Day trips from Nelson


There are many day trips you can do from your base at Arnold's Place. And you do not need a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Visit the Princess Margaret Rose Caves by road or take the afternoon river cruise from the Nelson township

Alternatively, spend the day in Mt Gambier - replenish the supplies and visit the Blue Lake

Explore the rugged coastline around Port MacDonnell, Cape Northumberland, Cape Banks, Carpenters Rocks and Blackfellows Caves

Do the Portland loop - Portland (check out the seals at the boat ramp), Cape Bridgewater (seal colony), Bridgewater Lakes and the Mt Richmond National Park, where the lookout is worth the climb

Visit Heywood and Dartmoor, with its impressive wood sculptures, returning to Nelson via the forest tracks on the northern side of the Glenelg River

See the Lower Glenelg National Park up close with spectacular forest drives:

  • take the River Road just a minute from Arnold's front gate
  • follow the Forest Drive and Bulley Range tracks for a bit of wildlife spotting
  • call in at the river landing sites on the way

Or if back-to-nature is not your style, the cafes and craft shops of Penola are only an hour's drive away

Penola is also on the doorstep of the Coonawarra wine region for a more serious day trip. Arnold's Place is well equipped with wine glasses...

There is a comprehensive range of tourist information, including local maps, available at Arnold's Place.