Sunday, July 24, 2011

Day 4 Wednesday 13th Pt 2

It was still a grey and drear day, but there was crispness in the air that could indicate a clear night sky and sunshine tomorrow.

Right in behind the Mount Gambier town hall are the Cave Gardens. I expect they look better in mid to late spring. It is funny to have a sink hole right in the middle of town. We were a bit underwhelmed by the garden.

Some prats had thrown a large real estate agent's board (why not a real estate agent?) and a shopping trolley into the sink hole.

The Lady Nelson was a ship that was blown out of a volcano 5000 years ago and landed in Mount Gambier. I lie. You look it up. But there was a Lady Nelson Discovery Centre where we discovered little.

I first heard of the Umpherston Sink Hole from Cazzie, perhaps a couple of years ago now. I have something in common with Cazzie. We both like camping trips, splutter! Well, she does.

I could see that the Umpherston Sink Hole could look quite glorious midsummer, but even in the winter you can imagine how it might look.

We tried one hotel for dinner and it was packed. South Australia school holidays and kids were dining for free. I think it was the one where Jayne disgraced herself . We had an ok meal at the afore mentioned externally quite lovely hotel which was actually the Mount Gambier Hotel. We were early to bed as the next day we were Adelaide bound.


  1. Ahhh, the sinkholes, I remember them!
    Amazing things - water filled underground caves somewhere off out of Mt Gambier.
    That garden is gorgeous, I can imagine it being a lovely cool spot on a summer's day, pity about the trolley and board but you get dropkicks everywhere (until the gene pool drowns them).

  2. Hello Andrew:
    What an extraordinary place in which to site a garden. But, that said, we are great believers that there should be as many as possible open spaces in towns and cities where they really do act as a mini oasis [or dump for shopping trolleys and estate agents' boards!]. We hope that you did find somewhere good for dinner that night.

  3. I'd never heard of this place, I imagine it would be lovely in summer.

  4. I loved Mount Gambier as a child and used to wonder if we had a down under version of the Loch Ness monster swimming in the lake. Make sure you enjoy a few Farmers Union Feel Good iced coffees while you're in the state.

  5. Jayne, with the Cave Gardens being behind the town hall, and the Umpherston one just a short drive and still in town, they are easy to see. There are some further afield.

    Jayla, especially the Umpherston Sink Hole has an interesting history. I am sure it is online.

    IWBY, I reckon so too. Summer really would be the time to see it.

    Kath, it is a very deep lake with the bottom being as low or lower than the town. Good chance there is a Nessy down below. The holiday has past, and I recall you mentioning the iced coffee before. I forgot about it, but we did have some of that iced coffee and sorry, did not notice the difference.