Lack of Accommodation Stifles Tourism Growth in South Australia’s Limestone Coast


Tourism leaders in South Australia’s Limestone Coast emphasize the urgent need for more diverse accommodation options to attract a broader range of visitors and fully unleash the region’s holiday potential.

Accommodation Shortage Impedes Potential Visitors

Tourism leaders in South Australia’s Limestone Coast, known for its Coonawarra wine region and beach hotspots, express concerns about the region’s limited accommodation options hindering its appeal to potential tourists. With only about 200 beds available, the region experiences accommodation shortages during busy periods, affecting local events and cellar door sales.

Demand for Diverse Accommodation Options

Industry insiders, such as Coonawarra Vignerons chief executive Hugh Koch, underscore the critical need for additional accommodation, emphasizing a desire for a diverse range of options, including high-end hotels and affordable motels. The region’s rural charm calls for a mix of accommodation to cater to various visitor preferences.

New Hotel Plans in Mount Gambier

In response to the accommodation shortage, plans for a $10 million, 20-room hotel development have been proposed in Mount Gambier’s heritage-listed Oatmill Precinct. The project aims to fulfill the demand for upscale lodging options and contribute to the town’s wider expansion and refurbishment plans. Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin emphasizes the importance of a diverse accommodation offer to attract a broad spectrum of visitors.