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Having Fun in Kingston SE, South Australia

This is a superb place, located on the Limestone Coast, and locals will comment that this part of the coast took ‘only’ twenty six million years to form! The whole place was built by dead marine life piling one on top of the other. This length of coast is hemmed in by two rivers, the Murray River at one end and Glenelg River on the other end. Consequently, with the ocean making up the third side of this coast, there are water sports galore to be had. In fact, the list of things to do is endless so it is down to personal taste what is required from the holiday.

Things to Do Here

Many of the holiday homes in Kingston SE are close to a body of water. One of the most outstanding features near Kingston SE is the Blue Lake on Mount Gambier. It is a volcanic crater filled with crystal clear water and is absolutely stunning to look at. Also on the list of ‘must see’ sites is the Pool of Siloam at Beachport. This lovely lake is actually several times saltier than sea water so you could say that it mimics the Dead Sea in Israel. Indeed, so valuable are the sites here, that no less than twenty of them are classed as being of international or national interest or significance. Try out the Naracoorte Caves – a World Heritage site – which are a staggering half a million years old.

For those who like a spot of adventure, leave your holiday accommodation and head to the Coorong National Park, a superb place to try some four wheel driving or an adventure on water. Twitchers will be in their element here too, since there are so many bird species on view. More than eighty have been spotted along the shallow saltwater lagoons and, with the backdrop of huge white sand dunes, the views here defy description.

For the grown ups, do not leave this area before sampling some of the world class wines that can be found. The Coonawarra is a unique wine region and produces some of the best red wines on the continent. In fact, there is only a twelve acre strip of terra rossa soil that produces the grapes that go into the wines. Samples of this delicious drink can be taken at Wrattonbully, Padthaway or Mount Benson. There are many visitor centres around that will point the visitor in the right direction –or ask a local of course!

Some other fun things to get involved in here is the Kingston Treasure Hunt which starts out from the Visitor Information Outlet. Or, hunt for names on the Family Tree wall situated in historic Rosetown. For energetic days, try a walk to the top of the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse up the spiral staircase for a superb 360 degree view from the top. Lastly, take a visit to the Butchers Gap Conservation Park off Pinks Beach and spend a day strolling around viewing indigenous flora and fauna.

Kingston SE itself has plenty of facilities whether it’s for stocking up with provisions for the holiday home, or taking the kids to greet Larry, the giant lobster statue at the town entrance. For days when you can’t be bothered to cook there’s plenty of pubs and eateries, and locals will tell you that ‘Macs’ is one of the best fish and chip shops in Australia.

When to Go There

May to October is the coldest time but this should not deter tourists since it doesn’t get overly cold compared to Europe. January and February are the hottest months but again, it is not overwhelming as some parts on the interior of the country.

Getting There

Flights from Heathrow fly to Adelaide and then it is an onward journey of under three hundred kilometres to Kingston SE. This is about a three hour journey so travellers from overseas may want to find accommodation for a few nights in Adelaide itself to recover from the long journey.

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