Mount Gambier, SA 5290

2.1(19 reviews)

Ranked 8th best suburb by locals in South East Region, SA

Great for

  • Childcare
  • Schools
  • Peace and quiet
  • Neighbourly spirit
  • Safe and sound

Not great for

  • Parking

Who lives here?

  • Families With Kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers

Reviews of Mount Gambier, SA

Editors Choice

"City and country meet"

If you're looking for a combination of city facilities and small town charm, look no further.

Mount Gambier has most major outlets while maintaining the feel of a country town. Suburbia can be driven from end to end in 10 minutes, before switching to rural living. all the comforts you want, with the attractive rural backdrop.

Mount Gambier is a tourist destination for those driving between Melbourne and Adelaide, with many hotels and motels spread throughout town as well as natural attractions in the Blue Lake and sinkholes, restaurants and a large tourist information centre.

The main drawback is the trucking traffic. As a major stop halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide, with logging trucks ferrying the produce of the Mount Gambier pine plantations, truck traffic is high.

Great for

  • High rainfall year-round
  • Family Friendliness
  • Schools and Clubs
  • Some great people
  • Sport
  • Location

Not great for

  • Limited access to local health specialists

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
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Widi Winarto
Widi Winarto

All recommendations for the retirees but retirees number one need is 'health'

glendas3
glendas3

We are seriously thinking of mt gambier or millicent after two visits. We figure we can go over to melbourne when we like if we need some excitement or a change. Are they nice towns to live in? Widi, my husband is Indinesian. We are social and well travelled and want a country life.

glendas3
glendas3

Sorry about typos. On my phone in a car.

Janet McIlwaine
Janet McIlwaine

It has some heat food places. Very picturesque. 3o kms from beach. Good music scene. Nice architecture. Friendly. Were going.

Janet McIlwaine
Janet McIlwaine

Sorry we are going eventually from Victoria.

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Editors Choice

"Perfect place to bring up a family!"

I have lived in nearly every state of Australia, in both capital cities and large country towns. After a change in profession I moved to Mount Gambier with my young family nearly 6 years ago. As I love to move around often, I didn't expect to stay too long; however, I have fallen in love with the place (as has my family). I feel like I have the best of all worlds. No more traffic jams and very reasonable property prices (a beautiful, modern 4brm with acreage for under $500k!!). It is green year round and it is located about 5 hours from both Adelaide and Melbourne with daily flights to and from the 2 centres with Rex). I am very impressed with the school my children attend (Catholic College) and there are plenty of clubs to join. The shopping isn't exactly Chadstone but it fulfills most of my requirements and I go to Adelaide and Melbourne regularly for work and shop there for things I am unable to get here.

Great for

  • Family Friendliness
  • Schools and Clubs
  • Location

Not great for

  • Can get very cold (but so can London!)
  • Limited access to local health specialists

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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26th January 2022

"Frequent visitor to family there"

I love it. It has what we need as gardeners, beach lovers, seafood lovers, wine appreciators, dog walking horsey people who like to eat out a lot. I worked there briefly and it has all the medical and mental health facilities. Plane flights fir an escape to the big smoke. Takes a while to make friends anywhere. I’m in Shepparton 20 plus years and I have friends but don’t feel like a local.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
0
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22nd March 2020

"Unhealthy toxic culture"

Backwards and isolated, it's a town that has a very unhealthy fractured culture. It's gossipy, everyone knows your business and if you're not a local you are almost treated like a second class citizen, I've heard non-locals being referred to as "foreigners" . Drugs and meth are a huge problem, meth in particular, 1 in 10 people you meet will be an obvious strung out meth addict. There is a kind of factionalism there where people keep friends and enemies lists, and if you're friends with someone who's on an enemies list you will be shut out. It's so petty. I lived there for way too long, mostly because of cheap rent and proximity convenience, it's very easy to fall into a rut. Moving away was the best thing I did and my only regret is not doing it sooner. It's a cheap and convenient place to live, but the "community" is ugly and toxic, especially if you weren't born there. I can almost guarantee the only people giving the place 4 and 5 star reviews are locals who don't know any different. Avoid.

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maxg16

This is horrible. We do not have meth addicts in Mount Gambier maybe one or two but of course you might have a druggie in the SECOND BIGGEST CITY IN STINKIN' SOUTH AUSTRALIA. If you think that way enjoy you're toxic, shallow life.

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"DIRTY"

This place is full of rubbish, and close minded people, I am ashamed to have lived here. Only upside is the waiting line for subway is short

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Rentals in Mount Gambier

"Terrible health care, Gossipy place that still has racist bigoted attitudes, not what you know who you know..."

