Days at the nature playground, snorkelling subterranean ponds and bringing out the sibling rivalry at ten pin bowling. Here’s just a few ideas on how to make the most of your summer school holidays in Mount Gambier.
Experience Christmas Augmented Reality (AR) around the city
Explore the city and uncover Christmas themed Augmented Reality (AR) in the lead up to Christmas. You can point your phone at kids and film them interacting with Santa or reindeers, falling presents and snowglobes. There are six animations in three different trails at iconic tourist locations such as the Visitor Centre, Valley Lakes and Umpherston Sinkhole, the city centre and throughout the Railway Lands. Look for the large stickers featuring QR codes that will direct you to download a free app called ‘Eyejack’ to launch the AR experience and view the magical Christmas animations.
Have a blast at Kaboom Family Entertainment
Keep the kids entertained for hours with ten pin bowling, arcade games, 8 ball and recently introduced mini golf! On Friday and Saturday nights Kaboom Family Entertainment flick their lights out for moonlight bowling. Once the family have worked up an appetite, head over to the snack bar for hot dogs, burgers, chips, milkshakes and more.
Explore the unique Nature Play Area at the Railway Lands
Let the kids run free at the nature inspired play area at the Mount Gambier Railway Lands. Jump, climb, sit and explore the natural features including large rocks, sandpit, limestone animal carvings and creek bed. If you’re travelling with bikes, enjoy a ride along the 7.4km Rail Trail through the city.
Check out other playgrounds to visit in Mount Gambier here.
Snorkel Ewens Ponds Conservation Park
If you’re looking for something to keep the teenagers entertained this holidays then don’t look past Ewens Ponds. Snorkel through the underwater wonderland and explore the vibrant aquatic life beneath the surface. Permits are required to snorkel and can be booked through the Parks SA website. Wetsuits, snorkels and fins are required. Don’t have your own? Hire the gear from the Allendale East General Store and Dive Shop.
Take a tour beneath the streets of Mount Gambier
Engelbrecht Cave provides a unique underground experience, with dry cave formations that aren’t commonly seen in other caves across the region. Venture down into the cave located under the streets of Mount Gambier. See the beautiful underground lake which is used by cave divers as an entrance into the region’s underground water system. Tours are available on the hour from 10:00am – 3:00pm. To book a tour, phone 08 8723 5552.
Visit Echo Farm
Leave the devices in the car and switch off from technology for a while at Echo Farm. Spend time exploring the grounds, meeting native and farm animals and chatting to the farmers during this pioneer farm experience. Wander at your own pace on a self guided tour or have a personalised encounter with a guide. For more information about tour options, prices and opening hours, visit their website.
Discover a whirlwind of play at the Treehouse Adventure Centre
The Treehouse Adventure Centre is back open and ready to welcome explorers of all ages! The kids won’t get bored with rock climbing walls, inflatable slides and obstacle courses, and pedal go-karting. Sessions are available as 1 hour or 2 hour periods. Bookings are now open and must be booked online via their website.
Cool Off at the Little Blue Lake
A summer holiday to Mount Gambier isn’t complete without a dip in the Little Blue Lake! A local hotspot in the warmer months, the Little Blue is only a 15 minute drive from Mount Gambier. Jump off the floating pontoon into this natural freshwater sinkhole and enjoy views Mount Schank in the distance.
These are just a few ideas of what to do this summer school holidays with the kids. To find more, click here.