We recently had a one night stopover at Mt Gambier on our way to Kangaroo Island.......
Mount Gambier is the second most populous city in South Australia with a population of 25,200.
Located on the slopes of the mountain of the same name in the south east of the state approximately 450 kilometres south-east of the capital Adelaide and just 17 kilometres from the Victorian border, it is the most important settlement in the Limestone Coast region and the seat of government for both the City of Mount Gambier and the District Council of Grant.
The peak of the inactive volcano, the first place in South Australia named by European explorers, was sighted in 1800 by Lieutenant James Grant from the survey brig, HMS Lady Nelson, and named for Lord James Gambier, Admiral of the Fleet. The peak is marked by Centenary Tower, built in 1904 to commemorate the first sighting, and at 192 metres above sea level the landmark is the city's highest point.
The city is known for its geographical features, particularly its volcanic and limestone features, most notably its Blue Lake, parks and gardens, caves and sinkholes.
There is much to see in the area and well worth spending the time to do so. Unfortunately we only had the one night prior to continuing on our journey towards Kangaroo Island.
The blog post we did in February on 'planning' our journey to KI is located HERE.
I was anxious to see the accommodation we had booked at THE TOWER INN and to see if the expected 'customer service' was still there. We had also received an email a few days prior to arriving to say they were "looking forward to our visit" and if there was anything else we required to let them know.
So this type of 'extra service' is quite foreign to Australian travel and it was a nice touch..... on arrival the receptionist was very pleasant and helpful and on entering our room it was as we 'expected' as we had booked the "Superior Deluxe Queen Suite" at $130.00 pn. During May & June the price for the same room is $118.00, we paid the 'extra' due to it being Easter. Our room was quiet, very clean, comfortable and well appointed with all the facilities that were available in the room which included a microwave, iron etc.
We would recommend staying here as it is quite central to the township and tourist attractions as well.
Helpful URL's ...
planning our journey to Kangaroo Island
Mt Gambier Tourism
The Tower Motor Inn
next blog post will be on staying at Cape Jervis Station!