Paul and Mair
Mt Gambier isn't a mountain at all, it is really a volcano complex, with the city named after it gracing its slopes. The volcano has three craters, the largest of which contains the amazing Blue Lake that turns a vivid shade of blue in the summer. No swimming or diving is permitted in the lake, as it is the main water supply for the city.
The incredible colour of the Blue Lake
Because of its geological make up this area is known as the Limestone Coast, and the many caves and sink-holes are evidence of this. One famous site we visited, was the Umpherston Sinkhole. It was here, in 1884, that James Umpherston began to create a sunken garden in the natural sinkhole that formed when the roof of a subterranean limestone cave collapsed on his property. Today, this garden is part of a city park, and is a popular venue for weddings.
The Umpherston Sinkhole
The Happy Diner
We passed some petrified trees, standing in the sea.
There were also strange rock formations, this one is called Rhino Rock.
We looked out from the most southerly point of South Australia. It was quite cold and very windy, as there is nothing between here and the South Pole.
During our travels, we spotted this echidna.
We had such fun, but this is only half of what I saw. There is more to come in my next post about Mount Gambier.