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Mount Gambier

Described as the city of 'craters, lakes and caves', Mount Gambier was built on the slopes of an extinct volcano. See the remarkable Blue Lake, which has filled the largest of three volcanic craters and puts on a real show from November, when the water becomes a brilliant turquoise blue. Begin your visit at 'The Lady Nelson' Visitor and Discovery Centre where staff will provide you with all the information you require for your holiday and help you choose the most suitable activities for yourself and your family. Be sure to take a self-guided tour of the Discovery Centre which presents the history and geology of the area using a series of exciting interactive displays. Mount Gambier is an ideal family holiday destination, with many free of charge fun attractions. Walk to the Centenary Tower for a remarkable view; picnic at the Valley Lake Crater with its wildlife park and boardwalk; stroll among the beautiful roses in the Cave Gardens or marvel as the possums come out for an evening feed at the Umpherston Sinkhole; or take the City Centre Walk and discover an impressive array of heritage buildings and catch a glimpse into the history behind Mount Gambier. On your journey stop and explore the many art galleries, studios and markets, and sample local wines and cheese. Boasting a wide range of accommodation types, extensive and modern shopping precincts, a variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes, adventure playgrounds, mini golf, boat and canoe hire and more Mount Gambier truly is a splendid family destination and an ideal base for your next holiday to the Limestone Coast.

Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Cave Gardens

Situated in the centre of the city, Cave Gardens feature a sinkhole that was the original source of water for the early settlers. Its beauty and significance can be appreciated from the viewing areas above and you can also walk down into the cave and venture out onto the suspended viewing platforms for an awesome view into the cave.

Every evening a spectacular sound and light show tells our Indigenous Dreamtime stories. Best viewed down in the cave, times vary due to season and daylight savings.

The cave has recently undergone major re-development, which includes the filtering of the water, viewing platforms and floodlighting. Christmas lights and a nativity scene are featured from late November to January.

Famous for its roses, the Cave Gardens is a great place for a picnic.

Watson Terrace
Mount Gambier, SA, 5290

Located 0.1K from Mount Gambier

Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre

The Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre is a fully equipped multi-purpose arts centre in the heart of Mount Gambier and can accommodate a diverse range of conferences, performing arts, film screenings, seminars and product launches.

Centrally located in Mount Gambier, the centre is within easy walking distance to the main retail shopping precinct, cultural attractions and fine restaurants. The centre draws on a local population of 23,000 with a total of 50,000 from surrounding districts.

Conveniently located midway between Adelaide (439km to the North West) and Melbourne (452km to the East), the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre provides the perfect stopover for touring productions en route to Adelaide.

10 Watson Terrace
Mount Gambier, SA, 5290

Located 0.1K from Mount Gambier

Riddoch Art Gallery

Riddoch Art Gallery is composed of three galleries hosting a variety of exhibitions to appeal to a broad range of the community and the travelling public.

The Main Gallery features exhibitions curated from the collection, or significant touring exhibitions from national cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, the Australian War Memorial and the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The Margaret Scott Gallery features artist's projects, contemporary explorations or smaller touring exhibitions.

The Cathleen Edkins Community Gallery hosts exhibitions featuring the work of local and emerging artists, as well as displays from community groups and local schools.

1 Bay Road
Mount Gambier, SA, 5290

Located 0.2K from Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre

The Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre is seen as a major leisure facility for the residents of both the southeastern corner of South Australia and the western district of Victoria.


Giant inflatables - retain your balance against the obstacles and make the length of this giant airbed that sits atop the Olympic pool.

Full sized Olympic pool - this pool is heated to a considerably warm 27 degrees Celsius and is primarily used for recreational swimming, squad training, lap swimming and higher-level swimming lessons.

Wading pool - heated to 31 degrees Celsius and is primarily used for recreational swimming, rehabilitation exercises and the lower level lessons.

Toddler's pool - heated to 27 degrees Celsius and allows caregivers to cool off or build the confidence of the real young ones.

Beach volleyball court and free barbecue facilities.

Group bookings after hours are available by appointment.

Admission fees vary. Please refer to the Aquatic Centre for full details.

5A Margaret Street
Mount Gambier, SA, 5290

Located 0.5K from Mount Gambier

Old Courthouse, The

The Old Courthouse located on Bay Road, was once the centre for law enforcement for the region, and still retains original courtroom furniture. It was the site of several important criminal trials.

The Old Courthouse was opened in 1865 and experienced continuous use until the new Courthouse was built in 1975.

