Descend into a sinkhole in the middle of Mount Gambier to witness waterfalls and colorful plants tumbling down the sheer, rocky faces of a stunning cave.
Visit the dramatic Cave Gardens, a stunning semi-underground escape in the heart of Mount Gambier. A sinkhole that has been transformed into tranquil green space, the attraction is one of many unusual limestone formations dotted around the city. Today it is a popular spot for meeting friends, hosting events and enjoying picnics.
Follow the path down into the heart of the sinkhole. The gentle descent leads to suspended viewing platforms, where you can gaze into the depths of the cave and marvel at the greenery draped around the edges of the crater.
Cave Gardens is an open-air attraction that changes with the weather and seasons. Come when it is raining and watch as a waterfall cascades into the sinkhole. Visit during the festive season for colorful lighting and Christmas scenes bringing the gardens to life.
Return to Cave Gardens in the evening to watch Aboriginal Dreamtime, a sound and light show that celebrates the heritage of the region. Watch as shadowy images dance across the walls of the sinkhole, accompanied by atmospheric music. The time of the show varies throughout the year and is free to watch.
The gardens surrounding the sinkhole buzz with activity on sunny days. Wander around the manicured lawns and breathe in the scents of the rose beds. Enjoy a picnic beneath the trees that line the edges of the garden.
During February and March, the town of Mount Gambier puts on a Fringe Festival that features comedy, music and dance performances. Cave Gardens becomes a hub of activity during this period. Join crowds of locals at the launch night in the gardens and return each night to hear live music from local bands.
Take a trip to Cave Gardens at any time of year and explore the sinkhole and surrounding area for free. Facilities such as car and coach parking, a bike rack and disabled parking make it an accessible attraction. The gardens are located centrally in Mount Gambier, just 8 minutes on foot from the train station.