Holidays in Blue Lake Reserve

Blue Lake Reserve
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Walk around the perimeter of this stunning cobalt-colored crater lake and check out viewing platforms overlooking Mount Gambier’s precious water source.

The Blue Lake Reserve reflects some of Mount Gambier’s fascinating volcanic history in its magnificent sapphire-colored waters. Created during volcanic events millennia ago, the Blue Lake now contains Mount Gambier’s pure drinking water and some of the town’s most spectacular views. Stroll around the lakeside or join a guided tour to learn about the lake’s mysterious color and geological history.

Make your way around the relaxing 2.2-mile (3.6-kilometer) trail that loops the boundary of the lake. During your 45-minute walk, you will come across several viewing platforms at different points along the trail, which show the craters, tunnels and valley formations in Mount Gambier’s landscape. Stroll through an underpass with the Blue Lake on one side and Leg of Mutton Lake on the other. Look into the pristine waters of the lake, which are a deep cobalt color between November and March. The bright blue fades to steely grey in the winter months. It is believed the warmer summer temperatures affect the hue of the lake.

Join a guided tour to learn about the lake’s intriguing formation and the history of the surrounding landscape. The Aquifer Tour brings visitors close to the water’s edge and explains the lake’s history, geology, folklore and Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Bring a picnic to enjoy at the viewing platforms or the woodland reserve on the lake’s eastern banks. You can also stay overnight in the Blue Lake vicinity by booking your place at a nearby camping ground, caravan site, vacation cabin or cottage. While in the area, be sure to check out the Valley Lake crater and the Leg of Mutton Lake crater.

Blue Lake Reserve is less than a mile (1.5 kilometers) from central Mount Gambier. Walk from Mount Gambier Railway Station to the Blue Lake in 20 minutes. The lake is free to visit at any time of the day however, tour fees may vary. Swimming is not permitted at any time. Free parking is available at one of the lake’s northerly lookout areas.

101 Cheap Hotels Near Blue Lake Reserve

Mount Gambier Hotel
Mount Gambier Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2 Commercial St West, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$120 per night from 8 Jul. to 9 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Mount Gambier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (126 reviews)
"Prooerty was centrally located. Great staff and great rooms."

Reviewed on 1 May 2022

Mount Gambier Hotel
The Henty
The Henty
3 out of 5
96 Jubilee Hwy E, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$122 per night from 9 Jul. to 10 Jul.
Stay at this 3-star motel in Mount Gambier. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the clean rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (90 reviews)
"The room is small but the bathroom and overall room have been renovated and clean. It is just nice for an overnight stay for our family of 4. The hotel is also very close to Woolworths."

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2022

The Henty
The Commodore
The Commodore
4 out of 5
Corner of Jubillee Highway and Penola, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$132 per night from 18 Jul. to 19 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star motel in Mount Gambier. Enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (533 reviews)
"The hotel is well situated, has easy parking, and the restaurant is high quality. The room was clearly in the process of a renovation, meaning a wall was unpainted and the bathroom door didn't close. For the price, I doubt there would be any better accommodation in Mt Gambier."

Reviewed on 22 Jun. 2022

The Commodore
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Blue Lake Reserve Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Blue Lake Motel
Blue Lake Motel
2.5 out of 5
1 Kennedy Avenue, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$91 per night from 4 Jul. to 5 Jul.
Blue Lake Motel
The Henty
The Henty
3 out of 5
96 Jubilee Hwy E, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$122 per night from 9 Jul. to 10 Jul.
The Henty
The Commodore
The Commodore
4 out of 5
Corner of Jubillee Highway and Penola, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$132 per night from 18 Jul. to 19 Jul.
The Commodore
Mount Gambier Hotel
Mount Gambier Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2 Commercial St West, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$120 per night from 8 Jul. to 9 Jul.
Mount Gambier Hotel
Southgate Motel
Southgate Motel
4 out of 5
175 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$161 per night from 30 Jul. to 31 Jul.
Southgate Motel
Mid City Motel - Mount Gambier
Mid City Motel - Mount Gambier
3.5 out of 5
15 Helen Street, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$102 per night from 27 Jul. to 28 Jul.
Mid City Motel - Mount Gambier
The Old Mount Gambier Gaol
The Old Mount Gambier Gaol
3 out of 5
25 Margaret Street, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$112 per night from 7 Jul. to 8 Jul.
The Old Mount Gambier Gaol
Comfort Inn The Lakes
Comfort Inn The Lakes
3 out of 5
17 Lake Terrace West Via Hay Street, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$130 per night from 16 Jul. to 17 Jul.
Comfort Inn The Lakes
Grand Central Motel
Grand Central Motel
3 out of 5
6 Helen Street, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$99 per night from 3 Jul. to 4 Jul.
Grand Central Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.