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Local Attractions

The Bellum 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

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Mount Schank

It’s impossible to miss one of Australia’s youngest dormant volcanoes when you visit the Bellum. Rising 150m 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

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Little Blue Lake

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


Due to its 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 3.6km down Mount Salt Road on the right

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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 5.2km down Sister's Road on the right hand side

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Caroline Hills Vineyard

Step into the old dairy, the site of the cellar door at Caroline Hills, and taste their range of cool climate wines as you chat with owner and winemaker Terry

Pinot in its many iterations takes centre stage, with sparkling, rose, gris and noir in the limelight. A smooth Shiraz rounds out the wine list

Take a guided tour of the 3 acre rambling country garden with owner and gardener, Helen


Purchase wine, garden produce and local art works

Caroline Hills Winery is a 10 minute drive south east of Mount Gambier in the Caroline area and hosts exhibitions and events throughout the year


Caroline Hills small-batch wines are made with minimal intervention in the winery including using open fermentation, hand plunging and pumping, gentle oak maturation and minimal filtration

Supervised children are welcome to explore and enjoy the garden

Open weekends and by appointment

Directions from the Bellum: head north along the Riddoch Highway, turn right at Lange Road towards Yahl, then turn right onto Caroline Headquarters Road and left onto Strickland Road


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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 is a preferred accommodation venue for diving groups


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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

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

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