Extending from the Coorong, down South Australia’s south western coast line and across to Victoria, the Limestone Coast offers many year round coastal adventures. Venturing inland, visitors will also discover an array of nature based aquatic experiences to be enjoyed.
While there are no natural rivers in the Limestone Coast, the area boasts an extensive drainage system, several lakes, both fresh and salt water and many permanent swamps. The return to substantial winter rainfall experienced around South Australia this year has filled waterholes and wetlands around the Limestone Coast, which are teeming with wildlife and waiting to be explored.
Depending on the level of adventure you are seeking will determine which direction you head. For those wanting to witness a spectacular natural phenomenon, Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake, renowned for its fabulous cobalt blue water from December to March, will be the place to visit. Nature lovers will head to Bool Lagoon Game Reserve, just south of Naracoorte. Bool Lagoon has camp sites available and boasts a variety of wetland flora. These near permanent waters have been recognised as wetlands of international importance and are home to over 150 recorded species of birds including magpie geese, brolgas, ibis and black swans, as well as 5 species of native frogs.
Fishermen and kayakers will head north of Naracoorte to enjoy the peaceful surrounds of Cockatoo Lake. With semi-permanent water, this picturesque fresh water lake is a favourite with locals. Hours of entertainment may be had lazing with a fishing rod or yabby pot or even a swim if the weather is warm. Adrenalin junkies will launch their boats in Lake Fellmongery at Robe. Particularly popular in summer, the ’Ski Lake’ offers safe sheltered water for skiing and knee boarding and even competition class slalom course for the more adventurous.
Whatever your water sport, the Limestone Coast will have something to offer so pack your picnic, grab your gear and head off for an adventure.