The Limestone Coast of South Australia

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Location and description

The Limestone Coast is a recently adopted name for the southeast coast of South Australia from the Victoria border towards the city of Adelaide.

From the border of Victoria to the Younghusband Peninsula this coast has been settled since the 1840s and supports farming, viticulture, forestry and tourism.  Towns of the coast include Bordertown, Keith, Millicent, Mount Gambier, Penola, and Naracoorte, the coastal resorts of Beachport, Kingston SE and Robe, and the wine-growing regions of Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully and Mount Benson.

The Murray River finally meets the ocean between the Younghusband and the Sir Richard Peninsulas via a series of shallow lagoons including the Coorong, Lake Albert, Lake Alexandrina and Bool Lagoon.  Meanwhile areas of upland behind the Limestone Coast include the volcanic craters of Mount Gambier.

The Mediterranean climate of this coast is cool and moist with wet winters.