Little Blue Lake
Little Blue Lake

Mount Gambier

If you’re looking for a holiday with a difference, this geographically unique city is for you. Explore cave networks, volcanoes and sunken gardens on South Australia’s Limestone Coast.

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Places to stay

Mount GambierOpens in a new tab or window is the second most populous city in South Australia — so as well as many sights, activities and local characters to discover, there are also many accommodation options. Whether you’re staying in the city, venturing inland or meandering along the Sapphire Coast you’re sure to find something perfect for your stay.

In Mount Gambier city there are many hotels, motels and Airbnbs for every need and budget. For something extra special, book a suite in the iconic Delgattie Estate boutique hotel — a renovated historical residence in the heart of town boasting only three luxurious suites. 

If you’re heading to Coonawarra, try out a glamping experience with a bell tent or cabin at Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park or Bellwether Campground, the latter offering glamping tents with all the luxuries and the renowned Bellwether Winery and Cellar door on site. 

If you’re embarking on a classic family beach holiday, Discovery Parks Robe has a games room, playground and indoor pool for the kids, all right by the esplanade.

Things to do

Imagine a place where a lush garden grows in a sunken cave in the middle of town. Where volcanic soil produces some of the most delicious produce in the country, and a network of caves awaits you under the city centre. Pack the picnic basket and dust off your dive gear, because there’s so much to tick off in this picturesque region. 

The Upherstone SinkholeOpens in a new tab or window should be first on your list – look down into the limestone cave from a viewing platform, or picnic in the park surrounded by roses. 

Dive or snorkel at the world-renowned Kilsby SinkholeOpens in a new tab or window just 20 minutes out of Mount Gambier. Take a tour of the fascinating Englebrecht CaveOpens in a new tab or window, or go on a guided dive and explore the network of tunnels under the city. 

Embark on a leisurely stroll overlooking the turquoise waters of Blue Lake and marvel from lookouts on the 3.6km Crater Lakes WalkOpens in a new tab or window, or through the city on a self-guided tourOpens in a new tab or window of heritage buildings. If you’re with the family, Railway LandsOpens in a new tab or window is the perfect outdoor space to take kids for nature play, walking tracks, play equipment and art. 

To end your day with something special, Little Blue LakeOpens in a new tab or window just out of town is a great place for a sunset dip. For even more inspiration, visit the Mount Gambier Visitor CentreOpens in a new tab or window or South AustraliaOpens in a new tab or window 

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Where to go

Take a drive and discover the many secrets of the Limestone Coast. If you have a taste for more geological wonders after exploring the sinkholes, lakes and caves of Mount Gambier, why not venture to Tantaloona CavesOpens in a new tab or window just 20 minutes away, or north to the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves National ParkOpens in a new tab or window, home to no less than 21 megafauna fossil sites dating around 60,000 years old. 

Drive 90 minutes south-east from Mount Gambier, and just over the Victorian border you can visit the petrified forest and blowholes of Cape BridgewaterOpens in a new tab or window, also home to a playful fur seal colony.

When it’s time to stop for a bite to eat, you’re never far from a quality meal in this part of the country. With volcanic soil and sea life, the Limestone Coast is the ultimate food bowl – you’ll find farmers’ markets and roadside produce stalls dotted across the fertile region, as well as award-winning producers of cheese, bread, olive oil and wine. Explore the coastline and its proud fishing history with freshly caught lobster and abalone, or discover the wine regions, grass-fed lamb and Wagyu cattle farms all close by.

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Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).  

Disclaimer: ++ Status Credits are earned on eligible Qantas, Jetstar, oneworld® member and oneworld connect® airlines only - see the Airline Earning Tables and Qantas Frequent Flyer program Terms and Conditions for details. Status Credits may not be earned on some fare types and booking classes. 

Disclaimer:  Meals, beverages, entertainment offerings vary between flight times.

Disclaimer: + The number of destinations is correct as at 25 January 2024 but is subject to change.

Disclaimer: # You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions