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The Limestone Coast

The Limestone Coast is an area that makes the connection in between Victoria and South Australia. It’s a region with plenty of beaches, the famous Coonawarra wine region, many volcanic landscapes (including Australia’s youngest active volcano), many caves, some of which are part of UNESCO world heritage – the Naracoorte caves – and some very beautiful lakes. As you can understand, there were plenty to see there, which was pretty reassuring since it was Christmas and had to stay there for 2 days (none of the hotels we asked were renting only for one xmas day).

Unfortunately the hotel was a bit on the outskirts of Mount Gambier, the town we decided to make a stop in, so riding the bikes was a kinda out of the question there. Instead, we took the car and decided to see all the small towns down the coast, one by one 🙂 Port MacDonnell, Millicent, Beachport, Robe, Cape Jaffa, Kingston S.E, Nelson, Lucindale, Penola. Beautiful small towns, not very animated though, probably because it was Christmas and everybody did Christmasy things. The beaches were extremely beautiful though, but since the weather wasn’t very summery, spending a day at the beach was out of the question.

Mount Gambier was very nice as well, it had two impressive lakes, one of which was called the Blue Lake, because every summer season its colour would turn into an insane blue. And I have the photos to prove it! Also, near the place we stayed, there was a much advertised sinkhole. We didn’t know what that was, but the name sure wasn’t very inviting. In the end however, as we were leaving Mount Gambier to Adelaide, we decided to see what the fuss was all about. I mean, some falks were paying good money to have it advertised, so why not give it a try? And then we were wow-ed! The Umpherston Sinkhole (it even had a name!) looked amazing, as you’ll be able to see below. It turns out that the sinkhole is a former cave that collapsed. What can I say, the scenery was amazing!

Here have a look:

Some cacti near the Blue Lake, which reminded me of Marrakech

Some cacti near the Blue Lake, which reminded me of Marrakech

As I was saying..

The wonderful Blue Lake of Mount Gambier

The wonderful Blue Lake of Mount Gambier, which sits in one of the three extinct volcanic craters

Limestone

Limestone

The Valley Lake

The Valley Lake, which doesn’t look as exciting, but it was close-by so we had to have a look

Port MacDonnell

Port MacDonnell, which looked more like a fishermen’s heaven, with plenty of crayfish to catch apparently

More of the Port MacDonnell breathtaking views

More of the Port MacDonnell breathtaking views

An incredible memorabilia which was unfortunately not open to the public

An incredible memorabilia which was unfortunately not open to the public

 

More of the memorabilia place

More of the memorabilia place

Nice beaches on the way

Nice beaches on the way

Yep

Chrystal clear and cool as ice, if you know what I mean..

Larry the Crab in Kingston

Larry the Crab in Kingston S.E.! We’ve heard the little guy is one of the town’s biggest (ha!) attractions, so we had to see it.

Lots of pine trees on the road, something you'll never see in Victoria

Lots of pine trees on the road, something you’ll never see in Victoria. They are growing it in South Australia for the timber industry. Still, impressive!

More of them amazing beaches, this time in Robe

More of them amazing beaches, this time in Robe

Robe

Robe and a bit of my finger

Perfect picnic spot!

Perfect picnic spot!

Say hello to the sinkhole

Getting in

And voila!

The Amazing sinkhole

The Amazing sinkhole

Next, the surreal Naracoorte caves!

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