The second biggest city in South Australia, Mount Gambier is located between Adelaide and Melbourne, just within the border of South Australia. Mount Gambier is named after an inactive volcano that resides nearby. In 1800, the volcano was sighted and names after Lord James Gambier, Admiral of the exploratory fleet, a name that was then passed on to the surrounding city. Standing tall at 192 metres above sea level, the peak of Mount Gambier volcano is the highest point in the city and a sight for sore eyes!
The region is renowned for its unique geography and boasts many natural attractions that work together to achieve breathtaking scenery and landscapes.
If you’re in the area, make sure to check out the Blue Lake, which changes colour according to the season. Around November, the lake is a deep blue, but in April, the water turns grey. This mysterious lake adds to the attraction of the area, with many tourists travelling to Mount Gambier just to see it.
If you’ve taken to Mount Gambier for the food and wine, you won’t be disappointed either. There are plenty of options that will have you wining and dining in no time. Be sure to visit The Barn Steakhouse for an upmarket, award-winning meal or Banana Tree Thai for a great Thai dining experience. For a nightcap or two, make your way to 1862 Wine Bar and Grill – you’ll be able to taste some of the region’s finest wines and experience the venue’s conceptual degustation-style menu if you hang around for a bite to eat.
While Mt Gambier is a great destination for business conferences, it’s also a hot spot for leisure travel, hosting regular events that include the Fork & Cork – Mt Gambier Food and Wine Festival, weekly farmers markets and Old Courthouse Gallery Exhibitions. It really is an undiscovered foodie destination that is only on the up, so make space in your calendar for a delicious trip to the SA city.
Mt Gambier has a small airport, but conveniently, flights from Melbourne and Adelaide go to Mt Gambier Airport, so it’s a breeze getting there. So pick your favourite hotel below and then find out why Mt Gambier should be on your hit list.
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