Another "BIG," this time the Big Lobster located on the main highway through Kingston SE.
Kingston is one of Australias best lobster/crayfish fishing areas.
The idea of building a big Lobster was thought of by a locat fisherman during the 1970's.
The Big Lobster is 17 metres high, 15.2 metres long and 13.7 metres wide, with an approx weight of 4 tonnes.
The designer, Paul Kelly, modeled the structure on a lobster he especially purchased and had stuffed. The Lobster is made out of a steel frame with a fiberglass shell. The details were carved out of foam prior to the application of the fiberglass, before transporting it and having it reassembled on site.
The Lobster took approx 6mths to build, and was opened by the South Australian Premier David Tonkin on 15 December 1979.
We parked infront of it, and it looked like it was about to gobble up our car!
The Big Lobster, behind the sculpture, has a shop, Restaurant and Alfresco dining, Take Away food, Childrens play area, Tourist information and a mall gift shop
In Kingston SE, there are quite a few different styles of Church to be found on the walking tour.
The old Stone Anglican Church is one of them, built in 1873, it does look old! As usual, the doors were closed, so if you wish to see the leadlight windows, you will have to come for the Sunday service!
Walking further, I found another old Church, the Kingston SE Uniting Church that was looking spic and span and painted white.
St. Therese Catholic Church, is much more modern and quite attractive.
Some historic buildings I came across.......
One was the Courthouse Museum, located in the old Courthouse. Now you may think this looks like a church, which is does, but never was!! It was built between 1869 -1870 as a Courthouse.
Located @ 2 Hanson Street.
My next stop [photo 2] was at the Old Gaol and Courthouse, which is now Justin's Antiques, located at 1 Cooke St. This historic building was built in 1864, serving the town as a police station, courthouse and gaol until 1961 when a more modern building was constructed in Hanson Street.
The Art Deco Theatre.... Really doesn't fit in with the rest of the town!
The Old Wool store, historic and now used as a Restaurant and function centre.
The Lions Park in Kingston SE has a small brick building located roadside Hanson street.
Behind the glass in this building, is the old power generating engine that was privately owned and was used for many years. It still is in working order and from time to time it is given a run.
There are also several displays inside that can be read to gain further information about the engine and it's history.
Kingston has a few nice historic buildings, like the lovely Post Office located at 1 Hanson street. It was built in 1867, and was one of the original buildings in town. Australia Post has taken great care in restoring it to its former glory!
It was selected for a special Commonwealth Stamp in 1982.
The historic walk I am following, is taking me past many of the earlier settler's Cottages. Quite a few of the "new" people are restoring these old Cottages, so good to see them being preserved. Many date back to the early 1800's.
Then, I came across, larger and a little newer homes built in bungalow style. Lots were built with local stone found in the area.
The CAPE JAFFA LIGHTHOUSE was located a very short walk from the Kingston Caravan Park.
This Lighthouse is very different in design to old and modern ones of today.
It was built in 1872, in the sea on Margaret Brock reef off Cape Jaffa, after several ships ran aground.
Year's ago, the Lighthouse keeper lived here for weeks at a time in isolation. Sometimes, three families of three adults and eleven children living on a 10m X 20metre platform at the same time. The office and living areas of 8 rooms were built as two floors into the structure of the tower. The original structure had a separate cook house where the children were kept in the daytimes so the keepers could sleep. This was the practice in colonial Australia.
Soon cottages were built at Cape Jaffa, and from then on, two keepers would come ashore and two keepers would stay on the lighthouse over a 4 week cycle. Stores were brought out from Kingston every two weeks.
In later years, only two men were stationed on the light.
It was closed when I was there, so although I haven't seen the inside, I really have by viewing the photo's on the listed website.
The lighthouse is open on school holidays, public holidays and over Christmas but can also be opened upon request. Ask at the Kingston Caravan Park next to the Lighthouse or by contacting the local branch of the National Trust.
The local community and National Trust, dismantled this Lighthouse and restored it in Kingston so the general public could see and learn its history
Please be aware that it is a considerable climb up to the top and not advisable for the fainthearted!
This park we came across as we entered town.
We stopped to have a look a the information board in the undercover area. This had plenty of information for visitors like us. After a look here, we then went to a short walk on the large lawned area, and across the bridge which took us over Maria creek. We found electric BBQ'S, Public Toilets, seating, children's play equipment, and a big blue grey boulder....
This blue grey rock is known as Karataphyre quartz rock, and is found on local properites in the area. It was put here as a memorial to the ill-fated passengers and crew of the Brigantine 'Maria' which was wrecked off Cape Jaffa in 1840. The Maria Creek takes its name from this tragedy.
This is a very nice park, and being alongside the main highway, just the place to stop for a rest from driving and to stretch the legs.
It was also where the historic trail walk began from.
As usual, it was to the Tourist information centre we went to first. Easy to locate, just look for the big white "i" on the blue sign.
It was here I picked up my free booklet named "Interesting walks around Kingston SE,' which included routes and details for 5 self guided walks - FREE
These walking tour maps are available from local shops & service Stations too.
The centre can help and supply information on Kingston & Cape Jaffa, The Limestone Coast
and about South Australia.
Local produce and souvenirs are for sale. I rather liked the clocks which were made out of local wood, and there were plenty of paintings of the area, painted by local artists.
8.30am - 5.00pm Monday - Friday & 11.00am - 3.00pm Weekends & Public Holidays
Come on, honest answer, "How many anelamatic sundials have you seen?"
Let's face it, you don't even know what an anelamatic sundial is!
That's O.K., neither did I, but I now know where I can activate one.
It's a sundail where you are actually the apparatus casting the shadow, standing at different points for different times of the year. Very natty.
"Larry" the giant lobster (well, it had to have a name, didn't it!) is unmissable, perched as it is astride the highway beckoning you in.