Top things to do in Mount Gambier

Top Choice Cafe in Mount Gambier

Metro Bakery & Cafe

Ask a local where they go for coffee: chances are they'll say, 'the Metro, you fool!'. In the thick of things on the main drag, it's an efficient cafe with natty black-and-white decor, serving omelettes, salads, san…
Lake in Mount Gambier

Blue Lake

Mount Gambier's big-ticket item is the luminous, 75m-deep lake, which turns an insane hue of blue during summer. Perplexed scientists think it has to do with calcite crystals suspended in the water, which form at a …
Pub Food in Mount Gambier

Macs Hotel

Char-grilled, chilli-and-garlic marinated calamari; pork belly with cauliflower puree and star anise glaze… Not your standard pub grub, but the old Macs is far from a standard pub these days. A super renovation has …
Gallery in Mount Gambier

Riddoch Art Gallery

If Mount Gambier's famed Blue Lake isn't blue, don't feel blue − cheer yourself up at one of Australia's best regional galleries. There are three galleries housing touring and permanent exhibitions, contemporary ins…
Cafe in Mount Gambier

Cafe Melzar

We love caffeine and we love laneway culture. These two phenomena come together perfectly at Melzar, a little bean nook that's hard to find but worth the search. Prop yourself at the outdoor bench above the patch of…
Museum in Mount Gambier

Lady Nelson Discovery Centre

The Lady Nelson Discovery Centre (access via the visitor information centre) features a replica of the historic brig Lady Nelson, the sailors aboard which named the 192m-high Mt Gambier as they sailed past in 1800. …
Cafe in Mount Gambier

Presto Eatery

Hey presto! Finding its feet in a heritage shopfront in downtown Mount G, Presto is a stylish new cafe with blonde-wood floorboards, blonde waitstaff, bentwood chairs and a mosaic-fronted counter. Excellent coffee a…
Thai in Mount Gambier

Wild Ginger

Locals recommend this authentic, gilt-fringed Thai nook on the main street, plating-up the likes of citrus-rich larp chicken salad and menacing red beef curry. It's a classy operation, with a lot of attention to det…
Cave in Mount Gambier

Engelbrecht Cave

A rubbish dump prior to 1979, this meandering cave system runs beneath Jubilee Hwy and 19 local houses! Tours last 45 minutes and take you down to an underground lake (call for cave-diving info). There's a cafe here…
Cave in Mount Gambier

Umpherston Sinkhole

This ivy-hung hole-in-the-ground was once a retreat from the summertime heat on James Umpherston's long since subdivided estate, now surrounded by lumberyards. You could row a boat around in the bottom before the wa…