The town of Naracoorte is the retail hub of the district, offering a range of accommodation, dining and shopping experiences. Naracoorte is renowned for its Scottish heritage and historic buildings. Smith, Ormerod and Robertson Streets bustle with a selection of unique boutiques and gift shops, cafes, as well as servicing all grocery, health care and other everyday requirements.
Discover one of South Australia’s top small museums: The Sheep's Back Museum in Naracoorte, housed in an 1870s flour mill, tells the stories of the Australian wool industry. See how the wool industry developed culminating with the unique ‘Robotic Shearer’. Outside explore the wonderful collection of old buildings depicting the struggles of the early settlers. Sit in the old school room, drop into the post office, view a typical "dunny" and explore the farm machinery shed.
The Limestone Coast Landscapes display provides an excellent overview of the natural history of the region, showing the local topography and the formation of the Naracoorte Caves. The Sheep's Back Museum is integrated with the Naracoorte Visitor Information Centre which has a wonderful range of reasonably priced locally made goodies to take home or give as genuine Australian gifts and provides local intelligence on events, activities and attractions.
The Naracoorte Art Gallery is the oldest regional gallery in South Australia. Located in a beautiful Georgian building, the gallery is a showcase of traditional and contemporary visual arts. In addition to housing its permanent collection of Australian art, the gallery hosts exhibitions sourced from the National Gallery of Australia, as well as solo and group exhibitions from local and interstate artists. The Naracoorte National Trust furniture and social history collections are also on view.
Be surprised by the murals around Naracoorte – Diana Wiseman’s Mega Fauna mural at the Naracoorte Art Gallery, a vibrant mural depicting the endangered Red Tail Black Cockatoos painted by contemporary artist Geoffrey Carran is located on Bank Place, other murals are located at the Naracoorte Swimming Lake, Naracoorte Creek Walk, Naracoorte Police Station and Bushman’s Arms Hotel.
Testament to the important role of the wool industry, local business MiniJumbuk has been manufacturing premium wool bedding products in Naracoorte and selling them to the world for more than 40 years. Browse a wide range of woollen quilts, mattress toppers and pillows including factory seconds at the MiniJumbuk Factory Outlet Store. You’ll also find many other items such as sheepskin footwear, mohair rugs, woollen hats, scarves, gloves and socks, Australian souvenirs and plenty more. On the viewing gallery you can watch the care and detail that goes into making Australia's favourite wool bedding products.
Experience the Limestone Coast’s food and wine at the Taste the Limestone Coast Festival, held annually over the first weekend in February. It also incorporates the MiniJumbuk Naracoorte Cup races, music, golf and other entertainment: an excellent weekend with something for all ages and interests.
At the Naracoorte Swap Meet in May, one of the largest swap meets in country South Australia, discover vintage machinery, old tools and collectables or set up a site to sell your own wares.
The Naracoorte Regional Livestock Exchange, on Wimmera Highway, is the premier livestock selling facility in the Limestone Coast. Cattle and sheep markets are held every Tuesday commencing at 9.00am. Additional sales are held on Fridays during peak periods (usually October to January). Visitors are welcome to experience the unique excitement and sounds of sale day and meet some of the local farmers and stock agents.
The Naracoorte Public Library, as well as offering items for loan, newspapers and magazines for reading on-site, photocopying and other services, also provides free wireless internet access and has computers available for the public to use (bookings are required).