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Mount Gambier

South Australia
Mount Gambier
Type of Location
About Location


Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Car

Visitors can get to Mount Gambier by car (450 kilometres from Melbourne and Adelaide). Bus services run from both cities. These services terminate at the Lady Nelson Tourist Information Centre. The Lady Nelson is not a bus terminal, but it does have toilets, shelter and a temporary taxi rank (only when buses arrive).

By Bus

From/To Adelaide Bus tickets for Adelaide can be purchased at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre (cash or cheque only). The bus service to Adelaide is ran by Premier Stateliner. It can be just as easy to make a phone booking with Premier Stateliner. Thursdays and Fridays you can get from Adelaide to Mt Gambier in the morning (8.15) or evening (5.30). Sundays the bus leaves Adelaide at 2.45pm. Other days the service leaves at 8.15am. the bus trip takes about six hours.

Key places to visit
Blue Lake, Mt Schank, Limestone Caves & Sinkholes


Places to Visit

Blue Lake

The Blue Lake is located in the crater of a volcanic crater and is the main source of water for the city. During the year the color of the lake changes from an ocean grey color to a bright iridescent blue. The Blue Lake is one of three crater lakes located on the southern edge of the city: the others are Valley Lake and Leg of Mutton Lake. There are picnic grounds around Valley Lake and Leg of Mutton Lake and some easy climbing trails around this area. Boating and water-skiing activities occur on Valley Lake.

Mt Schank

is an extinct volcano located about 15 minutes drive towards the sea from Mt Gambier. It is an easy climb and you can descend into the crater.

Limestone Caves & Sinkholes

This region is famous for the sinkholes found in many places. Extraordinary dives take place in some of these sinkholes but if you intend to do this, make sure you get a guide as some of the caves contain noxious fumes and have claimed lives. Umpherston Sinkhole is located in the town itself and contains a pleasant garden that is well tended. You can also visit in the evening, to see the possums. It is okay to feed the possums things like apple slices. They are very tame.

Right Time to Visit

January - March
October - December