Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier is the second most populous city in South Australia after Adelaide, the capital of the state. It is approximately 450 kilometres south of Adelaide and 435 kilometres west of Melbourne.

One of Mount Gambier's main tourism draw-cards is its location upon the slopes of a maar volcano of the same name, Mount Gambier, comprising several craters, part of the Newer Volcanics Province complex of volcanoes. One of these contains a huge lake of high-quality artesian drinking water which changes colour with the seasons. In winter, it is a steel grey and then changes to a spectacular cobalt blue in the summer, giving rise to its name, Blue Lake. This 70-metre deep lake also accommodates a range of unusual aquatic flora and fauna, in particular fields of large stromatolites.

Another crater, Valley Lake, contains a water skiing lake, scenic picnic grounds and wildlife walk. A small dormant volcano, Mount Schank, can also be seen to the south from Mount Gambier.

The region has many water-filled caves and sinkholes which attract cave divers from around the globe, and such places as Ewens Ponds, Tantanoola Caves, Umpherston Sinkhole, Cave Gardens and Engelbrecht Cave can all be visited by tourists. Within a half hour drive of Mount Gambier one can also experience the wineries of the Coonawarra, pine plantation tours, shipwreck beaches, and river fishing.

 

16 °C


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Wind8.23 m/s
Cloudiness75 %
Temperature (min/max)16/16 °C
Pressure1018 hpa
Humidity82 %
Last update: 16 Jan 2021 @ 06:55

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