Comfort Inn Silver Birch
Jubilee Highway East, Mount Gambier, South Australia, 5290, Australia
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The boat houses
A buyers paradise
THE EXTERIOR OF THE SHOP
my man looking down at the cave
I just broke up with my partner and Im looking for a new place to live, after much research I came up with Mount Gambier. So what do the locals think, do you recommend it? I will coming all the way from sunny queensland (where in response to another persons blog we have level 5 water restrictions! - so im looking forward to seeing all that water in the lake!) So should I make the big move?
I have visited Mt Gambier on the way through to Adelaide on two occasions. a nice town for a number of reasons, but a long way from other major centres depending on what your interests are. Difficult to comment further without knowing why your research suggested Mt Gambier is the place to go...It could well be for you... but surely not going for the water?...the "blue" lake is relatively small by the way but worth a look at. Anyway if you need to move on it could be a good first step. best wishes
Well I researched all the potential jobs in my career and what the rent is like compared to where I am now and it seemed to be a lot cheaper. I wouldnt be going for the water but it would make a nice change to be able to wash the car and not get an on the spot fine! Is there much to do around that area? All you can really do where im from is go a bns and drink. Id like to be able to have a nice fun weekend with out drinking, take my dogs bushwalking or something, can you do that there?
RE: RE: Moving
I live in Naracoorte, an hours drive north from Mt.Gambier. Mt. Gambier is a largish regional town/city. It is generally drought proof (even now) and also has underground water supplies. Unemployment rates are very low as they are in much of our south east region. There is a lot you can do there! There are many areas you can go bushwalking and the like. As well the beach is not far away. Also the Glenelg river area over near Nelson (a short drive) is a beautiful area for fishing, walking, camping etc. Sport is a big thing and the sports facilities are excellent. The weather will be VERY different. Winters are cold, rainy, windy. Average temp around 12-16 deg C. Autumn is lovely with lots of mild to warm fine days. Summers can be scorching hot, although Mt. Gambier is often a couple of degrees cooler than here. Still, summer days can get up to 40 deg. C. with the average probably around 32-34ish.
You may well find house prices/rent more affordable. Shopping is fairly good, but as mentioned its a long drive to either Adelaide or Melbourne (4 hours to each).
We've got friends living in Mt Gambier, and we love visiting it - nice houses constructed from limestone, character in the city buildings, lots to do, especially if you like limestone caves, as there are heaps.
The only issue my friends have (the wife is from Taiwan) is that it isn't very multicultural, mainly a white population there, but that could change eventually with regional migration schemes in place at the moment which are changing my city (Ballarat Victoria) quite a bit.
It's so nice to be able to visit a city that's actually green, though with the drought, it's nowhere as wet there as it has been in the past.
Travel Tips for Mount Gambier
The wonderful blue lake
A first point of call for me would always be the Blue Lake.
It's so beautiful and I never tire looking at it, whatever the season, and whatever its current shade of blue.
There are walks you can take around its perimeter, far above the surface (since the lake itself is within a deep volcanic crater) and there is a caravan park just across the road.
Mt Gambier is a place where you can just about have 4 seasons in one day. My biggest message is - COME PREPARED!! It may say 34, but by 6pm it will be cold. And even though it is raining, it may be rather warm. Bring a couple of everything. Suncream, although you can buy it here if you somehow manage to forget! You can buy all your supplies here, we are not really out in the bush! Fly spray, insect repellant.
I've been to Mt Gambier so many times now over the years, as I love it so much, and we've driven past Mt Schank numerous times, but this was the first time we'd made the effort to drive up to the foot of it to take the walk, so I imagine it's the same for many other people, missing this great walk or saving it for another day.
It's about 15 minutes drive south from Mt Gambier, on the route to Port MacDonnel.
There are 2 main walks you can take: one of 1 hour duration and another of 1 1/2 hours.
You can walk right around the rim of the crater, and there is a zig zagging path right down into the base of the crater itself.
If you like to drink wine.....
The wine producing area of Coonawarra is just 40 mins drive North of Mt Gambier. Allow a day, and preferably have a group of you, and in that group one person who will be the designated driver. Suggested cellar doors to sample at are Hollicks (where you should stop for lunch) Punters Corner, Wynns, Riddochs, Lindemans, etc etc. They are all great!
Admitedly, Mt Gambier, and Australia for that matter, is not very old at all. About 210 years or so. That pales in comparison with your european cities or south american ruins. Anyhow, if you like semi- old stuff, then go to the Town Hall, on the eastern end of main street, Commerical Street, just near the main corner. It looks especially good at night when all lit up.
The Town Hall is still our administrative centre, with part of it dedicated to an Art Gallery. It recently had quite substantial renovations done to it and the back of it which overlooks the Cave Gardens is quite a site. Pics to follow..........
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Comfort Inn Silver Birch
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Address: Jubilee Highway East, Mount Gambier, South Australia, 5290, Australia