Kingston, located on the Southern Ocean Coastline, is a historic coastal port sheltered by Cape Jaffa. The district is flat and low-lying with some areas of untouched Mallee scrub.
Kingston is well known for its lobster and other seafood catches. Appropriately, the town mascot is a 17-metre sculptured lobster, affectionately named Larry by the locals. The four-tonne sculpture can be found poised above a seafood restaurant and gift shop located at the town entrance.
Kingston was established in 1858. The quality of its harbour was valued by primary producers, most which were sheep and wheat farmers. The Cooke brothers where very influential in the construction of a railway line between Naracoorte and Kingston which originally connected to Kingston’s three quarter of a mile long jetty.
Kingston is a popular destination for holiday makers who are attracted to the relaxed nature of this coastal town. The calm waters and long soft sandy beaches of Lacapede Bay lend themselves to gentle water activities and fishing opportunities. You will find several seaside sculptures around town, including an analemmatic sundial, the second in Australia and one of only eight in the world. The bay is overlooked by the historical Cape Jaffa Lighthouse which was resurrected upon the Kingston foreshore after servicing the shipping community of Cape Jaffa in its original position, out at sea, on the Margaret Brock Reef.
Kingston has flourished with the establishment of numerous vineyards in the south-east offering visitors quality selections straight from the cellar door. The Cape Jaffa Seafood and Wine Festival is held annually in January.