The Kalganyi Holiday Park was really easy to find. All we had to do, was follow the Caravan Park signs from the main Princes Highway.
This Park was located in a quiet area, where there was plenty of lawn, Birds and tall regal Gum Trees.
They have an array of Cabins to choose from, and all the caravan sites are en-suite. There is a solar heated swimming pool, playground, free bbq's, camp kitchen, laundry, games room, tennis, basketball, kiosk and internet.
Located on the Penola road, a good position to easily go into the main part of Mt. Gambier.
A good park, we would return here again.
Instead of writing heaps and heaps of separate tips for the many, many hotels in this town, I will give you list of the main ones and what I reckon about them. Since I live here, i have only stayed in a couple of them, but seen the inside of a few more of them. Hope you find this helpful.
Presidential - nice rooms, can't fault it.
International - great for weddings, big, recently upgraded restaurant and bar. Great food.
Commodore on the Park - Recently upgraded rooms, popular destination. Great central location.
Southgate - as mentioned, a great hotel, restaurant is superb. Rooms really nice.
Lake's Resort - had my wedding and stayed over here. Really great, modern hotel with excellent restaurant and chef.
Mid City Motel - The best location for walking around the town. great rooms.
An external photo of the hotel.
Another good thing about this hotel is that it was indeed as its name suggests, situated at the top of a hill.
Most locations in Mt Gambier seem to only be able to get 2 TV stations, or a couple more but very poor quality, due to the town being less than 50 metres above sea level and in a basin around the blue lake area.
So TV reception here wasn't a problem, another bonus.
The interesting thing about our hotel (apart from the somewhat European/Asian decor mix) was that though the toilet was in a small room on one side of the entry way, the shower door opened straight from the other side of the room (no bathroom) with the handbasin inside....
quite a different set up.
The bathroom was quite old, not the best, but ok.
We chose the Mt View mainly because we were looking for something budget priced, but it turned out to be quite comfortable too.
$43 per night per double is as cheap as anywhere you'd find in town, unless you stayed above one of the simple pubs. To stay in a dorm in some of the backpackers could cost you $20 per person anyway so we thought ours a great deal.
The bed was more comfortable than we could have expected for the price, there was a toaster, cutlery and tea & coffee making facilities, plus the added surprise bonus of a microwave which meant we didn't have to go outside and use our camping stove to make dinner.
They have other styles of accom too - some rooms have a kitchen, and there is at least one spa suite for about $80 dbl per night.
Stay in an old cell! That is fun! They also have a great restaurant.
Double $45.00. Twin share $45.00 . Dorm room $20.00. 4 Share $21.00. Self Contained Unit $66.00 / two persons. Tariff includes all linen and breakfast provisions.
Kitchen for self catering guests. TV Lounge. Quiet lounge with wood fire. Dining area. Lots of outdoors walled garden spaces. $1.00 Pool table. Satellite television.
This is the original jail of Mt Gambier. You will note that it is built right next to a primary school, and yes, I went there. I remember kicking the football over the fence to the prisoners! Anyhow, this is very unique and fun!
When we visit Naracoorte we always stay at the camp ground which is very close to the caves, so we can easily go on night walks with our torches to see all the wildlife.
It just looks like a normal camp ground - a bit dry, a few trees - but the area really comes alive at night with possums in the trees (some may be quite tame), bats, plenty of wild Kangaroos, we've seen Tawny Frogmouth Owls, which I've never seen anywhere else at night, plus lizards and birds as the sun goes down.
Blue Lake city is a nice, spacious green caravan/cabin/tent park adjacent to the Blue Lake - so an ideal spot.
Also a nice camping spot is 1 km down the road at the Pine Country Caravan Park (where the tent sites are even cheaper than Blue Lake City) Unpowered tent site here is Aus $10 per night.
It has a kiosk/shop, in ground swimming pool and games room, and modern amenities.
Being so close to the Lake, you can go for nice walks there from your tent, van or whatever.
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