Kingston S.E.

Larry Lobster, John Baker / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 1632

Known as the 'Gateway to the South East', Kingston S.E. is at the southern end of Coorong National Park on Lacepede Bay. The area was once home to the Ngarrindjeri, river people who mastered the waterways of the Coorong and the Murray River. This famous lobster town was established in 1858 and its shallow lakes and lagoons are a haven for birdlife and a delight for photographers.

Visitor Information

Kingston District Council Offices and Chamber, 29 Holland St; (08) 8767 2036

Nearby national parks

  • Coorong National Park

    Coorong National Park is a long, narrow ribbon of saline wetlands, saltpans, coastal dunes and wild ocean beaches stretching for 150...more

  • Wyperfeld National Park

    In the state’s arid north-west, Wyperfeld is a vast park of open plains and spreading mallee eucalypts. The usually bone-dry bed of...more

  • Onkaparinga River National Park

    The rugged Onkaparinga River National Park features South Australia’s second-longest river as it slices through a steep valley and...more

Nearby towns

  • Robe

    Guichen Bay and Robe's coastline would have been a welcome sight to the Chinese immigrants arriving in the mid-1800s. During the...more

  • Beachport

    Beachport started out as a whaling port. Today the crayfish industry has taken over and the town has South Australia's second-longest...more

  • Naracoorte

    Naracoorte dates from the 1840s, but its growth has been slow. In the 1850s it was a stopover for Victorian gold escorts and miners. Since...more

In Town

National Trust Museum: pioneer museum; open 2–4.30pm daily during school holidays, or by appt; Cooke St; (08) 8767 2114.

Cape Jaffa Lighthouse: built in the 1860s on the Margaret Brock Reef, it was dismantled and re-erected on its current site in the 1970s; open 2–4.30pm daily during school holidays, or by appt; Marine Pde; (08) 8767 2591.

Analematic Sundial: an unusual sundial, 1 of only 8 in the world; on an island in the creek adjacent to Apex Park in East Tce.

Aboriginal burial ground: Dowdy St.

Power House engine: historic engine that produced the town's energy until 1974; Lions Park, Holland St.

The Big Lobster: 17 m high 'Larry Lobster' has sales of cooked lobster; Princes Hwy.


Butchers Gap Conservation Park: this important coastal park provides a winter refuge for bird species. Follow the walking trail from the carpark; 6 km SW.

The Granites: rocky outcrops, a striking sight from the beach; 18 km N.

Cape Jaffa: scenic drive south-west from Kingston S.E. leads to this small fishing village popular with anglers and divers. The Cape Jaffa Seafood and Wine Festival is held here each Jan; 18 km SW.

Mt Scott Conservation Park: part of a former coastal dune system, with walks through stringybark forest; 20 km E.

Jip Jip Conservation Park: features a prominent outcrop of unusually shaped granite boulders; 50 km NE.

Campsites around town

Stony Rise camping area 40 km

The northernmost camping area in the park is only 4 km south of Robe, reached from Stony Rise Track off Robe St. There is plenty of room for 4WDs and vans. Pick up a permit from one of the self-registration stations in... Find out more

The Gums camping area 41 km

The Gums self-sufficient camping area is reached from The Gums Track, off the Eastern Boundary Track, 5 km south of Robe. It is good for small vans. Pick up a permit from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more

Old Coorong Road camping areas (bush camping) 41 km

In the far south of the park there are bush camping options along Old Coorong Rd, starting from 26 km north of Kingston SE. Follow the signs, bring water and wood as fires are allowed between high and low tides, and pick... Find out more

28 Mile Crossing camping area 45 km

One of several locations for self-sufficient campers in the southern reaches of the park, 28 Mile Crossing is 30 km north of Kingston SE, with access off Old Coorong Rd. A permit is required from the self-registration... Find out more

Long Gully camping area 47 km

A popular coastal site with all-vehicle access, Long Gully is on the Long Gully Track. It’s off Nora Creina Dr, 13 km south of Robe. Bring wood and get a permit from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more

Old Man Lake camping area 48 km

Sheltered spots are easily accessible from Nora Creina Dr, 14 km south of Robe. This is the spot with the best view. You need to be self-sufficient; pick up a permit from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more

