Museum display, South Australian Tourism Commission

Population 4768

Millicent, a prosperous, friendly and vibrant community located in the heart of the Limestone Coast region, is named after Millicent Glen, wife of one of the early pioneers and daughter of the first Anglican Bishop of Adelaide. In 1876 the barque Geltwood was wrecked off Canunda Beach, with debris, bodies and cargo littering the sands. Relics from the Geltwood can be found in the award-winning National Trust Living History Museum. The town's distinctive aroma can be attributed to the surrounding pine forests, which support a pulp mill, a paper mill and sawmill.

Visitor Information

1 Mt Gambier Rd; (08) 8733 0904

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

  • Mount Eccles National Park

    Mount Eccles National Park is Victoria’s first co-managed national park, being managed by the traditional owners,...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

Nearby towns

  • 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

  • Mount Gambier

    Mount Gambier is set on an extinct volcano – the area boasts a fascinating network of volcanic craters above sea level and limestone...more

  • Penola

    Penola is one of the oldest towns in south-east South Australia, and has some excellent wineries nearby. The town is noted for its...more

In Town

Visitor centre and National Trust Living History Museum: centre provides extensive information on the region and surrounding areas. Souvenirs, arts and crafts, and local produce available. History museum includes a shipwreck room, farm machinery shed, Aboriginal and natural history rooms, a T-Class locomotive and the largest collection of restored horse-drawn vehicles in SA; Mt Gambier Rd; (08) 8733 0904.

Lake McIntyre: boardwalks and bird hides to view the lake's prolific birdlife, native fish and yabbies; northern edge of town.


Canunda National Park The massive sand-dune system of the southern part of the park rises to cliffs and scrublands in the north. These 2 sections provide quite different experiences. In the north (accessed via Southend and Millicent) the walking trails pass along cliff-tops and through the scrubland. In the south (accessed via Carpenter Rocks and Millicent) the beaches and wetlands provide picturesque coastal walks. You can surf, 4WD, birdwatch, bushwalk and fish (excellent from the beaches and rocks). (08) 8735 1177; 10 km W.

Woakwine Range Wind Farms: dozens of giant turbines dominate the Woakwine Range skyline, comprising the largest wind farm development in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a drive along the Wind Farm Tourist Drive. Maps available from visitor centre; 2 km S.

Mt Muirhead Lookout: a large viewing platform provides views of Millicent, pine plantations and Mt Burr Range. It is also the start of the Volcanoes Discovery Trail (brochure from visitor centre); 6 km NE.

Mount Burr: a historic timber town, the first to plant pines for commercial use on the Limestone Coast; 10 km NE.

Tantanoola: home of the famous 'Tantanoola Tiger', a Syrian wolf shot in the 1890s, now stuffed and displayed in the Tantanoola Tiger Hotel; 20 km SE.

Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park: daily tours of an imposing dolomite cavern in an ancient limestone cliff. Also walks and picnic areas; 21 km SE.

Glencoe Woolshed: National Trust limestone woolshed once occupied by 38 shearers; 29 km SE.

Fishing spots near town

Nelson 77 km

The Glenelg River is situated at Nelson near the border with SA. The long river is one of the state’s premier fisheries for bream to 1.8 kg, estuary perch and mulloway to about 20 kg. Victoria has some excellent... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Picnicking around Mount Gambier 46 km

Mount Gambier has some extraordinary picnic spots around collapsed caves that are now beautiful sinkhole gardens. Try Cave Gardens or the stunning Umpherston Sinkhole, which has free barbecues and good facilities.... Find out more

Campsites around town

Geltwood Beach camping area 12 km

This campground offers coastal access  for conventional vehicles, accessed from Oil Rig Square Track off Canunda Causeway Rd, 14 km west of Millicent. The 4 sites are 700 m west of the track.... Find out more

Nal-a-wort camping area 19 km

There are more camping sites around 100 m further along the Bevilaqua Ford Track, next door to the Kotgee camping area.... Find out more

Kotgee camping area 19 km

There are 7 sites here for self-sufficient campers, 2.6 km south-east of Southend via Boozy Gully access road. The sites are 400 m along Bevilaqua Ford Track.... Find out more

