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Things to See and Do

Family Fun

Wander through the Valley Lake crater to see indigenous species of flora and fauna in a free-range environment. With lookouts and nature walks it’s an ideal place for families to enjoy many hours of fun and discovery.

Enjoy the adventure playground, free barbeques or watch the boats out on the lake.

Free entry.

Davison Drive, Mount Gambier.

Visit during the day to see the beauty of its terraced gardens, or at night to see possums venture into the floodlit sinkhole and gardens to feed.

Free entry.

Jubilee Highway East.

The Aquatic Centre features a 50m heated outdoor pool and smaller wadding pools.

Open from March to October (closed throughout Winter).

5A Margaret Street, Mount Gambier. Phone: 08 8723 1283.

Enjoy a coffee or snack, while the children burn off some energy, playing, exploring and learning in the unique indoor adventure playground environment, which includes two inflatable jumping castles.

Best suited for children 0 – 12 years.

Charges apply.

25 Bay Road (enter via Heriot Street).

Phone:08 8723 2045.

A wide range of the latest release movies.

7 Percy Street, Mount Gambier. Phone: 08 8724 9150.

A special place for children to explore and connect with nature. Balance on the rock wall, jump across the stumps, make your way through the web, climb the log pile, balance on the stepping stones in the creek and reach for the sky.

Railway Terrace, Mount Gambier.

Free bike hire available from the Main Corner, Mount Gambier Visitor Centre and Mount Gambier Library.

Conditions apply.

Phone: 08 8724 9750 or Toll-free: 1800 087 187

Experience life on a small working farm and take the Echo Farm walk to meet and greet the animals in a farm environment.

249 Tollner Road, Mount Gambier. Phone: 08 8725 1482

Shopping

Open 7 days a week, food court and free parking.

182/248 Penola Rd, Mount Gambier. Phone: 08 8724 8798.

Open 7 days a week with over 40 retailers, food court and free parking.

21 Helen Street,  Mount Gambier. Phone: 08 8725 2661.

Mount Gambier's Main Street is a hive of retail activity featuring many speciality stores, cafes, restaurants and hotels.

Commercial Street East and West.

Markets

Every Saturday morning from 8:00am to 12:00pm in the Cave Garden featuring fresh local produce including fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, cheese, breakfast foods and baked goods.

Free entry.

Cave Garden, Watson Terrace Mount Gambier.

Home baked cakes, fruit and vegetables, potted plants, freshly cut flowers, hand crafted local products, clothing, bric-a-brac, canteen and barbeque.

Operated every Saturday by the Rotary Club of Mount Gambier behind Harvey Norman on Kennedy Avenue. Ample parking. Free entry

Operated by Lakes Rotary Club, the Library Market is held on the second Sunday of the month from October to March.

Mount Gambier Library/Cave Garden, Watson Terrace Mount Gambier.

Walks

Blue Lake circuit A 3.6 km walk around the circumference of the Blue Lake. Toilets are available at the Blue Lake Reception Centre. Start at the Pioneer Memorial parking area to the right of Bay Road. Walk in a clockwise direction, past the entrance to Aquifer Tours, up the track to Apex

Lookout for views of the lake. Left is the broadcasting studio of WIN Television. Further along the path dips closely towards the fence with views of The Tower and The Pumping Station. On the left the is P.J. Browne Reserve, then on to the Rotary Lookout, Mount Schank can be seen to the south.

Mountain Trail. Begin this 4.2 km walk at Mark’s Lookout Car Park. Start in an anti-clockwise direction along the trail between the Valley and Leg of Mutton Lake Crater, viewing both craters from The Saddle.

Turn west towards the tower to see spectacular views of The Valley Lake and the City. Potter’s Point, the lookout built by Mount Gambier’s three Rotary Clubs and the City Council, marks the centenary of Rotary International in 2006. An optional walk leads to the RSL Lookout. Continue along the exposed ridge called the Sugarloaf overlooking the city.

At the fork, choose between The Blue Gum Trail, the easier walk to the right or The Mountain Trail which continues up to Centenary Tower. Continue to the car park and Lions Lookout and Devil’s Punch Bowl, one of several Centenary Tower is 190m above sea level, 170m above the Blue Lake, 85m above the car park, and 150m above Commercial Street. Continue to the Cactus Garden near the car park, a viewing area is provided with wheelchair access.

Past the roundabout is the Adam Lindsay Gordon Monument, marking the place where Gordon leapt on horseback, over an old guard fence onto a narrow ledge on the side of the Blue Lake. Walk down the steps near the tunnel under the road for a different view of the lake and the dolomite Pumping Station or through the tunnel to The Leg of Mutton Lake Lookout. Do not cross the road, but re-join the walk via the tunnel closest to the lake to appreciate the significance of Rook Wall which was constructed in one day by 800 men in 1918.

Leg of Mutton Lake walk. Start this 1.6 km walk at the car park near the tunnel under the road. Walk down the access road to the lake past the area once used as a tree nursery. Follow the track around the circumference of the now dry lake bed. It was nearly dry in 1859, but levels rose again and the lake regained the leg of mutton shape from which it has been named. Re-join the access road to return to the car park.

Rook Walk/Pepperpot Trail. Start the 1.7 km walk at the car park near the tunnel under the road. Up the steps to the stone "rest house" then continue up the steps behind the Rook Walk past the surge tank and The Stephen Henty Lookout on the the Hoo Hoo Lookout. Follow the markers past the car park, around the eastern side of the ground tank  and down the hill towards Keegan Drive.

Walking parallel to Keegan Drive, cross the lawns to meet the road at the water tower then follow the direction markers through the park down onto the track to the lowest point of The Saddle. Continue along the top of The Saddle to Mark's Lookout, The Leg of Mutton Lookout returning back to the start.

Valley Lake Conservation Park. Begin the 1.2 km walk at the boat ramp at the edge of the Valley Lake, enter the Conservation Park thorugh the main gates. Water birds and animals can be seen at various times of the year.

Walk back to the heart of the park. Take the track to the left for views from higher ground or to the right which leads up into the bush land area. Walk quietly in this area as many animals including koalas may be present. Bird life can be seen from the raised  boardwalk which provides a closer look at the bush land canopy and views over the park. Follow this track down the hill, over the swamp back to the start of the walk.

The Mount Gambier Rail Trail is a bitchumen path that runs from east to west right through the city centre from one side of Mount Gambier to the other along the former railway tracks. It is an ideal running/walking/cycling track for the whole family to enjoy.

The City Heritage Walk takes you through the city centre and its historic buildings.

Take in the beauty of Mount Gambier’s Heritage Buildings constructed from local limestone and the unique pink to orange dolomite which is cut from local quarries. Stroll around the Old Town Hall precinct, with its old world charm and the re-developed modern City Hall which overlooks the Cave Gardens Museums and Heritage Sites

Information and images are located on redgum bollards at the front of each building. Vansittart Park Walk Includes Mia Mia the home of Dr Wehl, one of the town’s first public schools, some commercial buildings including the first Commercial Bank of South Australia.

Download the City Heritage Walk brochure here