You can sit in the jury box, visit the judge's chamber, and inspect the cells. Take a self-guided tour.

Entry is via the Old Courthouse Gallery.

42A Bay Road
Mount Gambier, SA, 5290

Located 0.5K from Mount Gambier

Blue Lake Printworks and Blue Lake Print Gallery

The Blue Lake Print Gallery has a large range of beautifully presented Australian landscape photography ranging in subject from the Great Ocean Road and Otway Ranges, Melbourne, Ballarat and the Grampians of Victoria to the Limestone Coast, Fleurieu Peninsula, Adelaide, Flinders Ranges and Riverland of South Australia. Photographs cover a huge range of local scenery from coastal, to sunsets, rivers, mountains, waterfalls, farm and rural scenes and Australian fauna and wildlife.

These photographs are available on a large range of souvenir products together with a range of Australian plush toys and Australian souvenirs, many of which are produced in store.

Blue Lake Printworks provides clients with the highest quality services from digital printing, poster printing, souvenir wholesale and retail, short run printing and personalised products such as fridge magnets, key tags, coffee mugs, postcards, t-shirts, laminated place mats and jigsaw puzzles. Customers can also bring in their own photographs or digital cards and have them reproduced onto any print size or souvenir products.

Weekend hours may vary, contact Blue Lake Printworks and Blue Lake Print Gallery to make an appointment.

93 Commercial Street West
Mount Gambier, SA, 5290

Located 0.5K from Mount Gambier

The Lady Nelson

The Lady Nelson Centre has been built around a full-scale replica of the brig HMS Lady Nelson, from which Lieutenant James Grant sighted and named Mount Gambier in 1800.

It provides an information service on Mount Gambier and the Limestone Coast.

Experience interactive displays on local history, geology and culture. Head through an under-sea world to see fish that helped to make the limestone 30 million years ago. Wander through The Wetlands to see the South East region through the eyes of the early settlers when they first settled the district and learn the history of Aboriginal middens.

Meet Christina Smith as her ghostly figure steps down from the photograph to tell of her experiences in the 1800s.

Walk on the exciting glass floor to see the illuminated fossil rocks below. See 40,000-year-old fossils and examples of Aboriginal art. Watch for the Cave Explorer. In the Geology Room, see the neon volcano.

See the full size replica HMS Lady Nelson. Learn about the voyage of discovery in the year 1800 and of life on this early sailing ship.

Jubilee Highway East
Mount Gambier, SA, 5290

Located 0.7K from Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier: Events

Mount Gambier Brass Band Festival 2017

The Lions Club of Mount Gambier sponsors this prestigious event each year in November. This festival is the largest country based brass band festival of its kind in Australia.

The Mount Gambier Brass Band Festival comprises of a morning massed street march, followed by participation in the city's annual Christmas Parade. In the afternoon the music contest is held in its entirety in the Helpmann Theatre. The contest will be held in graded divisions dependent on entry numbers. These selected divisions will be awarded a cash prize and trophy for the winning band and runner up in each grade.

Event Dates
      18th Nov

10 Watson Terrace
Mount Gambier, SA, 5290

Located 0.1K from Mount Gambier

Blue Lake Community Carols

Community Christmas Carols featuring a variety of local performers conducted by the Mount Gambier and District Ministers Association. The 2017 event will again be held at the Mount Gambier Railway Lands and promises to draw a large crowd to celebrate the festive spirit.

Event Dates
      10th Dec

Railway Terrace
Mount Gambier, SA, 5290

Located 0.3K from Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier: Travel Tips

Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre

The Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre provides a personalised information service on Mount Gambier and the Limestone Coast in the south east region of South Australia. Servicing annually 80,000 visitors to Mount Gambier, The Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre is a fantastic place to source information on The Blue Lake and other attractions in the Limestone Coast.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday/Sunday and public holidays 10am to 4pm with the exception of Christmas Day which the centre is closed.

Because Mount Gambier is centrally located between Adelaide and Melbourne, 10 minutes drive from the Victorian Border, a selected range of information is provided for all South Australian and Victorian regions. A small range of information for the other states is also available.

On display at "The Lady Nelson" is the fossilized skull of Simosthenurus occdentalis, an extinct short-faced kangaroo estimated to be between 50,000 and 500,000 years old, has been handed over to The City of Mount Gambier for display at the centre.

Jubilee Highway East
Mount Gambier, SA, 5290

Located 0.7K from Mount Gambier

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