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DISCOVER THE PAST: The
Lady Nelson Discovery Cen-
tre in Mount Gambier gives
visitors a glimpse of life before
European settlement. It offers
the chance to interact with
displays and walk on the glass
floor of the Cave Walk.
CIRCUIT: Mount Gambier's
majestic scenery of craters and
lakes offers plenty of walks
for the active traveller. The
3.6-kilometre walk around the
circumference of Blue Lake is
the perfect place to start and
offers breathtaking views of the
towns in the region, it is renowned for
its primary production.
A vibrant and prosperous com-
munity, 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 and brochures.
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
The Millicent Gallery is also a
LOCATED about half an hour from
Millicent is Beachport, a town full
of charm. Beyond the town centre,
it is a typical seaside resort --- with
white sand and clear water, great for
swimming, boating and fishing.
Beachport is also an important
crayfishing port. Before European set-
tlement, the local Booandik Aborigines
called the area Wirmalngrangto.
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 in Italy in 1796.
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 its
characteristics is the shallowness of
the water offshore. This accounts for
the town's jetty, which, at 772 metres, is
one of the longest in Australia.
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 heritage buildings,
museums and landmarks, such as the
obelisk shipping marker, Old Gaol and
Chinese Gold Trail monuments.
The distinctive local wines and
regional produce will please food
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
LOCATED just over 40 kilometres from
Robe, Kingston is a town 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 its calm waters.
THE OBELISK, ROBE
ROBE'S BOAT HAVEN
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