Mount Gambier, the “Blue Lake City”, is South Australia’s second largest city. Located midway between Adelaide and Melbourne, it is set amidst a unique and ancient landscape of volcanic craters, lakes, caves, sinkholes, mysterious underground waterways and boasts two State Heritage areas – the Cave Gardens Reserve and Mount Gambier Crater Lakes Volcanic Complex.
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The Crater Lakes Complex comprises four craters – Blue Lake, Valley Lake, Brownes Lake and Leg of Mutton Lake – and is recognised as one of 6 sites of volcanic significance. The Blue Lake is the city’s water supply, containing 30,000 million litres and average depths of 70 metres. It is world famous for its annual colour change from a steel grey in winter to a brilliant turquoise blue in summer.
Spectacular views of the Blue Lake and panoramic views of the surrounding hinterland can be accessed from the various lookouts located on the 3.6km road and walking trail that circumnavigates the rim of the crater. Tours to near the surface of the Blue Lake via the pumping station and glass panelled lift operate from the Blue Lake Reception Centre.
The Valley Lake, situated in the largest of the four craters, is popular all year round with visitors and locals alike. A well-fenced Adventure Playground and expansive recreational areas make this area ideal for family picnics and activities. The Wildlife Park and Boardwalk presents indigenous species of flora and fauna in an environment very similar to what would have originally been found in the area.With lookouts, nature walks and boardwalks on the Valley Lake, this area is a serene environment where families can spend hours having fun.