Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival

Cue the Culture.

No doubt about it, the Limestone Coast is a cultural melting pot, with our grounding first nations culture and traditions and unique pioneering heritage having shaped us every step of the way.

Riddoch Art Gallery
Riddoch Art Gallery (Adam Bruzzone/SATC)

Riddoch Art Gallery
& Cultural Centre
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In Mount Gambier, a visit to the Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre is an absolute must, with an ever-changing calendar of local artists exhibiting alongside works of serious national importance.

Here in the State’s foremost regional collection you’ll find over 1500 items, from paintings and prints depicting the people and history of the Limestone Coast to a significant collection of Aboriginal and 20th Century Australian art.

Walkway Gallery
& Bob Hawke Museum
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When in Bordertown, walk straight to Walkway Gallery, where you’ll find culture with a capital ‘C’. One of the few regional galleries to attract both national and state touring exhibitions, artists come from near and far to exhibit here, with household names taking centre stage alongside local legends.

Brushing your way past his bronze bust and venturing into the local Bob Hawke Gallery unveils a treasure trove of memorabilia, from historic photographs and paintings to the legendary 1939 British Panther model 100 motorbike he famously crashed as a teenager.

Walkway Gallery Ben Quilty Exhibition (Rebecca Sharpe)
Walkway Gallery Ben Quilty Exhibition (Rebecca Sharpe)
Lima And Co Mount Gambier
Lima And Co Mount Gambier

Retail Scene.

Let's be honest, shopping up a storm comes naturally to most of us (well... almost), and you'll find that making more space in your car boot to be a constant reminder of the high quality, unique offerings right across the region.

Nestled in the main streets of our towns are locals trading carefully curated fashion, art, and homewares for even the most discerning shopper.

Artistic entrepreneurs also call the Limestone Coast home, including Holiday Trading and Co. Collective (clothing) and Transmutation, and Mahalia Coffee Roasting House and Store.

Generations in Jazz.

Imagine a the largest big top in the Southern Hemisphere plonked in the middle of a paddock and filled with 8000 people, just ten minutes from the heart of Mount Gambier!

With "All That Jazz" set to make a return in 2022, the annual Generations in Jazz event is a not-to-be-missed event for any lover of music or art!

Generations in Jazz, Morrison's Jazz Club (SATC)
Generations in Jazz, Morrison's Jazz Club (SATC)
Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival
Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival

Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival.

The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival has been evolving since 1991 and continues to celebrate Penola’s rich literary history with artists, live music, performing arts, film, kids activities and of course plenty of Coonawarra food and wine.

All the Culture you need.

Looking to explore our cultural melting pot?

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