Known as the city of craters, lakes, caves and sinkholes, Mount Gambier is located in South Australia, between Adelaide and Melbourne, making it the perfect stopover if you’re travelling from Kangaroo Island, the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians.
With a population of over 32,000, the city boasts a mix of galleries, museums and markets, fresh local food and wines, a diverse range of cafes and restaurants, picturesque parks and gardens, caves and sinkholes and the infamous Blue Lake which changes colour throughout the year and is also the source of water for the city.
Mount Gambier is the perfect family holiday destination with plenty of fun attractions to experience, many of which are free of charge. Here are our top 4 things to see and do in the area:
1) The Blue Lake – situated in one of three extinct volcanic craters, the Blue Lake starts to change colour in November and goes from steel blue to turquoise blue and then in March it changes back to steel blue again. As it is also the source of water to the city, there is no swimming or diving permitted.
2) Umpherston Sinkhole – the sinkhole was naturally formed when the top of the chamber fell to the floor of the cave, creating the perfect environment for its “sunken garden”. Entry is free and there is a large undercover shelter with seating and a free BBQ. Be sure to visit from dusk each evening when the gardens come alive with possums as they come out to feed.
3) Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park – set in a cliff face and known for its scenic beauty and pink dolomite caverns, it is believed to have been created by the constant pounding of the shallow seas. Both self guided and professional tours are available. Wheelchair accessible.
4) The Barn Steakhouse – know for serving the best steaks in town since 1988, you simply can’t go past this award winning restaurant. Steaks range from $32.50 – $59.00 and are served with house-made cevapcici, traditional continental salad and baked potato topped with sour cream and spring onions.
For accommodation in the area, visit Blue Lake Holiday Park. Set on 27 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with great views of the surrounding valley, you are guaranteed a relaxing stay in this natural volcanic setting. Choose between 2 bedroom retreats, a cottage, bungalows or ensuite and powered sites.
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