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Mount Gambier

497 km from Adelaide | 5 hours 45 mins (for full intinerary)

Mount Gambier sits half way between Adelaide and Melbourne. There’s so much to explore in this volcanic region from limestone caves, sinkhole gardens and crystal clear lakes in which to swim and snorkel, that we suggest giving yourself two days to take it all in.

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View across Mt Gambier. Photo: mellymac_08 via IG

If you’re coming from Adelaide, you’ll pass through Tantanoola before you get to Mount Gambier.

Tantanoola Caves

Tantanoola Caves is 30 minutes from Mount Gambier. These limestone caves offer a grand display of stalagmites and stalactites. 

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Tantanoola Caves. Photo: photo.formo via Instagram

Blue Lake

The colour of Blue Lake changes like a mood ring. It is a deep rich blue in November, bright cobalt from December to March and grey in April. A 3.6 km walking trail skirts the lake, taking you to various viewing platforms.

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Blue Lake. Photo: mollygray19 via Instagram

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Blue Lake. Photo: indieswirl via Instagram

Umpherston Sinkhole

Umpherston Sinkhole is a beautiful sunken garden. Lush vines cascade over the rim. At sunset possums appear in the tranquil garden. Follow the terraced garden right to the bottom where you’ll find a fountain, tree ferns and hydrangeas.

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Umpherston Sinkhole. Photo: callumjackson via Instagram
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Umpherston Sinkhole: Photo: groenewegphotography via Instagram
Possum in Cave Garden. Photo: shelleybot via Instagram

Cave Garden

Cave Garden is smack in the heart of town. It is a sink hole with waterfalls and lush greenery.

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Cave Garden. Photo: moozey76 via Instagram

Ewens Ponds

Ewens Ponds Conservation Park  is 25 km south of Mount Gambier on the way to Melbourne. The crystal clear water is perfect for snorkeling.  Swim through the verdant water gardens. They are more rich and varied than most earthly gardens and appear all the more magical by the shimmering light. You’ll feel the cool water seeping up from the labyrinth of limestone caves below. Diving here is free.

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Snorkeling in Ewens Ponds. Photo: ockert45 via Instagram

Piccaninnie Ponds

Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park is 25 mins drive from Mount Gambier on the way to Melbourne. You can snorkel the clear water (40 m visibility) across the underwater gardens or dive down into the chasm, an underwater cave known as the Cathedral. You need to buy a permit to snorkel or dive ($14 on site).

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Piccaninnie Ponds. Photo: lugaresasombrososporelmundo via Instagram
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Around Piccaninnie Ponds. Photo: timmummery via Instagram
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Piccaninnie Ponds. Photo: matt testoni photography via Instagram
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Starry night sky of Mt Gambier. Photo: mellymac 08 via Instagram
Winter tree, Mt Gambier. Photo: mellymac_08 via Instagram
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Wheat fields in Mt Gambier. Photo: mellymac_08 via Instagram

Mount Gambier Caravan Parks

There are many caravan parks to choose from in Mount Gambier, but two stand out. 

The Blue Lake Holiday Park is a BIG 4 holiday park with tennis courts, a jumping pillow, swimming pool, games room, camp kitchen with oven, stovetop and BBQs. Rates - $45/night for 2 people.

Nearby is the Pine Country Caravan Park with large grassy sites and plenty of trees. Facilities include a playground, camp kitchen, tennis courts, gas BBQs and campfires. Rates from $25/night for two people.

Add-on South Australia Tours

From Belair National Park you can begin the Hahndorf and Adelaide Hills tour which then links in to many other tours.

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