contain a lake. Now it’s a dried-up bed with lush grass and tall tress – the perfect setting for a relaxing family picnic. Pack your rug, food and some bubbly for the adults, to enjoy a beautiful afternoon in nature. If the kids love sport, don’t forget the football. There’s plenty of room to run around. The park closes at 8.00PM so make sure you plan ahead. http://www.paulhagon.com/playground/nla/geo/pi/nla.pic-an23322397

    And of course, there’s the other attractions which you already know about. The Blue Lake, Umpherston Sinkhole, and Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park…

    At Motel Mount Gambier, we have affordable accommodation for your family. Stay with us and we’ll be happy to give you advice on more free things to do in the area. Get ready for a jam-packed itinerary, you’re going to need a holiday after this holiday.