Number Two Rocks camping area 25 km

There are 2 self-sufficient camping areas found 14.6 km and 14.8 km north of Carpenter Rocks. Access is 4WD-only along the marked coastal track. A permit is required from one of the self-registration stations in the... Find out more

Cape Banks Lighthouse camping area 34 km

Small clearings for self-sufficient camping are found in the coastal scrub at the southern end of the park. Access is from Cape Banks Rd, 3.2 km north of Carpenter Rocks. Self-registration stations have permits.... Find out more

Three Mile Bend camping area 35 km

The campsites here, tucked among the paperbarks on the edge of Lake George, are large, sheltered and well separated. The camping area is 5 km north of Beachport along Five Mile Drift Rd. Bring wood and water and pick up... Find out more

Rooney Point camping area 36 km

A camping area for self-sufficient campers is found 7 km north of Beachport along Five Mile Drift Rd; the self-registration station for permits is on this road.... Find out more

Big Heath camping area (bush camping) 57 km

Located 35 km south-west of Naracoorte via Bool Lagoon Rd, there are no marked tracks or campsites here. Details and permits are available from Parks SA Naracoorte.... Find out more

Old Man Lake camping area 60 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

Long Gully camping area 61 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

Caravan parks around town

Millicent Lakeside Caravan Park 1 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

Beachport’s Southern Ocean Tourist Park 32 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

Kalganyi Holiday Park 46 km

This is a very good park set in a quiet, treed area on the northern outskirts of Mount Gambier. It has extensive facilities including ensuite sites. This is a good base from which to explore the Mount Gambier region.... Find out more

Blue Lake Holiday Park 46 km

Located south of the city centre, this wellshaded quality park adjoins the golf course and is adjacent to Mount Gambier’s premier attraction, the spectacular Blue Lake. This is a fabulous base for exploring the... Find out more

Port MacDonnell Foreshore Tourist Park 60 km

A good value, budget-priced park situated on the beachfront, about 1.5 km from the centre of Port MacDonnell, the park has good facilities and is an ideal location from which to explore the historic region. There is a... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Robe 69 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

Lakeside Tourist Park 70 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

Sea Vu Caravan Park 71 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

Kywong Caravan Park 76 km

Located on the northern side of town, this large budget-priced park has good facilities. It is about 1.5 km from the centre of the small township. There is good value here. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Clay Wells rest area 24 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Forestry Info rest area 42 km

16km S of Penola (L) or 35km N of Mt Gambier (R)

Just off the highway on the edge of a forest.

Penola South rest area 44 km

12km S of Penola (R) or 39km N of Mt Gambier (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees. 

Mount Gambier Park Area 46 km

North-east side of town

Parking area at the Lady Nelson Visitor Information Centre.

Greenrise Lake park area 48 km

3km S of Penola (R) or 48km N of Mt Gambier (L)

Just off the highway on the shores of the (usually dry) lake.

Coonawarra rest area 56 km

38km S of Naracoorte (R) or 13km N of Penola (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Pinnaster rest area 61 km

18km SE of Mt Gambier (L) or 70km NW of Heywood (R)

Just off the highway among the trees.

Father Woods rest area 62 km

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

Just off the road near several unique wood carvings.

Bool Lagoon camping area 63 km

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

At the lagoon 7km west of the highway.

Struan rest area 67 km

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

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Princess Margaret Rose Caves camping area 71 km

T/O 1km E of SA border (R) or 76km NW of Heywood (L)

Near the caves 10km (unsealed) south of the highway via Princess Margaret Rd in Lower Glenelg National Park.

Murrabinna rest area 89 km

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

Just off the highway among trees.

Glenelg River park area 90 km

33km SE of SA border (L) or 40km NW of Heywood (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Fort O'Hare camping area 90 km

At Dartmoor

Under shady trees on the east side of town.

Black Cockatoo Bush camping area 91 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.

What's on around town

Nangula Market Days: 2nd Sun each month (excluding Jan).

Tall Timbers Wood Work Exhibition: pine and red-gum craft; Mar–May.

Geltwood Craft Festival: Mar/Apr.

Pines Enduro Off-Road Championships: Sept.

Millicent Show: Sept.

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