The Big Lobster
The Big Lobster Tourist complex was built in 1979 and officially opened by the Hon David Tonkin, Premier of South Australia on December 15 1979.
The Big Lobster Tourist complex is a major attraction, and the Big Lobster itself has become an icon for Kingston. The complex is still providing a selection of tourist brochures and eatery and is open daily for lunch and dinner and has an extensive takeaway menu.
Cape Jaffa Lighthouse
The Cape Jaffa Lighthouse is a "must see" tourist attraction that is located on the foreshore (Marine Parade). The lighthouse was originally built out to sea from Cape Jaffa, on the Margaret Brock Reef where is stood for 100 years.
In 1974, the local community, with the help of the National Trust, decided to dismantle the structure and to reassemble it again in Kingston SE.
Guided tours are available during school holidays and long weekend between 10am and 4pm or by arrangement (08) 8767 2114.
Cape Jaffa Wines
Cape Jaffa Wine's cellar door offers a selection of yummy local produce to accompany your wine tasting experience Select from Limestone Coast Cheese Co. cheeses, organic almonds, lobster pate (in season), shiraz chocolates, fig and olive crisps and other condiments or let us arrange a platter for you. You can relax on the verandah overlooking the Mount Benson hinterland or by the fire in the cooler months...the perfect way to spend the afternoon!
Cape Jaffa Wines is located at 459 Limestone Coast Road, Mount Benson (15min drive from Kingston SE).
For wine tasting and cheese platters 11am til 4pm (10am til 5pm during holiday periods).
Closed Christmas day and Good Friday.
For more information visit http://capejaffawines.blackboxx.biz/
Wangolina Station – Cellar Door
Wangolina Station is situated along South Australia’s Limestone Coast, renowned for its limestone, climate and terra rossa soils combining to produce world-famous wines of exceptional quality. Wangolina Station is part of the Mount Benson wine region situated between the coastal towns of Kingston and Robe.
Cellar Door is open 7 days a week, with the exception of Good Friday & Christmas Day. Open from 10am-5pm on weekdays and 11am-4pm on weekends during Winter months.
For more information visit www.wangolina.com.au.
Lying to the north of Kingston SE is Long Beach. It is approximately 100kms long which runs from Kingston SE to the Murray Mouth and is the southern end of The Coorong. It is known to fishermen as one of the best surf fishing destinations in Australia. In January each year the Kingston SE Lions Club host their annual Surf Fishing Competition. This surf beach provides wonderful fishing or is ideal for just lying on the sand and relaxing.
The Granites, 17kms north of Kingston, feature large rock formations on the beach.
A 4WD is recommended north of the Granites.
Fishing is reasonable from either jetty with the best time being in the evenings. The Kingston jetty will produce catches of tommies, whiting, garfish, mullet, mulloway, flathead and trevalley and at the Cape catches of King George whiting, snapper, garfish, mullet, trevalley, flathead, snook, shark and mulloway.
Charter fishing boats are available and are a great way to find out where the local fishing spots are. The charters are run by local fishermen that have years of experience and local knowledge of the area. Some of the most productive grounds are some considerable distance offshore or are a long trip up the coast towards the Murray mouth.
The Kingston Visitor Information Outlet offers brochures relating to boat ramps, size and catch limits and tidal information.
The beaches in the Kingston area are some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world. They have firm white sands that allow people to drive for many kilometers along them until they find their "own" piece of paradise. Most of the actual beaches have a gentle slope into the deeper water, and have no rip etc, and are therefore extremely safe for children to play and swim with minimum supervision.
Robe was founded in 1802 by Nicolas Baudin, a French explorer. There are over 84 historic buildings and sites. Special care has been taken to restore most of the original buildings. By walking the streets and visiting these buildings one can relive Robe’s pioneering history.
Robe is 50kms from Kingston heading south and definitely worthy of a visit.
Learn more about Robe http://robe.com.au/
For more things to do in Kingston visit http://www.kingstonse.com.au/ or visit the Kingston Visitors Information Centre at the Council Office at 29 Holland Street.
Robe Sealife Centre
Public Marine Aquarium with many species including Crayfish, King Crab, Octopus, Seahorses, Snapper, Shark and many more that call the Limestone Coast home.
Oct-May Opening Hours
Open 7 days - 10am-4pm
June-Sept Opening Hours
Open Saturday and Sunday's, Public Holidays, SA/Vic School Holiday's 10am to 4pm.
Admission charges apply. Feeding starts at 3:30pm daily and extra admission charges apply. For more information visit www.robesealifecentre.com
Bliss, Candles, Home wares, Giftware Coffee & Cake
Bliss serves Mahalia coffee which is roasted in nearby Robe and which has won many awards. The cakes are locally made and she sources hand made biscuits and an array of produce from the local region.
Bliss sources a unique range of candles, homewares and giftware, all personally chosen with care and an amazing eye by owner Suzanne. Customers love the unique selections and constantly comment on the fabulous prices and the ever changing range on offer. Bliss offers free gift wrapping too!
Visit Bliss today at Shop 2/24 Holland Street, Kingston SE SA 5275 or online at www.blisskingston.com.au