Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mount Gambier

Mount Gambier, the second largest city in the State of South Australia, is a beautiful city and the residents there are friendly and helpful. Of course Mount Gambier is widely known for it's Crater Lake that holds vivid blue water during the months November through March and changing to steel grey over winter. The lake has been the city water supply since 1884,  the water level has only dropped by two metres in that period. There is believed to be at least 70 metres depth remaining.

It is now the month of April and the water in the lake still retains some of the famous blue colour.

The pumping station can be seen in this photograph sitting about 50 metres above the water level.

The path that Judy is standing on follows the rim of the Blue Lake Crater for the entire circumference. The distance is something like 3.8 kilometres, many locals walk or jog this circuit for their daily exercise. The 'Rook" in the background is the beginning of a walk over the crater rim to another crater lake named "Leg of Mutton Lake"

There are many 'sink-holes in the limestone that is the foundation stone of much of the South East of South Australia. This sink-hole is in the centre of the City of Mount Gambier.

'The Main Building', on the corner of Commercial Street East and Bay Road, is the home of The Mount Gambier Art Gallery. The sink-hole shown above is immediately behind this building.

Sink-Holes in the South East of South Australia are quite common. This park contains one of the largest and is also situated within the City area of Mount Gambier.

This is Umpherston Sink-Hole in Mount Gambier. As you can see it is very large indeed. There are ramps and steps that provide pedestrian access to the bottom of the sink-hole.

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