If you’re heading down the coast over the winter with the kids, you’ll be looking for things to do with the family that will make your winter experience on the Limestone Coast fun and active.
Kristy who manages the Kingston Foreshore Caravan Park, has two energetic young boys, 4 and 6 years old, who love exploring the Limestone Coast, so she shares her simple itineraries for families with smaller kids over winter. The Limestone Coast is full of interesting places to visit and experience for kids, and here are Kristy’s main picks.
Cape Jaffa Lighthouse
The Cape Jaffa Lighthouse used to be situated 8 kms out to sea from Cape Jaffa on the Margaret Brock reef, but was decommissioned in 1976 and brought into Kingston itself. It is now a museum and only a short walk from caravan park. You can climb up part of the Lighthouse and enjoy the scenery and find out more about its history.
A drive to the Granites
When the weather is warmer, a drive along the beach to see the Granites is a fun thing to do if your vehicle can handle it, but during winter it is best to stay on the sealed road. It’s about 10 kms out of town and the sealed road takes you to the carpark and the lookout. Kristy likes to get some fish and chips from town, or pies from the bakery, and head down to the Granites, sit at the lookout and eat lunch with the kids.
Day trip – Bool Lagoon and Naracoorte Caves
One of Kristy’s favourite things to do with the kids in winter is to take them for a day trip to Bool Lagoon, followed by a tour of the Naracoorte Caves. Bool Lagoon is a bird watching sanctuary and wetlands, and there is plenty to learn, natural landscapes to explore and look at, and lots of space to run around. The Naracoorte Caves are only ten minutes away so you can then do a tour of the caves after this. It doesn’t matter how often she takes her kids there, they have a different experience of it every time.
Stroll the main street of Robe
For a cruisier experience, a day out for stroll down the main street of Robe popping into the shops, or even a coastal drive along the Esplanade, is a fun day out with kids. You can finish with a pizza, a movie and maybe an ice-cream.
Butchers Gap Conversation Park in Kingston
This park is great for the kids, and only 6 kms from Kingston. It is one of the last remaining significant coastal wetland areas between the Coorong and Robe. There is birdlife such as swans and white-faced herons, and other native Australian animals walking the paths. Plenty of space to run around, fresh air to take in and nature to explore.
The Beachport Jetty
The jetty at Beachport is the second longest in the state, measuring 772 metres. A walk out onto the jetty over winter will be invigorating for the whole family!
Visit local museums
There are museums to visit that discuss and display the maritime history of the Limestone Coast and the early settlers who made the ports here some of the most prosperous in Australia. You will find museums in Kingston, Robe, Beachport and Naracoorte to take the kids on chilly winter days.
Over the autumn and winter season, there are several festivals in the region which are great for families. Click here to read our blog on Autumn/Winter 2019 Festivals to Enjoy on the Limestone Coast.
Finish the day with a trip to the wineries
There are cellar doors in the Mount Benson wine region near Kingston. Finish the day with something for the adults while the kids can relax and play a board game in our family friendly cellar doors!
Enjoy family winter moments at the Kingston Foreshore Caravan Park – off peak rates available!
During the off peak season, we offer two nights for the price of three for our unpowered and powered caravan sites. We also offer up to 40% for our cabins – call us for more information on 08 8767 2050 or book your accommodation in Kingston online here. We are only 20 minutes from Robe and the Limestone Coast is easily accessible from our caravan park.
Kristy and Chad are here to help you make the most of your time in Kingston and the Limestone Coast.