Venue & Host City
Located in the South East corner of South Australia, half way between the State capitals of Melbourne, Victoria and Adelaide, South Australia, Mount Gambier is an easy 4 ½ hour direct drive.
Mount Gambier is the major service centre for the Limestone Coast and is a thriving progressive community. Residents enjoy a quality lifestyle, with a vast array of facilities and services. The area boasts many attractions, over 50 different accommodation options, major retail outlets, unique shopping opportunities and entertainment, all surrounded by volcanic craters, lakes, limestone and underground aquifers. Its galleries, museums and markets provide an insight into the thriving culture and arts scene.
With a population of 26,000 and servicing another 7,000 people from the surrounding towns and districts. Mount Gambier enjoys a temperate climate and is positioned between 40-75 metres above sea level. The volcano’s crater rim is 190m and the surface of The Blue Lake 12m above sea level. The annual rainfall is between 450mm-820mm per year.
Due to its central location between Melbourne and Adelaide, It is the centre for a large transport industry. However, its largest industry is timber, and the region is supported by multiple milling operations. Dairy, Beef, Lamb and Wool are important exports. Limestone is quarried locally, and nearby Port MacDonnell is home to a large Rock Lobster fishing fleet.