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Mount Gambier National & Conservation Parks

Mount Gambier has a large number of national parks, conservation parks and forest reserves located around the area. These parks are famous for caves, sinkholes, pine trees, animals and plant life.

Mount Gambier is located on the slopes of Mount Gambier (an extinct volcano) and is inundated with volcanic craters above sea level and the limestone caves beneath. Today, Mount Gambier is the centre of the largest pine plantation and is surrounded by farming, dairy country and viticulture.

Mount Gambier National Parks, Conservation Parks, Forests & Camping

A few of the major parks located close by is the Mount Eccles National Park, Coorong National Park, Wyperfeld National Park, Beachport Conservation Park, Lower Glenelg National Park, Little Dip Conservation Park, Naracoorte Conservation Park, Canunda National Park, Ewens Ponds Park, Discovery Bay Park. There are many other smaller parks and gardens too. These national parks are famous for their large variety of flora and fauna.

Also, the majority of these national and conservation parks have naturally formed caves & sinkholes and are a major hub of research on fossils. While observing these fossils, one can glimpse into the 200,000 to 500,000 years of history of Australia.

The National Parks around Mount Gambier are a major tourist attraction for the city. They are a perfect vacation spot for every kind of tourist.

If you are interested in geology, geography or history, you should take a tour to one of the many caves located within these national parks. If you’re interested in adventure activities, you can indulge in trekking, hiking and camping.

So take a break and spend some time in Mount Gambier’s national parks.



Bool Lagoon

Bool Lagoon

Bool Lagoon, SA

Bool Lagoon is a protected reserve located in the Limestone Coast region of Southern Australia. The reserve is characterized by the presence of various species of water birds and is adjacent to another Conservation Park...

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Ewens Ponds

Ewens Ponds

Eight Mile Creek, SA

Apart from the numerous caves, beaches and conservation parks in South Australia, you will also find few natural wonders as well. Ewens Ponds is one of Australia’s natural wonders where you can dive. Ewens Ponds...

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Piccaninnie Ponds

Piccaninnie Ponds

Wye, SA

Both Ewens Ponds and Piccaninnie Ponds are two popular freshwater diving sites in the south-eastern region of Australia. At the Piccaninnie Ponds, you can dive or snorkel across the chasm and down to check out...

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Canunda National Park

Canunda National Park

Southend, SA

Canunda National Park is a national park in South Australia. Located 18 kilometres from Millicent and 428 kilometres Southeast of Adelaide, Canunda National Park features a diversity of coastal habitats. Canunda...

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Lake Frome Conservation Park

Lake Frome Conservation Park

Beachport, SA

The Lake Frome Conservation Park is located in the Lower South East of South Australia. It encompasses the Lake Frome basin and nearby areas. The site was designated as a conservation site in 1993 and as a regional...

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Coorong National Park

Coorong National Park

Coorong, SA

Located southeast of Adelaide, Coorong National Park protects a string of saltwater lagoons. The Park is considered an important archaeological site. Coorong National Park stretches over more than one hundred and thirty...

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Lower Glenelg National Park

Lower Glenelg National Park

Winnap, VIC

The Lower Glenelg National Park is a national park in Western Victoria. The Glenelg River is the central feature of the park and provides great conditions for canoeing. The Lower Glenelg National Park provides fantastic...

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Lake Robe

Lake Robe

Robe, SA

Lake Robe is a stunning saline lake that is located within the Lake Robe Game Reserve, about six kilometres from the town of Robe in South Australia. The lake is well-preserved thanks to conservation efforts. It remains...

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Germein Reserve

Germein Reserve

Port MacDonnell, SA

The Germein Reserve is one of Mount Gambier’s hidden gems and an enchanting destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to take a break from city life. This attraction located in Port MacDonnell boasts of vibrant...

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Hacks Lagoon

Hacks Lagoon

Bool Lagoon, SA

Hacks Lagoon is an excellent destination for get-togethers in the summer months. Located along Bool Lagoon Road in Naracoorte, this area is particularly popular among birdwatchers, travellers, or locals craving wide...

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Lake George

Lake George

Beachport, SA

Lake George is a scenic lake located within the beautiful Beachport Conservation Park in Beachport, a tiny coastal town in South Australia. The park is renowned for its pristine beaches, beautiful coastlines, and...

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Lake Bonney

Lake Bonney

Canunda, SA

Lake Bonney is a picturesque freshwater lake tucked away in the Limestone Coast of South Australia. The lake, which is also known as Canunda or Coonunda by the locals, is among the biggest freshwater lakes in the...

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Little Dip Conservation Park

Little Dip Conservation Park

Robe, SA

The Little Dip Conservation Park has a mixture of saltwater and freshwater environments with an extraordinarily rich diversity of vegetation and landforms. The Little Dip Conservation Park is wedged between the Southern...

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Lake Leake

Lake Leake

Koorine, SA

Lake Leake is a lake within an extinct volcano; making up a part of the volcanic trail found in the Kanawinka Geopark and is located 5 kilometres away from Glencoe. The lake and surrounding areas are open to visitors...

