Holidays in Blue Lake Reserve

Holiday Travel Guide
Blue Lake Reserve

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

Mid City Motel - Mount Gambier
Mid City Motel - Mount Gambier
3.5 out of 5
15 Helen Street, Mount Gambier, SA
The price is AU$110 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Situated in Mount Gambier, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Mount Gambier Central, Cave Gardens and Mount Gambier Catholic Parish. Olympic Park and Vansittart ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (208 reviews)
"Room was clean warm and smelled nice. Quiet overnight which made it easy to get to sleep. Coffee, tea, milk, kettle, toaster, fridge. What more could you ask for in this price range. I was pleasantly surprised."

Reviewed on 24 Aug. 2021

Mid City Motel - Mount Gambier
The Commodore
The Commodore
4 out of 5
Corner of Jubillee Highway and Penola, Mount Gambier, SA
The price is AU$139 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
Situated near the airport, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Mount Gambier Catholic Parish and Cave Gardens. Engelbrecht Cave and Vansittart Park are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (493 reviews)
"Great customer service and good size cleaned rooms."

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2021

The Commodore
Comfort Inn The Lakes
Comfort Inn The Lakes
3 out of 5
17 Lake Terrace West Via Hay Street, Mount Gambier, SA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$126 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Situated in Mount Gambier, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Olympic Park, Mount Gambier Central and Blue Lake Reserve. Mount Gambier Catholic Parish ...
Comfort Inn The Lakes
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

Federal Hotel
Federal Hotel
3 out of 5
112 Commercial St East, Mount Gambier, SA
The price is AU$66 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Federal Hotel
The Commodore
The Commodore
4 out of 5
Corner of Jubillee Highway and Penola, Mount Gambier, SA
The price is AU$139 per night from 18 Oct. to 18 Oct.
The Commodore
Comfort Inn The Lakes
Comfort Inn The Lakes
3 out of 5
17 Lake Terrace West Via Hay Street, Mount Gambier, SA
The price is AU$126 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Comfort Inn The Lakes
Mid City Motel - Mount Gambier
Mid City Motel - Mount Gambier
3.5 out of 5
15 Helen Street, Mount Gambier, SA
The price is AU$110 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Mid City Motel - Mount Gambier
The Henty
The Henty
3 out of 5
96 Jubilee Hwy E, Mount Gambier, SA
The price is AU$134 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
The Henty
The Old Mount Gambier Gaol
The Old Mount Gambier Gaol
3 out of 5
25 Margaret Street, Mount Gambier, SA
The price is AU$84 per night from 12 Oct. to 12 Oct.
The Old Mount Gambier Gaol
Blue Lake Motel
Blue Lake Motel
2.5 out of 5
1 Kennedy Avenue, Mount Gambier, SA
The price is AU$79 per night from 6 Oct. to 6 Oct.
Blue Lake Motel
Southgate Motel
Southgate Motel
4 out of 5
175 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier, SA
The price is AU$145 per night from 30 Sep. to 30 Sep.
Southgate Motel
Aloha Central Premium Studios
Aloha Central Premium Studios
4 out of 5
Bartletts Lane, Mount Gambier, SA
The price is AU$189 per night from 7 Oct. to 7 Oct.
Aloha Central Premium Studios
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.