The heart of a natural wonderland

Mount Gambier sits below the imposing shadow of an extinct volcano, and is the major town and main hub for the Limestone Coast. The peak of the volcano itself was the first place in South Australia named by European explorers, sighted in 1800 from the brig HMS Lady Nelson. 

The town itself is charming, with some lovely historic buildings, and an increasingly lively buzz around its bars, cafes and restaurants. Recent years have seen a boom in great cafes, like Bay Blue Espresso Bar and the Metro Bakery, and the restaurant scene is thriving, with loads of laid-back spots in picturesque locations to choose from, like Thyme at the lakes or Wild Ginger. There’s plenty to do after dark, too, with Morrison’s Jazz Club providing soulful tunes, and a range of great traditional Aussie pubs for true South Australian experiences.

The main draw for Mount Gambier, however, is its stunning landscapes and remarkable natural features. The depths of the Blue Lake are a truly stunning vision, and the caves and tunnels that wind their way below the streets of the town are atmospheric and exciting.

Mount Gambier is a wonderful little city, and is the perfect place to discover the magnificence and natural beauty of the Limestone Coast. For adventurous travellers, this is truly a paradise!

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