The Umpherston Sinkhole

As I traveled around Australia, I enjoyed visiting the many gardens in various towns and cities throughout the country. From the ones tucked away in small sleepy towns to large cities with the skyscrapers and tall buildings protruding above. But I have never seen anything like this!

The Umpherston Sinkhole (or The Sunken Garden) has got to be one of the most impressive and peculiar gardens located on the Mount Gambier Region.

Even it’s name still sounds so odd to me!The garden is named after James Umpherston who purchased a farm in Mount Gambier in 1864 which contained a huge sinkhole. There are hundreds of sinkholes throughout the Mount Gambier district but none as impressive as this one.

The then Retired James Umpherston, having the time, wanted to create this amazing place for the people of Mount Gambier.

A path was carved in to the face of the sinkhole and a wooden staircase erected so visitors could enter the garden. Filled with various flowering plants, ferns and shrubs it is a peaceful and beautiful place to visit.It’s certainly one of those places where pictures don’t do it justice and really had to be visited to appreciate its size and depth. There is also a resident family of possums that live in the caves below, which often make an appearance at dusk.

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