South East
Overlooking the city of Mount Gambier

About the South East

The Limestone Coast is located in the south-eastern corner of South Australia, adjacent to the border of Victoria. The region is renowned for its diverse landscapes and unique geological features, and is home to some of South Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders.

The largest city in the region, and the second largest city in South Australia, is Mount Gambier. The city has a number of amenities, including major department stores, banks, schools, and supermarkets, and is only a short one-hour flight away from Adelaide.

There are 20 sites of national or international significance in the South East, including Mount Gambier’s Blue Lake (which fills the crater of a dormant volcano), and megafauna fossils in the World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves (which are around half a million years old). The Limestone Coast is also home to beautiful beaches, stunning coastlines, the Coorong National Park, and the Umpherston Sinkhole.

A wide range of recreational activities are on offer, including four-wheel driving, fishing, boating, diving and snorkelling. Apart from outdoor adventures, the region is also home to the Coonawarra wine region, which is Australia’s top producer of premium red wines. With more than 40 cellar doors to choose from, there are a number of food and wine experiences to enjoy.

For GP registrars, the South East region presents a variety of training opportunities, including an Aboriginal Health placement at Pangula Mannamurna Aboriginal Corporation in Mount Gambier.

Fun Fact: The town of Penola in the South East was the home of Australia’s first Saint, Mary MacKillop.