Bool Lagoon, Naracoorte (KazKaptureZ)

Naracoorte

Surrounded by rich farming and grazing land, towered by stunning rivergum trees, Naracoorte is the epitome of a classic regional South Australian town.

Situated centrally within the Limestone Coast, visitors to Naracoorte can be wowed by the landscapes, atop and below the surface, with the town home to the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves National Park.

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Naracoorte Caves National Park
Naracoorte Caves National Park (Adam Bruzzone/SATC)

Naracoorte Caves National Park.

The World Heritage-Listed Naracoorte Caves National Park is loaded with awe-inspiring relics. With giant caverns draped in stalactites and stalagmites, you’ll not only find an ancient predator den that’s littered with skeletons of 500,000 year-old megafauna, but a vast underground world that time seemingly forgot.

A good place to start is the Wonambi Fossil Centre, where a stroll through the recreated rainforest will transport you back in time, with fossil displays and life-sized models of extinct animals providing plenty of eye-fodder

Heading underground, the one-hour guided tour of Victoria Cave will walk you straight through a magnificent underground cathedral to the ancient Fossil Chamber. After being stumbled upon by two curious locals back in 1969, this working palaeontological dig provides a 200,000-odd year window back in time, with skeletons of giant kangaroos, marsupial lions and enormous wombat-like Diprotodons making this one of science’s greatest discoveries.

Nearby, Blanche Cave and The Bat Tour (a.k.a. The Bat Cave) both give a sneak-peek of its southern bent-wing bat population, with a half-hour guided tour of Alexandra Cave also a highlight. Those after an unguided adventure will love Stick-Tomato Cave for it’s two mysterious chambers and optional adventure caving challenges to try at leisure. 

Back on the surface, the Fossil Hunter’s Playground is always a hit for the kids, with a menagerie of mazes, logs, swings and slides - plus a sand play table where junior archaeologists can dig for bones. Walkers will also enjoy the fully accessible Roof Top Loop Walk which links many of the park’s key sites, with intriguing ‘mega-fauna’ figurines scattered along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, with kangaroos, echidnas and possums, who are known for making a cameo!

Naracoorte Caves
Naracoorte Caves (Mike Haines)

Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery.

The Naracoorte Art Gallery is the oldest Regional Gallery in South Australia and houses a permanent Collection of Australian Art including etchings by John Goodchild, Australian Contemporary works on paper, Aboriginal prints, paintings and ceramics.

With a steady stream of quality exhibitions featuring local and non local artists, it’s also home to a retail shop with a range of hand-made goodies to take back home.

Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery
Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery
Naracoorte Creek Walk
Naracoorte Creek Walk

Naracoorte Creek Walk & Nature Park.

Naracoorte Creek Walk and Nature Park is a great way to get an appreciation of the area’s natural surroundings.

You'll need to allow 1.5 hours for the full walk, through native bushland where birds and wildlife abound, or just take it one section at a time.

As you make your way along, you’ll find tables and chairs for impromptu picnics and rest areas for weary legs.

MiniJumbuck.

There's nothing quite like snuggling in woollen goodness, and those looking for some lush merino wares will find themselves raiding the shelves at MiniJumbuck!

After 40 years of spinning and sewing Australia's finest merino wool, MiniJumbuk are renown suppliers of woolen products to major brands across Australia including discerning retail brands including Adairs, Myer and David Jones.

Visitors to Naracoorte can indulge themselves in the Outlet Store, which stocks a wide range of woollen wares, as well as watch the team handcraft their well known products to the highest standards from start to finish.

MiniJumbuk Store Naracoorte
MiniJumbuk Store Naracoorte
Sheep's Back Museum Naracoorte
Sheep's Back Museum Naracoorte

The Sheep’s Back Museum.

Set across three levels of a historic former flour mill, The Sheep’s Back Museum unearths the history of the Aussie wool industry, with displays shining a light on early settlers who took to the land in droves.

Complementing its pastoral focus, you’ll also find a good amount of geographical and geological information here to help set the scene about the local area.

Naracoorte Swimming Lake.

For over sixty years, both locals and visitors alike have enjoyed long sunny days at the legendary Naracoorte Swimming Lake (open December to March).

Totally man-made and seven times bigger than an Olympic pool, this local gem is surrounded by cool grass and plenty of shade, with shallow sections for toddlers, an enclosed kids area and even a diving pontoon for dare devils.

Naracoorte Swimming Lake
Naracoorte Swimming Lake (Naracoorte Lucindale Council)
Bool Lagoon (Diana Vine)
Bool Lagoon (Diana Vine)

Bool Lagoon Conservation Park.

Bool Lagoon is home to one of the largest and most diverse freshwater lagoon systems in southern Australia, and revered by 'twitchers' world-over as a bird-watching paradise.

Take a stroll along the boardwalk and keep your eyes peeled for Brolgas as they dance into the dusk!

Naracoorte Town Square

A treasure-trove of old buildings and historic relics have been designated an Historic Precinct right in the heart of town, with the old Town Square taking centre-stage.

Take a stroll between each of the 10 markers to unearth over 150 years of history, including it’s very first building, The Caledonian Inn, as well as others including The Naracoorte Hotel, the Naracoorte Lucindale Council Office (Windera), the Kincraig Hotel, Church Hill, Aitcheson Grieve’s Blacksmith Shop, the Rivoli Picture Theatre and the ANZ Bank.

Naracoorte Town Square
Naracoorte Town Square

Town of Lucindale.

Lucindale is a small country town with a community that’s big on hospitality.

Join the 22,000 people who flock to Yakka Park for the South East Field Days in March. See exhibits on agriculture, technology, craft and services.

Other significant events hosted at Yakka Park include the Yakka Park Music Festival held each year in April and the annual Lucindale Campdraft at Easter.

Also at Easter, competitors and spectators from all over South Australia gather at the Lucindale Country Club to play on the Limestone Coast’s only lawn courts at the Easter Tennis Tournament. The Lucindale Country Club also boasts a scenic 18-hole, fully watered golf course with excellent clubrooms.

Art in the Sticks usually held on the October long weekend is a unique collaborative event set in the stunning surrounds of ancient gum trees, lush paddocks and historic buildings on ‘Cluain' south of Lucindale.

Complementing the range of art on offer are ‘hands on’ workshops, live music, poetry performances, artist-led rambles through the exhibition spaces, food offerings, local wines and boutique beers.

The terra rossa red gum country around Lucindale also produces wine grapes of the highest quality.

The Lucindale Historical Society Museum, features a collection of restored local buildings and a fascinating range of local history, Aboriginal artefacts, wartime memorabilia and pioneer machinery.

Centenary Park features a fenced playground, skate park, basketball half court, barbeque, rotunda with table and chairs, and public toilets. and the Lucindale War Memorial. Jubilee Park offers a mini lake and wetland with a bridge to explore the central island. The Lucindale football oval and netball courts are the sporting hub.

Lucindale is great for independent travellers with camp sites at the Caravan Park or Lucindale Country Club. There are self contained accommodation options and a RV dump point.

Lucindale Town Aerial Photo
Lucindale (Naracoorte Holiday Park)

Speak to a Naracoorte Local.

We know visitors have the best time when they have all the information. Below is just a few frequently asked questions about time best spent in Naracoorte, but if you still have a question left unanswered, then the team at Naracoorte Visitor Centre would love to hear from you!

Naracoorte Visitor Information Centre

Opening Times

Monday - Friday 9am-5pm
Weekends 10am-4pm