What better way to spend the morning than with a cruisy 3.6km walk around the famous Blue Lake. Enjoy remarkable views from the lookouts along the way. But first, coffee. Mount Gambier is a city of coffee lovers, with more than one boutique coffee shop to choose from. Grab a coffee to go on the way up to the lake.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Commercial Street for brunch at one of the many trendy cafes in town. With Presto Eatery serving up their mouth-watering Chilli Scrambled Eggs and Metro Bakery and Café satisfying sweet tooths with their Brioche French Toast, the choice is yours.
Across the road lies the Cave Garden, a sinkhole once known as Mount Gambier’s original water source. A good downpour of rain in the days before your arrival will guarantee an impressive view as the waterfall cascades down into the sinkhole.
Head next door to immerse yourself in South Australia’s largest regional art gallery, the Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre. While you’re there catch one of the daily screenings of Volcano, The story of Earth, Fire and Water.
Ditch the car for the afternoon and explore the city on two wheels. Follow the 12.4km Rail Trail through the city or soak in some history on the City Heritage Trail. Free bike hire is available at the Mount Gambier Visitor Centre, Riddoch Arts and Cultural Centre and the
Mount Gambier Library.
The combination of pure limestone-filtered water, rich volcanic soil and cool climate delivers unique conditions for winemakers in the region. To enjoy a drop of Mount Gambier’s red and white specialties, visit local family-run cellar doors including Herbert Vineyard, Caroline Hills, Haig Vineyard and Noski Wines.
Head 10 minutes out of town for an evening of fine wine and beautifully aged steak at The Barn Steakhouse. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the Piano Bar before being seated for dinner.