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Discovery Bay Coastal Park

Discovery Bay Coastal Park

Mount Richmond, VIC

Discovery Bay Coastal Park is known for its huge rolling sand dunes, high coastal cliffs, swamps, freshwater lakes, coastal vegetation and wildlife. Discovery Bay Coastal Park is a remote coastal park that protects over...

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Cockatoo Lake

Cockatoo Lake

Lochaber, SA

Cockatoo Lake is one of the most relaxing destinations near Naracoorte – ideal for those who want to unwind and get away from the main town. The lake area features picturesque, tranquil waters, a free campsite...

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Beachport Conservation Park

Beachport Conservation Park

Beachport, SA

White sandy beaches, cool breeze, coastal flora and an array of birdlife; all these make Beachport Conservation Park an ideal spot for bird watching. Beachport Conservation Park, located in Limestone Coast of South...

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Lake Edward

Lake Edward

Koorine, SA

Lake Edward is a scenic picnic area located near Glencoe; 20 kilometres west of Mount Gambier. This well-loved destination is a favourite of locals who enjoy spending time in nature but in a place that is tranquil and...

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Penambol Conservation Park

Penambol Conservation Park

Caveton, SA

Penambol Conservation Park is located in Mount Gambier and is one of the national parks that has been set apart for conservation purposes in South Australia. Two of the most fascinating features at this conservation...

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Fairview Conservation Park

Fairview Conservation Park

Woolumbool, SA

The Fairview Conservation Park is a protected area in South Australia; located 17 kilometres north of Lucindale in Woolumbool. It was established as a conservation park according to the National Parks and Wildlife Act...

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Mount Burr Forest Reserve

Mount Burr Forest Reserve

Mount Burr, SA

Mount Burr Forest Reserve is located in Mount Burr, a quaint town located 50 kms Northeast of Mount Gambier, and attracts tourists all year round. The forest reserve was named after Thomas Burr, the Deputy Surveyor of...

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Mount Scott Conservation Park

Mount Scott Conservation Park

Blackford, SA

Home to many threatened species, Mount Scott Conservation Park has diverse flora and fauna making it a stellar attraction for local and foreign tourists. Located about 20 km away from Kingston in Southeast Australia...

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Noolook Forest Reserve

Noolook Forest Reserve

Wangolina, SA

The Noolook Forest Reserve is a vast forested area that spans 21,992 acres in South Australia, and whose proximity to Kingston SE attracts tourists all year round. The reserve is also near the townships of Robe and...

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Penola Conservation Park

Penola Conservation Park

Penola, SA

The Penola Conservation Park protects the remnant of River Red Gum Line Swamps which used to be widespread in the southeast of South Australia. The Penola Conservation Park is home to open heaths and stringy bark...

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Bernouilli Conservation Reserve

Bernouilli Conservation Reserve

Cape Jaffa, SA

The Bernouilli Conservation Reserve is a protected area in Cape Jaffa which is overseen by the Department of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources. The entire property is 266 hectares large and located 21...

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Butcher Gap Conservation Park

Butcher Gap Conservation Park

Sandy Grove, SA

Butcher Gap Conservation Park is a large 180-hectare park located on the coast, just north of the beautiful township of Cape Jaffa and south of Kingston SE. It’s one of the last remaining wetlands and natural...

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Calectasia Conservation Park

Calectasia Conservation Park

Wattle Range, SA

Calectasia Conservation Park is a protected natural attraction in South Australia. It’s just 14 hectares large, with its northern and southern sections forming part of the dune system which features sandy soils...

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Dry Creek Native Forest Reserve

Dry Creek Native Forest Reserve

Donovans, SA

The Dry Creek Native Forest Reserve offers two walking trails; the Creek Bed Walk and River Walk and is only a 20-minute drive from Mount Gambier. This reserve invites visitors to meander along the creek beds and up to...

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Kungari Conservation Park

Kungari Conservation Park

Reedy Creek, SA

Kungari Conservation Park is a protected area in Reedy Creek, South Australia. It’s located around 260 kilometres from Adelaide and 26 kilometres from Robe. The land area was proclaimed a conservation park on...

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Myora Forest Reserve

Myora Forest Reserve

Mumbannar, SA

The Myora Forest Reserve, one of the most notable forested areas in South Australia, is located just 14 km from Mount Gambier. The forest reserve was once known as the Caroline Forest Reserve and is located at the South...

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Telford Scrub Conservation Park

Telford Scrub Conservation Park

Dismal Swamp, SA

Telford Scrub Conservation Park a protected location for endangered plants and is ideal for bird watching, bushwalking and quiet contemplation. Telford Scrub Conservation Park has a 4.3-metre high boardwalk which offers...

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Mount Gambier Forest Reserve

Mount Gambier Forest Reserve

Mount Gambier, SA

The Mount Gambier Forest Reserve, one of South Australia’s most vast forested areas, is located in Mount Gambier and is considered a major tourist attraction in the region. The proximity of the forest reserve to...

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