Holidays in Umpherston Sinkhole

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Surround yourself with greenery in one of Mount Gambier’s most attractive sunken gardens, where you can visit at any time of day for an atmospheric experience.

Stroll through the Umpherston Sinkhole, a 19th-century garden in the dramatic setting of a collapsed cave. This scenic, peaceful location in Mount Gambier offers a green and shaded place to relax, as well as the chance to spot some nocturnal wildlife.

The sinkhole is one of many eye-catching geological formations in Mount Gambier, a town in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia. The crater was formed after a cave collapsed, then, in 1886, James Umpherston added the beautiful terraced gardens that you can see today. Pause before entering the sinkhole to admire the sculptures that are inspired by the geological history of the region.

Follow a path that winds around the edge of the limestone walls and take a break on the stone benches to admire views of the plant-lined crater. Amble along the rows of flower beds, which are lined with hydrangeas and tree ferns.

Experience the magical atmosphere of the gardens at night, when the sinkhole comes to life with some furry visitors. Floodlighting keeps the attraction open to human visitors too, who can watch as dozens of possums flock into the gardens for a dusk feeding.

Make use of the attraction’s free barbecue spot, which allows guests to come and cook while immersed in the beauty of the gardens. A sheltered area makes this a tranquil place to come and escape the sun while still enjoying the natural beauty of the heritage site.

Experience similar geological formations throughout Mount Gambier. The Cave Gardens in the town center double as an event venue during the Fringe Festival, while the Blue Lake changes color throughout the year. The Naracoorte and Tantanoola caves offer visitors the chance to take a trip underground.

The Umpherston Sinkhole is open at all times of day and has extensive facilities, such as a picnic space, public toilets and a parking area. Enter the attraction for free. It can be easily reached from Mount Gambier and Murrawa train stations, which are under 10 minutes’ drive away.

158 Cheap Hotels Near Umpherston Sinkhole

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! (127 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
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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$127 per night from 16 Jul. to 17 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! (535 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 Umpherston Sinkhole 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$86 per night from 31 Jul. to 1 Aug.
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$127 per night from 16 Jul. to 17 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
Motel Mount Gambier
Motel Mount Gambier
3 out of 5
115 Penola Road, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$89 per night from 11 Jul. to 12 Jul.
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Southgate Motel
Southgate Motel
4 out of 5
175 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$165 per night from 6 Jul. to 7 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 18 Jul. to 19 Jul.
Mid City Motel - Mount Gambier
Presidential Motel
Presidential Motel
3.5 out of 5
152 Jubilee Hwy West, Mount Gambier, SA, 5290
The price is AU$134 per night from 8 Jul. to 9 Jul.
Presidential Motel
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$101 per night from 2 Aug. to 3 Aug.
The Old Mount Gambier Gaol
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