While you wander the shops, you can also admire more of the stone buildings.
This shop, (in or close to Commercial St) is a very nice furnishings/gift shop.
From the shape of it though, I'd say it may once have been the Post Office.
Something I highly recommend is leaving the car for a couple of hours or so and exploring the commercial centre of the township, above all to see the many fine examples of stone Victorian architecture.
Not just any stone, but for the most part, many of the early buildings were built in limestone (a type called Mt Gambier stone) which is still quarried today for building, and also the making of things like glass, lime and talcum powder.
My thanks to MelZ1974 and to my friend Kate-Me, for letting me know that this existed and shouldn't be missed.
You need to go to see the lakes. The color changes over time and is at its bluest in November. No one really knows why this lake is so blue, there is only speculation. Regardless of the reason, the sight is spectacular, as is the scenery around. Its oneof the only places I've ever been able to look out and just see a cluster of three or four mountains rising out of the plains off in the distance. There is a path that goers all around the canyon rim, but it is several miles long and would take the best part of a full day.
For a town of our size, which isn't very big, Christianity is very well catered for, with most significant sectors represented. St Pauls is the major Catholic Church (not the only one) but is the biggest in the town. During the busy wedding season there can be up to 4 a day here.
You should definately pay a visit to the 'Lady Nelson Tourist Discovery Centre' It will give you a wealth of information about the region, some interactive displays, and helpful guides who will tell you where to go and what to do.The boat is a scale replica of the Lady Nelson which someone sailed to South Australia in!?
You'll probably be heading here anyway but this is more than your normal tourist info centre, as shown in this picture. There is an informative display with theaterette, memorabilia, information and a ship as well!
The replica of the Lady Nelson is of historical significance being a copy of a small 60 ton brig built for exploration purposes in 1799.
Some claim she was probably the most important vessel in Australia's early history, being, it is said, the first to sail along the entire southern coastline and make an eastward passage through the notorious Bass Straight.
For 24 years she went and charted places like King Island, Westernport Bay (Melbourne), Northern Australia and Tasmania. She also carried grain and coal between my home town (Newcastle) and Tasmania.
Returning from Melville Island in 1825, she called at the island of Baba where her crew were killed by natives and the ship run ashore and burnt.
There's also the usual comprehensive amount of literature enticing you to tarry longer than you had already planned.
The Englebrecht cave right on the main Jubilee highway inside the Mt Gambier township is a nice cave to see (cave divers use the under water part of it) or you can also drive to Nelson (approx 20 minutes away) and see the really nice Princess Margaret Rose Caves (these are said to be the best in the region) Each cave is different and I found them all great.
The Tantanoola cave, another nice one, is also quite close to Mt Gambier.
This is an interesting and informative tour about the Blue Lake. At the conclusion, an elevator will take you from the rim of the crater right down to the water's surface. This is the only way you can actually see the water from the water level - and it's just as blue down here as from far above at street level.
Also a sinkhole, which has been converted into a garden just off the main street. I believe it's lit up at night.
If you look closely around the rim of the volcanic crater, at the very surface edge of the blue lake, the water appears quite clear and green.
Go to the Valley Lake Wildlife Park where you can see our beautiful native fauna. Kangaroos, ducks, geece, emu and koalas if you are lucky! Does not cost anything.
The Mt Gambier region is one rich in caves and craters.
The Umpherston Cave is an open cave, filled with beautiful gardens, on the outskirts of town.