Mount Gambier Travel Guide
a curtain of green
Its a good sized town or city to stop in on the road
It is often very cold and rainy! A long way from everywhere!
UMPHERSTON SINKHOLE & GARDEN
THIS IS A MUST SEE IN MT. GAMBIERA Mr. James Umpherston had this large hole/cave beside his home. What to do with it? Make a garden of course, and so the stunning Cave Garden was built. In the 1800's there was water in the bottom where Mr Umpherston placed a boat, and went...
Another interesting display at the Umpherston Sinkhole, was of an old Wagon. This wagon was built by James Keegan of Mt Gambier in 1911 at a cost of £80 ($160)Originally is was an Army Surplus Vehicle, then in 1968, was rebuilt for use as a Crane Truck. The vehicle was last...
'ASH WEDNESDAY" SEATING
In 1983, Australia experienced one of the worst Bushfires in history, one which will always be remembered as the "Ash Wednesday Fire."In the Umpherstone Sinkhole Park where you can enjoy a picnic, I saw logs that had been made into seating, what a good idea! Then I noticed...
UMPHERSTON SINKHOLE SCULPTURE
The Umpherston Sinkhole park is located right beside the highway. There was parking beside the highway, so this is where we stopped.Just a we entered the Park, we came across an unusual sculpture, thank goodness there was a sign describing what it was about, otherwise I...
THE ODEON THEATRE
The Odeon Theatre, a style of Theatre I can remember well! This one was known originally as the Capitol Theatre when it opened on 4th April 1928. I can imagine how "posh" it must have been as seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels, where "tray boys" and "tray...
Vansittart park was where I found some more beautiful gardens.The gardens included flower beds and a very nice Rose garden, a large playground with picnic area and shelter, and a War Memorial. The memorial was erected in the centre of the gardens in 1922, in memory of the...
THE OLD TOWN HALL
The Old Town Hall has a clock tower and is a beautiful complex of old buildings in the city centre of Mt. Gambier. No longer is it the Town Hall, but now is used as a Community Arts Centre. This huge building was constructed out of dolomite and limestone in 1882. An...
Engelbrecht Cave, another Cave we stopped at in Mt. Gambier. In case you aren't aware, Mt. Gambier and the South East of Australia are honeycombed with caves. This huge complex of limestone caves under the city was first explored around 1884. Cave divers have mapped the...
SAINT PAULS ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Not much I can tell you about St Pauls Roman Catholic Church, only that it's another building with beautiful architecture, built in 1855. It has a castellated tower on the right hand side of the building, and in my opinion, worth stopping to view from the outside [locked...
The Gardiner Fountain is quite an attractive fountain, that was presented by Captain Gardiner, the late grandfather of the late Sir Robert Helpmann, to the people of Mount Gambier in 1884. The Fountain was constructed in Melbourne, and is claimed to be the first large marble...
Mid City Motel
2 Reviews and 19 Opinions A disappointment considering an apparent upgrade, not that I could tell other than a new TV....
Malaysia House: Great Asian and BYO
A great place that allows you to BYO alcoholic beverages.Big variety of dishes at a great price.Sometimes the service can be a bit average, but the cheap food makes up for it.
Satay PrawnsToffee Banana and icecream - unreal!
All over town: Mount Gambier's nightlife
Mount Gambier doesn't have a lot to offer those looking for the big nightclubs of the bigger cities. But the pub scene is definately alive down here.The G (aka The Gambier Hotel) has a range of live bands and guests DJs. Bar prices are higher than your normal pub. A bit more...
Public transport will be of absolutely no use to anyone that wants to visit tourist spots in Mount Gambier.The local buses go in certain loops of the city, taking in mainly residential areas and schools, the local hospitala nd the local UNI/TAFE.You won't find a local bus...
DJ INTERIORS: LARGE CHOICE OF QUALITY GIFTS
DJ Interiors is located in amongst the main shopping area in Mt. Gambier. It is a wonderful gift shop, with stacks of household items for sale.What I liked is how they coloured coded their displays, say all items green together, pink together etc, etc, may be the same items...
Shopping... or not
Don't think that you'll find an array of bargain shopping in Mount Gambier.You'll find better bargains in the bigger cities and much more variety there as well.Mount Gambier has the usual chain supermarkets, hardware stores and clothing outlets that will be able to help you...
VISIT CARPENTER ROCKS
Carpenter Rocks is a small coastal town located 35 km from Mount Gambier on the coast.There wasn't much here, just a small fishing community, and rugged coastline which provides fishing and diving locations.Many ships have been wrecked along this piece of coastline, too many...
LITTLE BLUE LAKE
The Little Blue Lake is a large water filled sinkhole with a diameter of around 45 metres. It's a rather pretty lake set in amongst the farmland. The walls are sheer and undercut all the way around. The sinkhole is popular with divers and local swimmers. The Lake used to...
MOUNT GAMBIER VISITOR GUIDE
The Mount Gambier visitor guide is the most useful booklet you can aquire. There are plenty of them at the Visitor centre, and you will probably be able to find them at nearby visitor centres.What is so good about it?Well, it lists all the sights in Mt. Gambier and...
SIGNS BY HERITAGE BUILDINGS
This is what I really like when walking around towns & cities with plenty of heritage buildings.In Mt. Gambier, you can pick up a leaflet which has a heritage trail to follow, but if you don't, and are just wandering the historic area, you will find infront of the heritage...
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