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May 18, 2017 - Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier is the second most populous city in South Australia with an estimated urban population of 28,929. The city is located on the slopes of Mount Gambier (volcano) in the south east of the state, about 450 kilometres south-east of the capital Adelaide and just 17 kilometres from the Victorian border, it is the most important settlement in the Limestone Coast region and the seat of government for both the City of Mount Gambier and the District Council of Grant. The peak of the dormant volcano was the first place in South Australia...

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Jan 2, 2017 - Mt Gambier

We spent the morning exploring the area around the lakes and craters at the southern end of town. The blue lake is absolutely beautiful and really, really blue. We stopped at a couple of view points to see it at different vantage points. It is actually used for Mt Gambier's water supply- so some interesting history around the lake and some interesting structures such as a section of what looks like a castle wall with a turret. After finishing a drive around circuit of the Blue Lake (you can actually run/walk, etc around it, but that's for...

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Jan 1, 2017 - Tantanoola to Mt Gambier

Our original plan for today was to see the sights of Mt Gambier, drive onto Port Macdonnell, then drive to Dartmoor in Victoria for an overnight camp before going to Kathryn's (my sister) place on Tuesday morning. However, part A of that plan went awry when we got into Mt Gambier to find that it was impossible to park anywhere with the van so as to see the blue lake, etc. So, we decided to continue with the rest of our original plan and come back to Mt Gambier at a later date. However, the next part of the plan also went awry in Port...

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Jan 3, 2014 - Ballarat to Mt Gambier

Well after dropping mum and dad at the airport on Boxing Day Marc has the urge to travel again. So we packed up the caravan and are heading for Adelaide via the coast line. Today we made it to mt Gambier which turned out to be a little different to what Marc and I expected. We started the night at the top of the hill which is actually the remains of a crater when mt gambier volcano erupted several years ago. At the top of the crater is blue lake hence why the caravan park is called blue lake.

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Nov 8, 2013 - Mt Gambier

01/11-08/11 Mt Gambier – Booked in to have the car serviced. Staying at the showgrounds which is next to the trotting track and some horse agistment, so we are parked up the back heaps of space with a view to the horses which is excellent. Quite a big town with a population of 31000 people and 25000 live within the city limits. Still it does not feel crowded and very pretty. The council put on a free movie, full theatre production, on Volcanos which is what Mt Gampier is built on and with the aboriginal version as well. Brilliant film for...

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Oct 28, 2013 - Into South Australia

We stayed at Mt.Gambier for the night. It seems to be a pretty place with an amazing blue lake but it was cold and wet. We were glad to move on this morning and hopefully head towards some nicer weather. We followed the road through Portland which I remember visiting with mum and dad those many years ago and on to Kingston which seemed to be a nice place but I must confess I have never seen such a mountain of dried seaweed all along the beach. It seemed to be at least a meter high cliff of it. We took the coast road towards Tailem Bend...

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Dec 19, 2012 - Glenelg to Portland Victoria via Wellington & Kingston & Mt Gambier

Day 25 Wk 4 Wed. We left Glenelg at 7:35 and we had a long day planned. We did not plan well as we forgot to enter the right setting in the Navman and ended up going through Clarendon instead of entering the Southern Freeway to head south east to Tailem Bend. But we stopped and purchased a fabulous Cornish Pastie (Steph), Sausage Roll (Dave) and a Banana Caramel Cream(Benoffie Pie) and Apple Crumble Custard pie, at the Clarendon Bakery. It is still very pretty through this area, and well worth the delay. We did not go into Tailem Bend as...

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May 22, 2012 - Mt Gambier still

Wind, wind and more wind. Almost cyclonic, well gale force anyway. Just helped the guy next door put up his roll out awning. Huge gust came and nearly took it and me with it. Not a pleasant day to be out and about, but we did brave it for s few hours. Visited the Sunken gardens, Cave garden and the crater lakes. As I said ,not a nice day, so we didn't do a lot of walking around today. As I write, it is 4.00pm and Di has just put on a pot of soup. As it is beer o'clock, that's exactly what I'm going to do. PS The battery in the camera went...

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May 22, 2012 - Mount Gambier

T'Ann, odometer reading this morning was 86699kms. A bit warmer last night, but woke to a very cold wind blowing off the lake this morning. Heading to Mount Gambier along the "Limestone Coast" today. The trip will take us into Kingston and then into Robe where we had lunch. Next stop Beachport. Di fell in love with this place. Rugged coastline, rough seas and beautiful views. On to Millicent, which was a bigger town than we expected. First time on our trip that I had to use the windsceen wipers today. Not a lot of rain, but we seemed to...

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Sep 26, 2011 - Aus - Day 145 - Tiger & Brown Snakes & Blue Volcanic Lake

We took a 3km walk around the Wet Land reserve this morning. Not a lot of bird species around at all, it must be the time of year, it's early spring so we're guessing that's why the lack of wild life is not so abundant here. The walk was great, it offered a view of a large wet land that is home to numerous amounts of birds and snakes. Along our walk to the lookout hut we came across a snake basking in the sun on the side of the path, I spotted it right away but Jason was photographing a baby duck in the water and almost stepped on the...

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Sep 18, 2011 - Mt. Gambier, South Australia

Between Warrnambool and Mount Gambier is the border between the states of Victoria where Melbourne is located and South Australia where Adelaide is located. As we were nearing the border between the two states, we started seeing signs that said that no fresh fruit or vegetables could be brought in to the state of South Australia and had to be disposed of before crossing the border or you would be subject to fines and jail. As we normally have fruit with us when we travel by car, we stopped by the roadside to have a quick snack of fruit...

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Aug 20, 2011 - Adelaide to Mount Gambier

We left Adelaide on Friday after spending longer than expected due to car problems (hopefully all is OK now). The last time we were in Mt Gambier was over 40 years ago and neither of us can remember much about it. Maybe that is not so surprising as we were on our honeymoon or maybe it is simply that we just can't remember especially considering we are 40 years older now!!! We are staying at Kalganyi Holiday Park, which is located 3 kilometres north of the city. Cost $30 A2 powered site or $27 if a Top Tourist member. The grounds have a...

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