There is a range of music offerings in the area but you can’t get away from the fact that Mount Gambier is mad about Jazz!


Generations in Jazz Festival

Mount Gambier becomes Australia’s weekend music epicentre each May, when the city stages the largest youth jazz jam session the nation has ever seen. Thousands of high school students flock to Generations in Jazz to make music on a massive scale and learn from the world’s best.

The three-day Generations in Jazz festival has been held in a paddock on the city’s outskirts for more than 30 years, and with world-renown jazz virtuoso James Morrison at the helm, it simply hasn’t missed a beat.

In 2017, a record 4700 students representing 125 schools from every state and territory took part, while several thousand music lovers also came to listen in awe to the magic being created inside the gigantic big top tent dubbed the ‘Disneyland of Jazz’. 

James Morrison Academy of Music

The overwhelming success of the community-driven Generations in Jazz has led to the opening of the James Morrison Academy of Music in Mount Gambier’s city centre.

This year-round band camp is affiliated with the University of South Australia, and young musicians from across Australia have moved to Mount Gambier to perform under the expert guidance of James Morrison and a host of high-profile international artists-in-residence.

Soul-stirring jazz emanates from the Old Town Hall as they study for their Diploma of Music, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts Honours or Masters of Teaching.

Morrison Jazz Club

While the Academy is injecting culture and colour into the city centre, Mount Gambier’s very own New York-style jazz bar, Morrison’s Jazz Club, is adding to the cosmopolitan vibe.

Local students swing by during semester time for regular jam sessions, but so, too, do international visitors – spontaneous performances of duos, trios and big bands are common.

Keep an eye on the Club’s website and Facebook page for future big name acts, or head along to a Wednesday Jam Night or Thursday’s Big Band Night – doors open at 7pm with music from 8pm.


This annual event rocks the city each January. It is fast becoming a must attend for locals and visitors. Hosted at the Old Mount Gambier Gaol and in 2018 it will compliment the Australia Day celebrations in the region.


In the heart of Mount Gambier’s city precinct, you will find the superb Main Corner complex, incorporating the Riddoch Art Gallery.

The Riddoch Arts & Cultural Centre 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. Incorporating the Riddoch Art Gallery, South Australia’s premier regional Gallery, featuring local collections, changing exhibitions of local artists as well as exhibitions of national importance.

The gallery also showcases local artists, community groups and both state and national touring exhibitions. 

sir-robert-helpmann-theatreThe Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre offer an array of shows throughout the year. Plan ahead and put a night at theatre into your trips itinerary.

This theatre seats 524 patrons and is equipped with wheelchair accessibility, hearing aid loop and disabled car spaces. There is also a fully licenced bar on the premises where patrons can grab a drink before the show.


“The Limestone Coast has a rare combination of country hospitality with fantastic food, wine and scenery, whilst offering anything you could want from a big city – we even have a New York style jazz club!”

James & Judi Morrison

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Don’t let Mount Gambier be one of those things. This place has so many beautiful hidden secrets just waiting to be explored. A truly bucket list destination!”

Ockert Le Roux (International Photographer, Now Resident of Mount Gambier)

A world class wine growing region whose unique personality is embodied in its rare soils, acclaimed wines and its people. Coonawarra people have a genuine passion for the region the live in, the wines they make and the community they live in. We at Balnaves of Coonawarra embody true Coonawarra reflecting the distinctive terroir through our wines and the character of our region through people who dedicate their heart and soul to Coonawarra.

Kirsty Balnaves

The community is supportive and has a young bustling food scene with some great places to dine. Its geographical location makes it great for me as a private chef in regards to travel and more importantly allows me to utilise local produce which is amongst the best in the country. I also enjoy is natural bounty as I forage for unique ingredients only found in this part of the world allowing me to deliver a story and promote the city and greater region.

Chef Kirby