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Archive for March 17, 2018

Mt Gambier -Day 3

Our plans today were to go for a walk around the rim of the Blue Lake, check out the native animals at the old railway yards and see the Endelbrecht Caves. The weather impacted on our plans though. When we set off for the lakes it was already getting hot and windy so we drove to a lookout up near the Big 4 Caravan Park. We saw Valley Lake and looked out over Leg of Mutton Lake then drove to Brownes Lake where we walked around. There was no problem with getting wet feet, there’s not a drop of water anywhere and hasn’t been for a long time! By then it was too hot for me to consider a walk around the Blue Lake rim because when we drove around we saw it wasn’t a nice little track as I’d imagined but a concrete foot path frequently with limited view of the lake. We parked and walked to a lookout which gave us a very good understanding of how far the lake has dropped over the years. You can clearly see the change in rock strata. Although we’ve read that the lake has a limitless supply of water people now understand that isn’t the case and there are posters displayed reminding people that the water is precious and shouldn’t be wasted.

If you click on an image it will show you a larger view.

When we left the lakes we went to find the echidnas we’d been told were at the old railway yards. The area has been developed as a Nature Play area and looks great but we didn’t see anywhere echidnas could be seen. I’m sure none would have shown their face today anyway because by then the wind was blasting and it was very hot.

Old Railway yards, Nature Play area.

After a refreshing drink at the “Dining Car” we decided a cool cave was the place to be so we set out to find Endelbrecht Caves. It feels quite odd to me to be driving along the main streets of town close to the city centre looking for great holes in the ground. The caves actually run under the Jubilee Highway and divers can hear the logging trucks passing overhead.

The Endelbrecht Caves are dry ones so there are no stalagtites or stalagmites but the rocks have been sculpted by the water being at various levels over time. In places there are big holes on the surface where water has collected in depressions and eaten its way through the limestone. One of these big holes was used by Carl Endelbrecht to dispose of the waste from his whisky distillery and also, at a price, the butcher’s waste. Until the mid 50s the town rubbish was also disposed of down the hole. Later the Lions Club took on the job of clearing it out, it took them 6 years to recover the tons of waste. Luckily there was no synthetic waste to deal with.

At the end of our day we went for dinner at Jens Hotel, it’s a lovely old pub and the meal was very tasty. Afterwards we were treated to a wonderful sunset then visited the possums at Umpherston Sinkhole again, a great end to the day.