Local Tourism

The Bellum Hotel is ideally situated among all the attractions that make the Limestone Coast such a terrific destination for a holiday or short stay

 

The Bellum is a fantastic base from which to explore the natural beauty of the region

"To Party Town and back via recovery road" - story by Josh Fanning, InDaily Travel Series, Solstice Media

Mount Schank

It’s impossible to miss one of Australia’s youngest dormant volcanoes when you visit the Bellum Hotel. Rising 150 metres above lush pastures, Mount Schank punctuates the skyline and offers breathtaking panoramic views of surrounding farmland and distant seas

A walking trail will take you to the edge of the crater for an unforgettable geological experience and some spectacular photo opportunities (approx. one hour return). A narrow path traces the entire rim, and the truly adventurous can descend inside the crater

A picnic area and toilets are provided at the base of Mount Schank

 

Directions from the Bellum: head south along the Riddoch Highway, turn left down Post Office Road, and then take the first left towards the mountain car park

Little Blue Lake

Little Blue Lake can be found 2 minutes from the Bellum Hotel. It is the ultimate plunge pool, so be sure to pack your bathers

 

Due to its high popularity, Grant District Council has built a floating pontoon on the lake, giving swimmers and divers easy access to the sparkling water

Directions from the Bellum: head north and take your first left onto Mount Salt Road. The Little Blue Lake is 3.5 kilometres down Mount Salt Road on the right

Kilsby Sinkhole

 

Located in beautiful rolling countryside just a short drive from the Bellum, Kilsby Sinkhole is world-renowned for its crystal clear, light-beam filled water. Although now serene, the natural feature played a very different role in the 1970's when it was used for secret weapons research and testing

 

If you have an adult scuba certification you can book a guided dive; guided snorkel experiences are available for anyone over 12 years old (no experience is necessary and all equipment is provided); or if you prefer to keep your feet dry, book a guided tour and learn about the sinkhole’s fascinating history while experiencing the sinkhole’s tranquility from the pontoon on the water (minimum age 8) 

 

Since the sinkhole is located on a working farm, all visits must be booked in advance - you can do this easily online at www.kilsbysinkhole.com

Sinkhole Gin

Sinkhole Gin is a celebration of the Limestone Coast region, and designed to capture a little bit of that Kilsby Sinkhole magic. Pick up a bottle to take home from the Bellum's bottleshop

Directions from the Bellum: head north on the Riddoch Highway (towards Mount Gambier) for 3.9km, then turn left onto Sister's Road. The sinkhole entrance is located 5.2 kilometres down Sister's Road on the right hand side

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

The Limestone Coast is a popular destination for recreational scuba diving and snorkelling due to the presence of very clear water and easy access to deep caves and sinkholes

Allendale East is considered to have some of the most spectacular cave and sinkhole diving locations in Australia

Surrounding dive sites include Piccaninnie Ponds, the Little Blue Lake and Ewens Ponds

Being centrally located to many popular cave diving sites, the Bellum Hotel is a preferred accommodation venue for diving groups

Reef 2 Ridge

Reef2Ridge is a full service scuba diving centre, offering snorkelling, scuba and cave diving  equipment hire, AIR, NITROX, OXYGEN and TRIMIX scuba fills and training from learn to scuba dive (open water) right through to cave diving instructor and everything in between

They offer guided snorkelling, adventure abseiling, scuba diving and cave diving tours every weekend and offer accommodation pickup and transport

Check them out at www.reef2ridge.com and book online

Photo by Holger Link on Unsplash

Port MacDonnell

The coast is only a short drive south of the Bellum; we can almost smell the salt air! Port MacDonnell or ‘The Bay’, as it is affectionately known, is a favourite destination for surfers, swimmers, hikers and divers

 

Woolwash Bay is an ideal swimming beach for children. Along the foreshore, near the jetty, are toilets, playground and BBQ areas

Make sure you stop and grab a coffee or a meal at Periwinkles Cafe and a cold beer at the Victoria Hotel (aka 'Bay Pub')

Port MacDonnell is home to the largest Southern Rock Lobster fleet in Australia. During lobster season (October to approx. Easter/May) drop into Five Star Seafoods and buy a freshly cooked lobster and/or other locally caught seafood to take home with you

 

You can also buy online at https://www.fergusonaustralia.com/shop

There are a number of charter boat companies that offer exclusive fishing or marine wildlife tours. Check them out:

 

Donald & Sheila Feast's Classic Car Collection has an amazing selection of motor vehicles, toys, bikes and general memorabilia and is something not to be missed!

 

Directions from the Bellum: head south along the Riddoch Highway until you hit the coast

22339 Riddoch Highway

Mount Schank, SA 5291

P: 08 8738 5269

E: info@bellumhotel.com.au

F: @BellumHotel

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