RDA Limestone Coast Region

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Limestone Coast region


The Limestone Coast Region is located in the far south-east of South Australia, encompassing the seven local government areas of the District Council of Grant, the Kingston District Council area, the City of Mount Gambier, the Naracoorte-Lucindale Council area, the District Council of Robe, the Tatiara District Council area, and the Wattle Range Council area. The Region encompasses a total land area of more than 21,000 square kilometres, including numerous national parks, conservation parks, lakes and beaches. The Limestone Coast Region is predominantly rural, with the main city being Mount Gambier, and regional centres at Beachport, Bordertown, Keith, Kingston SE, Millicent, Naracoorte, Penola and Robe. More than one third of the population live in the City of Mount Gambier. Smaller townships include Coonawarra, Furner, Glencoe, Hatherleigh, Kalangadoo, Lucindale, Mount Burr, Nangwarry, Port MacDonnell, Rendelsham, Southend, Tantanoola and Tarpeena, with numerous small villages and coastal communities.

The key employment sectors in the Limestone Coast Region are agriculture, forestry and fishing, manufacturing, retail trade and health care, and to a lesser extent, education and accommodation and food services (tourism). Rural land is used largely for agriculture (particularly sheep and cattle grazing and grain growing), with some horticulture, viticulture, timber production and aquaculture (fishing and lobsters). The main industrial areas in the Region are located in the townships of Mount Gambier and Naracoorte, with smaller industrial areas in the townships of Beachport, Bordertown, Keith, Kingston SE, Millicent, Penola and Robe. The major retail centre in the Region is the Mount Gambier Central Shopping Centre, with smaller retail areas in the townships of Beachport, Bordertown, Keith, Kingston SE, Millicent, Naracoorte, Penola and Robe. Health care facilities are provided at six small public hospitals (Bordertown Memorial Hospital, Kingston Soldiers Memorial Hospital, Millicent and District Hospital, Mount Gambier & Districts Health Service, Naracoorte Health Service and Penola War Memorial Hospital) and two small private hospitals (Keith & District Hospital and Mount Gambier Private Hospital). The Region features the two tertiary institutions of TAFE SA (Bordertown, Mount Gambier and Naracoorte Campuses) and the University of South Australia (Mount Gambier Campus), and numerous schools.

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NOTE: The land use shown in the map is derived from ABS Mesh Block categories. Mesh Blocks broadly identify land use and are not designed to provide definitive land use. It is purely an indicator of the main planned land use for a Mesh Blocks. For more information please refer to ABS Mesh Block categories.

Transportation Networks

  • Dukes Highway
  • Jubilee Highway
  • Ngarkat Highway
  • Princes Highway
  • Riddoch Highway
  • Southern Ports Highway
  • several small airports (Kingston, Mount Gambier, Naracoorte and Robe)


  • Adelaide CBD 200-450 km
  • Melbourne CBD 400-500 km

Major Industrial Precincts

  • Mount Gambier township
  • Naracoorte township

RDA Limestone Coast Region

economic profile