Adelaide to Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier Travel Blog

 › entry 16 of 23 › view all entries
Blue Lake

The drive to Mount Gambier took us out of Adelaide and toward the South Australia and Victoria Border. We stopped just outside Adelaide at a place called Hahndorf, which was the first German settlement in the area, and amazingly they have done pretty good at maintaining a German feel to the town by using the original buildings. We visited a lolly shop and a café, both of which were in the old style of building, and quite interesting. Next we crossed over the mighty Murray River, which for those of you not familiar is the longest river in Australia and actually runs almost 3000 kilometres.

Hahndorf Building
We didn’t stop at this point as we have already arranged to stay upstream in a few days at a place called Albury Wodonga, which is on the border of South Australia and New South Wales. In fact the Murray River serves as the border line of the two states for most of it’s length.

Along the way we also passed the glorious Big Lobster, a tourist attraction about lobsters. For those of you not familiar with ‘Big’ things, it is a very American thing but Australia has its fair share. In Queensland there is the Big Mango, which we passed earlier in this trip on the way to Townsville, there is also a Big Pineapple. These attractions are usually working farms at which you can take a tour, eat or sample the product etc and of course climb the big thing and have your photo taken with the big thing.

Hahndorf Cafe
And did I mention they usually have a gift shop with all sorts of things, usually small versions of the big thing and t-shirts, postcards etc. Terrific tourist attractions!

We arrived at Mt Gambier and were greeted by the beauty of the Blue Lake at which we were staying near. It is actually a volcanic crater which has a natural spring and the water is literally ‘blue’ in colour. We went into town later in search of a replacement cord for Reagan’s portable DVD player so she can watch movies in the car (the old one had stopped working). Unfortunately we didn’t have any luck so we decided to charge the battery for the next day’s trip. The only catch is we had a 4 hour drive and the battery only lasts for two hours. For those of you that have travelled with kids in the car, let me just tell you that this DVD player has been a godsend on these travels as it manages to keep Reagan occupied for hours at a time. For an investment of around $300 it has kept our sanity.

We didn’t do much around Mt Gambier but it seemed like a nice place, a little cool, but with the lakes in the area it could well be worth another visit to explore more of what is in the area. From what I could tell the area has a lot of sheep, cows and many pine trees. Although we didn’t see much of the area at least we know we want to come back and see more.

Tomorrow we head toward Victoria and the start of the Great Ocean Road.

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Blue Lake
Blue Lake
Hahndorf Building
Hahndorf Building
Hahndorf Cafe
Hahndorf Cafe
Lake Tower
Lake Tower
Pine Tree Forrest
Pine Tree Forrest
The Big Lobster
The Big Lobster
strange tree
strange tree
Flowering tree over the lake
Flowering tree over the lake
Mount Gambier
photo by: diverdeb