Home' Great Southern Tourist News : March 2011 Contents LIVE HISTORY: Located next
to the town's visitor informa-
tion centre, the living history
museum is located in the old
school house and includes
rooms on Millicent, the Victo-
rian era and aboriginal and
natural history. A collection of
more than 20 restored horse
drawn vehicles is another im-
SALTY SWIM: Said to be
seven times saltier than the
sea, the Pool of Siloam near
Beachport is a favourite haunt
among locals. Its high salt
content creates an unusual
buoyancy and it is an ideal
swimming spot, recommended
for easing aches and pains. A
barbecue area is the perfect
spot for a summer picnic
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FRESH seafood, spectacular coast-
lines and plenty of history greets
visitors to the south-east coast of
PORT MacDonnell, the southern-most port
on the south-east coast, is home to the
state's first mainland lighthouse.
It is also home to the historic 1882
lighthouse and the 1862 customs house.
Port MacDonnell is renowned throughout
the world for its cave diving. Piccaninnie
Pond, a large reed swamp with subter-
ranean springs, is one of Australia's best
cave diving destinations.
The caves are sinkholes and require
considerable skill and a permit from the
National Parks and Wildlife Service at
During summer, Port MacDonnell's
population of about 6000 quadruples as
visitors flock to enjoy fishing, snorkelling
and other beach activities. The area's
rugged coastline is well worth a look.
Woolwash beach is a popular swimming
spot and visitors flock there to watch fairy
penguins come ashore at dawn and dusk.
Other attractions include the maritime
museum and the Cape Northumberland
Heritage and Nature Park.
ABOUT 35 minutes north of Port
MacDonnell is Mount Gambier, a
prominent city in the Kanawinka Geopark,
known as the city of craters, lakes, caves
It is known as Australia's most extensive
volcanic provincial city. The city sits about
75 metres above
sea level and
is the regional
centre of the
Visitors will be
formed by dis-
The limestone at
Cave, below the
city's streets, is about 100 metres thick.
Thought to be 30 to 40 million years
old, it is very popular with cave divers.
The Umpherston Sinkhole is probably the
most popular attraction and was created
when the cave imploded.
The cave's floor now forms a sunken
garden. Another sinkhole, the amazing
Cave Gardens in the centre of town, is
famous for its roses.
One of Mount Gambier's major tourist
attractions is undoubtedly the majestic
It is a unique attraction, situated on
an extinct volcanic crater.
With its water colour changing from
a sombre blue in winter to a brilliant
torquoise in summer, Blue Lake is one
of the region's most visited attractions.
The cause of the colour transforma-
tions has been identified as calcite
The lake has a 3.5-kilometre circum-
ference and can be enjoyed year-round.
Visitors can also take guided tours.
ABOUT 35 minutes north-west is the town
of Millicent, the gateway to some of the
Limestone Coast region's most unique
features. One of the largest towns in the
region, it is renowned for its primary
A vibrant and prosperous community,
Millicent offers a wide range of services
and attractions for visitors.
The award-winning Living History
Museum has the largest collection of
fully restored horse-drawn vehicles in
Other displays include the Shipwreck
Room, farm machinery, and a T-class
locomotive. The adjoining accredited
visitor information centre offers friendly
service, souvenirs, local craft, produce
From here, take a stroll down the main
street. Stop and see the historic wall
murals and buildings that depict the
history and development of the town, or
relax and enjoy the beautifully manicured
The Millicent Gallery is also a must-
LOCATED about half an hour from
Millicent is Beachport, a town full of
charm. Beyond the town centre, it is a
typical seaside resort --- white sand and
clear water, great for swimming, boating
Beachport is also an important crayfish-
ing port. Before European settlement, the
local Booandik Aborigines called the area
The first European into the area was
Nicholas Baudin in 1802.
He named it Rivoli after the Duke of
Rivoli who had helped Napoleon defeat
the Austrians at Rivoli in northern Italy
By the early 19th century, the bay was
being used by whalers and by 1845 Captain
Emmanuel Underwood had built a store
and was trading with merchants in Port
Adelaide. One of the characteristics of
the area is the shallowness of the water
offshore. This accounts for the town's jetty,
which, at 772 metres, is one of the longest
FURTHER west, Robe, at the southern end
of Guichen Bay, is a stunning year-round
holiday destination, set among golden
beaches, dramatic cliffs, tranquil lakes
and giant sand dunes.
IT'S also steeped in history and visitors
can soak up some of its past by visiting the
various heritage buildings, museums and
landmarks, such as the obelisk shipping
marker, the Old Goal and the Chinese Gold
The distinctive local wines and regional
produce will see food lovers clambering to
come back to sample more of the region's
Nature lovers can drive along the
famous 17-kilometre Long Beach, a great
spot for fishing, swimming and surfing.
The Little Dip Conservation Park is a
popular haunt for bird watchers, hikers
and four-wheel-drive enthusiasts.
LOCATED just over 40 kilometres from
Robe, Kingston is a town first established
Much of its history is preserved in still-
functioning buildings. Kingston is also
renowned for its red wines, red earth and
red rock lobster, as well as its abundance
of other fresh seafood.
Sea lions, seals and dolphins are regular
visitors to the calm waters of Lacepede
Bay. Conditions along the coast are ideal
for windsurfing, sailing, fishing and scuba
diving. Larry the Lobster --- an 18.2 metre
high attraction --- greets tourists to the
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