Mount Gambier Cave Gardens state heritage area
The Mount Gambier Cave Gardens and Environs state heritage area includes the original settlement and civic centre of the state's major regional centre. It recognises the Cave Gardens as a unique urban park and a significant recreation and tourism site.
The state heritage area is located within the Mount Gambier city centre, about 480km south east of Adelaide.
Today the Cave Gardens is a shady, landscaped park surrounding a limestone sinkhole, with steps leading down into the 'cave'. The Gardens feature a beautiful marble fountain, a number of early commercial and government buildings. The Cave Gardens is also the 'civic square' - the venue for many Mount Gambier community celebrations.
Mount Gambier was settled around the abundant fresh water supply from the sinkhole, influencing the overall development and planning of the city.