5.7 out of 10

Mount Gambier

Ranked 8th best suburb in South East
-37.8331016706981 140.780152757879
Great for
  • Childcare
  • Schools
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Clean & Green
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

5/5
Sep 01, 2016

"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.
2/5 rating details
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
2yrs+

"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.
Pros
  • beach nearby
  • Family Friendliness
  • Schools and Clubs
  • Sport
Cons
  • its not what you know but who you know kind of town
  • Limited access to local health specialists
  • Limited jobs
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"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.......
Pros
  • Yeah, great until all the good people moved out
Cons
  • 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....
Recommended for
  • Hipsters
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Council needs inspiration"

Great town with a small town mentality - council needs to get themselves into gear.
Pros
  • until they moved out there was
  • Some great people
Cons
  • 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....
Recommended for
  • Hipsters
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"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.
Pros
  • High rainfall year-round
  • Family Friendliness
  • Schools and Clubs
  • Some great people
  • Sport
  • Location
Cons
  • Limited access to local health specialists
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
3/5
2yrs+

"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.
Pros
  • Family Friendliness
  • Some great people
  • Sport
  • Nice size, lovely location
  • Lots of shopping, sporting facilities
Cons
  • 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.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"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
Pros
  • Sport
  • Some great people
  • Nice country side
  • Family Friendliness
  • Schools and Clubs
Cons
  • 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!)
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"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.
Pros
  • Family Friendliness
  • Schools and Clubs
  • Location
Cons
  • Can get very cold (but so can London!)
  • Limited access to local health specialists
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5
2yrs+

"Great Country city that is home to the Blue Lake"

Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"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
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"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.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"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.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"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.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"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.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"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.
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
NevilleL
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.
Aug 16, 2016
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