Bordered by century old vines, astounding geological wonders and sandy white beaches, the small farming town will transform into a music mecca as the free regional music festival takes over town on September 14. With so much to see and do on Lucindale’s doorstep, turn your One Night Stand in to a weekend love affair and road trip through South Australia’s Limestone Coast. Discover some of Australia’s best wineries, breathtaking beaches and jaw-dropping natural wonders with our guide to five must-visit towns all within an hour and a half’s drive of Lucindale.
Naracoorte (41km from Lucindale)
Chuck on your Triple J tunes and drive just minutes to another world of prehistoric giants in Naracoorte. Explore the world heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves and discover skeletons of Australian megafauna dating back 500,000 years. Join a guided tour and feast your eyes on fascinating fossils and limestone formations or crawl and squeeze your way into parts of the Naracoorte Caves only accessible on the adventure caving tour.
Robe (75km from Lucindale)
In less than an hour from Lucindale, you could be lounging on the beach at one of South Australia’s chicest coastal destinations. Soak up the spring sun on long sandy white beaches, kick back in cosmopolitan cafes and glam galleries and stop for a photo at the insta-famous Cape Dombey Obelisk. Stay the night at Aloha Robe and wake up with a morning stroll along Long Beach stretching 14km of sandy-white bliss or drive right on to the sand and spend the day enjoying the surf. Sample the smorgasbord of local seafood on offer (Robe is famed for its crayfish) and wind down with a local brew at Robe Town Brewery.
Coonawarra (81km from Lucindale)
Red, red wine… the perfect remedy for the post One Night Stand blues lies less than an hour from Lucindale in South Australia’s red centre, Coonawarra. The ultimate destination for lovers of bold red wine, this picturesque part of South Australia is world-famous for its Cabernet Sauvignon and its Shiraz isn’t far behind. More than 24 cellar doors pack the relatively small region, so set up camp for the night at Bellwether and spend a day tasting your way around renowned wineries including Penley Estate, Brand’s Laira, Wynns Coonawarra Estate and Katnook Estate.
Beachport (85km from Lucindale)
Take some time out before you head home from Triple J’s One Night Stand and kick back by the ocean at Beachport. Less than an hour from Lucindale, stroll down one of the longest jetties in Australia and take in the sites of this laid-back seaside town. Cruise down the Bowman Scenic Drive and stop to soak in epic coastal views at one of the vantage points along the way. You may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of passing Southern Right Whales as they make their way down the coast on their annual migration from June to September. For beach front views, stay at Bonnies of Beachport
Mount Gambier (120km from Lucindale)
If you’re driving from Melbourne to Lucindale, Mount Gambier is the perfect stop-over destination, abound with natural wonders and all the convenience of a big city town. Discover the dazzling sapphire waters of the famed Blue Lake and explore an underground garden of Eden at Umpherston Sinkhole. If you’re feeling adventurous, snorkel the crystal-clear waters of the Piccaninnie Ponds which have been filtering through the limestone over thousands of years, or descend deeper at the world-famous dive site Kilsby Sinkhole. Wander down streets dotted with impressive heritage buildings and explore a plethora of shops, cafes and restaurants – it’s the perfect place to stock up before One Night Stand or for the trip home.
Driving from Melbourne to South Australia
Road tripping from Melbourne to Lucindale for Triple J’s One Night Stand? Pack up your car and make the most of the journey cruising along the Great Ocean Road and through famous wine regions and picturesque coastal towns with our guide to driving from Melbourne to Adelaide or follow our three-day Limestone Coast itinerary for an epic long weekend.