Just a quick 50 minute flight from Melbourne with Regional Airlines REX, Mt Gambier is just over the border in South Australia. Without resorting to that tired old nugget of discovering ‘a hidden gem’ I actually feel that I have done just that. Mt Gambier is a top town for a weekend break if you’re looking for some rest, relaxation and a bit of a ramble around Mt Gambier’s beautiful scenic spots.
Top of your list of things to do whilst in Mt Gambier is to join the locals, and do a lap (or two, depending on your energy levels) of The Blue Lake which was formed by a volcanic explosion thousands of years ago. It’s deep cobalt blue offers stunning shots from every angle on the five kilometre lap of the crater rim.
The Umpherston Sinkhole (or Sunken Garden) is a tranquil spot close to the city centre. Formed when a limestone cave was corroded by seawater causing the roof of the cave to collapse and create this natural ampitheatre. It was transformed into a lush garden oasis in the late 1800’s by James Umpherston and it now open from dawn to dusk for all to enjoy. With its luscious hydrangea bushes and cascading ivy curtains it is a cool sanctuary to escape to.