By John Pedler
Last updated on: October 22, 2018 at 1:47 pm
Driving through the lush farmlands and pine forests of the Limestone Coast, it’s hard to imagine the mayhem that ravaged the area around 5,000 years ago.
Mt Gambier sits atop Australia’s most recently active volcanic region, but there’s no need to change your travel plans just yet. The local volcanoes are considered dormant (never say extinct, that’s just asking for trouble).
Rather than leaving behind a desolate wasteland, the fiery chaos has created some remarkable scenery. The underlying limestone is riddled with caves and sinkholes, adding to the region’s scenic wonders, and the area is also home to some of the country’s best red wines.
Here are seven attractions to include in your Mount Gambier touring itinerary.
Coonawarra Wine District
65 kilometres north of Mt Gambier, Coonawarra is one of the state’s most well-known wine regions, particularly among Cabernet Sauvignon enthusiasts. Thanks to an ideal climate, together with the area’s rich red soil, Coonawarra produces its fair share of premium wine.
For those who don’t like waiting too long between tastings, most of the cellar doors are located close together beside the main road, or are a stone’s throw away from it. Best of all, RAA members save 10% on tours with Coonawarra Experiences.