The jewel of the Limestone Coast, conveniently located between Adelaide and Melbourne. Attractions include the Blue Lake and Pumping Station Tour, Englebrecht and Umpherston Caves. Mount Gambier also has a wide range of sporting facilities – golf, football, soccer, hockey, baseball, basketball, cycling, motorbikes, horse racing and diving.
Penola/Coonawarra (half hour drive north)
A short drive north of Mount Gambier is the beautiful winery region of the Coonawarra. Enjoy sampling the gastronomic delights, shops and historical sites and displays of Penola, the Limestone Coast’s oldest town and where Mother Mary McKillop founded the Order of the Sisters of St Joseph. Heading a little further north is Coonawarra where grapes were first grown in 1891. Sample fine wines at one of the many local wineries.
Millicent/Beachport/Robe (half hour, one hour and one and a half hours respectively west)
The pictureseque villages of Beachport and Robe are a short drive from Mount Gambier. Renown for great fishing and crayfish as well as specialty shops, restaurants and wineries. It is well worth the drive through the thriving city of Millicent.
Port MacDonnell (half hour south)
Home to a large fleet of crayfishing boats, Port MacDonnell and the surrounding rugged coast is a short drive south of Mount Gambier.
Nelson (half hour east)
Nelson is another picturesque gem just over the South Australian border into Victoria. Located at the mouth of the Nelson river, it is well worth a drive and lunch at the Nelson Pub!
Portland/Cape Bridgewater (one hour east)
Portland is the oldest city in Victoria. Its beautiful deep harbour sees much shipping. A short fifteen minute drive west of Portland is the beautiful, unspoilt beach of Cape Bridgewater. Well worth a day’s trip.