Escorted by National Seniors Travel
National Seniors Travel
13 March 2022
14 March 2022
With its boundless volcanic landscapes, enchanted vineyards and vibrant ecosystem, South Australia’s Limestone Coast is a magical place to explore. Nestled in amongst a network of limestone caves, Mount Gambier is home to some of the most fascinating and beautiful attractions in the region. From dazzling crater lakes sheltering ancient marine fossils, to beautifully decorated sinkholes, Mount Gambier will inspire your curiosity and impress you with its creative charm.
While exploring the outskirts of Mount Gambia, the luminous Blue Lake is an unmissable scene. Fringed by a volcanic crater of porous limestone and craggy shrubs, the Blue Lake’s pristine, clear water is a breathtaking sight. Thanks to geological aquifers that keep the deep water perfectly clear, the crater-lake supplies the town with both drinking water, and their most treasured natural jewel. A beautiful but mysterious landmark, the lake harbours many secrets. The stunning vibrant blue switches abruptly to steel grey in April, remaining this way until November each year when it transforms back to vivid blue just as suddenly. Although likely caused by the impact of seasonal warmth on the lake’s mineral composition, scientists aren’t sure exactly why this phenomenon occurs.
While the Blue Lake is untouched nature at it’s finest, Mount Gambier’s Umpherston Sinkhole is a more creative type of beauty, but no less special. When a network of underground limestone caves collapsed around 1880 leaving a water-filled sinkhole, local icon James Umpherston took it upon himself to use the space to cultivate an abundant oasis-garden for the locals to appreciate. Umpherston reportedly ran scenic tours by boat, where locals relished in the opportunity to escape the summer heat and hide away in the enchanted garden.
As afternoon shade slowly envelopes the garden, and cool night air begins to settle, the wonderful garden continues to delight. Possums wake from their daytime slumber and playfully nibble on fruit as they dance through the hanging ivy. Eagerly interacting with visitors, the nocturnal animals are a lively part of the local ecosystem, and can be very amusing to watch. With tasteful lighting illuminating the sinkhole until very late, after dark is a wonderful time to continue exploring the enchanted garden, discovering its many hidden crevices and taking in new floral scents. Although Mount Gambier is home to a diverse collection of caves and sinkholes, the Umpherston hidden garden holds a special reverence for many locals as a place of community, revived history, and a deep appreciation of nature – a local treasure that simply must be experienced.
For interstate guests travelling on tour, pre and post accommodation is included in your price as the tour starts early and finishes late. Your travel dates begins on the 13 March 2022 and finishes on the 19 March 2022 these are free days to fly in and out of the tour. Flights are not included in the price. Extension packages are available to anyone looking to extend their holiday beyond the tour please chat to your consultant for more details.
Local members Prices (no pre and post accommodation included):
Members Price: $1729 per person twin share
members price $2075 per person solo traveller price
Non-Members Price: $1804 per person twin share
Pricing: Interstate Guest Prices: Pre and post accommodation has been included in your price .
Members Price: $1985 per person twin share
members price $2499 per person solo traveller price
Non-Members Price: $2060 per person twin share
Adelaide Rockford Hotel
Novotel Adelaide Rockford hotel is a contemporary 4 star hotel located in the bustling West End's art precinct. Centrally located in the CBD the hotel is within minutes walking distance to Adelaide Oval, Convention Centre, Casino, Shopping and Dining precincts.
Whilst offering many awe-inspiring scenic spots of Mount Gambier and its volcanic crater, the Blue Lake also boasts a vibrant cobalt blue colour during the months of December through to March each year.
The beauty of the Umpherston Sinkhole has to be seen to be believed. Appreciate its size and depth from the viewing platforms at the top of the sinkhole, then walk down into the sinkhole, along the terraces and behind the hanging vines.
Naracoorte Caves National Park
For over 500,000 years giant marsupials such as the wombat-like Diprotodon, Thylacoleo the marsupial lion and giant kangaroos roamed the Limestone Coast, with many of their fossils now on display.
Soak in the seaside scenery on a coastal walk and stop for a photo at the insta-famous Cape Dombey Obelisk.
Beachport, nestled on the northwestern tip of Rivoli Bay, is an isthmus with the sea on two sides and Lake George to the North. Sandy beaches stretch around Rivoli Bay offering surf, and safe swimming.
*All prices are per person, twin share in AUD. Itinerary, hotels and inclusions are subject to change. Itinerary, pricing and service providers are subject to change should the necessity arise. Ask our consultants about the latest flight deals to add onto your tour. Min numbers for the tour to operate is 26. Non-refundable deposit: $200 per person when booking. Should you cancel within 30 days prior to departure, all payments are non-refundable. Min numbers for this tour to operate is 20 people.