Mount Gambier may be a lovely place to visit or stay for a few months or even a year knowing you will be leaving at some stage. However, if you are reliant completely on the job prospects, health care and cultural aspects of the town to support your livelihood and you have experienced more diverse forward thinking attitudes then you will most likely end up sticking to those ex pats from other states or nations. I lived there recently for nearly 11 years and found the place stifling and in some cases the attitudes very unhealthy.
Rarely Drs bulk bill, often people are hired in jobs based on their friendships and who they are related to not on their credentials, very small degree of separation and gossip was a standard, businesses can ask what they want, function on their own terms because its a closed market e.g buy a pair of pants on a sale rack, get them home, see they have a 10c piece size hole in the side and try to return them and get told it was on the sale rack, therefor it's sold as is. This was a common occurrence and its embarrassing. Housing prices are cheap but if a home is based on people, culture, diversity and freedom of choice you'll most likely find it's 50 years behind.

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Widi Winarto
Widi Winarto

Thank you for sharing

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"Health services are exceptional for country area"

Mount gambier has a large comprehensive health service.
The hospital has 96 public beds and a 17 bed private hospital. It delivers 550+ babies every year. It has a medical workforce of 60 doctors and a large number of additional visiting specialist. The emergency department sees about 19000 people per year and the outpatient service sees over 25000. Chemotherapy and renal dialysis are provided.
The town has 5 medical practices, a large community health and several home support services. There are both public and private allied health services.

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Widi Winarto
Widi Winarto

How about Docters bulk billing availability and age care?

Janet McIlwaine
Janet McIlwaine

My husbands Mother moved from Melbourne back to Mt. Gambier to a Catholic residential care facility in Pick Avenue, right next to where the family grew up. They treated her very well. We were always welcome and had no concerns.

There have a lge hospital and many GPs. Ive visited the town many times and stayed in various places. Food is great. Shop folk are very friendly. I am Anglo-Celtic and it has a history of being a wealthy town full of folk like me.

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"A small town where everyone knows your business"

Prob great if your retired but otherwise very limited employment unless you enjoy personal care jobs. Which are prolific. Nice scenery and some big brand shops here now. Easy to get around but nadda to do or see on most weekends unless you play sports.

Great for

  • Beach nearby
  • Family Friendliness
  • Schools and Clubs
  • Sport

Not great for

  • Its not what you know but who you know kind of town
  • Limited access to local health specialists
  • Limited jobs

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
4
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"A small, boring Village..."

Not the best place to live... Not much industry... boring shops... cost of living is too cheap. Total lack of health care.......

Great for

  • Yeah, great until all the good people moved out

Not great for

  • Can get very cold (but so can London!)
  • Limited access to local health specialists
  • Large lower socio economic population . No beach.
  • Limited jobs
  • Neglected look. Tourists don't bother in winter especially....

Who lives here?

  • Hipsters
4
Rainer L
Rainer L

Sttange. You comment on health care is in minority to what others are stating. What is it about the health care that botherex you i wonder?

prpd
prpd

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-06/mt-gambier-health-service-gazettal-condition/100355224. This 2021 gazettal condition is very serious action for the state health department to take. "South Australia's Shadow Health Minister Chris Picton said requiring an intervention order was "a very serious step".

"If that [intervention order] is not complied with, then that removes the ability for the hospital to be accredited to see those types of patients, which would obviously be devastating if that wasn't in place in the future," Mr Picton said.

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"Council needs inspiration"

Great town with a small town mentality - council needs to get themselves into gear.

Great for

  • Until they moved out there was
  • Some great people

Not great for

  • All of the below plus heap others
  • Can get very cold (but so can London!)
  • Limited access to local health specialists
  • Large lower socio economic population . No beach.
  • Limited jobs
  • Neglected look. Tourists don't bother in winter especially....

Who lives here?

  • Hipsters
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"Big regional town with all the facilities"

Have to agree strongly with the previous post; I lived there in the late 90's and return infrequently and I feel that it could be much more attractive if the local council put some more effort in. On the plus side there's a lot of natural beauty; the lakes are spectacular and the beach isn't far away. It's a nice size city and there's a full range of services and shopping; real estate is comparatively cheap and affordable and there's a lot more restaurants compared to when I lived there. On the down side there's been a lot of industry leave town and the poverty is quite evident (particularly on the eastern side and the inner areas); kids from surrounding towns come into the Mount to drink and cause trouble on the weekends and the main drag isn't the safest place to be after dark. The biggest problems are related to lack of jobs - given the State government is preparing to sell the forest industry to the Chinese the fear is that what little heavy industry that's left will be gone soon. Tourism is a big employer but that dies off over the (very cold) winters. Its also just a bit too far from Melbourne and Adelaide to make a comfortable weekend trip by car. In all it's not a bad sized city but the lack of bike paths and job options (outside retail or tourism) are a real problem. It could be really good you have a young family but you need to join churches or sporting clubs to meet people otherwise it can be very isolating.

