Backpacking Mount Gambier

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    BLUE LAKE IS MOUNT GAMBIER'S MAJOR NATURAL ATTRACTION. THE LAKE CHANGES COLOUR EACH NOVEMBER FROM SOMBER BLUE TO BRILLIANT TURQUOISE BLUE: Photo - Adam Bruzzone, courtesy of South Australian Tourism Commission
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    ADMIRE THE PICTURESQUE SUNKEN GARDEN IN THE UMPHERSTON SINKHOLE: Photo - Neal Winter, courtesy South Australian Tourism Commission
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    GO SCUBA DIVING OR SNORKELLING IN THE CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS OF NEARBY PICCANINNIE PONDS: Photo courtesy South Australian Tourism Commission
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Mount Gambier Highlights

  • Visit Blue Lake, which has formed in a volcanic crater and is particularly impressive from November, when the water starts its colour change from winter sombre blue to brilliant turquoise blue and back to sombre blue by March.

  • Take a tour in Engelbrecht Cave which is part of a massive complex of limestone caves that lie under Mount Gambier. The tour takes you down into two of the chambers where cave divers enter the water to dive under the city. Also in the tour you can see how caves are formed and how the underground water filters through the area.

  • Go sandboarding in the massive sand dunes nearby Mount Gambier.

  • Explore the spectacular underwater world of Piccaninnie Ponds by snorkelling across the top of the chasm and peering down into the dark depths below, or diving down into the large underwater cavern known as The Cathedral.

  • Visit the Cave Gardens, a sinkhole famous for its roses, gardens and its beauty.

About Mount Gambier

Population 23,000

Mount Gambier was built on the slopes of an extinct volcano and is often referred to as the city of 'craters, lakes and caves'.

The most famous natural attraction in Mount Gambier is the Blue Lake, which was formed when the volcano erupted through the limestone allowing the underground water to fill the crater, creating the lake that we see today. It is particularly impressive from November, when the water starts its colour change from winter sombre blue to brilliant turquoise blue and back to sombre blue by March.

The town itself offers good shopping, plenty of places to eat and drink and all the regular services of a medium sized country town.

There are plenty of great local and natural attractions to visit and see in the area. There is Engelbrecht Cave, a huge complex of limestone caves under the city, or you could visit the Cave Gardens, a sinkhole famous for its roses, gardens and its beauty. Not too far from Mount Gambier you could explore the spectacular underwater world of Piccaninnie Ponds or go sandboarding in the massive sand dunes.

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Lady Nelson Visitor Centre

Jubilee Hwy
Mount Gambier, South Australia
Phone 1800 087 187
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