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  • Long weekend at the Limestone Coast: DAY 2

    Posted by Krystle Aunger February 22, 2014 - 769 views - 0 comments - 0 likes - #art  #south australia  #Wildlife  #Camping  #history  #Market  #Mt Gambier  #Limestone Coast  #Long Weekend  #Gardens  #Blue Lake 

    Australians love a long weekend. Some would say it’s unAustralian not to make the most of one. This January long weekend we packed up our car and went camping on a 4-day 1,255kms road trip around the Limestone Coast.

     

    I’ve got four instalments of this long weekend to share! Checkout how we got to Mt Gambier from Adelaide on DAY 1.

     

    DAY 2: In and around Mt Gambier

     

    There are plenty of free things to see and do in and around Mt Gambier. Here’s what we got up to on day two of our Limestone Coast road trip…

     

    Umpherston Sinkhole

    This naturally occurring sinkhole was beautified into a gorgeous garden around 1886 by James Umpherston. Today you can visit free and use the BBQ facilities at the bottom of the garden. Keep an eye out for the possum family that lives in the contours of the limestone, they’re very cute to watch.

     

    Umpherston Sinkhole

     

    Markets

    If you’re in Mt Gambier over a weekend the RSL Markets and Molony’s Art Market are worth a visit. There’s bric-a-brac at the RSL and arts at Molony’s to browse.

     

    Blue Lake

    The Blue Lake is Mt Gambier’s main attraction and the crater lake area is filled with drives and hikes to keep you busy for hours. Drive or hike your way around the lake and take in the deep blue water from all of the fabulous vantage points. Be ready to climb stairs if you’re hiking!

     

    Blue Lake

     

    Centenary Tower

    Gather some gusto to climb the hill to Centenary Tower; this hill walk is not for the faint hearted. At 190m above sea level Centenary Tower is visible all over town and provides spectacular panoramic views over the crater lakes, countryside and township.

     

    Centenary Tower on approach

     

    Valley Lake Wildlife Park

    Though free the Valley Lake Wildlife Park was pretty disappointing. Native Australian animals are listed as living inside the park, however, they’re almost impossible to find. The best we saw was a family of common native water birds.

     

    Valley Lake Wildlife Park

     

    Old Courthouse Gallery

    Not only does the Old Courthouse offer beautiful art and gifts, it also holds a lot of accessible local history. Whilst exploring the courtroom, judge’s chambers, jury room and holding cells we discovered old law gazettes from Colonial Australia. On condition of donning white gloves we could even read them! One of South Australia’s only telegraphs is also housed in the Courthouse. It plays the last message sent via telegraph in Australia.

     

    Very old law gazettes in the Old Courthouse

     

    Cave Gardens

    Much like the Umpherston Sinkhole gardens, the Cave Gardens are a beautiful spot in the centre of town. If you’re visiting in winter the gardens come alive with a grand waterfall that was an original source of water of settlers of the town. After dark projections of Indigenous Dreamtime stories light up the cave walls.

     

     

    Cave Gardens

     

    Riddoch Art Gallery

    The Riddoch Art Gallery boasts being the largest and finest rural art gallery in South Australia. It didn’t disappoint and is worth a visit.

     

    Stay tuned for next week’s instalment of Long weekend on the Limestone Coast: DAY 3

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