35 Jubilee Hwy E, Mount Gambier SA 5290
The Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre
The Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre provides all the information you would need to know about Mount Gambier and surrounding areas. The self guided tours give visitors the opportunity to peer back in time at the pre-European history of the Limestone Coast. Walk through wetlands, caves, see ghosts, and learn about the voyage of discovery undertaken by Lieutenant Grant.
John Watson Dr, Mount Gambier SA 5290
The Blue Lake
The Blue Lake, is one of three dormant volcanic craters in Mount Gambier. It is best known for its crystal clear water that changes colour throughout the year, from a steel Grey in winter to a vibrant turquoise in summer. A walking trail and road surround the vast 3.6km circumference of the lake providing easy access to numerous viewing points.
Experience the 45 minute aquifer tour to find out more about the history, geology and folklore of the lake. The tour takes you through the pumping station, and in a glass panelled lift down the original dolomite well shaft where you can view the lake from the water’s surface. Tickets can be purchased from the information kiosk on John Watson Drive.
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The Valley Lake & Centenary Tower
The Valley Lake is popular all year round with both tourists and locals. It offers well-kept picnic areas, look outs and a large fenced playground. Enjoy the free wildlife conservation park, with a number of Australian Flora and Fauna.
Take a short, but steep walk from the carpark to the Centenary Tower. Standing at 190 metres above sea level, the tower offers spectacular views of the Lake, Mount Gambier and the surrounding country side. The foundation stone of the tower was laid on December 3rd 1900 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Mount Gambier’s first sighting.
Watson Terrace Mount Gambier SA 5290
The Cave Garden is a state heritage area, located in the heart of Mount Gambier. The well-kept garden, best known for its roses is a great place for a picnic. A short walk down the stairs leads to the viewing platforms that are suspended over the sinkhole. This sinkhole was the original source of water for the early settlers to Mount Gambier. A spectacular waterfall can sometimes be seen during winter as the storm water run-off makes its way down the sinkhole and into the underground water system.
Jubilee Hwy E, Mount Gambier SA 5290
The Umpherston Sinkhole is a sunken garden that was formed through the corrosion of the limestone. The Gardens can be seen from the viewing platforms, but a short walk along the terraces and down into the sinkhole garden is recommended to truly appreciate its scale and depth. The resident colony of possums make appearances throughout the day particularly at dusk, and enjoy being fed fresh fruit.
LOT 101 Margaret St, Mount Gambier SA 5290
The Railway Lands
Located in the heart of Mount Gambier, the Railway Lands is a dynamic park land that services locals and visitors alike. The space was developed to enhance a railway corridor that was left unused for several years. The reserve offers open grass land, a unique nature play area, a work out section, amphitheatre and a man-made water catchment.
1 Bay Rd, Mount Gambier SA 5290
The Main Corner
The modern Main Corner building emerges from the historic dolomite town hall building. The complex offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about local history and culture. Free interactive displays and touch screens tell the history of Mount Gambier, and the documentary VOLCANO screens twice a day. The complex leads through to the Riddoch Art Gallery featuring local collections as well as changing exhibitions.
1 Bay Rd, Mount Gambier SA 5290
Sound and Light Show
The sound and light show displays nightly at the cave gardens. A video projected onto the back of the main corner complex, tells the story of the local dreamtime. Music and lighting adds to the atmosphere.
Show times - 8.30pm and 8.45pm nightly (9.00pm and 9.15pm during daylight savings)
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Coonawarra Wine Region
Coonawarra is one of South Australia's many wine regions. It is well known for producing world class red wines, in particular, Cabernet Sauvignon. There iss an abundance wineries within 10 minutes drive of one another, with 25 that open their cellar doors for wine tastings.