Moody Microadventure down the Limestone Coast (SA)

Moody Microadventure down the Limestone Coast (SA)
Reaches a secluded Camping LocationA breathtaking, offbeat retreat Great photography opportunities (Shipwreck)
5.0Microadventure Rating

It was a long weekend with no plans, so I decided to pack up the 4WD and set off for a brief expedition to South Australia’s rugged Limestone Coast. Located just outside of Mount Gambier, at the Southern end of Canunda National Park, it is reached by driving through massive pine plantations which eventually lead to an epic winding, sandy track to the site. Once you arrive and set up camp, a mere stone’s throw away from the Cape Banks Lighthouse, the true atmosphere of this wild place will reveal itself.

An ominous, brooding sea mist was beginning to blanket the horizon when I arrived, but this only spurred me to explore the beach and wreck that lies there – and what an eerie sight it was. With the rain increasing, I made my way down the deserted beach to capture the wreck in fading light. Although devoid of other adventurers, there were a group of seals who seemed to be awaiting me; guardians of the rocks.

A night alone with the sounds of the ocean lapping against the shore (amongst other strange noises) and the endless fog, was certainly a cloistered experience!

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Essential Gear

  • Camping gear
  • Torch
  • Camera
  • 4WD (a car could access the site weather permitting)
  • Sense of adventure
  • Fishing gear

How To Get there

Located 35 km south-west of Mount Gambier in the south-east of South Australia. 4WD drive recommended. The town is very small, it has a a general store, but I would suggest bringing your own supplies. Pay the campsite fees online in advance, as there is no good network signal from the site.

Note: the light house is located a further 4 km down a sand track from the town of Carpenter Rocks.


  • Camping
  • Photography
  • Exploring the beach & dunes
  • Fishing/ Diving/ Boating

Skill Level

Beginner – Intermediate – some basic knowledge of camping and driving on beach roads is all you need!

Distance Covered

The drive takes roughly 5 hours from Adelaide. It takes a further 2 hours to the Grampians in Victoria (recommended)