Nelson and surrounding area


  Nelson Visitor Information Centre in Leake St.

  Boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming on the Glenelg River. 

   Picaninnee Ponds – one of Australia’s premium cave diving sites. (a permit is required to snorkel or dive).

  Take a cruise up the Glenelg River on Nelson River Cruises.  'Visit Victoria' Website - Glenelg River

 Visit the Princess Margaret Rose Caves for a guided tour of these spectacular caves. 

  Picnic at Donovans (see picture above), situated on the banks of the Genelg River.  Here you will find and electric BBQ, playgroud, boat ramp and public landing.

   A walker’s paradise, Nelson has many short and long designated walking trails through the area.  The Great South West Walk passes through the Nelson township and there are several other short walks including The Livingstone Island Nature Walk (2.5km) which takes in views of the Glenelg estuary with some fine bird watching opportunities.


Or use Nelson as a base to explore the South East region.

Mount Gambier SA:

The beautiful city of craters, lakes, caves and sinkholes.  Attractions include the spectacular Blue Lake and the pumping station tour, Englebrecht and Umpherston Caves, the amazing cave gardens in the middle of town, famous for its roses, and the fabulous Valley Lake playground and surrounding areas for picnics and BBQs.

Penola / Coonawarra SA: (50 minute drive North)

The oldest town on the Limestone Coast, Penola is steeped in history.  Enjoy walking down Petticoat Lane, home to a number of carefully conserved cottages dating back to the 1850's.  In 1886 (Saint to be) Mary MacKillop founded the Order of the Sister's of St Joseph, establishing a school to cater for any child, regardless of income or social class.  Heading further North to Coonawarra you can sample some of the finest wines in Australia at some of the many local wineries.


Port MacDonnell SA:

Home to a large fleet of crayfishing boats, Port MacDonnell and the surrounding rugged coast is a short drive West of Nelson.


Portland / Cape Bridgewater VIC:

Portland is the oldest city in Victoria, situated on a beautiful deep harbour, it is steeped in Australian maritime history.  Cape Bridgewater is home to 650 Australian fur seals.  Set in a breathtaking landscape, with a beautiful unspoilt beach Cape Bridgewater is well worth a visit.



Nelson and Surrounds

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