Blue Lake, Mount Gambier, Adelaide

Famous Mountains Of Adelaide Region

Mount Lofty

Bus Routes: Mount Lofty Summit Rd.
Information Center: Mount Lofty Summit Information Centre
Phone: (08) 8370 1054

mount lofty, Adelaide

The hills of the Mount Lofty Ranges form the backdrop to Adelaide. The highest point, (2,385 ft) and offers a fine views of the city from the modern lookout at the summit, where there is also an interpretive centre. The hills are dotted with grand summer houses to which Adelaide citizens retreat during the summer heat. Just below the summit is the Cleland Wildlife Park where visitors can stroll among the resident kangaroos and emus, have a photograph taken with a koala or walk through the aviary to observe native birds at close quarters. About 1.5 km (1 mile) south of here, Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens feature temperate climate plants such as rhododendrons and magnolias.

Mount Gambier

Population: 23,000.
Information Center: Jubilee Hwy East
Phone: (08) 8724 9750.

mount gambier, Adelaide

Mount Gambier is a major regional city midway between Adelaide and Melbourne, named after the extinct volcano on the slopes of which the city lies. Established in 1854, it is now surrounded by farming country and large pine plantations. The volcano has four crater lakes which are attractive recreation spots, with walking trails, picnic facilities and a wildlife park. The Blue Lake, up to 85 m (280 ft) deep, is a major draw between November and March when its water mysteriously turns an intense blue. From April to October, it remains a dull grey.

There are also a number of caves to explore within the city. Engelbrecht Cave is popular with cave divers, and the exposed Umpherston Sinkhole has fine terraced gardens.