A drive through Mount Gambier

Trip Start Oct 25, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Saturday, December 4, 2010

I think we have been watching too many of these border patrol and custom investigation tv shows... we thought that crossing the border into SA from VIC would be like the Mexican border, where there are officers and searches...searches for fruit and vegetables of course!! There were so many signs and infomation as you near the border stating that NO fruit or vegies are allowed to be brought across the border, so we figured that someone would be on the border policing it as there were huge on-the-spot fines. So we hid our 3kg sack of potatoes, ate all the fruit we could see (about 6 apples and nectarines!!) and threw all the cores out the widnow as we zoomed down the Princess Highway towards SA. I wouldn't be suprised if we return in a few years and see a small orchard on the side if the road!! Anyway, there was nothing...just a big 'Welcome to South Australia' sign!! So we just had big belly aches from eating too much fruit and big imaginations from watching too much television. Although later we were told there are border stations at some border crossings...just not that one!!

Mount Gambier was just like a big friendly country town. There were two sights we wanted to see- the Blue Lake and a SInkhole Garden.

The Blue Lake is the towns water supply and was created from a volcano. It is the most magnificent shade of blue (I didn't edit the colours in the pictures I promise!!) and changes from aqua to dark blue throughout the year and seasons. You cannot swim in it and there is several viewing platforms around the lake.

The Upherstone sinkhole gardens is a cave formed through dissolution of the limestone of Mount Gambier, this sinkhole was created when the top of the chamber fell to the floor of the cave, creating the perfect environment for its "sunken garden". It was so amazing to stand and be able to look down into a tropical oasis of lush green garden.
Mount Gambier was suprisingly pretty and had great attractions, just very hot!! I think it nearly persuaded me to buy a fly net too! From here we drove to the Limestone Coast to see some great fishing and lobster catching...
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