Mount Gambier Visitor Centre provides a warm welcome and a wide range of brochures, with qualified staff ready to assist you to get the best out of your visit to Mount Gambier. Souvenirs available for sale, drinks, public toilets, ample parking, large vehicle parking, bus departure bay, disabled access, after hours information at the front door. Open daily (except Christmas Day) from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Freecall: 1800 087 187
35 Jubilee Highway East, Mount Gambier South Australia 5290
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The Blue Lake is beautiful all year round. Marvel at its mysterious colour change in warmer weather. A sealed road takes you all around the perimeter; stop at the lookouts for panoramic views. Or you can walk around the Lake, at only 3.6km it is an easy 45 minute walk. The Blue Lake can be enjoyed for free or via a tour.
Aquifer Tours offers a fascinating 45 minute tour. Get down close to the water to find out more about the folklore, history, geology and Aboriginal legend of the lake. Enjoy a coffee afterwards at the onsite cafe.
Fee applies for tours. John Watson Drive, Mount Gambier. Phone: 08 8723 1199.
Drive down into the Valley Lake area and enjoy the free Wildlife Conservation Park, with koalas and kangaroos. Children will love the Adventure Playground with free barbecues available. Bring a picnic, feed the ducks, and discover Brownes Lake - the site of Mount Gambier's original botanic gardens. The area is picturesque all year round, but especially in Autumn. Entry is free.
The magnificent view is worth the short, steep walk from the car park to the highest point in the area, Centenary Tower. Take a great photo of the Valley Lake and view other volcanic craters. On a clear day, enjoy breathtaking views of the sand dunes and ocean in the distance. The Tower is open when the flag is flying from the top where inside you can climb to the top for an even better view. Fee applies for entry into the tower.
The beauty of the Umpherston Sinkhole, also known as the sunken gardens, has to be seen to be believed. Appreciate its size and depth from the viewing platforms at the top of the sinkhole, then walk down into the sinkhole along the terraces and behind the hanging vines. The resident colony of possums make an appearance at dusk and enjoy being fed fresh fruit. A large undercover shelter with group seating and free barbecue is available. There is a kiosk on site for coffee, snacks, ice creams and souvenirs. Entry is free. Jubilee Highway East Mount Gambier.
Engelbrecht Cave is a unique cave close to the centre of Mount Gambier. Take a tour to discover why cave divers swim through the water filled passages under the streets and roads of the city. There is a cafe onsite with food, drinks and gifts available for purchase. Fee Applies. Jubilee Highway West enter via Chute Street. Phone: 08 8723 5552
The Main Corner and Riddoch Art Gallery emerges from the historic dolomite building, connecting Mount Gambier's history, with interactive displays that will appeal to adults and children alike. A diorama brings to life the Wreck of the Admella and touch screens tell the history of Mount Gambier.
Gallery is South Australia's largest and oldest regional gallery. Composing of
three galleries hosting a variety of exhibitions to appeal to a broad range of
the community and the travelling public. Students and researchers also
regularly use the permanent collection of some two thousand artworks for
individual study. The
Main Gallery and Margaret Scott Galleries feature significant exhibitions
curated from the collection, or major 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
Cathleen Edkins Community Gallery hosts exhibitions featuring the work of
regional and emerging artists, as well as displays from community groups and
is also a Gallery Gift Shop where you can purchase handmade arts and crafts as
well as novelty gift items.
For current exhibitions and
upcoming events visit:
to Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday (and most public holidays) 10:00am - 3:00pm
1 Bay Road, Mount Gambier South Australia
(Corner of Bay Road (Riddoch Highway) and Commercial Street East)
Box 56, Mount Gambier SA 5290
(08) 8721 2563
The Main Corner is also home to a mini Haigh's Chocolates outlet. Entrepreneur Alfred E Haigh founded Haigh's Chocolates. Born in Adelaide in 1877, he moved to Mount Gambier in 1905 with his wife and baby son and opened a sweets,cold drink and ice cream shop in the Blue Lake City. The company has since opened another five stores in Adelaide, six in Melbourne and one in Sydney. To coincide with the opening of the Main Corner, Haigh's Chocolates have again become available for sale in Mount Gambier.
Volcano the story of Earth Fire and Water. Start at the beginning with the Aboriginal Dreamtime story of the Craitbul and his giant ovens. This big screen cinematic experience wows the senses as it weaves its way through its incredible story of how eight major eruptions created Mount Gambier. This exciting adventure takes you through the spectacular history of eruptions that shaped the Kanawinka region. Free Entry. Approx running time Craitbul 7 mins, Volcano 1 hourDress Circle, First Floor Main Corner 1 Bay Road Mount Gambier 08 8721 2563Screens at 1:00pm & 3:00pm weekdays and 11:00am & 1:00pm weekends and most public holidays**times may vary due to special functions. Check our Facebook page for screening time alterations www.facebook.com/themaincorner
Sound and Light Exhibits
Every evening, historic local photos and pictures are projected onto the back of the buildings within the Cave Garden, followed by stories of our local Dreamtime legends. The windows of the Main Corner also feature dramatic vision of volcanic eruptions and cave divers. Free to view, best viewed from within the Cave Garden. Historic photos commence at 8:30pm, Sound & Light show at 9:00pm and 9:15pm (Summer) 8:30pm and 8:45pm (Winter) Civic Precinct Watson Terrace 08 8721 2563.
The Mount Gambier Railway Lands is a dynamic, multipurpose, public space which enhances the unused rail corridor. It is a unique and exciting environment in the heart of the City. Markets, concerts, films, art works, pop up food, bars, fitness activities and community events are all held in a range of unique areas, including an amphitheatre, a large events plaza, raised sheltered market platform and open grassland. Children of all ages love exploring in the unique Nature Play Area. Free Entry. Access via Railway Terrace.
Beautiful roses are a stunning feature of the famous Cave Garden, a state heritage area, in the centre of Mount Gambier. With its historic garden flowing deep into the sinkhole, this area is a great meeting place for locals. There are several viewing platforms which hang dramatically over the sinkhole. A bonus in wet weather is the spectacular waterfall. Free Entry. Civic Precinct Watson Tce 08 8721 2563.
Bold, interactive and entertaining the innovative Mount Gambier Library, named as the best small public library in the world, offers free Wi-Fi, access to computers, children’s play area featuring a fantasy world of caves and underwater adventures for children to explore, or have a coffee or lunch in the Bookmark Cafe, overlooking the Cave Garden. Free Entry. Civic Precinct Watson Terrace 08 8721 2540.