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    Natural phenomenons in Mount Gambier

    4 unmissable natural phenomenons in Mount Gambier

    When it comes to travelling, there’s something that many of us are guilty of. We go ‘big’, quickly booking overseas trips, instead of exploring what’s right in front of us.

    Case in point: we have craters, lakes, caves and sinkholes in our own ‘backyard’. The great thing about this is, you can travel in those couple of weeks off work – without having to go far… and still to do something new and interesting.

    If you’re travelling from Kangaroo Island, the Great Ocean Road or the Grampians, do yourself a favour and don’t just stopover for a day. Make Mount Gambier part of your trip.

    Pull out your Mount Gambier map and mark these top places to see, brought to you by mother nature herself.

    1. The Umpherston Sinkhole
    When the top of the chamber fell to the floor of the cave, the sinkhole naturally took shape. This majestic ‘sunken garden’ is free to visit and there’s an undercover shelter with seating, so pack an afternoon picnic. Stay until dusk to see the possums http://inthegarden.net.au/umpherston-sinkhole-cave-gardens/

    2. Tantanoola Caves Conservation Park
    Picture mystical caves with pink toned caverns set in a cliff face. This is what you’ll experience at Tantanoola Caves. Thought to have formed by the pounding of the seas, the caves should not be missed. Also, check out the Engelbrecht Cave. https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Limestone_Coast/tantanoola-caves-conservation-park

    3. Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park
    Love snorkelling, scuba diving and exploring caves? Swim through the stunning coastal spring, Piccaninnie Ponds. It’s a spot that’s been internationally recognised for attracting unique bird species. And, if you like water sports, try surfing at nearby Beachport and Robe. https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Limestone_Coast/piccaninnie-ponds-conservation-park http://surfunation.com.au/surf-spots/surf-beach-beachport/

    4. Canunda National Park
    While not located right near Mount Gambier, it’s less than an hour away. Featuring a plethora of local birdlife, great surf breaks, and the chance to catch a bite, Canunda is best experienced with a four-wheel drive. Go bushwalking, snorkelling, fishing or simply relax. Spend an action-packed day here before heading back to Mount Gambier. https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Limestone_Coast/canunda-national-park

    Other attractions that’ll send nature enthusiasts wild include bird-filled lagoons and dunes of The Coorong https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coorong_National_Park and a series of lagoons and sea lakes in Lake Alexandrina.

    For a local’s tips and advice on seeing any of these attractions, we’re happy to help. Our accommodation puts you short distances from these hotspots.

    Forget flights and airports this time. Get out on the open road and start exploring.

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    Why cheese is so good on the Limestone Coast

    South Australia, while dubbed the festival state, is really the foodie state. When it comes to gourmet food and wine, the Limestone Coast is an unmissable part of the state’s food trail.

    The rich landscapes combined with creative local manufacturers produce food that’s some of the finest in South Australia. Our region is particularly well known for its boutique dairy products.

    Cheese in Mount Gambier

    The Limestone Coast Cheese Factory produces some of Australia’s best cheeses. Based in Lucindale, only 1.5 hours from Mount Gambier, you can experience just about every cheese under the sun. Temptations include blue brie, double cream brie, camembert, fetta, goat’s milk feta, marinated fetta and vintage cheddar.

    The Coast’s persian feta, for example, is a fresh, delicately-flavoured and premium textured cheese in beautifully balanced herb and garlic oil marinade. You’ll taste the difference in these locally, hand-crafted gourmet cheeses.

    Visiting the factory is an experience in itself. Taste it, buy it, and see how the cheese is made. Then, explore further and bring home a range of other produce that compliments your Limestone Coast cheese platter.

    The coast is peppered with farms and family businesses, like Robe Dairy. They milk their own small herd of Jersey cows, producing a delicious array of farmhouse cheese, milk, and yogurt.

    Their rich and aromatic St Clair brie blend with a thin velvet rind, is not stabilised (unlike most of its mass-produced counterparts) allowing the cheese to develop and intensify with age. It’s an intense, refined and complex flavour that’s synonymous with the south-east region.

    In 2015, Robe Dairy won two gold medals and a major trophy in the National Dairy Awards. Their milk also won gold and scored the highest in its class. Pasteurised in small batches on the Hinchliffe farm, the full cream, unhomogenised milk is popular with Limestone Coast locals.

    Limestone Coast food

    While the cheese is good, it’s accompanied by great with wine. There’s the Aldersey Vineyard, Blok Estate Coonawarra, Cape Jaffa Wines, and DiGiorgio Family Wines.

    Tantalising reasons to follow the Limestone Coast Real Food and Wine Trail. You’ll have the opportunity to visit 50 farm gates, cellar doors, restaurants, cafes, and retailers. How about a emu mettwurst, washed down with fine wine for a flavour-packed snack?

    If you love good food, add a day or three to your Mount Gambier itinerary. Just make sure you’re ready to eat, a lot. For more information on cheese and wine hot spots in the area, contact us. We can help you plan your cheese and cellar door ‘tour.’

    Say cheese!