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Dive into historic
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.
LIVE HISTORY: Located next
to the town's visitor informa-
tion centre, the Living History
Museum is located in Milli-
cent's old school house and
includes rooms on the Victori-
an era, Aboriginal and natural
history. A collection of more
than 20 restored, horse-drawn
vehicles is another impressive
FRESH seafood, spectacular coast-
lines and plenty of history greet
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 1862 customs house.
Port Macdonnell is renowned
throughout the world for its cave
diving. Piccaninnie Pond, a large reed
swamp with subterranean springs,
is one of Australia's best cave diving
The caves are sinkholes and require
considerable skill and a permit from
the National Parks and Wildlife
Service at Mount Gambier.
During summer, Port Macdonnell's
population of about 6000 quadruples as
visitors flock to enjoy fishing, snorkel-
ling and other beach activities. The
area's rugged coastline is well worth a
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
Cape Northumberland Heritage and
ABOUT 35 minutes north of Port
Macdonnell is Mount Gambier, a promi-
nent city in the Kanawinka Geopark,
known as the city of craters, lakes,
caves and sinkholes.
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 Limestone Coast. Visitors will be
impressed by the beautifully-restored
historic buildings and fascinating
caves formed by dissolving limestone.
The limestone at the Engelbrecht Cave,
below the city's streets, is about 100
Thought to be 30 to 40 million years
old, it is 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 the majestic Blue
Lake. It is a special attraction, situated
on an extinct volcanic crater.
With its water colour changing from
a sombre blue in winter to a brilliant
turquoise 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
beautiful features. One of the largest
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