Travelling Australia
Mt Gambier
commercial street
Commercial Street
riddoch building
Riddoch Building
The Blue Lake
cave gardens
Cave Gardens
main corner
Main Corner
farming land
Farming Land
gardiner fountain
Gardiner Fountain
lake in crater
Crater Lake
umpherston sinkhole
Umpherston Sinkhole
leopard tank
Leopard Tank
1913 foundry
1913 Foundry
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Mount Gambier is the largest population centre in South Australia outside Adelaide with an urban population of 23,494 in the 2006 census. Situated in the south-east corner of South Australia, less than 20 kilometres from the Victorian border, Mount Gambier is in the Limestone Coast region with limestone features common around (and under) the town with caves, sinkholes and craters common. Mount Gambier is on the side of an extinct volcanic crater containing the Blue Lake and other crater lakes. The area has warm dry summers and cool wet winters, July is the wettest month and February has the lowest average rainfall

Mount Gambier's economy relies on its place as a support centre for the surrounding agricultural area as well as for activity around extensive softwood plantations around the town. Tourism is a major activity. The Coonwarra wine region is outside Mount Gambier but close enough to be an easy day trip for visitors.