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7 Reasons to Visit Mt Gambier

December 09, 2021
7 Reasons to Visit Mt Gambier

If you’re planning on visiting Mount Gambier, we recommend making your first stop at The Lady Nelson Visitor Centre. The Centre provides information on Mount Gambier and The Limestone Coast. The friendly staff will ensure you get the most out of your stay in Mount Gambier. You will also have access to up-to-date information about all the local attractions and accommodation in the Mount Gambier area.

The Blue Lake is beautiful all year round, its mysterious colour changes in warmer weather. A sealed road takes you all around the perimeter where you can stop at the various lookouts for panoramic views. Take a 3.6km walk around the lake which will take approximately 45 minutes... To get even closer, Aquifer Tours offers a walkthrough in a lift that is glass panelled to see The Blue Lake much closer.

Valley Lake & Centenary Tower is a wonderful spot to drive down into the Valley Lake area and enjoy the free Wildlife Conservation Park, with koalas and kangaroos. Children will love the Adventure Playground, where free barbecues are also available. This was once the location of Mount Gambier’s original botanic gardens, and the area is picturesque all year round, especially in Autumn. Centenary Tower view is well worth the short, steep walk from the car park to the highest point in the area to view other volcanic craters. On a clear day enjoy breathtaking views of the sand dunes and ocean in the distance.

Little Blue Lake is a popular tourist attraction in the Mount Gambier region. The Little Blue Lake is just 11km southwest of Mount Gambier. The Little Blue Lake is a small lake that once had crystal clear blue water, however, due to excessive pollution in recent times, the lake water turned to a muddy green. After recent cleaning projects, the lake has now become clean and clear. The Little Blue Lake is a popular diving and swimming spot in this area, with many people coming here to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Due to its high popularity, the local council has built a stepped walkway, which leads to a floating pontoon on the lake. With such options, swimmers will find it easy to access the lake and take a swim.

Engelbrecht Cave is deep underneath Mount Gambier which is a unique cave with its interesting local history. Take a tour to discover why cave divers swim through the water-filled passages under the streets and roads of Mount Gambier. We recommend a visit to The Alfresco Cafe which sources a range of Artisan food and gifts.

Umpherston Sinkhole, also known as the sunken gardens, is one to be seen to be believed. Appreciate the size and depth from the viewing platforms at the top of the sinkhole, continue your journey and make your way down into the sinkhole, along the terraces, and behind the hanging vines. The resident colony of possums make an appearance at dusk and enjoys being fed fresh fruit.There’s also access to large undercover shelters with group seating and a free BBQ is provided. If you’re looking for a coffee, snack, ice cream, or souvenir, there is also a kiosk on site.

Cave Garden is a state heritage area, in the centre of Mount Gambier. With its historic garden flowing deep into the sinkhole, this area is a great meeting location for locals. Walk down into the sinkhole with several viewing platforms which hang dramatically over. A bonus in wet weather is the spectacular waterfall.

If you’re looking to go Diving and Snorkelling, there are numerous water-filled caves and sinkholes in the Mount Gambier area. Due to the majority being situated on private land, they’re only accessible by permission of the landowner. Divers will need abide by the regulations and training criteria as set by the Cave Diving Association of Australia (CDAA).

Mt Gambier is a unique town with many things to see and do, so treat yourself to a holiday and visit!

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