Looking for somewhere local, with great beaches, gourmet food and a chilled holiday vibe? South Australia’s picturesque Limestone Coast, just four hour’s drive from Adelaide, has to be the state’s best kept secret. Nestled between the Southern Ocean, with its impressive surf, idyllic insta-worthy beaches and some of SA’s best farmland, the region is literally bursting with holiday appeal. Add to this a long list of farm gates, cellar doors, award-winning restaurants, unique accommodation offerings, and adrenalin-pumping experiences. Sold? We are…
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Eat + Drink
There is no shortage of great gourmet experiences, but to really experience what the region has to offer you have to get on the Limestone Coast Real Food and Wine Trail. You’ll try everything from emu mettwurst and sensational seafood to dairy experiences and fine wine with the participating farm gates and cellar doors offering tastings and information abound. If you’re looking for something a little more intimate try Gather Food & Wine in Robe for delicious food cooked using fresh local produce. If you’re after something more casual grab a coffee at The Waterfront Café, opposite the jetty at Beachport.
Still in Robe, Long Beach is a tourist hotspot – kick back on the beach or drive along 17 kilometres of pure white sand. If you’re after history there’s that too, with shipwrecks and caves along the coast. There’s also plenty for the more adventurous holiday-makers, like guided mountain bike tours or a flight in a two-seater Tiger Moth plane. The beautiful Limestone Coast is all about the water, so you’ll want to check out Charlie’s Surf School. Charlie is a veteran, internationally-travelled surfer who can teach you how to hang ten with the best of them.
You don’t have to be a seasoned camper to enjoy Bellwether Wines. There are 10 campsites tucked behind the Glen Roy Shearing Shed/Winery/Cellar Door in the Coonawarra, so you can settle back with a glass of red and watch the world go by. The kids will love it too! Queen and twin tents are just $200 a night and include a bottle of Ant Series wine; a family tent will set you back $370 a night and also includes a bottle of wine.
Just because you’re on a beach holiday doesn’t mean you have to forgo your fashion fix – there’s plenty of retail therapy to be had in these parts, particularly along Robe’s bustling main strip. Here you’ll find SA designer Binny’s flagship store, plus you can’t beat Holiday Trading & Co. for unique fashion finds, homewares and accessories.