Gambier’s is synonymous with the Blue Lake, but its attractions and
charms extend far beyond a body of water which changes colour from slate grey
to turquoise blue every November. The city of 24,000 people bristles with
magnificent old hotels, historical cottages and homes, and underwater cave
Drop into the Lady Nelson Discovery Centre. The centre also offers you the
opportunity to walk on the glass floor, to spark a volcanic eruption or to
listen to Lieutenant James Grant describe his impressions as he first set
eyes on the Mount from the survey ship Lady Nelson in 1800. It is an experience
within the total Mt Gambier experience.
Historic walks emanating from the city centre take in a variety of 19th century
buildings constructed in local limestone, freestone and pink dolomite. The
tourist attractions include Tarpeena Fairytale Park, the Mt Gambier Animal
and Reptile Park, The Apple Farm and Granny Smith's Tearoom .
The State’s second largest city outside Adelaide sprawls on the slope of Mt Gambier, an extinct volcano, which rises 190m above the plain. Mt Gambier’s Internation Festival is held over the Australia Day weekend.