For those chilly winter days, here are some of our favourite day drives to enjoy either on your own or with family and friends. Grab a coffee from a local café, put on your favourite playlist, and cruise through some beautiful terrain near Kingston SE.
These drives are suitable for 2WDs and 4WDs, but please check the signs to make sure you know the road conditions ahead. Some of these 2WD roads can lead to 4WD tracks.
1. The Coorong
The Coorong is a 140 km stretch of saltwater lagoons from the Murray Mouth (where the Southern Ocean meets the Murray River) to Kingston, protected from the Southern Ocean by sand dunes.
These wetlands are home to many species of flora and fauna. The drive itself is relaxing with the serenity of the lagoon and the diversity of wildlife. You might get lucky and see emus, wombats, kangaroos and other native animals, including a large variety of birds.
When you leave the caravan park, it takes about half hour to get to the Old Coorong Road from Princes Highway. After this there are no other turns, you can just keep driving.
Once you’re there, there’s something for everyone – bushwalking, bird watching, fishing, camping, kayaking, boating and four-wheel driving.
2. The coastal drive to Beachport
If you enjoy driving along the ocean, then you’ll love this drive. Once you leave Kingston, head to Cape Jaffa first which takes about 20 minutes. Cape Jaffa is located on the headland looking out over the Southern Ocean. When you get there, you’ll find a seaside village called “the Anchorage” which has a marina, fishing port, accommodation and marine services.
Cape Jaffa to Robe is a 25 minute drive. At this popular seaside town, the main street has a variety of gift stores, cafes and pubs to stop and have lunch, go for a stroll and shop for local arts and crafts.
The next leg is Robe to Beachport which is mainly coastal and beautiful to drive. This takes about half an hour or you can also detour toward the ocean on Nora Creina Road to get closer to the sea which will add about 15 minutes to the drive.
When you get to Beachport, take a walk on the second longest jetty in the state, measuring 772 metres!
3. Kingston to Naracoorte Caves via Boole Lagoon
The inland drive from Kingston SE to Bool Lagoon is just over an hour’s drive through the countryside. Bool Lagoon is one of the largest wetlands in southern Australia a wide range of wildlife and a sanctuary many endangered bird species.
A further 10 minutes drive is the Naracoorte Caves National Park which is a World Heritage site, with fossils as old as 500,000 years. It doesn’t matter how many times you visit the Naracoorte Caves, there’ll be something new and intriguing to learn in every visit.
4. Jip Jip Conservation Park and Mount Scott
Another scenic day trip from the caravan park is Jip Jip Conservation Park which is a 50 minute drive. The park is known for its impressive granite outcrops with balancing rocks. On the way to Jip Jip is the Mount Scott National Park, home and sanctuary for many species of birdlife in the region. There are picnic and camping areas located in the grassland area to the northwest of the park.
And, don’t forget a drive to The Granites
If you love looking out over the ocean on a cold winter’s day, then head over to the granites. The sealed road from the caravan park takes you to the carpark and lookout, and it’s a 15 minute drive. You might also like to pack a lunch, or buy some fish and chips at the local seafood store before you go.
Book into Kingston Foreshore Caravan Park – only 20 minutes from Robe
And for more cosy things to do this winter, check out our other blogs below: