Mt Gambier Tourism & Travel
Mt Gambier Australia
Situated some 5 hours from Adelaide and 6 hours from Melbourne, Mount Gambier is sited on an extinct volcano in South Australia.
Mount Gambier - History
In 1800 as Lieutenant James Grant sailed along the coast in the Lady Nelson, Mount Gambier was the first place he named. In 1839, Stephen George Henty was the first settler to the Mt. Gambier district and was the first white man to see the now famous Blue Lake.
Mount Gambier - Today
Mt Gambier is a thriving city with the outskirts extending out to the surrounding fertile lowlands and infrastructure of the city climbing almost to the lip of the famous Blue Lake. Located mid way between Adelaide and Melbourne - Mount Gambier is ideal for a stopover when driving the Great Ocean Road or the Grampians.
Mount Gambier - Attractions
See the Blue Lake; formed in the craters of the extinct volcano Blue Lake has become an important recreational area for locals and visitors alike, the lake becomes to a vibrant blue between November and March. There is a 3.6 km walking track around the shores. The Old Courthouse is a National Trust dolomite building with a local history Museum; The Lady Nelson Visitor Information and Discovery Centre has a full-scale replica of HMS Lady Nelson, interactive displays in the region's history Take a guided tour of one of the three caves in the area: Engelbrecht Cave, a water filled limestone cave system under the city; Umpherston Sinkhole, which comes alive at night when possums come out to feed in the floodlit gardensCave gardens in the town centre; a cave used as a water supply for early settlersCave, where divers can swim beneath the town. Or climb the Centenary Tower for views of the city, the lakes area and surrounding countryside.
Mount Gambier Wineries
Wine lovers can take a short drive from Mount Gambier to discover some interesting wineries of the area such as Haig Vineyards and Whispering Vines on Childs Road where Pinot Noir, cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon and early and late harvest Chardonnay are available at the Cellar Door. Nearby, Coonawarra, renowned for fine South Australian wines is also located on the Limestone Coast, where the ideal soils and conditions have attracted many of the big wine producers producing exclusively from the region. The wineries of the Limestone Coast offer Cellar Doors to taste and to buy the wine or other produce such as gourmet foods and clothing bearing the wine makers logos. The Coonawarra production appellation covers a narrow stretch, some 20 km long and includes some 20 wineries and world class wines.