Naracoorte Lucindale Council region welcome visitors during July school holidays

THUMBS UP: Loving the region's attractions is Charlie Haynes, 4, Archie Bennett, 5 and Logan Bennett, 7. Photo: Taylor Harvey
THUMBS UP: Loving the region's attractions is Charlie Haynes, 4, Archie Bennett, 5 and Logan Bennett, 7. Photo: Taylor Harvey

Renewed confidence to travel within South Australia as coronavirus restrictions ease is bringing a steady flow of visitors to the Naracoorte Lucindale Council region.

Council chief executive officer Trevor Smart said most tourist businesses are now open while still managing the existing COVID-19 distancing rules.

Fortunately for SA, business and tourist doors opened as families were eager to get away during the July break.

"So there is an expectation that these school holidays we will see an increase in visitation," Mr Smart told Naracoorte Herald.

It's a stark contrast to the Easter long weekend in April where several control measures were implemented to urge residents and tourists remained at home.

SA Police patrols had worked statewide ensuring that all non-essential travel was kept to a minimum.

While it's too early to report visitor numbers and economic value, Mr Smart said the increase "has been steady" for his patch of the Limestone Coast.

"Anecdotally, these (visits) have mostly been intrastate travellers and this follows from South Australian Tourism Commission and local campaigns run across the state," he explained.

So what makes this backyard well worth the visit?

According to Mr Smart his home has it all from food to wine, plus unique history and attractions to visit.

"The region provides visitors and locals the opportunity to explore the partly constructed Caves Trail for one," he said.

He further lists a relaxing stroll of the Naracoorte Creek Walk and a stop at the Nature Park at Memorial Reserve.

"Or test out our brand new soft play surface at Market Square Playground," he added.

Yet the unique drawcard has to be the Naracoorte Caves - the only world heritage site in SA.

Importantly, established accommodation and food businesses enables the incoming sightseers to linger longer.

"We have a host of accommodation options from motels, bed and breakfast, and caravan parks, which welcome our visitors," he said.

"We are also home to the Wrattonbully wine region, with the Padthaway and Coonawarra wine regions on our doorstep," Mr Smart said.

But it's not all about the visitors with locals also urged to get out and rediscover their region.

The Naracoorte Lucindale Council promotes an array of attractions available through their website.

It features a list of things to do and places to visit during the school holidays.

For more details, click here.