|MILLICENT - SOUTH AUSTRALIA|
Millicent is located in the south-east of the state between Mount Gambier and
Kingston SE on the Princes Highway (1) 400 km. from Adelaide and inland from
the Southern Ocean and Canunda National Park|
Millicent is at the heart of a vast pine forest area and identifies itself as the commercial and tourism centre of the South East of Australia. It was proclaimed in 1870 when a township sprung up around a limestone ridge in the centre of the 'Millicent Flats'. It is named after the wife of one of the early settlers and the daughter of the first Anglican Bishop of Adelaide, Millecent Glen.
With a population of around 6,000 it is situated roughly equi-distant from Mount Gambier, Penola, and Beachport, offering easy access within a half-hour to the ocean, wineries, Blue Lake and the Tantanoola Limestone Caves. There are 3 motels, 2 caravan parks, several hotels and a comprehensive shopping centre.
The Admella Gallery houses an award winning museum, the Shell Gardens in William St attract visitors from all over Australia with garden displays of shells and sculpture, and an artificial lake on Main Rd is a popular meeting place for locals and visitors. An Information Centre will be found at 1 Mt Gambier Rd, next to the museum.
PLACES OF INTEREST:
This award winning museum evolved around an old school-house built in 1873 and contains 4 main rooms; The Millicent, Victoriana, Aboriginal ands Natural History Rooms.
There are over 20 fully restored horse-drawn vehicles on display along with retored farm implements, a 'T' Class locomotive, coin-operated water-wheel and a fully equipped blacksmith shop
Entry to the museum is via the Information Centre and there is an admission charge. the museum is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm. daily. Admission charges in 1997 are Adults $4.00 Concession $3.00, coach groups $3.00, school groups 50c and children accompanied by adults free.
The legend of the Tantanoola Tiger began in 1893 when reports were made of a strange animal in the Tantanoola area which resembled a tiger.
In 1895 it was killed and is now on display in a glass case at the hotel where you can read and hear the strange tale of this animal.
It bothers me however I have seen another Tantanoola Tiger in the Keith Hotel !
Admission is free and the beer is cold
16 km. south of Millicent on the Princes Hwy. This limestone cave is recognised as one of the finest single caves in Australia and is strategically lit to enhance its dramatic appeal.
Wide entrances and easy access paths make it a suitable cave for the disabled. It is open daily and 20 minute tours operate regularly. Admission is $5.00 for adults; $4.00 pensioners and $3,00 children
Adjacent to Millicent
This is a highgly significant coastal National Park 40km. long from Southend in the north to Carpenters Rocks in the south. It is open at all times and a camping fee applies. See Story by following link.
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Millicent Tourist Centre
1 Mt Gambier Rd. Millicent.
P.O. Box 638, Millicent S.A 5280
Ph: 08 8733 3205
HOW TO GET THERE:
By car along the Princes Hwy. (1) north from Mt Gambier, South from Kingston
|© Copyright Peter W. Wilkins 2006|