Boating, canoeing or diving


The Glenelg River is perfect for all kinds of boating activities - with or without a fishing rod in hand. Follow the Glenelg River through the Lower Glenelg National Park. The river is navigable for about 60 kilometres by boat, further by canoe.

Check out the iconic shacks and boatsheds near the Nelson township or upstream near Donovans Landing

Further upstream, enjoy sightseeing in pristine wilderness

Skiers have their own designated zones, accessible from Simsons Landing

Elsewhere speed limits apply, making the river ideal for canoes and putt putt boats

There are picnic spots at designated landings along the river with picnic tables and BBQs provided - cast a line while the snags cook

You will find 3 launching ramps in the township and several more within a short drive of Arnold's Place



Nelson is also the closest town to Piccaninnie Ponds, best known of the cave diving and snorkelling sites in the Mt Gambier area. Ewens Ponds is a 20 minute drive away.


Arnold's Place is a great base for your boating holiday

  • 300 metres from Simsons Landing boat ramp
  • Adjacent to designated water ski zone and swimming beach
  • Flat site allows easy parking for 2 cars and boats, wash down area


There are several day trips for you and your boat within easy reach, launching either at Simsons Landing or towing your boat a short distance to one of the upstream launching ramps.