Glencoe is home of the Glencoe National Trust Woolshed which is a beautifully preserved 19th-century woolshed, master built from locally quarried stone and hand-hewn blackwood timbers. Other attractions in the area include Lake Edward, Lake Leake, Keelap Glade Park, the Honan Mint Trail and the infamous Ghost Mushroom Lane (available to view in May and June).
Robert and Edward Leake named their station Glencoe after Glencoe in Scotland but there are actually two settlements: Glencoe and Glencoe West. In its heyday, Glencoe had a bakery, a hardware store, a mechanical workshop, two cheese factories, two halls, two post offices, two sawmills, two shops, two schools and four churches. The Post Office and General Store are still operating and the Glencoe East Hall is still being used. The Progress Association remains active as does the Glencoe Central School and kindergarten. Glencoe also fields teams in the Mid South East Football and Netball Leagues.
Local industries include dairy, cattle and sheep farming, seasonal potato growing, forestry and cherry farms (one of which is open for sales during the season).
Glencoe is in the south of the Wattle Range Council area. It is 30-35 kms south (depending on the route) of Millicent along the Princes Highway, 65kms southwest of Penola and 68kms south of Beachport, via Millicent.
ForestrySA is inviting members of the public to visit Ghost Mushroom Lane after dark during May and June and experience the glow of the mushroom for themselves.
For Information and Maps on the Trail go to https://www.forestrysa.com.au/ghostmushrooms/
The Leake Brothers National Trust Woolshed is one of the largest woolshed's in Australia.
It was never converted to electricity, and so it is still in its original condition.
To visit the woolshed, obtain the key from the local general store and for a small deposit, you can show yourself through.
For More Information https://www.nationaltrust.org.au/places/glencoe-woolshed
Visit Lake Edward to experience and explore the leisurely walking trail that surrounds the lake, and enjoy the panoramic views from the lookouts. The tranquility of Lake Edward has made it a popular recreation lake since Europeans came to the area in 1840's.
Named after one of the early settlers Mr Edward Leake, the Lake is an extraordinary volcanic feature known as a 'maar'. This feature is one of the several in the region that form part of the Kanawinka Geopark - Volcanic Discovery Trail.
Lake Leake is in an extinct volcano and is part of the volcanic trail.
It has boat launching facilities for fishing (Red Fin, Perch), skiing, rowing and sailing. A barbecue, picnic facilities and toilets are available. Brochures are available for the Kanawinka Geopark Discovery Trail at all Visitor Information Centres in the area.
The Glencoe Community Town Plan is currently in draft format and is being considered by their respective communities.
To improve Beachport for residents to reside and work, visitors to stay, and for the future prosperity of Beachport from a social, economic, recreational and environmental perspective; whilst maintaining the character intrinsic to the community.
Community Town Plans
Wattle Range Council has developed 10-year town plans with each township. Each town plan can be viewed at Community Town Plans.