The 10 Best Things to Do in Mount Gambier, Australia

July 29, 2017 Fernanda Pittenger

Discover the best top things to do in Mount Gambier, Australia including Umpherston Sinkhole, The Blue Lake, The Valley Lake, The Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre, Centenary Tower, Mount Schank, Cave Gardens, Engelbrecht Cave, Mount Gambier Rsl War Museum, Mount Gambier Public Library.
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1. Umpherston Sinkhole

Jubilee Highway East, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia +61 8 8724 9750
Excellent
62%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 953 reviews

Umpherston Sinkhole

Reviewed By Tim V - Torquay, Australia

Have been here many times before, its a pity to see that some people trash the area with rubbish, a lovely spot that my 2 boys were most impressed with, I think the local council needs to spend a little extra time there to

2. The Blue Lake

John Watson Drive, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia +61 1800 087 187
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Blue Lake

Reviewed By greg_and_sue - Sydney, Australia

Drive to the Lookout where one can ascertain the true size of this natural lake. You can walk around it on a safe concrete path or drive around it anti clockwise direction if you wish to see something.

3. The Valley Lake

Davison Drive, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia +61 1800 087 187
Excellent
55%
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4.5 based on 113 reviews

The Valley Lake

Reviewed By Marie A - Sunbury, Australia

Had a BBQ lunch at the lake surrounded by ducks, geese and native birds. Walked through the conservation area and saw wallabies, birds and lots of native flora. This area was being restored at the time we were there so it was a bit messy but would highly recommend attending

4. The Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre

35 Jubilee Hwy W, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia +61 1800 087 187
Excellent
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4.5 based on 80 reviews

The Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre

The Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre is one of the largest in SA. The friendly staff help you with a comprehensive range of visitor services. The display interprets the early history of the region featuring a full size replica of The "Lady Nelson" , and the ghost of Christina Smith. Gifts, Souvenirs, Local Produce,Maps and Books are available.

Reviewed By Indy215 - Melbourne

As a starting point for your visit to Mount Gambier, it is suggested that you start here. The Visitors Centre is modern & centrally located in the town on the Jubilee Highway. The are a lot of brochures and information about the area & its attractions, as well as helpful staff. There is an exhibit / display on the overall history of the Mount Gambier area & the town within the complex, and whilst it is free entry and quite informative it is average in its presentation.

5. Centenary Tower

Elliott Drive, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia +61 8 8724 9750
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 87 reviews

Centenary Tower

The iconic tower stands at the summit of Mount Gambier. A short but steep walk rewards visitors with 360 degree views stretching nearly 100kms. Open whenever the flag is flying.

Reviewed By Indy215 - Melbourne

The Centenary Tower was opened in 1904 and is the highest point in the Mount Gambier area being 190 metres above sea level. From the car park, there is a short but steep walk up a bitumen path to the tower. However, the climb is certainly worth it with spectacular views of the surrounding areas which provide great photo opportunities.;

6. Mount Schank

Mount Gambier, South Australia 5291, Australia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 81 reviews

Mount Schank

Reviewed By Indy215 - Melbourne

Located on the Port Macdonnell Road (Riddoch Hwy) just 20kms south of Mount Gambier, this 100m high volcanic cone is certainly worth visiting. It was first sighted back in 1800 and erupted some 5000 years ago. There are numerous information boards around the site which are worth checking out. From the carpark there is concrete step path up to the rim of the crater and on arrival at the top there are great views looking into this extinct volcano. This initial walk is steep in parts and takes on average 20 minutes. There is also a walking path around the rim which, in total, is 1.9 kms and takes around an hour to return back to the carpark. Being the highest point in the area, there are views back to Mount Gambier as well as to Port Macdonnell in the distance on a clear day.

7. Cave Gardens

Watson Dr, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia +61 1800 087 187
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 311 reviews

Cave Gardens

Reviewed By Kirkstead - Kibworth Beauchamp, United Kingdom

Sadly closed on a recent Saturday morning so if it was worth a visit (possibly) I cannot add any comment. There is a small visitor centre/kiosk so guided tours may be worth the time and effort.

8. Engelbrecht Cave

26 Chute Street, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia +61 8 8723 5552
Excellent
39%
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 159 reviews

Engelbrecht Cave

CAVE: Embark on our 45-60 minute cave tour where you explore an excellent example of the famous water filled caves of the region. The cave has two caverns which show the geological characteristics of limestone cave formation and the changes in underground water levels. Tours available daily. Fee applies. CAFE: Alfresco Cafe serving Mahalia coffee, hot chocolate, delicious sandwiches, cakes and other treats, as well as a range of Limestone Coast products.

Reviewed By hazza1743 - Adelaide, Australia

This amazing cave stretches for several kilometres under the streets of Mount Gambier. It is mainly under water and is extremely popular with the diving community. However there are a couple of areas that above the water level and it is this area where the guided tours are. Our guide on the day we visited was an extremely friendly and very knowledgeable young lady named Chantelle. She gave us an interesting tour and also a very informative talk on some of the history of the cave and the background of the owner.

9. Mount Gambier Rsl War Museum

16 Sturt St, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia +61 8 8725 8181
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Mount Gambier Rsl War Museum

Reviewed By johnnomelbourne - Melbourne

Very informative & not overly large but well worth looking through. It was very quiet when I visited so I was able to take my time & take in the information provided on all the displays.

10. Mount Gambier Public Library

6 Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier, South Australia 5290, Australia +61 8 8721 2540
Excellent
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4.5 based on 19 reviews

If you haven't visited a library for a few years, come and take a look. The library of today is probably not the place you remember. Our children's area is a delight to explore with a replica cave for them to explore. Along with free internet computers, Wi-Fi and materials to loan the library also hosts The Bookmark Cafe with views overlooking the cave garden.

Reviewed By Teresa Q - Mount Gambier, Australia

The Mount Gambier library is definitely worth a visit even if you are not after a book! The "kids cave" is unique and great fun. Themed as an underwater sinkhole, the kids have access to a tunnel, iPads and grottos with bean bags to get comfortable in to read a book. Adults are catered for with free wifi, a quiet Reading area for the daily newspapers and magazines and there is a great cafe onsite. The local history room is well staffed and stocked for family history buffs and there is even a book shelf with books for sale for a dollar. Located next to the Cave Gardens in the centre of town it is easy to get to on foot or by car.

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