4th November – Saturday

A bit of a sleep in after my big night last night. After Brian cooked us a bacon and egg breakfast we followed him in his car to the “Lady Nelson” which is a replica of arguably the most important ship in Australian history. This is also Mount Gambier’s information centre which includes a museum of local history. Included in this is a holographic story on Christina Smith, a white settler who was heavily involved with the local indigenous community. Not only is it an interesting story, the hologram itself is the best we’ve seen on our travels. From here we went up to look at the Blue Lake which is one of 3 extinct volcano craters which serves as an aquifer and is full of stunningly blue water. We drove from here to Little Blue Lake outside of town on the way to Port MacDonnell. It’s only roughly the size of a tennis court, but is about 35 metres deep and is used by recreational scuba divers – Mount Gambier is one of Australia’s top cave diving localities. The locals also swim in it when it’s not freezing cold (so not too often). There were some divers there whilst we were visiting, and there was even a diver who appeared to be decompressing (or practising decompressing), as he was holding a depth of about 10metres the whole time we were there. From there we drove out through Allendale to Port MacDonnell, a lovely seaside town to the south of Mouth Gambier. The weather was nice, the sun finally starting to win against the cool breeze. We walked out onto the jetty and back, and by this time we were ready for lunch. We got some flathead and chips, and Zach got a calamari and chips which were all VERY good. Brian left us here as he had his kids with him, and we continued up to the point near the lighthouse where you can sometimes see fairy penguins. There was a sign there saying the penguin population there has “left” due to feral and domestic animals, and if your happen to see any could you please let them know. Very sad. We did see some fur seals though so that was good. Home to Brian’s to do some washing, followed by a BBQ. After dinner we went to the sink-hole in town to feed the possums with Brian and his kids and Sarah. I think we got there a bit late and the majority of possums had had their feed and had curled up somewhere and gone to sleep. Finally we found a few who were still hungry, and some of the kids got to feed them. We’ll have to come back here tomorrow to see this place in the light. It certainly looks nice at night time with the lights on. Brian’s kids are staying over because they want to spend more time with our kids. Zach and Jessie sleep in the house whilst Maree and I sleep in the van – and it’s cold. Why is it so cold in November? Brian told us we’ve arrived just in time for Melbourne which is expecting the coldest first week of November in history. Great…

The “HMS Lady Nelson” replica at Mount Gambier. A very important ship in Australian history.


Jessie at South Australia’s most southerly point.


Zach looking out to “Rhino Rock” at Port MacDonnell


I told this possum at the sink hole not to move while I took his photo with my phone, but you know possums….