Things to do
Fishing is renowned,abundant and easily accessible along the Glenelg River and there is a boat and canoe hire business located near the Nelson Kiosk (No boat licence required) . The main fish species here are bream, mulloway, estuary perch and mullet. Surf fishing is also popular at the beach. Fishing gear and bait is available at the Nelson Boat Hire, Nelson Kiosk and Nelson Roadhouse.
There are many short walks around Nelson with great views of the river and the river mouth. A booklet can be obtained from the Nelson Visitors Information Centre which highlights loop walks including Livingstone Island Walk, Gorge Walk,Lake Monibeong Walk and Sapling Creek Walk. The 250 kilometre Great South walk also passes through Nelson. A short drive into the 27,300 ha Lower Glenelg National Park provides numerous tracks to walk and photograph over 700 species of native plants, a profusion of wildflowers and huge range of wild animals and birds.
Take a leisurely cruise along the Glenelg River to the spectacular Princess Margaret Caves and enjoy the magnificent scenery along the way. Cruise boats leave from Nelson. Phone Glenelg River Cruises 0448 872 225 or 08 8738 4191 for bookings.
Princess Margaret Rose Cave is accessible by road or boat and only a short distance from Nelson. The cave is one of Victoria’s best kept secrets and features fine helictites, magnificent columns, shawls and stalactites. Explore the beauty of the cave by taking a professionally guided tour any day except Christmas day. Phone (08 8738 4171 or visit https://www.princessmargaretrosecave.com
Some of the best diving and snorkelling in the country is only a 10 minute drive away at the World Heritage Piccanninnie Ponds and Ewens Pond. Snorkelling and diving is by permit only at Piccanninnie Ponds. Ewens Pond can be snorkelled without a permit.
Swimming in the ocean near to Nelson is not advisable due to dangerous undertows. The river is deep but shallow and muddy with snags near the banks. The best area to swim is at the river mouth in one of the side channels.
Take a trip to Cape Bridgewater and closely observe Australia’s only mainland colony of seals. Cape Bridgewater is home to more than 2000 Australian and Long Nosed Fur Seals. Cape Bridgewater Lakes is a popular recreational area for fishing, canoeing, surf fishing and beachcombing. Nearby Stony Hill is the highest cliff top on the Victorian coastline, towering 130 metres above sea level.
Visit Mount Gambier only 30 mins drive from Nelson. Famous for its volcanic landscape, underground caverns, water-filled caves, sinkholes, and the spectacular Blue Lake.
Mount Gambier has an impressive array of modern facilities and amenities including boutique retail, a mix of galleries, museums and markets. and a premium selection of fresh local food and wine available at many cafes and restaurants.
Just over an hour’s drive away in South Australia is the world-renowned Coonawarra wine district. Wine-lovers are offered tastings at over twenty cellar doors where they will experience the magical marriage of rich red terra rossa soil, limestone, pure underground water and a long cool ripening season.
Stay at Cedar Cottage at Nelson in South West Victoria and experience a unique part of Australia where nature, history, food, wine and adventure abound!