Things to do
Cape Jaffa is nestled in the heart of the Limestone Coast region of south east South Australia. Whether it's the internationally acclaimed Coorong National Park, tasting your way through the Coonawarra and Mount Benson wine regions, visiting the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves or exploring the beaches by 4WD, there is something for everyone.
Things to do within an hour of "The Cape" include:
Naracoorte Caves is South Australia's only World Heritage area. It has the most complete fossil record of the past
500,000 years, including fossils of extinct megafauna like the Thylacoleo, Diprotodon and Zygomaturus. The Wonambi Fossil Centre offers informative tours of the caves and for the more adventurous, action packed adventure caving expeditions.
The Coorong is a RAMSAR wetland of international importance that stretches from the mouth of the River Murray to just north of Kingston SE. The name "Coorong" is derived from the Aboriginal word "karang" meaning narrow neck. Over 130 km long, in places it is less than 500 metres wide, and is a sanctuary for native wildlife and rare flora and the lagoons and waterways are home to more than 200 species of birds.
The Bool Lagoon Game Reserve, 25 km south-west of Naracoorte, is another internationally significant refuge for migratory,wading and waterbirds. The extensive system of boardwalks provides fantastic views of the birds in an idyllic setting.
Wrights Bay, just south of Cape Jaffa, is a well kept secret that epitomises the wild beauty of the Limestone Coast. Accessable from the Southern Ports Highway between Cape Jaffa and Robe, and for the adverturous 4WDriver along the beach from Cape Jaffa, Wrights Bay attracts an abundance of fish including Mulloway and salmon and makes a great day out fishing or picnicing.
Bernouilli Conservation Reserve
The Bernouilli Conservation Reserve is a short walk south of The Cape and contains the remains of the Lighthouse cottages, which housed Lightkeepers of the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse. The view to the lighthouse platform, 6 km offshore on Margaret Brock Reef, gives an appreciation of the determination and hardship experienced by the seamen and lightkeepers who lived and worked in these sometimes treacherous waters. The maritime history of Cape Jaffa, which was originally named Cape Bernouilli by Nicholas Baudin in 1802, after a Mediterranean port near Jerusalem, is a fascinating insight into the lives of our forebears.
Cape Jaffa Lighthouse
The Cape Jaffa Lighthouse, now located on the foreshore at Kingston SE, was completed in 1872 by W.F. King and the Cape Jaffa township was originally named Kings Camp in his honour.
Limestone Coast Wine and Food Trail
The Limestone Coast Wine and Food Trail provides days of joy discovering the delicacies and savouring the flavours of the region. Follow the trail to discover the secrets of the best produce, wine, eateries and attractions of the region.
Off the Southern Ports Highway between Robe and Beachport, is a marvel of engineering and persistance that has to be seen to be believed. At up to 30 metres deep, this culvert is a shear cut through the limestone of Woakwine Range and was contructed over three years in the late 1950s to drain swampy farmland. 2 people and 1 tractor moved 276,000 cubic metres of material to construct this mini Panama Canal and the machinery used is still on show at the top of the cutting together with a viewing platform and information boards.
Butchers Gap Conservation Park
Located between Cape Jaffa and Kingston, contains one of the last remaining significant stands of coastal heath scrub n the region. A 40 hectare wetland area in the coastal dunes, the Park includes Salt Lake and Butchers Lake, and is fed large amounts of fresh water from the surrounding farmland. A great days outing can be had walking the trails or picnicking in the tranquility of important habitat for migratory wading birds and waterfowl. Species include Chestnut Teal, Black Duck, Mountain Duck, Japanese Snipe, Brown Quail and many more. The Park is also an important winter refuge for the nationally endangered Orange-bellied Parrot, which feeds on two-horned sea rocket near the beach and in the extensive samphire flats
around Salt Lake.
Sights of the sea at Cape Jaffa include whales in season, pods of dolphins and seals that land on the beach or play around the jetty. During summer the crayfishing fleet bring fresh produce from the sea daily and has some of the best offshore diving in Southern Australia. For an experience to remember, explore the underwater world and varied marine life of Margaret Brock Reef or one of the many reefs of the area.
Kingston SE, 20 minutes north of Cape Jaffa in the heart of Lacepede Bay, is a scenic holiday town of unspoilt beauty.
Robe is just 25 km south of Cape Jaffa. Experience it's relaxing charm and fine hospitality, laze on the famous Long Beach,sample the outstanding seafood and wine of the many eateries, or just walk down the village main street searching for that fine coffee experience or browsing the arts and antiques of the shops.
The Mount Benson Wine Region is just minutes from Cape Jaffa. The climate and terra rossa soils combine to create the perfect environment for premium wines and the regions reputation is growing rapidly. Visit the cellar doors of some of Australia's newest prize-winning names including Cape Jaffa Wines, Murdup Wines, Norfolk Rise Vineyard, Ralph Fowler Wines, Wangolina Station and Wehl's Mt Benson Vineyards.