Nelson is a small community straddling the River Glenelg just 3 kilometres from the South Australian/Victorian border. It is one of those places that folk may not have heard of but once discovered you will be called back time and time again to rediscover the plethora of experiences in the serene and beautiful natural surroundings.
The surrounding National Park is a large area of remaining unspoilt bushland and through it wanders the stunningly unspoilt Glenelg River on its trip from the Grampians to the sea. The Great South West Walk and the many riverside camping areas allow the visitor to enjoy the many facets of nature – glorious wildflowers and a wide range of wildlife including rarer animals such as tiny Sugar Gliders and endangered birds such as Red Tailed black Cockatoos. The river changes on its way to the sea swapping from sloping, gum lined banks to high limestone cliffs – best seen from the river by boat or a River cruise from Nelson. One feature of the river as it flows through the township are the private boatsheds lining the banks for some two kilometres.
The Glenelg is an angler’s delight and offers a range of catches –even children can hook a fish from one of the many landings along its length. In addition there are opportunities for many water activities including kayaking and skiing. As it passes through Nelson, the river meanders below the bridge then widens out into the estuary offering a new feast of delights with myriad water birds and even some white sandy beaches near the mouth, which is readily accessible by car. Flowing into this area are the pristine wetlands from the dune systems on either side, some of which are already recognised as being of international significance.
Finally the river spills into the wild Southern Ocean. While this is not safe for swimming, surf fishing is popular and walkers have the choice of vast expanses of white beach and thundering surf to enjoy, with access from the mouth or a boardwalk.
In all there is something for every taste and age in Nelson. There is a range of accommodation to suit every need and the Nelson Visitor Information Centre can help with specific planning be it caravan and cabin parks to group camps, family holiday houses or modern self-contained units. Local businesses provide takeaway food, supplies and dining in experiences
as well as fuel, gas refills, fishing gear and licences and an ATM. Boat and canoe hire as well as river cruises, offer other opportunities to enjoy the river.
Within the township area there is a landscaped park with sheltered BBQs, a reserve suitable for ball games and tennis courts are available for hire. There are also a number of public boat ramps,
Nelson is the place to visit for a rest or for action. And if it is what you want, it is also a central base for interesting day trips to wine regions, amazing coastal scenery, caves and sink holes or some excellent shopping and restaurants thrown in as well!
Come visit Nelson – you won’t be sorry. For more information on accommodation & local attractions visit www.nelsonvictoria.com.au