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Mt. Gambier, South Australia

We visited Mount Gambier, South Australia, which is famous for it’s Blue Lake that changes colour to a brilliant blue colour in November and remains that colour over the summer each year. Since we visited in winter, the colour was not the same vibrant blue, but it was still interesting to visit the lake which is formed in a crater, and you could definitely see the difference in colour between the blue lake and the lake in the adjoining valley.

Mt Gambier Blue Lake

The Blue Lake in Mt Gambier

Umpherston Sinkhole

Umpherston Sinkhole in Mt Gambier is well worth a visit.

The sinkhole was originally on a private property, where the Umpherston family developed the gardens in the 1880’s. Umpherston Sinkhole was once a cave formed through dissolution of limestone and the sinkhole was created when the top of the chamber collapsed downwards. Now the topsoil down on the floor of the cave forms the perfect environment for the sunken garden.

Umpherston sinkhole, looking up

Umpherston sinkhole, looking up you can see the shape of the original cave.

Mt. Gambier is built on the slopes of an inactive volcano and features several other sunken cave gardens as well as nearby attractions such as Tantanoola Caves with it’s pink dolomite caverns. The area is known as the limestone coast and many buildings are constructed from blocks of local limestone, which makes it a most attractive town.

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Tailem Bend in the winter

We are just having a quick winter getaway and camped at Tailem Bend on the Murray River for a few nights. After a stunning sunset it was a bit chilly at night and we were pleased to have a campfire.

 

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Ducks and cloud reflections on the Murray.TAILEM BEND-3

Last rays of light.TAILEM BEND-4

Sparklers after dark.TAILEM BEND-5

It is easy to make photos like this with a tripod, and around a 5 sec exposure at ISO200. I found I needed to focus manually on the spot where the sparkler-holding-person would stand.

Tailem Bend campfire

Campfire on the banks of the Murray River at Tailem Bend, South Australia. A cosy way to end the day.


To Coober Pedy and beyond…

Since I am struggling to find suitable internet access on the road this year, I will post photos with just a few words to let you know what we are up to.

North of Port Augusta

North of Port Augusta

As soon as you get north of Port Augusta, Sth Australia, the scenery changes to a flat, treeless plain. This a a virtually dry salt lake set in the dry landscape.

Ranges View rest area

Ranges View rest area

This was the view from our first free camp on this trip. Why pay to stay in a crowded caravan park when you can wake up to a stunning view like this? Ranges View rest area is situated at Kootaberra Station, not too far north of Port Augusta.

Next stop Coober Pedy

Next stop Coober Pedy.

Coober Pedy is unlike any other place I have visited. Many of the homes and businesses are dug into the ground, with multi chimneys sticking up out of the mounds to provide ventilation.

Mining truck

Mining truck

This is typical of the old vehicles used in the Opal mines that surround Coober Pedy. The drum at the top drops the tailings from the diggings into the distinctive mullock heaps.

Coober Pedy cemetery, Boot Hill

Coober Pedy cemetery, Boot Hill

The Breakaways

The Breakaways

In my opinion, no trip to Coober Pedy can be considered complete without a trip out about 30km north of town, to watch the sun set over the Breakaways. It is one of the most amazing places I have been.

Different view of the Breakaways

Different view of the Breakaways

Sunset trumpet serenade.

Sunset trumpet serenade.

The hills light up as the sun sinks slowly in the West.

The hills light up as the sun sinks slowly in the West.