Outdoor Fun and Recreation

Swimming Lake

Naracoorte Lucindale is known for its well-maintained open green spaces.  Enjoy 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 peaceful surroundings.

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.

Set in glorious grounds, the huge man-made Naracoorte Swimming Lake with concrete floor and walls and chlorinated water ranges from 1m to 2m deep in the middle of the lake.  There are shallow sections for the littlies, deeper sections for lane swimming, a diving pontoon and an enclosed children's area.

The shaded ankle-deep section is the perfect place for toddlers to splash around, and the sandy beach is perfect for kids to build sandcastles.

There is plenty of shade and space on the sand or green grass to roll out your towel.  Spend a day here and just chill out and relax.  Admission is free.  Usually open from late November until 31 March, but it will still be open for the Easter Long Weekend in 2021.

Every Saturday at 8.00am the Naracoorte Swimming Lake is the starting point for the Naracoorte Lake Parkrun - a 5km run - it's you against the clock.  Find out more at www.parkrun.com.au/naracoortelake/

Naracoorte’s Market Square Recreation Area has something for everyone - an enclosed playground, skate park, 1/2 basketball court, dog park, picnic areas and toilets.  The picnic area inside the playground is suitable for all weather with a gazebo covering the tables.  The modern playground includes swings, flying fox, monkey bars and a seesaw.  A basket swing and roundabout swing have mechanisms to lock wheelchairs into place, so that nobody misses out on having a good time.

Dogs will love the dog park where they can exercise unleashed and owners can relax as the park is fenced.  Please ensure your dog remains under effective control and follow the "Rules of Use".  There is drinking water, public toilets and free parking including long vehicle parking.  The nearby, Lions Pioneer Park, is popular with train enthusiasts, as it’s home to the only 1877 V9 class steam locomotive in Australia.

There's something for all ages at the Memorial Parklands in Naracoorte.  Get fit on the adult exercise equipment, stroll or jog the 1.1 kilometre walking track or relax on the wide, open green space.  Local children love the nature play area - climbing, playing in the sandpit and enjoying the waterplay are popular.  Enjoy a picnic or relax under the shaded gazebo, where there are tables and seats.  Dogs are welcome to exercise off their leash and there’s even a dog drinking fountain to quench their thirst after a run around.  Please ensure your dog remains under effective control.  Gares Swamp, adjacent to Memorial Parklands, is 2 hectares of native flora and fauna, wetlands and natural vegetation.

The Naracoorte Town Square, in the centre of Naracoorte, is a popular gathering spot and is an ideal spot to enjoy lunch.  The Town Square is home to the Naracoorte War Memorial, where you can reflect on the sacrifice of people who have served Australia or complete a lap of the paved Walk of Honour, listing all people from the Naracoorte district who served in the First World War (WWI) and in the Light Horse Regiment, the Second World War (WWII), Vietnam War and Korean War.  There are tables and chairs available for picnics and the green lawn and shade is great for stretching your legs or relaxing.  There are also public toilets.

The Naracoorte Creek Walk follows the Naracoorte Creek through the township of Naracoorte. It's popular with locals for a quiet stroll or to keep fit.  It’s pedestrian, bicycle and gopher friendly. Approximately 5kms in length it can be completed as a loop or in sections.  The Creek Walk encompasses the Naracoorte Nature Park where wildlife can be spotted.  The walk passes the Naracoorte Cemetery where you can explore the monuments and gravestones that are an important part of Naracoorte’s heritage.  During the swimming season, cool off at the Naracoorte Swimming Lake.  Along the way there are tables and seats to rest, have a picnic or just take in the views and beautiful scenery.  Picnic areas are located near Riverside Drive and Wheeler Court.

Take a walk around Naracoorte and discover the stories since its settlement along the Naracoorte Heritage Trail.  The heritage markers highlight points of historical significance around Naracoorte telling the stories behind how and why Naracoorte was established in its location, and how it’s evolved since its establishment.  Maps of the Naracoorte Creek Walk and Heritage Trail are available from the Visitor Information Centre or visit www.naracoortelucindale.com

Both the Naracoorte Golf Course and Lucindale Country Club have stunning 18-hole golf courses, greens are grassed and fully watered in natural parkland settings on slightly undulating country.  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.  Frances, Lucindale and Naracoorte all have active Bowling Clubs, offering lawn and indoor bowls with various weekly competitions.  Visitors are always welcome.

Horses are a big part of country life.  Enjoy the races with a group of friends at the Naracoorte Racing Club.  From the glamour of the Naracoorte Cup or a more relaxed atmosphere at one of the regular meets.  There's nothing like a day at The Races.  The Lucindale Campdraft and Naracoorte Horse Trials are popular annual events, you can also see horses in action at the Naracoorte and Lucindale Shows.

Visit a sporting ground in Frances, Kybybolite, Lucindale or Naracoorte on Saturday during Winter and experience the excitement of a local footy and netball game.  Sit back in Summer and enjoy cricket or tennis.