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It occupies one of the craters of the extinct volcano after which the city has been named. Early each November, the lake’s sombre blue, which is in evidence during the winter months, mysteriously changes to an intense deep turquoise blue almost overnight. The colouring remains until late February, when it gradually changes. From late March, it returns to a distinct sombre blue colouring that remains until the following November.
In July 1865, Adam Lindsay Gordon, a famous Australian Poet performed a daring riding feat known as Gordon’s Leap on the edge of the Blue Lake, a commemorative obelisk has been erected there, celebrating the courageous horseback leap the poet made.
The 3.6 kilometre road and walking track around the circumference of the Blue Lake provides access to many viewing points, the most popular being the underpass between the Blue Lake and the Leg of Mutton Lake.
There are some pleasant walks to take around Lake that provide unparalleled views of the spectacular phenomenon and provide a natural getaway, don’t forget your camera. You can also take a guided tour around the lake that’s well worth doing to learn a little more directly from a passionate local.
Aquifer Tours operate a fascinating 45 minute tour which takes visitors in a glass panelled lift down the original dolomite well shaft, from which water was originally extracted, through a tunnel to see the Lake at close proximity.
You can learn about the hydrology of Mount Gambier’s water supply and the aquifer system, hear about the interesting local history, and discover European settlements, folklore and Aboriginal legends.
If you’re buzzing from this experience, head down South for just an hour and see the Naracoorte Caves