Geological wonders abound in Mount Gambier, the heart of the Limestone Coast and second largest town in South Australia. Perfectly placed between Adelaide and Melbourne, Mount Gambier is a regional city that is fast gaining a permanent place on Australia’s must–see list.
Basing yourself in Mount Gambier to explore the natural wonders and prehistoric lands of the surrounding region will allow you to be both thoroughly entertained and totally relaxed. Many major attractions have been thousands of years in the making and they’re ready for you to explore.
Long known for the Blue Lake, which turns a stunning vibrant blue in the summer, this region is worth a closer look. History buffs will delight at exploring a geological wonderland of cenote’s left by natural forces, shedding light on the region’s fascinating past. Don’t be fooled by the oft-used term ‘sinkhole’, geological formations such as Umpherston Sinkhole, Cave Garden, Engelbrecht Cave, Hells Hole, Caroline Sinkhole and Kilsby Sinkhole are actually cenote formations - sunken gardens and aquatic oases. Whether you’re looking to explore beneath the surface or prefer to take it in from above, there are plenty of ways to experience these fascinating formations.
From flawless photo opportunities at Umpherston Sinkhole to snorkeling the pristine water of Kilsby Sinkhole, there’s something for everyone.
With Mount Gambier uniquely set on the slope of a dormant volcano, the Crater Lakes Precinct provides the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. Explore the Valley Lake Conservation Park, trail walks, disc golf park, adventure playground, boating facilities and picnic areas. Walk up to the Centenary Tower for a remarkable panoramic view overlooking the surrounding landscapes and out to coast.
Wander the City Centre on foot and take the City Heritage Walk to discover an impressive array of historic buildings and catch a glimpse into Mount Gambier's history. Spend time to explore the local shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes.
No matter what level of adventurer you are, this region is set to take your breath away. Plan to take your time and enjoy every moment – they will be ones you won’t forget.