Mount Gambier Travel Guide

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Mount Gambier Things to Do

  • 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 for a sail round the tiny lake. IN 2012, the sinkhole has changed. A...

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  • OLD WAGON

    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 registered in 1979 and was the last working Crane Truck still operable in...

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  • '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 the sign, which told me these logs had been recovered from trees killed by...

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  • 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 wouldn't have guessed!The Sculpture was completed in 1997 by Ivo Tadic, who was...

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  • 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 girls" walked the aisles to tempt audiences into purchasing quality Haigh's...

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  • VANSITTART PARK

    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 men from the district who died in the Great War. The entrance gates were...

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Mount Gambier Hotels

Mount Gambier Restaurants

  • Terrible service, poor food and very...

    I don't write online reviews. Tonight's experience at caffe belgiorno was bad enough to make me get online and write. As the title says: appalling service (75 minutes for my basic pasta meal), poor food (still a nasty taste in my mouth) and a rather horrible encounter with the manager at the end of the night who told me I was an unreasonable man...

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  • 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!

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  • a relaxed Cafe.the place to go for lunch...

    This place wqas very relaxing. Across the road from the Cave Gardens . It has an atrium you can sit out in and watch the world go by. I had the Barbecue Steak Facoccia For $13.45 I felt it was a little over priced but still very enjoyable It can with a marinated piece of rib fillet plus salad

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  • My fave

    This is right up there in the Mount as one of the best places to eat in style. The decor is traditional without being too old fashioned, with a cosy log fire and beautiful woodern chairs.Not a huge restaurant so it is not over crowded and loud. They change the menu fairly regularly, but my all time fave is the Marengo Skin, which is brest chicken...

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  • Riddip........

    This place specialises in relaxed after work drinks, quick light lunches, and large parties or get togethers with you mates. On 3 levels, this place is great. I come here quite a lot, especially before the movies as it is right next door. I love the chicken salad. Also a chicken dish I can't recall the name of. Desserts are awesome too.

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  • Anno Domani

    A great new restaurant in the heart of the city. Uses local ingredients to create a rather interesting mix of flavours. I like to drop in here for a coffee and relax on the couches in the upstairs areas. I didn't find too much that I really loved, there is not a lot of chicken on the menu. But if you like beef you will be fine. For lunch the other...

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Mount Gambier Nightlife

  • 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 up-market than other pubs in town.The South Aussie Hotel laso has a range...

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  • Local Jazz

    Jazz at the Engine Room is on the last Friday night of every month. I am a little bias with this tip as my vocal group Mayfair are one of the most frequent of performers. A great night out, with vocal and instramental jazz, and The J Boys 4 piece band a highlight. Neat casual

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  • The pub formaly known as...........

    The Gambier Hotel as it was formaly known, has recently undergone a Million dollar upgrade - and had its name shortened in the process. Now known as 'The G' or the G Spot if you think you are being funny, it has a contemporary feel with modern colours and textures. But at the end of the day it is still a pub, and the food is good, music is good,...

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Mount Gambier Transportation

  • Public Transport

    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 going to the Blue Lake, Valley Lakes, Port MacDonnell or any of the caves.

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  • How to get to us ... 2.....

    or you can drive .... It takes about 4.5 hours from Adelaide and 5 from Melbourne about (500kms) to get here. There are a number of routes you can take, inland and coast from both directions. Contact me if you would like some more info.

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  • How to get to us.......

    Easy way is to fly. Regional Express (Qantas) and local airlines O'COnnors offer 2 flights daily to and from mt gambier from Melbourne and Adelaide. You can also get here from most large regional centres, like Port Augusta, Port Lincoln etc.

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Mount Gambier Shopping

  • 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 but in a different colour. Lots of ornaments I hadn't seen for sale...

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  • 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 out of any predicament, or the staff will point you to the right local shop...

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  • Nursery

    This shop is a new revolution for Mt Gambier, it is the first of its kind.A plant nursery, coffee shop and giftware all in one!I know every town in the world has one, but for Mt Gambier, it was a big deal. We had 2 main nurseries already, Conboys is the biggest one, but nothing that combined the joy of the outdors with a coffee, cake and shopping...

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Mount Gambier Warnings and Dangers

  • Red Back Spider

    In Australia we have a lot of spiders, which is unfortunate becuase I don't really like them. Also something that is unfortunate, is that a few of them can kill you. Now, I know no one has died from a red back spider bite for a while now, but if you don't want to risk it, here is a picture, i want you to burn it into your memory! Don't touch them!

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  • Sunburn!

    I must impress upon you, that even though it is often overcast and cloudy here, YOU WILL GET SUNBURN!!Especially all you white, fair, blone and red haried europeans! We have a hole in the ozone layer right above Australia. Please make sure you put on a hat, a shirt and suncream.I promise you, (from experience) it is not nice being hot and red all...

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  • Possums have sharp claws!

    Possum feeding is good fun, but if you're not carefull some of them may try to climb all over you and their claws are sharp! Ouch.

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Mount Gambier What to Pack

  • Summer/Autumn/Winter/Spring

    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...

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  • Shoes

    Bring a good pair of walking shoes with you to Mt Gambier, especially if you plan on going underground in the caves. Also, there are plenty of walks to take. Anything else you need you can buy in town. There are 2 supermarkets, plus a shopping centre with department stores and plenty of shops in the main street You should be able to buy any...

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  • Mount Gambier Hotels

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Mount Gambier Off The Beaten Path

  • 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 to name!Before fishing developed into an industry, wattle bark, pebbles...

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  • 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 turn blue annually, however, pollution from agricultural fertilizers has...

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  • fancy a little fishing? Go to DONOVANS

    Donovans is a quiet little town situated on the only section of the Gleneig River that flows in South Australia An interesting note : fishing permits ARE NOT requiered on this sectin of the river. As you walk along the river bank you can see rows of boat houses and the occasional rhouse boat

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Mount Gambier Sports & Outdoors

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    by Kate-Me Updated Feb 21, 2003

    Adventure caving is a popular activity in and around Mt Gambier.
    Englebrecht Cave (which runs beneath the main highway in town) has several water filled segments which can be explored by qualified cave divers.
    The water is so crystal clear and beautiful.
    There are several other Adventure Caves at Naracoorte, approx 100 kms north of Mt Gambier.

    Equipment: There must be some place in town where you can hire equipment - see the local dive shop perhaps.

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Mount Gambier Favorites

  • 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 surrounds. What I like, is they are put under headings, like Cemeteries, Antiques &...

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  • 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 buildings, signs with a photo and a description of the building you are...

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  • Wildlife Park - Valley Lake

    The park is a lovely open space for picnics while the wildlife reserve won me over. Trying to get through the entry gate (it's free) past a prying overbearing emu was a bit disconcerting but there are well laid out trails to walk around and there are many bird species on show as well as kangaroos, most of whom are quite tame. I'm not recommending...

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