Great for

  • Family Friendliness
  • Some great people
  • Sport
  • Nice size, lovely location
  • Lots of shopping, sporting facilities

Not great for

  • Can get very cold (but so can London!)
  • Large lower socio economic population . No beach.
  • Limited access to local health specialists
  • Limited jobs
  • Too much unemployment
  • Lack of industry; shrinking employment base.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
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Rainer L
Rainer L

I just wonder what are the better parts of Mount Gambier it is to purchase a House. I am an up coming tetiree and of course like to avoid problem spots.

Widi Winarto
Widi Winarto

I am thinking of that myself but after reading the limited access to local health specialist issue its kind of
making me to explore somewhere else

glendas3
glendas3

My partner is going down again soon to have another look. I am thinking Millicent might be a friendlier place. I want a good sized block or a small farmlet and a place that is a community.

Janet McIlwaine
Janet McIlwaine

Naracoorte is cute. Old buildings, good health facilities, hospital, rehab including pool. Lovely old sandstone houses. Creek running through this hilly little town with all the shops like Target, Woolworths, not far from Mt Gambier and a little closer to Adelaide for specialists. Mt Gambier does have an airline for specialist trips. All towns takes years to settle in and make friends. The beach us only 30 Kms from Mt. Gambier! Great crayfish. James Morrison frequents the town regularly I believe. It has cave diving and very interesting geological and vulcanological history. Great soul soul and good rainfall. It dies get to 40 c in the summer but it is tempered by a sea climate. Both Naracoorte and Mt. Gambier have Thai restaurants- what more can you need?

Janet McIlwaine
Janet McIlwaine

Typo-great soil

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"Ok but could be so much better"

Small regional town in South-West SA. Around 25000 population. Great for families with small children. Town itself looks neglected with bitumen footpaths, above ground power lines, factories on town,s edge. Council need to get it's act together. No cycle paths. Every man and it's dog need to drive their cars into town. Ridiculous traffic for such small town. Car dealers everywhere are also an eye sore. Gerat couple of golf courses. fairly high small crime rate. Live out of town if you can or in lakes area in town. Freezing and wet most of the year hence quite green looking. Not for singles as entertainment after 8 does not exist. Very sporty town incl cricket tennis golf hockey etc

Great for

  • Sport
  • Some great people
  • Nice country side
  • Family Friendliness
  • Schools and Clubs

Not great for

  • Neglected look. Tourists don't bother in winter especially....
  • Limited jobs
  • Large lower socio economic population . No beach.
  • Can get very cold (but so can London!)

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
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"Great Country city that is home to the Blue Lake"

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
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"planned to stay for 2 years and stayed for 10...so far"

a lovely spot to bring up a family, great public schools and inexpensive private schools, housing is considerably cheaper than bigger cities in victoria, weather is great not too hot and rainfall is amongst the best in the state.
Jobs are relatively easy to find for those who want to work. There is a great community spirit from shop owners to the general public.
A large range of sports are on offer from netball, footy to archery and bmx. There is a Jazz festival held once a year over a weekend and plenty of dancing academies from highland to hiphop.
Australia's world known Coonawarra region is half an hours drive and the locals can get really sick of crayfish in the Summer
Overall a beautiful city nested against gorgeous crater lakes

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"Half way between Melbourne and Adelaide - a good spot to be"

Mount Gambier is a great spot. It’s a good sized city with everything you could possibly need. And it is in a beautiful area. The city is well laid out with some nice houses. Its a good sized city but you're never far from anywhere and there is a good selection of shops.

It’s halfway between Adelaide and Melbourne, close to some of the best coastline Australian has to offer.

Mt Gambier has a great feel. And it’s easy to get around. There are plenty of good parks around, some of them are the best I have ever seen, and I've seen a few.

It’s not for anyone that wants to big city lifestyle, but it’s a nice compromise for those that want out of the city but don't want to give up on the amenities of the city.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"A lovely country area for family living"

Mt Gambier East, not surprisingly, is the suburb situated to the east of Mt Gambier. Mt Gambier is South Australia’s second largest city, with a regional population of more than 30,000. It is located approximately 400 kilometres from Adelaide, and the drive takes around 4 ½ hours. There are also frequent buses and plane flights every day.

