The Blue Lake
The Blue Lake
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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About
The Blue Lake/Warwar in Mount Gambier occupies one of the craters of the extinct volcano after which the city has been named. 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. From late March, it returns to a distinct sombre blue colouring that remains until the following November. The 3.6 kilometre road and walking track around the circumference of the Blue Lake/Warwar provides access to many viewing points, the most popular being the underpass between the Blue Lake/Warwar and the Leg of Mutton Lake/Yatton Loo.
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  • Sharlsandco
    Melbourne, Australia165 contributions
    nice
    Beautiful crater lake with a very nice easy walk around it. Only blue at certain times of the year, and bluer when the sun is out. Look to the edges for an even bluer tinge, which they claim the entire lake changes to this blue, but I have my doubts. Multiple viewpoints when walking around the lake, or from the many lookouts in Mount Gambier. The Aquifer tour is also worth doing.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 29 November 2022
  • AnnMarieGrace
    Adelaide, Australia657 contributions
    A Spectacular Lake
    WOW! What a beautiful natural wonder of the world. The lake was spectacular. So beautiful and blue. Sitting on the beautiful green grass and looking into the lake was relaxing and grounding. Definitely worth coming to see.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 25 January 2023
  • MareeBarron
    Adelaide, Australia86 contributions
    Views of the blue lake.
    Both my partner and I had been to The Blue lake before. But the day we went it really was blue a stunning blue as shown in my pictures. It's in the middle of January peak tourist season. Not a grey green that sometimes on cold days is seen. Middle of the year more. We went up to the lookout above the lakes and up to Adam Lindsay Gordons memorial also then followed the stairs to the top which is where the famour leap happened of Gordons on the blue lake. I suggest good walking shoes for the stairs upto the memorial and walks around the lake.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Stewarts Vacation
    991 contributions
    Beautiful vivid blue lake
    There are many viewing points from which to admire this stunning blue lake. If time does not allow for a walk around the lake, drive the road that encircles the lake and stop at the lookouts. It is worth seeing the lake from different sides, especially if the sun is shining, as this affects the blueness! The best view is from Rook Wall Lookout. There is not a lot of parking. From here, there is an underpass to a lower lookout. Or there are stairs up to a wooden sheltered lookout. If you are feeling extra fit, there are steps up to a higher lookout, although the view doesn't really justify the climb. There are informative displays at some lookouts. Interesting to read about the formation and current use of the lake. This is a must-see when in Mt Gambier.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 24 April 2023
  • Ranjan S
    Adelaide, Australia2 contributions
    Blue lake
    Main attraction of this town. But try to visit in summer so can really see and appreciate the real blue lake showing ink blue colour. Surrounding area is also good to explore and walk around.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Nate R
    3 contributions
    The not so blue lake this month
    So, I was expecting a lovely blue. I saw a black lake. You could tell it has some earthly deposits from the volcano that makes the lake a different colour, however this time of year it seems to be very dark. The walk around it was good and it's still brilliant to look at. I'd like to come back and see it when it's bright blue in summer. Highly recommend coming here while in Mt Gambier or even if passing through.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 July 2023
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ozrick33Sydney
Baulkham Hills, Australia1,486 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Couples
This is a stunning natural beauty that is very photogenic and instagram worthy. There are many vantage points that offer great views. Definitely worth a visit.
Written 16 November 2023
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Joyce K
Bayswater, Australia202 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Stunning views. Easy walk. You can also drive, park, take a few photos and have a picnic. Great place to spend an afternoon.
Written 19 October 2023
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Nani
Reynella, Australia10 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Absolutely stunning. There’s a trail you can walk or you can drive and look at several look outs. The lake was lovely and blue. Do yourself a favour and go when not too hot and do the walk.
Written 4 October 2023
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Tamara D
2 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Couples
Absolutely beautiful. Loved learning the history of blue lake. Definitely worth stopping by to have a look
Written 29 September 2023
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Nate R
3 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Family
So, I was expecting a lovely blue. I saw a black lake. You could tell it has some earthly deposits from the volcano that makes the lake a different colour, however this time of year it seems to be very dark.

The walk around it was good and it's still brilliant to look at.

I'd like to come back and see it when it's bright blue in summer.

Highly recommend coming here while in Mt Gambier or even if passing through.
Written 25 July 2023
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Ranjan S
Adelaide, Australia2 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Family
Main attraction of this town. But try to visit in summer so can really see and appreciate the real blue lake showing ink blue colour. Surrounding area is also good to explore and walk around.
Written 15 July 2023
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Ozzy travel
South Australia, Australia176 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Family
The water is incredible blue!
If you come for the first time I recommend to do the tour at least once of going down with the guide to talk through the history and take the little lift down the lake.
There is also a souvenir shop
Written 29 April 2023
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Stewarts Vacation
991 contributions
Mar. 2023
There are many viewing points from which to admire this stunning blue lake. If time does not allow for a walk around the lake, drive the road that encircles the lake and stop at the lookouts. It is worth seeing the lake from different sides, especially if the sun is shining, as this affects the blueness! The best view is from Rook Wall Lookout. There is not a lot of parking. From here, there is an underpass to a lower lookout. Or there are stairs up to a wooden sheltered lookout. If you are feeling extra fit, there are steps up to a higher lookout, although the view doesn't really justify the climb. There are informative displays at some lookouts. Interesting to read about the formation and current use of the lake. This is a must-see when in Mt Gambier.
Written 24 April 2023
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Bigboy
Glen Waverley, Australia70 contributions
Apr. 2023 • Couples
Iconic. Even on an ordinary day, looked spectacular. This is simply spectacular and something that I would recommend to all.
Written 19 April 2023
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Adventurers049
Brisbane, Australia3,377 contributions
Feb. 2023
WOW! It is amazing to see such a deep bule lake!
There are plenty of spots to look at the lake and everyone is amazing as the last.
Written 12 April 2023
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