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Things to See and Do in Nelson

Here are some of our suggestions, or alternatively download the 'Things to see and do' pdf file at the bottom of the page for even more information.

  • Take a Glenelg River Cruise through the spectacular limestone gorge, with cliffs up to 50 metres high. There is also the option to include a Princess Margaret Rose Cave tour with your cruise.
  • Drive 15km from Nelson to see the Princess Margaret Rose Cave, which has a sensational display of ancient limestone formations.
  • Hire a canoe at Nelson or Drik Drik to traverse all or some of the 75km river from Dartmoor to Nelson. There are 11 special canoe camps to stop at along the way.
  • Fish the famous Glenelg River estuary, rated as one of Australia’s favourite spots for a range of popular, tasty species or try fishing in the Discovery Bay surf.
  • Pack a picnic and head for a Lower Glenelg National Park picnic ground by the river. Go camping in the Lower Glenelg National Park - permit required: book online via Parks Victoria.
  • Obtain a short walks booklet from the Nelson Visitor Information Centre to explore local loop walks including the Livingstone Island Nature Walk, Gorge walk, Lake Monibeong loop and Sapling Creek loop.
  • More serious bush walkers can explore sections of the Great South West Walk, with great river views and unspoiled beaches to spot the variety of wildflowers and wildlife.
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