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Umpherston Sinkhole, Mount Gambier
Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Once a limestone cave, Umpherston Sinkhole was created when the cave ceiling collapsed. The sunken earth proved a perfect place for growing lush greenery. Thick vines cascade over the sinkhole's edge while the center is landscaped with grasses and palms. Take a walk through the garden for an otherworldly look beneath the green curtains and between the limestone rocks. Plan to visit Umpherston Sinkhole and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Mount Gambier attractions using our Mount Gambier trip generator.
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This place was amazing!! So lovely that a piece of history has been preserved so well. The gardens were gorgeous, we even had a furry friend visitor while we were walking down the steps.
The garden is well worth the stop and easy to locate as you drive into Mt Gambier. The garden has a turn of the century feel but with a modern twist. There's plenty of shade or sunshine depending on w... read more »
We visited the sinkhole at night and managed to see and feed heaps of possums. The best time to go would be around 9pm (daylight saving time), and make sure you bring some fruit. We also visited in th... read more »
We went to see this at night and it was absolutely amazing, will definitely be going back to see it in the daytime. It was good to be able to view the gardens in the context in which they were originally intended to be enjoyed and we felt it did not detract from the natural features of the sinkhole at all
I'm glad we stopped here on our way from Melbourne to Adelaide, but it was a bit if a disappointment. Good to read the history of the sinkhole and does give some context to the formation and development into a more man made Victorian folly.
Really interesting use of a sinkhole. Caution: slippery and muddy in winter, and not wheelchair/pram friendly
Quick visit of an impressive sinkhole transformed in a garden. Pretty.
An impressive place with an interesting history. I enjoyed it so much, I visited twice. Amazing gardens with an abundance of flowers, ferns and cascading vines. If you look closely, you can see the fossil remains of seashells and sea creatures in the limestone walls. I recommend everyone visit when in Mt. Gambier.
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