After Adelaide, we made our way to Mount Gambier where we passed through a small town called Keith. And guess what Uncle Keith – Barry took great pride in pegging you!! The rest of the journey to Mt. Gambier was uneventful – some more wineries and lonesome towns was all we really saw.
When we reached Mt. Gambier, we checked into The Blue Lake Tourist Park – you’ll find out why it’s called this soon…
It was raining when we arrived and stayed like this for most of the evening. To top it all off we were parked on a slope so we spent most of the night hitching ourselves up the bed and awoke in the morning to find the covers almost at our ankles!
We planned ourselves a full on sightseeing day and the first place on the list was what the caravan park was named after – The Blue Lake. Now I know you might say lakes always look blue, but this was exceptionally blue and looked crystal clear. Mt. Gambier is on an old volcano site and when it all blew up the lake was made. As to why the lake is this blue, no one really knows but it made for a great picture.
Next on our sightseeing tour was the Umpherston Sinkhole – a big hole in the ground, which is formed when the earth underneath has given way due to water corrosion. It was really quite spectacular as there were caves that had formed in it and it made into a beautiful garden. As we were walking down, we were greeted by a possum that came scuttling out of the wall. It was a bit of a poser and didn’t seem too bothered by us as Barry went up close for a picture. We continued to walk down in to the sinkhole and were met by signs warning us about wasps. As we looked up into the cave, we could see huge wasps nests. Upon seeing this, I couldn’t wait to get out of there. I’ve avoided been stung so far in my life, and wasn’t about to let it happen now! As we walked back out, we came across the possum again. This time he looked ready to pounce and crawled right to the edge of the rock shelf. Barry being Barry decided to stick the video camera in its face, so I took this opportunity to run on by. Barry did admit afterwards that he was scared, thinking the possum was going to launch himself onto his head!
Another sinkhole was next – The Cave Gardens. This one was right in the middle of town and right next to the City Hall, which was slightly bizarre. It wasn’t as impressive as the last one and you couldn’t go right down into it. It wasn’t made into a garden like the last one, but just left to it’s own devices.
Sinkholes done, we made our way to the Wildlife Park, which was right next door to our caravan park. It was filled with lakes and all sorts of birds. The scenery was amazing, filled with trees and high mountains. We stopped for lunch by one of the lakes – the great thing about the campervan is you have everything you need with you at all times, so we could just make our lunch there and then.
After lunch, we passed by Devil’s Punch Bowl. A lot smaller than the one in the UK and far to steep to walk down with all your camping gear!
Our last stop was the Centenary Tower. It was a long, steep walk to reach this and we were so taken with the views that we didn’t even get a picture of the Tower itself! Doh! You could see views of the lakes and the road winding between the trees. You could see for miles. And that marked the end of our sightseeing tour.
We finished off the day by making a trip to the cinema, where we watched 300 – Rise Of An Empire in 3D for just $11 (£6) each – bargain!