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Yahl

Yahl is a small town in South Australia; just 7km away from the heart of Mount Gambier. Its name means “waters, much water” in the aboriginal language, as it was once the home of the Bungandindj people.

This charming rural town within the council area of Grant is a good starting point to explore the many tourist attractions that Mount Gambier has to offer.

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One of these is the Blue Lake; an incredible cobalt blue lake within one of Mount Gambier’s many craters. Perhaps the most visited tourist spot in the whole area, the Blue Lake is a stunning sight to behold. The best time to visit is from December through March when it is at its most vibrant, because it turns into a dull grey colour from April to around November. A gentle 3.6km walking trail can be found at the lake, which takes you to the viewing platforms located around the crater –  perfect for taking photos.

Another popular destination near Yahl is the Umpherston Sinkhole. In 1886, James Umpherstone converted the sinkhole into the beautiful garden that it is today. The sinkhole is open for viewing from dawn to dusk, but if you can make it at sunset, you get a chance to witness dozens of possums who come to feed. Also known as the Sunken Garden, it’s a magical place filled with lush foliage that has formed over a limestone cave. During the day, the Sunken Garden provides a scenic place to spend a few hours.

Visitors to Yahl are encouraged to spend a night or two to get the most out of the nearby attractions.

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