Mt Gambier East offers lovely residential living. There are a number of subdivisions, with neat homes on comfortable sized blocks. A number of large and spacious modern properties have been built in recent years by a number of the more affluent Mt Gambier families. A number of retirement villages have arisen in the area lately as well.

Mt Gambier East is a great spot for families, offering primary schools and parks. The centre of Mt Gambier is just a short drive away, so all of its shops, facilities and services are within easy reach.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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Rainer L
Rainer L

Thank you! Very helpful.

soon-retireek

Is Allendale Easta good suburb to live in?

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"A good spot for country living"

As the name suggests, Mt Gambier West is the suburb situated to the west of Mt Gambier. Mt Gambier is South Australia’s second largest city, with a regional population of more than 30,000. It is located approximately 400 kilometres from Adelaide, and the drive takes around 4 ½ hours. There are also frequent buses and plane flights every day.

Mt Gambier West is an area offering different styles and character. The immediate area closer to the main town is predominantly industrial with a large number of businesses and manufacturers. Not particularly pretty, as to be expected! There are then a number of subdivisions with neat and modern homes, and spacious gardens. The area then rolls in to lovely farming properties, incredibly green and on very large blocks.

The residential areas of Mt Gambier West offer picturesque rural living, just a short drive from the town centre and all of its facilities.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"Famous for the Blue Lake"

Mount Gambier is almost a six hours' drive south from Adelaide City. This country town is very close to the Victorian border and is home to the famous Blue Lake. The Blue Lake has the bluest water you will ever see in your life and it is worth joining the tour. Also, during the drive from Adelaide to Mount Gambier, you will pass by the wine region of Coonawarra.

Mount Gambier is quite a large country town that has it's own airport. The main street has your usual Chinese restaurants, shops, supermarkets, service stations and etc. The locals are very friendly and the houses here are very well maintained. Streets here are clean and the air is fresh. This is a nice country town to visit or stopover even if it is just for a day.

Who lives here?

  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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"South Australian's 2nd biggest city - good country living for family or retirement"

Mount Gambier is South Australia’s second largest city with a population of around 24,000 in the town itself (and over 30,000 in the surrounding region), significantly less that the million plus in Adelaide.

Situated in the state’s south-east (only kilometres from the Victorian Border), the drive to Adelaide takes around 4 ½ hours or so, and Melbourne is around 5 hours. Buses run to both regularly but take a lot longer. There are also multiple frequent flights with Regional Express every day.

The city lies in the heart of the Limestone Coast region, and is well known for its top-quality produce. The region’s climate is significantly cooler than more northern areas of SA, and the higher annual rainfall is well suited to the farming and forestry of the surrounding district.

Just a short drive to the north is the world-famous Coonawarra wine region, and to the South and West a selection of fantastic holiday spots and country towns along the rugged coastline (although the water is not warm by any measure!).

The city has continued to sprawl out from its historic centre. Commercial Street, in the centre of town, provides a full range of shops and services while the large supermarket chains all have a local presence. Pubs are numerous and there is a good choice of cafes. There is a major hospital and all of the banks. All of the services and essential facilities are provided, yet with convenience of the major capitals just a few hours away.

Mount Gambier is a great location to raise a family – green open spaces, a relaxed and friendly country-town lifestyle. Sporting facilities abound, with regional competitions across the entire southeast region for football and netball popular in winter and cricket and tennis in summer. There are a number of primary schools in the vicinity, as well as two public high schools. However quite a few families do choose to send the kids to boarding school in Adelaide or Melbourne for the later years.

Overall, Mt Gambier offers everything you need for a lovely life in the country.

Who lives here?

  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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NevilleL

I have been there twice of recent for health reasons as I have moved to Kingston SE. Previously only went there in the late 1970's. The traffic has exploded since then but I can tell you it is a pretty city with lots of lovely old buildings and the surrounding countryside is so pretty. Cold and wet but a gem for tourists so go in the warmer weather.

Rainer L
Rainer L

Thank you for taking the time to oost your valued information. I am keen on country living and still have much of what amenities can be provided including health care. This pkace soubds very promising. Just hope it is not taken up by too many deroes or druggies like other towns are experiencing. Seems hard to get away from dysfunctional people.

Janet McIlwaine
Janet McIlwaine

Every town or city has an underbelly and even the wealthy suburbs can take drugs, snd drink too much. My relatives live outside the town on acreage. No issues. Pinots and Shirazes of the Coonawarra region. My other tentative lives in the poorer area snd has no issues either.

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