Mt Gambier is well known for it’s volcanic and limestone features. We spent 2 nights at the Big4 Blue Lake Caravan Park and were the only 4 caravans there.
We still had the ability to travel around the town as the Covid-19 Corona virus pandemic had yet to restrict people moving around except in groups no more than 4. We chose outdoor activities to isolate us from people as much as possible.
Like Naracoorte; we will definitely return here one day to take in more of what this wonderful city and region have to offer. In the meantime, these are some of the places we visited…
The Cave Gardens are located right in the centre of town (maplink). It is a sinkhole surrounded by a beautiful park and rose gardens. It was interesting to find a couple of wild bee hives clinging onto the wall of the sinkhole.
The beauty of the Umpherston Sinkhole has to be seen to be believed. Appreciate its size and depth from the viewing platforms at the top of the sinkhole, then, walk down into the sinkhole, along the terraces and behind the hanging vines. There are wild bee hives in the roof of the cavern and the display of hydrangeas are truly magnificent.
Umpherston Sinkhole is also known as “The Sunken Garden”. The sinkhole was created when the top of the limestone chamber collapsed downwards. Now the topsoil down on the floor forms the perfect environment for the sunken garden.
Originally beautified by James Umpherston around 1886, the sinkhole is open at all times and from dusk each evening the area comes alive with possums as they venture into the floodlit gardens to feed.
The geological processes that have created the sinkholes in the region inspired the sculpture at Umpherston.
One of the most notable places to visit is the famous Blue Lake (Waawor) of Mt Gambier (maplink).
The Blue Lake is a large, monomictic, crater lake located in a dormant volcanic maar associated with the Mount Gambier maar complex. It is thought to be of an average depth of 72m, but in places reaches 75m deep. The crater rim measures 1,200m by 824m, but the lake itself measures 1,087m by 657m. It also supplies the town with drinking water.
The lake was conveniently located over the road from our caravan park so we decided to take the 5km walk around it’s perimeter.
It was a beautiful day and as we progressed around the trail the wind totally died down which turned this beautiful lake into a very photogenic thing of beauty.
Cape Banks Lighthouse
Cape Banks Lighthouse is located on a headland in Carpenter Rocks. Constructed in 1883. There were some fascinating photos of the wreck of Pisces Star ship near to the lighthouse so we headed off to check it out. It’s a 35km drive out to the lighthouse from Mt Gambier (maplink).
The wreck was visible from the lighthouse viewing platform but the tide was too high for us to venture out to check on it.
Last Night Dinner
We got together for our last dinner together to share pizza’s (delivered to the CP gate) and took the now traditional group photo of our (now depleted) Tagalong20 group.
Would we return?
We’d definitely return to Mt Gambier. There is so much to do there and so many interesting places to visit in the region. Check out TripAdvisor for more. You would need more than a week to explore here.