Cave Gardens, Mount Gambier

Cave Garden Must See
Noted for its rose bushes, Cave Gardens provided fresh water to early European settlers in this area. The rose garden was planted over a century ago by Paul Krummel, the site’s first official curator. Stop by for a leisurely picnic on the grass, or venture down into the cave, accessible by suspended viewing platforms that reveal a vibrant underground world, located within walking distance of the center of the city. During heavy rains a waterfall forms from storm water overflow, eventually entering a deeper underground water system feeding the nearby lakes. The cave is lit during the night, making it a popular stop for after-dark explorers and adventurers. Before you visit Mount Gambier, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • Come on Mount Gambier council I have been so impressed with all the tourist places we visited but the cave garden sinkhole so dissapointing. Rubbish in the hole unloved plants around the hole and righ...  more »
  • A nice place to visit the night show was great the only thing was the shopping trolleys in the bottom of the cave some idiots  more »
  • After seeing the Umpherston Sinkhole these gardens paled in comparison. Apparently there is sometimes a waterfall but there was nothing when we visited. People had also thrown rubbish and a shopping t...  more »
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  • Impeccably maintained gardens within metres of the main corner. On a sunny day it is highly recommended you sit at a table or on the grass to have a meal from any one of several cafes, bakeries or takeaways in the area. (picnic blanket optional). The open sink hole, which has a lookout platform, is where most of the city's rain water run off diverts to underground. To the south is the newly constructed main corner 'centre' which incorporates a cinemarette where the professionally produced film Volcano can be seen at 11am and 1pm Monday to Friday. Also in this building are regular and free art exhibitions.
  • Always beautiful and a peaceful spot. Wonderful lights at night too. Just a favourite spot.
  • Its best to see while or after its been raining. The leaves are glossy and wet, and the waterfall floods down into the cave.
  • The kids loved the cave and the fact this is free to see, it is a credit to the Gardners too. Shame some choose to litter here, but you need to look past this. Warren - Central Mortgage
  • The Cave Gardens have so much going for it. It is beautifully landscaped, located well but the litter is so disappointing. I really hope the powers that be take notice because the Main Corner precinct of Mount Gambier has so much to offer visitors.

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