The gardens, caves and fossils of Mt Gambier

Volcanoes in South Australia? Are you kidding? Well, they are currently dormant but if you pay a visit to Mt Gambier you can not only walk around craters but you can even go boating or have a barbeque on one of them. Sinkholes (cenotes), volcanoes, caves and the Coonawarra wine district — the Mt Gambier region has it all and is only a 4.5-hour drive south-east of Adelaide.

Known as the Limestone Coast region, Mt Gambier was named by Lt Grant as he sailed past the south coast in a survey brig in 1800. Although he didn’t go ashore, he decided that the largest landmark seen from the ship would be named in honour of the admiral of the fleet, James Gambier and the smaller peak named for Capt. John Schank who designed the centre-board keel of Grant’s vessel, the HMS Lady Nelson.


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