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Cave Dive at Piccaninnie Ponds

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There is a spectacular underwater world in Australia to explore called Piccaninnie Ponds. It is recognized as a wetland of international importance, the freshwater here rises to the surface and has eroded the limestone for many centuries. This process has formed the large underwater caves known as "The Cathedral". A creation with majestic white walls of sculptured and scalloped limestone. Add this to the bucket list and be sure to also visit the Lower South East Marine Park which also offers plenty of diving experiences.

On land you can take a walk along the beach and see the freshwater springs bubbling up onto the sand. There is also a walking trail through coastal wattle and beard heath to the ponds outlet. On the way, view the beauty of the southern ocean and the lower south east marine park. The walk then leads inland via boardwalks into silky tea-tree and cutting grass to a lookout where views of the wetland and bamboo reed and bulrush can be seen.

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When to visit

We recommend visiting the Piccaninnie Ponds from December until March. You will experience freezing water but the air is nice and warm. More climate details can be found here.

How to get there

Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park is located 32km south east of Mount Gambier.

Where to stay

If you are looking for a great place to stay we recommend Mount Gambier Hotel. The location is perfect, close to everything and very quiet despite being in center of town. The rooms are massive and well decorated. On they get a great review of 8.7.

This article was last updated on December 16, 2020.