The attraction that really pulls in the tourists and gets people talking is the awe-inspiring Blue Lake. One of three lakes that make up the Mt Gambier Crater Lakes complex (the others are Valley Lake and Leg of Mutton Lake), Blue Lake lives up to its name in late November, when its water turn a dazzling turquoise blue- the result of a chemical equation and the refraction of light. This is an amazing wonder of nature that has to be seen to be believed- it is particularly impressive on a sunny day. The lake fills the crater of Mt Gambier volcano, and is 1 kilometre wide at the widest point. There is a 4 kilometre long road and walking track that goes around its circumference that will take you to the best lookouts and viewing points on the banks of the lake. You are also able to go down the original dolomite well shaft where water used to be draws from in the early days. This is done in a glass panelled lift which gives impressive all round views as you descend and ascend.
Another attraction within the town is the Umpherston Sinkhole. This was once an underground cave, but the top caved in and left a large depression. It 1886 James Umpherston converted it into a lush garden, which over time has been looked after and added to to become the attraction it is today. Floodlit at night, large numbers of possums come out and feed, to the delight of watching visitors.
Beneath the city lies a huge complex of limestone caves that promise adventure and discovery for experienced scuba divers. They enter the water in one of two chambers within Engelbrecht Cave, and from there head off to explore the underground system- a system they have been succesful in mapping over the years. Those of us who cannot dive will have to make do with a 45 minute tour of Engelbrecht Cave, where you can view the underground water that in about five hundred years will have filtered through to the ocean.
Further inland from Mt Gambier lies another impressive cave system, one that has made its way onto the World Heritage List- the only place in South Australia to do so. Naracoorte Caves National Park consists of 26 caves that have formed in the malleable limestone landscape, each containing dazzling displays of stalagmites and stalactites. Over time these caves have acted as pitfall traps, and any unfortunate animals that wandered too close have fallen in to their deaths. This has been happening for 500 000 years, and as a result the in the caves was preserved one of the most comprehensive fossil records we have ever found, containing important clues to the evolutionary history of Australia. It is this fact which led to the caves being placed on the World Heritage List.
One of the caves here is home to the endangered Southern Bent-winged Bat- in fact thousands of the little creatures return in spring each year to raise their young here. Modern technology has allowed us to witness this spectacle without getting in the way of the bats- infra red cameras video the bats and transfer the images to an observation room where humans observe them on screens. This alone is a sight worth making the drive to Naracoorte for.
So with so many geological attractions in and around Mt Gambier you wont run out of ideas on places to visit. The city itself is small and friendly, with that hospitable 'country town' feel to it, and there is a myriad of accommodation options available. The shopping facilities are renowned as being very classy, and there is a rich sense of culture and heritage in the architecture, buildings and the society of Mt Gambier. Remember that a hire car will give you the freedom to explore the region to your hearts content!
Underground Bed And Breakfast
Coober Pedy, Australia Bed & Breakfasts
Underground bed and breakfast is a five bedroom four bathroom two kitchens two lounges two outdoor barby living areas ,safe and secure undercover car parking...
Fraser Island Adventure Tours
Mooloolaba, Australia Hotels & Resorts
Fraser Island Adventure Tours is located in Queensland Australia. Our journey departs daily from your accommodation in a specially designed 4WD tour vehicle - crossing by river ferry to the spectacular 40 Mile Beach. Northward bound we follow the see...
Noosa Harbour Resort
Noosa Heads, Australia Hotels & Resorts
For the people who are coming to Noosa for holiday with their friends and family Noosa Harbour Resort is best choice to stay in this fabulous beach side town. You will get here the complete entertainment package which will never let you feel unintere...
Starting at 214 Per Night
Mooloolaba, Australia Bike Tours
Looking for resort accommodation on the Sunshine Coast? Coco Mooloolaba holiday accommodation is the perfect choice for singles, couples and families. Apartments complete with generous balconies and provide facilities like heated pool, heated spa and...
White Water Rafting, Franklin River, Tasmania
Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers, Australia Rafting Trips
Rafting the Franklin is one of the worlds great adventures, voted the number 1 destination for rafting world wide by U.S magazine Outside. We offer the highest quality multi-day rafting expeditions on this wild and remote river....
Rates from 2,750 Per Person
Balloon Aloft Canberra
Canberra, Australia Ballooning
Champagne Hot Air balloon flights over Australia's capital Canberra, 1 hour flights followed by champagne celebration. Optional buffet breakfast at the Hyatt. Accomodation packages, free hotel pickup...
Gold Coast Whale Watching
Gold Coast, Australia Whale Watching
Gold Coast Whale Watching with Whales in Paradise. Experience the best whale watching has to offer on Australia's beautiful Gold Coast. Cruise aboard our luxurious catamaran to whale alley where we secure the best position to get closest whales....
Escorted Self-drive Tours to Outback Australia
Scarborough Beach, Australia Eco Tours
Discover remote and exciting destinations on our award-winning, professionally escorted, nature-based, soft-adventure, self-drive,small group tours through Outback Australia. Most adventures led by Tour Guide of the Year, Jeremy Perks....
Starting at $200 Per Night
Australian Wild Escapes
Sydney, Australia Eco Tours
This fantastic Ecotour begins at your hotel & the historical Rocks area of old Sydney. Heading westwards across the coastal plain we make our way to the Great Dividing Range of Australia. It is here we leave the ‘average’ Blue Mountains tourist b...
249 Per Person
Brewery Tour In Convertible Chevy (price per car)
Melbourne, Australia Wine Tasting
We visit 4 Breweries. These are Buckleys, White Rabbit, Hargreaves Hill and Coldstream and travel at your pace through the Hinterland of Yarra Valley. We stop for Lunch at Hargreaves Hill Brewery. Breweries do NOT OPEN Mon, Tue and Wed....
Specials Now! 550 Per Group
|Link Code |