InspiringPlaces#3: Limestone Coast, South Australia

If, like me, you’re intrigued by the history of the French exploration of Australia, then the South Australian region known as the Limestone Coast will be a revelation. Outside the small fishing port of Robe, ragged cliffs demonstrate the relentless push of the sea, suggesting the many dangers faced by Baudin, de Freycinet, Lapérouse and other men of the Enlightenment who were curious and foolhardy enough to make the long journey south to the “Terres Australes”. Some of the place names they left behind (Fleurieu, Vivonne, Lacepède) are still scattered along the Australian coast, like abandoned shells.

Limestone Coast, Robe, SA
Photo by Catherine Howell, 2007

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