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The Deck in Nelson VictoriaWhat a spectacular view! Located 1km from centre of town, this house has two queen bedrooms, and a third with two sets of bunks. The property also features 1.5 bathrooms, washing machine, open plan kitchen/dining/lounge that opens up to the large deck area overlooking the magnificent Glenelg River. Blue Ray surround sound with Sony flat screen and DVD library is great addition to have on holidays and the property includes an outdoor setting, gas plate BBQ, and two person kayak.
River Vu HouseRiver Vu house has a a relaxing feeling about it .. Situated right near the Glenelg River. Sit back and relax and enjoy the views.
★ Cedar Cottage Nelson-2 Acre RetreatSituated halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne. Near Mount Gambier, Portland, Coonawarra, Naracoorte Caves. Cleaning measures recommended by Airbnb and the Victorian State Government are being implemented. Stay at Cedar Cottage Nelson and enjoy the best of S.W. Victoria and S.A's Limestone Coast. Fully equipped, clean & comfortable. Plenty of parking for cars and boat trailers. A large deck overlooks a 2 acre private and tranquil native garden with abundant wildlife.
A small, scenic fishing and holiday town less than three kilometres shy of the South Australian border, Nelson is the best kind of border town. Situated at the mouth of the beautiful Glenelg River, Nelson is a popular boating and paddling destination, with watercraft hire available locally. You can even paddle from Dartmoor, 75 kilometres upriver, down to Nelson, staying at some of the seven wilderness campsites reserved solely for kayakers and canoeists in Lower Glenelg National Park along the way.
Nelson also sits on the Great South West Walk, a spectacular 250-kilometre loop trail weaving through several national parks and green spaces that can be broken up into shorter strolls. The trail links Nelson with a long sandy beach backed by the coastal wilderness of Discovery Bay Coastal Park. Attractions also abound across the state border, from historic towns to a wetland of international importance.
Nelson is 422 kilometres (4.5 hours’ drive) southwest of Melbourne Airport (MEL). If you’re driving from Adelaide Airport (ADL), it’s 478 kilometres, or around five hours away. Nelson is also just a 30-minute drive from Mount Gambier Airport (MGB) in South Australia, with daily flights to Adelaide and Melbourne.
You could also catch a train from Melbourne to Warrnambool and hop on a bus to Nelson from there, but with limited bus services it’s ideal to fly or drive. Having a car gives you more freedom to explore nearby attractions as well as a chance to stock up on supplies in Mount Gambier or in Portland en route from Melbourne, as dining options in Nelson are very limited.
The warmer months from November through March are generally the most pleasant for water-based activities in Nelson, where temperatures can reach the single digits Celsius during the winter months. The warmer months also tend to receive the least rainfall. Late winter and spring is the best time to admire wildflowers in the heathlands. This coincides with the top time for whale watching from the clifftops at Cape Bridgewater, a 45-minute drive southeast of Nelson, where you can also see a fur seal colony and dramatic blowholes. A short hop further east, in Portland, January’s Hooked on Portland festival takes over the foreshore for two days of entertainment and activities for all ages, with plenty of local seafood served up during the summertime festivities.
Part of a flooded limestone cave system just inland from the Southern Ocean, the gin-clear Piccaninnie Ponds are just a 10-minute drive west of Nelson across the South Australian border. Serious cave divers come to this conservation park to admire features such as the Cathedral and the Chasm. You can also snorkel, or enjoy a bushwalk around the ponds, with lookouts over the water.
The spectacular limestone cave system known as Princess Margaret Rose Cave is one of the highlights of Lower Glenelg National Park. There’s a campground near the entrance, where you can book a tour of the caves, formed over thousands of years and featuring beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, and rare helictites. The cave is a 20-minute drive north of Nelson.
Just 25 minutes’ drive west of Nelson, outside the historic town of Port MacDonnell, lies a small conservation park. At the centre is Dingley Dell, a cottage purchased by renowned British-Australian poet Adam Lindsay Gordon in 1864, who wrote his first published poem while living here. The grounds are free to wander; contact the South Australia National Parks and Wildlife Service to arrange a tour of the cottage.