Craving for some time in nature?
Kingston in South Australia is surrounded by some of the most beautiful national parks, with an abundance in wildlife, birdlife, woodlands, coastlines and lagoons. Make sure to put these national parks on your “things to do” list when you next visit Kingston.
Coorong National Park
Internationally renowned as a birdwatcher’s paradise and a place of refuge for many species of wildlife, the Coorong National Park is a spectacular stretch of saltwater lagoons of 130km. The lagoons are protected from the Southern Ocean by sand dunes that form the Younghusband Peninsula.
This unique and unspoilt coastline is home to an abundant and diverse range of plant life and wildlife – ducks, swans, cormorants, terns, grebes and it’s a breeding ground for pelicans. You’ll see plenty of pelicans!
In the Coorong there are walking trails and four-wheel driving tracks along the coastline. People also go boating, kayaking and fishing.
Butchers Gap Conservation Park
Butchers Gap is a 180 hectare park and one of the last remaining significant coastal wetland areas between the Coorong and Robe. It’s 6 km from the caravan park and looks out over Lacepede Bay.
You’ll see plenty of birdlife such as swans and white-faced herons, and other native Australian animals. There are a couple of walking trails, a short one hour loop and a longer two hour loop. The trails are pram and scooter friendly so ideal for the whole family.
Mount Scott Conservation Park
Another birdwatcher’s paradise, Mount Scott Conversation Park is located 25 kms from the caravan park. You’ll find the rare malleefowl, galahs, new holland honeyeaters, and eastern rosellas. Native animals often seen in the park include the red-necked wallaby, wombats and the western grey kangaroo.
You can enjoy picnics and BBQ facilities with family and friends when you get there. Check with us about fire bans and anything else you may need to know before you set off.
Bernoulli Conservation Park
A short walk south of Cape Jaffa is the Bernouilli Conservation Park, about 20 kms from Kingston. The park still contains the old lighthouse cottages that provided homes for the lightkeepers of Cape Jaffa. The Cape Jaffa lighthouse operated from 1872 to 1973 and the lighthouse itself was moved next door to our caravan park so you can see it on your next visit right here.
This 266 hectare reserve is named after Cape Bernouilli, the former name of the Cape Jaffa headland. There are many protected bird species living in the area such as the hooded plover, musk duck, superb fairy wren, and singing honeyeater.
If you enjoy maritime history, you’ll appreciate the tenacity and determination of both the lighthouse keepers and seamen. They navigated treacherous waters through Margaret Brock Reef to arrive at Cape Jaffa with seamanship that would make anyone proud. It’s a short easy walk and a nostalgic trip through history.
Jip Jip Conservation Park
Another scenic day trip from the caravan park is Jip Jip Conservation Park which is a 50 minute drive, or another 50 kms on from Mount Scott. The park is known for its impressive granite outcrops with balancing rocks which are part of Padthaway Rise. Visitors to the park enjoy picnics, walking and observing the wildlife.
Kingston SE is the ideal place from which to explore the Limestone Coast’s natural wonders – call us to book today
Discover the many parks, reserves, walking and driving tracks throughout the Limestone Coast from Kingston. Our caravan park has powered and unpowered sites, one and two bedroom modern cabins with all the amenities you’d need for a comfortable and relaxing holiday. We’re located across the road from the beach and only 20 minutes from Robe. Call us on 08 8767 2050 or book online here.