For more than 20 years I have wanted to visit Mt Gambier, now I have finally achieved that ambition. What a fantastic place to visit, just wish it was more RV friendly.
Bringing up a family means lots of challenges, and one of those is to be able to get away for a holiday or two. On several occasions we have had a holiday planned but circumstances have prevented the holiday from happening. One such holiday (yes, to Mt Gambier!), when my boys were younger was cancelled due to a sporting injury to one of them!
The Blue Lake
Mt Gambier is quite well known for its Blue Lake, and lesser known for its sink holes, so the first place we headed for was the Blue Lake.
I was quite impressed with the size of the lake, and how it was formed.
There is one at the main parking area, which is where it appears that most people go to. There is also several other viewing areas on the drive around the lake.
Additionally, you could get your walking shoes on and walk around the lake, it is only 3.6 kilometres.
As we only had the one day there the walk was not an option, but if I am honest, I would never be able to walk around because I am too unfit.
A must to add, is that there is a tour of the pumping station during which there is the option to go through an 80 metre tunnel to a viewing platform.
The sink holes
We actually intended to have breakfast in a local coffee shop after the Blue Lake but we stumbled the sink-hole in the middle of the city! The Cave Gardens sink-hole, it is amazing!
It seems that out of nowhere, in the middle of a park, appears this magnificent sink-hole.
The entrance we arrived at was the main entry point, very attractive and inviting.
Steps lead us deep into the cave, but not to the bottom, it appears that no-one can get down there now – that is a pity!
The council appears to maintain the area quite well, as it was clean and inviting the only blemish was from idiots who drop their rubbish into the bottom of the cave. There was not a lot of rubbish down there.
When we were there no water was flowing in from the street, so our experience was not complete, meaning that we will need to visit another time. We also did not get the chance to visit any of the other sink holes, adding more reason for a return visit.
There is a number of story boards at each entrance, providing a great insight into the history of this sink hole, including the numerous deaths caused by misadventure or perhaps just plain bad luck. It seems that animals would frequently disappear into the cave, littering the bottom with carcasses.
Also, stories abound about the entrepreneurs who drilled holes into the cave, to fetch the pure pristine waters so that they could bottle it and sell to those walking past. In those days people were allowed to go into the bottom of the cave, where they could get the water themselves.
Local cafe culture
We found a very interesting local cafe, Metro Bakery in the area of the sink hole, where we managed to have brunch.
We had walked past a number of nice cafes however this one took our interest, see the picture to the right. Additionally, it was the busiest cafe we saw in this little area, located directly opposite the Art Gallery.
I will let the pictures paint the picture and comment that atmosphere was as good as the food was excellent.
Our visit to Mt Gambier
Unfortunately we only had one day in this superb little town. I would think that three days would be sufficient in the town, but if you wish to explore the region then at least a week would be required.
Based on our experience at the Cave Garden sink-hole, a minimum of 4 to 5 hours would be needed at each sink-hole in or near the city.
By visiting the Mount Gambier website you can discover the attractions of the city and area, a truly magnificent area.
Comments can be made below, I would like to hear what you think of the area in and around Mt Gambier and also comments on what I have written are welcome.