Walk to the Historic Centenary Tower, which was opened in 1904 to commemorate the first sighting of Mount Gambier by Lt. Grant on the Lady Nelson in 1800. Being the highest point in the district, it commands magnificent views of the Crater Lakes, the city, surrounding district including a coastal outlook. The walking track is bitumen, with rest points, and is a section of the circuit tract around the crater of the Valley/Browne's Lakes. The Tower includes an extensive display of early photographs of the Crater Lakes area. Illuminated at night, the Tower is a spectacular vision, and can be seen from many points around the city and district. On 3rd December 2000, two plaques in the Tower Car Park were unveiled to commemorate the bi-centenary and the refurbishment of Centenary Tower, which is open when the flag is flying. Drinks, ice creams, and souvenirs are available, and a small entrance fee applies.
The Blue Lake
With average depths of 80 metres the lake contains 36,000 million litres (ML). Being the source of water to the City 3,700 ML is pumped annually from the lake into holding tanks which gravity feed water to the city and surrounds. For this reason no swimming or diving is permitted. Blue Lake and the Crater Lakes area is a significant site within the region's Volcanoes Discovery Trail. A recent City development is the Blue Lake Reception Centre which provides public facilities and a comprehensive interpretation of the volcanic area. Tours down near the surface of Blue Lake operate from the Reception Centre. The 3.6 km road and walking track around the circumference of the lake provide access to many viewing points, the most popular being the tunnel beneath the road between the Blue Lake and the Leg of Mutton Lake. An information sheet on the Blue Lake is available from "The Lady Nelson" Visitor Centre (Ph: 08 8724 9750) and the Department of Water, Land & Biodiversity Conservation.
The Crater Lakes
Comprising of three craters, the Blue Lake Crater, the Valley Lake Crater and the Leg of Mutton Lake Crater, this area is a significant site within the Kanawinka Geopark. The Valley Lake is very popular all year round with excellent playground and recreational areas. With well kept picnic areas, 16 free gas barbecues, covered shelters, large grassed areas, it can cater for many families. Nearby is Browne’s
The Wildlife Park
Wander through this large natural area, to see local species of flora and fauna in an natural environment. Entrance to the park is Free of Charge. Begin at the car park near the boat ramp at the edge of the Valley Lake, entering the Wildlife Park through the main gates. In this area an abundance of water birds and animals can be seen at various times of the year. Continue the walk into the heart of the park. Take to the left for views from higher ground or to the right which leads up into the bushland area. Walk quietly in this area as many animals including Koalas can be present. An abundance of birdlife can be seen from the raised boardwalk which provides a closer look at the bushland canopy and views over the park. Follow this track down the hill.