Fairview camping area (bush camping) 50 km

Remote wilderness camping for self-sufficient bushwalkers is situated 45 km north-west of Naracoorte, signposted from Wolumbool Rd. The Parks SA office at Naracoorte can provide further details and a permit.... Find out more

Ocean Beach camping areas (bush camping) 50 km

Bush camping sites are available at different points along the ocean beach. Only designated sites can be used, and vehicles and tents must be kept within marked areas. Beach access by 4WD only is via 28 Mile Crossing,... Find out more

32 Mile Crossing camping area 55 km

An exposed coastal site close to the beach access track, this camping area for self-sufficient campers is reached from the Princes Hwy, 39 km north of Kingston SE. Pick up a permit from the self-registration station.... Find out more

42 Mile Crossing camping area 62 km

The most popular entry to the main ocean beach, this camping area for self-sufficient campers is accessible to all vehicles in all weather, although the final 1.3 km to the beach is a 4WD and walking track. The camping... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Discovery Holiday Parks – Robe 37 km

This good quality park is an easy walk across the road from a popular beach, about 2 km from the centre of the coastal resort town. This is a great place to stay. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long... Find out more

Sea Vu Caravan Park 38 km

This park is a short walk to the beach and just 1 km from the centre of Robe. Areas of the park are elevated with views out to sea. Bookings are required at Christmas and Easter, when there is a minimum-stay period. Pets... Find out more

Lakeside Tourist Park 38 km

This spacious lakeside park is located about 1 km from the centre of the popular coastal town of Robe. There is plenty of green grass and good facilities at a reasonable price. Bookings are required in peak times and a... Find out more

Beachport’s Southern Ocean Tourist Park 74 km

This large, spacious park in a popular resort town has very good amenities and sites are reasonably priced. It is situated in an area where fishing and recreational water activities are the main attractions. Bookings are... Find out more

Millicent Lakeside Caravan Park 95 km

This is a spacious, neat and tidy park with good basic facilities. A convenient, wellstocked shop is adjacent, at the town’s excellent swimming complex (an artificial lake). Bookings are required in peak periods,... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Kingston Shore Villas

Available in two- or three-bedroom configurations, these swish two-storey villas occupy a prized beachfront position. The self-contained apartments have all the latest in high-tech luxuries: entertainment systems,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Murrabinna rest area 11 km

11km E of Kingston (L) or 94km N of Millicent (R)

Just off the highway among trees.

Coorong rest area 23 km

120km S of Meningie (R) or 24km N of Kingston (L)

Just off the highway among shady trees.

Winavon rest area 60 km

48km S of Keith (R) or 60km N of Naracoorte (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Forty-Two-Mile Crossing camping area 62 km

T/O 78km S of Meningie (R) or 66km N of Kingston (L)

At a clearing behind dunes 3km (unsealed) west of the highway in Coorong National Park.

Padthaway park area 63 km

At Padthaway

Located on the south side of town via the service road.

Willalooka park area 66 km

At Willalooka

Adjacent to the highway and opposite the roadhouse.

Morambro Creek rest area 70 km

83km S of Keith (L) or 25km N of Naracoorte (R)

Under shady trees at the junction with Bordertown Rd.

Clay Wells rest area 71 km

77km S of Kingston (R) or 28km N of Millicent (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Loop Road camping area 79 km

T/O 61km SE of Meningie (R) or 83km NW of Kingston (L)

Opposite a lake 1km (unsealed) off the highway in Coorong National Park.

Bool Lagoon camping area 83 km

T/O 18km S of Naracoorte (R) or 33km N of Penola (L)

At the lagoon 7km west of the highway.

Black Cockatoo Bush camping area 87 km

T/O at Naracoorte

Large campground in a natural bush setting 14km (partly unsealed) north-east of Naracoorte via Cadgee and Chapples rds. Some powered sites and other accommodation available.

Struan rest area 89 km

18km S of Naracoorte (L) or 33km N of Penola (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Keith park area 93 km

At Keith

On the north side of town on the service road.

Father Woods rest area 97 km

31km S of Naracoorte (L) or 20km N of Penola (R)

Just off the road near several unique wood carvings.

What's on around town

Fishing Contest: Jan.

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