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The Mount Gambier region has a strong sporting culture aided by high-class facilities that draw competitors from far afield.

The Mount Gambier region has a strong sporting culture aided by high-class facilities that draw competitors from far afield. There is something for everyone! We blend all that is great about Mount Gambier lifestyle into our events. You can be assured that food and wine will feature at any larger event (and even some small ones)!

Mount Gambier’s two-day Gold Cup Racing Carnival is also a popular race meet with its glamorous mix of marquees and stunning fashions on the field, while the food and wine tent at the Coonawarra Vigneron’s Cup is always a sell-out.

The Naracoorte Cup is another famed race day, it is a festival over 4 days and also includes the Taste Festival.

If you are into engines you can’t beat the action Mount Gambier! from motocross to motorsport events like the Legend of the Lakes Hillclimb, Pines Enduro Off-Road Racing and the World Series Sprint Cars.

Mount Gambier often hosts State and National sporting events. There is much more, cycling, running, fishing and football. You name it we do it!

Diving
Fishing
Golf
MotorSport

DIVING

World Famous Sinkholes, Ocean Diving – All Within 15 Minutes Drive!

There’s only one way to totally immerse yourself in the Limestone’s Coast’s incredible underwater world – grab a wetsuit and take the plunge! The region offers a wide variety of world-class diving and snorkelling experiences for all ages, with some of the most family-friendly options found only a short drive south of Mount Gambier.

Where You Can Dive

ewens-ponds-conservation-parkA gentle current flows through shallow channels connecting three basin-shaped freshwater ponds approximately 10 metres deep. The clarity of the water enables plants to grow to a depth of about six metres, which is a rare feat for some of these species.

piccaninnie-ponds-divingPermits are required to enter the spectacular underwater world of the nearby Piccaninnie Ponds in order to protect the unique and fragile environment.

The site is recognised as a wetland of international importance, yet it looks little more than a shallow, reedy wetland from above ground.

Once you snorkel across the top of 100-metre-deep Chasm or dive into the majestic underwater Cathedral with its steep limestone walls, everything becomes crystal clear, but other local sites will forever remain a mystery, as they are reserved for only the most experienced divers.

kilsby-sinkhole-diving-mount-gambierSituated in the middle of a paddock on a private sheep property, with access to the site only possible through a limited number of licenses provided by the landowners.

Divers rate the 65-metre-deep sinkhole among the world’s best due to its exceptional water clarity.

A constant trickle of international cave divers travel from the other side of the world to explore gigantic sinkholes like Kilsby’s Sinkhole located on a farming property 15 kilometres south-west of Mount Gambier.

When the sun is directly overhead, it sends down a beam of light which illuminates the crystalline chamber, and divers immersed within the bell-shaped chasm look as though they’re floating on air. The cavity was formed when the roof of an underground chamber collapsed possibly thousands of years ago, and a tooth found on an underwater ledge hints at its age – it’s believed to be from a Thylacoleo marsupial lion which has been extinct for more than 46,000 years!

Sinkholes – Hells-Hole-Mount-GambierAnother sink-hole is known as ‘Hells Hole’ in the pine forest in the Lower Glenelg National Park.

It is enormous 30 metre deep sink-hole filled with fresh water.

Do your homework, diving in the Mount Gambier has something to offer everyone, at all levels.

Many sites require permits. Email:[email protected]

FISHING

Increasing numbers of anglers from around the globe are being lured to the region as word spreads about the magnificent big game and deep sea species being reeled in offshore.

The region widely known as the nation’s Rock Lobster Capital has become a sport fishing hotspot, with regular landings of tuna, mako shark, snapper, flathead, hapuka and blue eye.

The seaside town also hit the headlines when the largest broadbill swordfish caught in South Australia was landed in local waters.

The heaviest southern blue fin tuna ever caught was hooked off Port MacDonnell (25-minutes south of Mount Gambier) in 2015 and weighed a whopping 178 kilograms.

GOLF

The Limestone Coast’s Plentiful Rainfall and Underground Water is a Green Keeper’s Dream!

The region is home to some of the country’s lushest golf courses, with wide, tree-lined fairways offering an outstanding range of challenging features. Fancy a day on the green?

Golf Australia ranks 3 of the Mount Gambier region golf courses as the best courses in the Under $50 category for South Australia.

That’s great news for visitors to the region, who can spend less on course fees and more on enhancing your stay. We have a few ideas for you. Couple a great few days of golf, with a cellar door experience in any of the local wineries has got to be a winner. You’ll arrive a visitor and leave feeling like a local.

Where to Play Golf

mount-gambier-golf-club-aerialIn Mount Gambier, you can tee off on a course only a few minutes from the city hub.

You’ll be welcomed by the Only Pro on course in the region.

The prestigious Mount Gambier Golf Club is consistently ranked in Australia’s top 100 courses.

The 18-hole undulating course on the city’s north-east fringe has multiple bunkers and elevated tees, with regular wildlife sightings adding to the serenity.

Visit Mount Gambier Golf Club Website

Blue-Lake-Golf-Club-Mount-GambierAdjacent to the spectacular crater lakes the Blue Lake Public Golf Links features 18 holes of superb greens and fairways that thrive in the rich volcanic soils.

The 5638-metre Par 70 course has an Australian course rating of 68.

You will be spoilt for choice, with numerous quality courses open to players of all skill levels. Other public golf courses are located at Millicent, Naracoorte, Padthaway, Penola and Port MacDonnell.

Some ideas to enhance your day – if you love beef, play at Millicent and book dinner at the home of Australian Wagyu Beef, an experience not to be missed.

Play in Naracoorte then as you head back to Mount Gambier drop into one of the world Famous Coonawarra wineries. Pick up a bottle or a case and enjoy a platter of local produce, a great way to complete the day.

Visit Blue Lakes Golf Links Website

The prestigious Mount Gambier Golf Club is consistently ranked in Australia’s top 100 courses.

MOTORSPORT

The term Petrol Head hardly covers Mount Gambier, you name it we rev it!

If you are interested in Motorsport the Mount Gambier area will deliver. The region is host to state and national events and attracts visitors from across the globe. From the new sport of drifting to go carts, there are too many types to list, here is a bit of the action you can plan to enjoy on your visit.

Everything with an Engine in Mount Gambier

The home of Mount Gambier Motorcycles, a club formed in 1913. It is the only motorcycle club in Australia, and one of very few in the world, to own its own road racing circuit.

A 372-metre (407 yards) dirt track oval speedway nicknamed “The Bullring”. Borderline Speedway hosts an annual Sprint Car event called the “Kings Challenge”, first run in 1995 and is held in January each year. Borderline has played host to many Australian and South Australian speedway championships throughout its over 50-year history and is regarded as one of the best run and promoted speedways in Australia.

A former quarry site on Megaw road, west of Mount Gambier. The South Eastern Automobile Club owns and manages this CAMS sanctioned Autocross facility. The property is an excellent venue for driver training, competition days and social events. There is always something happening check out www.seacsa.com/events/

This annual event in the forest of Millicent is one of the most popular off-road events in Australia and draws thousands of spectators to the track each year.

February 2 -4, 2018 Mount Gambier will host the 40th annual Autofest. It’s all things automotive!

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