70th Hotel Opening: Nightcap at Federal Hotel Mt Gambier

We’re beyond excited to announce the 70th Nightcap Hotel opening in March 2022: Nightcap at Federal Hotel Mt Gambier. Located in the heart of town, there are 17 fully renovated guest rooms offering affordable accommodation in an ideal location. Enjoy Nightcap perks and comforts with easy access to nearby attractions and all the Limestone Coast has to offer.


The hotel was built on the site of the Farmer’s Inn, which operated from 1856 to 1914, and in 1915 it was rebuilt and renamed the Federal Hotel. We’ve maintained elements of the history, all the while bringing accommodation up to a modern standard for guests to stay in comfort. If you’re heading to Mt Gambier, be sure to check out Nightcap at Federal Hotel for the best rates and sweet inclusions.


Here’s our guide to the top 5 things to do in Mt Gambier


Blue Lake
The stunning Blue Lake mysteriously turns a vibrant cobalt/turquoise blue almost overnight in early November, only to slowly change back to its somber blue towards the end of Summer and early Spring. No matter when you visit, though, the crater lake offers breathtaking views from every angle. There is a 3.6 km track around the Lake that you can walk or drive to take it all in.


Umpherston Sinkhole
Words don’t quite do it justice, as the Umpherston Sinkhole is truly a sight to behold. Also known as Sunken Gardens, this sinkhole used to be a cave until the top collapsed, followed by its beautification in the late 1800s. You can walk around the top or head down to wander along the terraces inside.  It’s open 24 hours a day and is a must-see on any visit to Mt Gambier.


Kilsby Sinkhole
Just 15 minutes outside of Mt Gambier lies Kilsby Sinkhole, one of the best cenote (sinkhole) dive sites in the world. The crystal clear, limestone filtered water offers spectacular visibility in a truly magnificent body of water. If diving isn’t your thing, they offer snorkelling or informative sinkhole tours (with gin tasting!), so there’s something for everyone.


Engelbrecht Cave
Park on top, cave underneath. Engelbrecht Cave is in the heart of town, proving that there’s so much more to see beneath the surface of Mt Gambier. Take a guided tour of the Cave to learn about the region’s underground water system and the history of the cave. Experienced divers can even explore the secret tunnels underwater.


Central Mt Gambier
One of the best things about Mt Gambier is that a lot of the main attractions are close to the center of town. In addition to the caves, sinkholes and lakes, some top spots to visit in town are lovely gardens and parks, the Gardiner Fountain and the Riddoch Arts & Cultural Centre. Wander the streets with heritage buildings and shops, restaurants and cafes, and be sure to taste some wine from the region!