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Cave Dive at Piccaninnie Ponds

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Explore the spectacular underwater world of Piccaninnie Ponds which is recognized as a wetland of international importance. The freshwater rises to the surface and has eroded the limestone. This process has formed the large underwater caves known as The Cathedral creating with its majestic white walls of sculptured and scalloped limestone. Add this to the bucket list and be sure to visit the Lower South East Marine Park which also offers plenty of diving experiences.
On land, 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 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.

(source and more information can be found here: https://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Limestone_Coast/piccaninnie-ponds-conservation-park)

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 booking.com they get a great review of 8.7 and you can book it here.

This article was last updated on October 19, 2019.