Located on the slopes of a dormant volcano (from which the city has also drawn its name) is Mount Gambier. The region is best known for its geographical features, including the volcano, caves and even sinkholes.
The city is a popular stopover for those travelling to (or from) Kangaroo Island, the Great Ocean Road, or the Grampians. It is also a favourite tourist destination for those wishing to explore the natural and cultural beauty of the area.
The many caves dotting the region are definitely one of the main attractions for travelers choosing motel accommodation in Mount Gambier. Visit the Alexandra Cave, Engelbrecht Cave (which is a favourite amongst cave divers), Blanche Cave (which is filled with bats during the summer), Cathedral Cave, Victoria Fossil Cave, Wonambi Fossil Centre and the Tantanoola Cave Conservation Park.
The various sinkholes are also popular attractions, with many of them turned into beautiful gardens for you to enjoy. The Cave Garden (a State Heritage Area) is host to a sound and light show (telling Indigenous Dreamtime stories) each evening. Hells Hole (filled with water and located in the Glenelg National Park) and the Umpherston Sinkhole are also worth a visit.
When choosing cheap accommodation in Mount Gambier (from motels to motor inns), you can rest assured that you will be within a short distance of shops, restaurants and many of the attractions that the region is famous for.
We are committed to helping you choose hotels in Mount Gambier that are suitable for your needs. Our accommodation options are suitable for families, groups, couples, business travelers and those just passing through.
At ARRA, we believe that comfort and value for money are important. This is why our motels offer a number of amenities that are designed to make your stay more enjoyable and to ensure that your every need is met.
The city is located 436km from Adelaide (around 6 hours drive) and 441km from Melbourne (around 5 hours). This handy, midway location makes a hotel in Mount Gambier the ideal stopover for tourists travelling between other destinations in Victoria and South Australia.
Regular flights to the city from both Adelaide and Melbourne are available from regional airline, Rex. Coach services between the city and Adelaide or Melbourne also depart daily, however, it will be some hours before you arrive.
Once you have arrived in the area, taxis are available to and from budget motels in Mount Gambier should you wish to leave your car. There are currently no local bus, tram or train networks, so you cannot rely solely on public transport.
Whether you have come to the region for a holiday, business or are just passing through, there is a range of attractions on offer that are sure to keep tourists of all ages and interests amused for your stay.
Those tourists who have chosen a hotel in Mount Gambier for the heritage sights won’t be disappointed. Pay a visit to Dingley Dell (the former cottage of Australia’s first poet, Adam Lindsay Gordon), the Glencoe Woolshed, the old gaol, the National Trust Old Courthouse and the various museums in the area.
There are five beautiful galleries to visit, including the Riddoch (South Australia’s premier regional gallery). The Rotary Community Market is held each Saturday and Farmer’s Markets are held strategically throughout the year.
The city is also home to a number of unique attractions, including: the Historic Centenary Tower, Garden Square (comprising Main Corner, the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre and the Town Library), Blue Lake, Crater Lakes, a Wildlife Park, Admella Discovery Trail, and The Lady Nelson Discovery Centre.
When choosing motels in Mount Gambier, make sure you take one of the tours of the area. Fishing charters are always popular, as is the Glenelg River Cruise. Guided tours of the caves are also available if desired.
Whilst most hotels in Mount Gambier will provide some basic cooking facilities, there are plenty of options if you wish to dine out. Seafood, boutique cheeses and indigenous spices are popular fares for the region, bon appetit!