Situated on Lacepede Bay, Kingston South East's population of around 2200 enjoy a relaxed and carefree lifestyle in this unspoiled town and district of many offerings.
Kingston is at the entrance to the Limestone Coast Region of South Australia. Commercial activity centres around the lobster, aquaculture and fishing industries, farming, radiata pine production and the burgeoning wine industry.
Leisure activities include fishing (beach, boat & jetty), sailing, diving, golf, bowls, tennis and safe swimming beaches and many natural wonders.
A Brief History of Kingston SE
Kingston was founded in 1851 as a private town by George Strickland Kingston. Lacepede Bay was named after the naturalist Bernard Lacepede in 1802. At first Kingston was a rough and tumble settlement with a population made up of indigenous people and about 140 settlers.
The Cooke brothers, Archibald and James were also involved with the town's development as they wanted a safe port from which to ship their wool directly to England. Although they had properties at Wellington and Cookes Plains, they bought land around the low-lying Maria Creek and grazing land around Lacepede Bay.
In 1865 the S.A. Government proclaimed Port Caroline as a safe harbour for wheat and wool ships, Lacepede Bay being the outlet closest to the agricultural land around Naracoorte. The town started to grow and by the early 1870's it was thriving with hotels, banks, chruches and shops.
At this time there were really two towns, one built by the government along the coast and centered on the Post Office and Police Station. A private town called Rosetown grew up on the sand dunes beside the Maria Creek.
Cape Jaffa, nestled on the southern tip of Lacepede Bay, 18 kms south of Kingston, is a commercial (southern rock lobster) fishing port and close to the Mount Benson Wine Region of the Limestone Coast.
Enjoy recreational diving on the sanctuary at Margaret Brock Reef. Walk to the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse Cottage Ruins and view the original cast iron stand, once home to the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse. The caravan park is home to the Country Arts 'Sea Ecology Mural'.
The "Cape" as it is affectionately known, provides an ideal family setting for relaxing and seaside activities. The fishing industry dominates this peaceful village. Lobster boats create an impressive site during the summer months.
Cape Jaffa offers a new marina development, the Cape Jaffa Anchorage, which provides safe harbour and adds to the attractions of the area.
Mt Benson Wine Region
To the south of Kingston, there are many vineyards in the Mt Benson area. The ocean tempered climate and Terra Rossa soils have created wines that have won many show medals. Cellar door sales are available.
The district of Kingston South East enjoys some of the best sunsets in South Australia and they need to be seen to be believed.
The world famous Coorong National Park extends to the north of Kingston and the Granites, granite boulders on the beach, are well worth a visit.
There are also many national and conservation parks in the district such as Jip Jip, Butchers Gap and of course you can enjoy the beaches on foot or vehicle.