The town of Mt Gambier is synonymous with the Blue Lake, but its attractions and charms extend far beyond a this spectacular body of water which changes colour from slate grey to turquoise blue every November.
The city of 24,000 people bristles with magnificent old hotels, historic cottages and homes, and underwater cave galleries. If you prefer your history with a touch of reality, drop into the Lady Nelson Discovery Centre and meet Christina Smith as she steps from a photograph to tell you about her life and times. The centre also offers you the opportunity to walk on the glass floor, to spark a volcanic eruption or to listen to Lieutenant James Grant describe his impressions as he first set eyes on the Mount from the survey ship Lady Nelson in 1800. It is an experience within the total Mt Gambier experience.
Historic walks emanating from the city centre take in a variety of 19th century buildings constructed in local limestone, freestone and pink dolomite. The tourist attractions include Tarpeena Fairytale Park, the Mt Gambier Animal and Reptile Park, The Apple Farm and Granny Smith's Tearoom.