Between the Victorian Border through to the Limestone Coast there is plenty to see and do, including scenic and remote driving experiences of Canunda National Park. Through Canunda National Park you experience unique beaches, sand dunes, limestone cliffs, sea stacks, and large expanses of coastal vegetation. It is ideal for fishing, bushwalking, bird watching, snorkelling and surfing and is a must for anyone visiting the Limestone Coast.
The six hour trip starts in the township of Carpenters Rocks, where you head westwards out of town into Canunda National Park. Between Carpenters Rocks and Oil Rig Square located near the Millicent Township, the track continues along the beach to cliff tops at Southend. The drive from Carpenters Rocks to Southend will appeal to four-wheel drive enthusiastic. Some parts of the Canunda National Park requires a high level of four wheel driving expertise. As with all of the parks, let your tyres down to 15psi to keep yourself from getting bogged and to help preserve the tracks. Protect the dunes and vegetation by staying on tracks which are clearly marked with orange-tipped posts. (The weather will be generally cooler here than further north in the region).
There are great stops along the way including Cape Banks Lighthouse, Lake Bonney Lookout, and Coola Outstation. You can follow the Admella Trail along the ‘shipwreck coast’ and enjoy the walking tracks at Cape Buffon in Southend. Around the Southend Township there are delightful beaches to explore. Follow the main highway to Beachport or take the 4wd Beach track along Rivoli Bay.
Beachport will surprise you with hidden gems which includes the second longest jetty in SA, a great whaling Museum, and a coastal drive to explore and be amazed with the scenery along the Bowman Scenic Drive, Walk along the beach explore the cliffs, the middens and the boardwalks. After you have explored, swam and dived, enjoyed time with the family and walk the jetty, take time out to sample the local produce and fine coffee at the beachside cafes before continuing the four-wheel drive trip through to Robe.
The three hour trip between Beachport and Robe can all be done without hitting the bitumen. It is a journey through a mosaic of landscape, as you travel golden beaches and vast sand dunes and pass through ever changing vegetation, from the low, coastal heathlands and samphire flats, through to the taller Mallee woodlands and thick groves of Melaleuca Teatree.
Starting at Beachport, take the Lake George Road through the Beachport Conservation Park. Heading North you will follow the track across some massive dunes giving you breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean. At the Five Mile take a short walk to the top of the headland, the view is amazing and you will find yourself amongst one of the most expansive middens in the region. From here follow the markers through some rocky flats and coastal scrub to Ten Mile Rocks and Euro point. Follow the beaches through to Nora Creina, a privately owned holiday settlement and the owner graciously lets vehicles through to allow access to the bitumen. From Nora Creina, follow the road to Little Dip Conservation Park.
Little Dip Conservation Park offers some great drives in the summer months when beaches are passable. Whilst the inland track through the park is suitable for all-wheel drives and two-wheel drives, the coastal track requires a genuine four-wheel drive and experienced drivers.
Information on track conditions and camping locations on the area are available from the Beachport Visitor Information Centre
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