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Attractions

Top 10 attractions in and around Mount Gambier

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1. Mount Gambier’s famous Blue Lake

No other lake anywhere in the whole world so dramatically changes colour like our Blue Lake does. To understand this wonderful sight stop at one or more of the 4 viewing platforms, followed by a tour of the water pumping station. Here you will see historical photos, geological features plus lots more. Find out more

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2. Umpherston Sinkhole

Umpherston Sinkhole, also known as The Sunken Garden was once a cave formed through dissolution of the limestone. The sinkhole was created when the top of the chamber collapsed downwards. Now the topsoil down on the floor of the cave forms the perfect environment for the sunken garden. Find out more 

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3. Main Corner / Riddoch Art Gallery / Cave Gardens free entertainment complex

You can hold onto your money when you visit the Main Corner complex because everything in there is for free. See South Australia’s largest Regional Art Gallery before going upstairs to watch a movie on how this region was formed. Then play around with the interactive displays on Kings Floor before going outside to see Cave Gardens. Not enough? Then cross the road to go to one of the many cafés or bakeries and indulge in some of this regions fine food and coffee. Find out more

 

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4. Centenary Tower

Walk to Centenary Tower, 190 metres above sea level for spectacular views of the lakes, the city and the beautiful countryside. Opened in 1904, the tower includes an extensive display of early photographs of the Lakes area. Find out more

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5. Tantanoola Caves

The access into the cave is so easy that it is wheelchair friendly (no stairs to have to descend down). Once inside see the myriad of lovely colours and formations nature has presented you with. Find out more

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6. Port MacDonnell

This used to be South Australia’s second largest sea port, and this seaside town presents the traveler with a variety of nautical sights and experiences. If this is not your scene, then go fishing from the very long breakwater or lay back at one of the many cafés that are opposite the protected sandy beach. Find out more

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7. Engelbrecht Cave

Explore a network of tunnels that lie deep underground. The tour guide will explain how the caves formed in the first place, the primitive life forms that call the caves home and then show you the underground rivers edge where cave divers enter the network from. Find out more

 

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8. Glenelg River Cruise

This is so popular that bookings are highly recommended. Please see web site and contact details using the link provided. Find out more

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9. Mount Gambier Golf Club

Mount Gambier has two Golf courses and this one is not only the closest to us, it has also won many awards for excellent course design. For the golfing enthusiast, it is open 7 days a week from 7 am to 5.30 pm. Find out more

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10. Mayura Station

Visit the largest Wagyu Beef producer outside of Japan. Here you can see how this breed has been developed, the processes and the scale of the property, in short how Mayura Station has won many gold medals at various shows. Then visit the “Tasting Room”. Here, a chef will take you through the steps on how to get the best out of your cuts of Wagyu Beef. Find out more

Dingley Dell
Dingley Dell

Dingley Dell Conservation Park is most famous for its historical connections. Adam Lindsay Gordon, the famed poet and horseman, owned this small colonial cottage from 1864. The cottage has been restored to provide visitors with a fascinating glimpse of life in the 1860s. Dingley Dell was the first house on South Australia’s Heritage Register, registered in 1922. Built in 1862 and purchased by Adam Lindsay Gordon for £150. Find out more

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The Lady Nelson Discovery Centre

Take a walk in time through “The Lady Nelson” Discovery Centre to see how our land was before European Settlement. Interact with the displays and see the ghostly figure of Christina Smith as she steps down from the photograph to tell of her experiences. Walk on the exciting glass floor of the Cave Walk. See and hear the neon volcano explode, entry fee. A variety of local historic films are shown in the theatrette, free entry. Free City Bike Hire available. Find out more

Plus the surrounding region has …

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Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre

Sister Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first Saint, and this centre takes the visitor through her early life as a nun, what inspired her to take the course in life she chose, and the living conditions she endured so that she could teach the disadvantaged children of the region. Find out more

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Yallum Park Homestead

Yallum Park is the best preserved Victorian House in Australia in its original condition. Situated eight kilometres west of Penola on the Millicent Road is the magnificent two story homestead, built for John Riddoch in 1878-1880. Purchased by the Clifford family in 1914, the homestead is still retained as a private farmhouse and is open for public view by appointment. Please call for tour times. Find out more

 

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Penolaraya

Penolaraya is the only large fantasy model railway of its type in Australia basing its theme on the magic of Merlin the Wizard, and the legend of Count Dracula. Find out more

 

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Millicent Living History Museum

This award winning museum houses an outstanding collection of themed exhibitions. They include 25 fully restored buggies carriages and wagons, horse drawn farm machinery, a shipwreck room and a steam locomotive and carriage plus so much more. Find out more

 

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Woakwine Range Wind Farm

Visit the largest wind-farm in the Southern Hemisphere. 129 giant towers stretch over many Kilometres of land all around Lake Bonney. Find out more

 

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Glencoe Woolshed

Welcome to your journey back to the era of the early Pioneer Pastoralists. The shearing / wool shed is unique as it was never converted to mechanised shearing and it has now been converted into a museum of original and historic blade shearing and wool handling processes. Find out more

Beachport
Beachport

Beachport is an attractive little town with a long and rich maritime history. Visit the local museum or stroll across the road to see the Customs House – the cramped lifestyle and hardships that they endured just to enforce the rule of law. Then walk down the road to the second longest jetty in South Australia…..too much, sit at one of the cafés opposite the protected beach and relax with a lovely coffee and cake. Find out more

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Robe

As a visitor to the town you can immerse yourself in Robe’s seafaring history – full of extraordinary events and wonderful sites. There are over 84 historic buildings and sites, most of which have been restored, plus lots of restaurants or cafés with local food and wine to sample. Find out more

 

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Coonawarra

Coonawarra is renowned as one of Australia’s finest wine regions and is particularly known for producing world class red wines especially Cabernet Sauvignon. Its secret lies in a magical marriage of rich red terra rossa soil, limestone, pure underground water and a long cool ripening season for the grapes. Find out more