|Open:||All year daily around the clock. |
|Light:||Floodlit at night.|
|Address:||The Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre, Jubilee Highway East (P O Box 56), Mount Gambier SA 5290. Tel: +61-8-8724-9750, FreeCall: +61-1800-087-187, Fax: +61-8-8723-2833.|
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|Last update:||$Date: 2015/08/30 21:51:53 $|
|1886||beautified by James Umpherston.|
|1887||opened to the public.|
Umpherston Cave or Umpherston Sinkhole was formed by the collapse of a chamber of the big cave system below Mount Gambier. It was named after James Umpherston who started to cultivate it and lived on a property nearby. He arrived in 1860, and was a foundation member of the Show Society.
The depression is fertile, with more topsoil and more moisture than outside, which makes it an ideal place for a garden. The area is well developed, with floodlight in the night, terraced gardens, barbecue, toilets and picnic grounds. A display on the steps down into the sinkhole explains the history of the place. Another display in the gardens outside the sinkhole explains the logging history of the area, with a Mack logging truck and an old bull-dozer on display.
Umpherston Sinkhole is very popular at dusk, when possums come out to be hand fed.
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