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The Blue Lake/Warwar, a short distance away occupies one of the craters of the extinct volcano & is another popular attraction of the area.

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 back.

Next up, was Mt Schank, a volcano cinder cone that rises up 100m above the flat coastal plain & offers incredible views of the crater below & the surrounding area. It is a volcanic cone formed by explosive eruptions, pyroclastic flows and lava flows some 4,500 years ago. A highly prominent volcanic cone, it is generally regarded as the youngest volcano in Australia and is believed to have been active as recently as 2,000 years ago. It is thus still classified as dormant and not extinct. The area around it was declared a State Heritage Area in 1992.

The local Aboriginal Bunganditj people witnessed Mount Schank's eruptions over time. Their creation story about the local volcanic landscape was recorded by a local woman, Christina Smith, in 1880. It tells the tale of Craitbul, a giant, who was looking for a place to live with his wife and two sons. They camped at Mount Muirhead and Mount Schank but were scared away from both these camps by a moaning bird spirit. They fled to Mount Gambier, leaving their camp ovens (the volcanoes) burning. After some time, water came and filled their ovens, putting them out and driving the spirit away.

They continued to live in a cave on the side of Mount Gambier.

For some more incredible views of the Southeast, a trip to Centenary Tower a short distance away, is a must as well. Here you will see uninterrupted, 360-degree panoramas that extend to the ocean, on a clear day.

The area definitely has lots to offer including Kilsby Sinkhole, a world-renowned sinkhole dive site due to its crystal-clear water and breathtaking visibility, serenely located beneath a rural farming property only 15 minutes from Mount Gambier.

While in this area, it is imperative that you go out to Naracoorte, 100kms north, South Australia’s only World Heritage listed site & one of the world's most important fossil sites. For over 500,000 years giant marsupials such as the wombat-like Diprotodon, Thylacoleo - the marsupial lion and giant kangaroos who roamed the Limestone Coast, with many of their fossils now on display at the caves. It is also home to one of two know breeding habitats of the endangered Southern Bent Wing Micro Bats.

There are 5 cave tours available at the Naracoorte Caves National Park, that also features a new adventure playground, café, campgrounds & above ground loop walk, offering plenty for the whole family.

We started with the Victoria Fossil Cave that walks through magnificent speleothem chambers featuring stalactites, stalagmites and helictites through to the Fossil

Chamber where we saw the accumulation of bones in this World Heritage area.

 The Alexandra Cave tour, which is a good introduction to caves and the geological processes that form them and is ideal for families with small children.

From the Victoria Cave, we then entered the Blanche Cave through the bat observation centre where we could see the Southern Bent Wing Bats, via infrared cameras, so as not to disturb them. The tour finally led into the majestic Blanche Cave, which was discovered in 1845, being the first cave to be found in the region. For many years the cave was a community space, used by locals for picnics, parties and to escape the summer heat.

It is now World & National Heritage listed.

The above are just a small fraction of adventures that are available in the incredible Limestone Coast and a place with something for everyone.

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