The Naracoorte Lucindale district is known for its well-maintained open green spaces. Take a break at any of the clean and scenic parks, gardens, playgrounds or ovals for a relaxing picnic, a play with the kids, a kick and a catch, or just relax and read a book in the pleasant surroundings.
A jewel in Naracoorte’s recreation crown is the man-made Naracoorte Swimming Lake. Open from 1 December until 31 March, it is one of the largest swimming pools you will ever see and entry is free. The sheltered and gently sloping sandy shoreline is one of Australia’s safest inland beaches. Relax on the sandy shoreline, swim some laps in the 50 metre lane-marked area, or just sit in the shade of the many beautiful gum trees on the surrounding lawns.
Walking and cycling around the district’s towns is a pleasure with dedicated paths in a number of areas and limited traffic.
Recreation facilities are many and varied, including golf, tennis, football, netball, hockey, basketball, soccer, lawn bowls, squash, water skiing, horse riding…. the list is virtually endless.
The Naracoorte Creek Walk is a 5-kilometre, low impact track, following the creek through the town and winding its way up to the Nature Park. This picturesque walk is designed to take approximately 1.5 hours. The path is well signed and is pedestrian, bicycle and gopher friendly. You can complete the full walk, or just sections as desired.
Naracoorte Nature Park provides a 30-minute trek along a self-guided walking trail. Signposted pathways identify a variety of plant species.
Naracoorte is home to many beautiful old buildings with extensive histories. The Naracoorte Historical Walk highlights buildings significant to Naracoorte such as the Naracoorte Town Hall, Simpsons Flour Mill and the Old Council Offices.
Maps of the Creek Walk, Historical Walk and Nature Park are available from the Visitor Information Centre.
Market Square is a modern playground located on MacDonnell Street and is fully enclosed for children’s safety. There is a picnic area inside the playground with a gazebo covering the tables. This playground has modern equipment including swings, flying fox, monkey bars and a seesaw.
The Skate Park located in the same area boasts a half-pipe, jumps and grinding bars for skaters of all abilities. There is also an undercover barbeque area, tables and chairs and public toilets for visitors’ convenience.
Lions Pioneer Park, also situated on MacDonnell Street, is home to the only 1877 V9 class steam locomotive in Australia. This park features a wide lawn and barbeque area, with a lookout offering a magnificent view of the township of Naracoorte.
Memorial Parklands has a range of adult exercise equipment, a 1.1 kilometre walking track and wide, open recreational areas. Dogs are welcome to exercise off their leash and there’s even a dog drinking fountain to quench their thirst after a run around.
The Town Squares between the main shopping strips of Smith and Ormerod Streets in Naracoorte offer benches and tables, extensive lawns and are home to the Naracoorte War Memorial.
Lucindale is a great place to stop on your way back from the coast to Naracoorte. Centenary Park features a fenced playground, skate park, basketball half court, barbeque, rotunda with table and chairs, and public toilets. The Lucindale War Memorial is also located in Centenary Park. Jubilee Park offers a mini lake and wetland with a bridge to explore the central island and the nearby Lucindale football oval and netball courts are an excellent location for a recreation break.
Both Naracoorte and Lucindale also offer stunning 18-hole, fully watered golf courses, the envy of many golf-loving visitors to the district and prompting them to return again and again. The Naracoorte Golf Club is included in Golf Australia’s Top 100 public access golf courses. The Lucindale Country Club also has 12 magnificent lawn tennis courts – the Limestone Coast’s only lawn courts.