Enjoy one of Mount Gambier’s most renowned attractions with your four-legged friend. Dogs are allowed to join you on the 3.6km walk around the Blue Lake/Warwar. Just make sure they remain on a leash at all times. Dog tidy bag stations are located around the lake.
It may be short and steep, but the walk up to the Centenary Tower is well worth the view. You can take your dog up to the tower and if you’re looking for a little extra you can also continue on the Crater Lakes Trail that will take you right around the rim of the Valley Lakes. Dogs must be on a leash.
Valley Lake/Ketla Malpi and Brownes Lake/Kroweratwari Davison Drive
The Valley Lake/Ketla Malpi Recreation Area is a haven for family fun, including your pets. With large open green spaces, picnic facilities and a large playground there’s plenty of room for you and your dog to explore. Just remember that this is a shared space and dogs must be on a leash. Dogs are not allowed in the Valley Lake/Ketla Malpi Conservation Park due to the presence of native wildlife.
This is a bit of a local favourite here in Mount Gambier. Walk down into the Leg of Mutton Lake/Yatton Loo and it will feel like you have stepped into a natural oasis, especially in the winter and autumn months. It won’t feel like you’re in the centre of town. Just remember dogs must be on a leash.
Right in the heart of Mount Gambier you will find the Cave Garden/Thugi. The sinkhole is surrounded by beautiful gardens, with the roses being a key feature. In the evening watch the evening light show that projects within the sinkhole. Enjoy the park with your pets, just make sure they are on a leash.
You can’t come to Mount Gambier and not visit Umpherston Sinkhole/Balumbul. This enchanting sunken garden is surrounded by parkland with log benches and picnic facilities. Dogs are allowed on a leash at the park surrounding the sinkhole but must not enter down into the sinkhole as it is home to a variety of native animals.
With soccer, football, hockey, softball, cricket, baseball and other sporting facilities, the Blue Lake Sports Park is a versatile park for all ages and interests. It is one of few off the leash dog parks in Mount Gambier. As this is a shared space, please be mindful of cleaning up after your dog.
Just a 15 minute drive from Mount Gambier, the 2km walk around the volcano crater’s rim provides sensational views of the region. Dogs can join you on this adventure as long as they are on a leash. The walk to the top is quite steep, but definitely worth it!
Port MacDonnell is Mount Gambier’s closest beach town and is also the crayfish capital of Australia. Enjoy a stroll along the beach and take in the pure fresh air. Although it may be tempting to take them off the leash, your dogs must be on a leash and cannot go within 800m of the jetty.
Enjoy some of our pure Southern Ocean air at Bucks Bay. 30 minutes from Mount Gambier, Carpenter Rocks is a little more secluded than Port MacDonnell. When visiting Bucks Bay your dog must always be on a leash.