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Mount Gambier Jail, Backpackero
Mount Gambier South Australia


Who are we?

A love of old buildings and the desire for a different way of life is what drives Gary Adam. These goals have been satisfied by the changing use of The Jail and the opportunity to cater for travelers from around the world. Patricia Flury, Gary's partner fell in love with Australia while visiting as a backpacker. Formerly from Switzerland, Patricia speaks French, German, English and Italian. Many guests are surprised to hear their native tongue in Mount Gambier. A passionate sportsperson, Patricia has been competing in triathlons for many years. A belief that "low cost does not have to mean low quality" results in great value for our guests and associates.

Mount Gambier

Located in the south-east corner of South Australia, Mount Gambier has a booming population of 24,000. You will pass through the city when travelling to or from the Great Ocean Road en route between Melbourne and Adelaide.

The mainstays of Mount Gambier are pinus radiata plantations, associated timber mills and a strong agricultural economy.

There are many natural attractions that beautify Mount Gambier - dormant volcanoes, the world-famous Blue Lake (where the water literally turns blue between November and March), caves, sink holes and park-like pastures sprinkled with majestic red gums.

Location:
Close to City centre (1Km). Margaret Street, Mount Gambier. Entrance via driveway alongside tennis courts. Put Put Golf and public swimming pool nearby.

Capacity:
96 people as at 20/11/01.

Rooms:
2 doubles (cells), 19 twin shares (cells), 2 three bed dorms (Gaolers residence), 2 six bed dorms, 1 ten bed dorm, 1 self contained unit accommodates six people.

Beds:
Gary makes all beds on-site. We use locally milled pine and deluxe futon mattresses.

Facilities:
Kitchen for self catering guests. TV Lounge. Quiet lounge with wood fire. Dining area. Lots of outdoors walled garden spaces. $1.00 Pool table. Satellite television.

Restaurant:
Turn Key's Restaurant is now operating at The Jail and offers guest meals. There is also a fine A la carte menu available, bookings essential.

Other:
Games yard for indoor Cricket and Soccer. Darts board. Free self-guided tour ($3.30 charge for non-guests.)

Bus Station:
1Km.

Transfers:
Free pickup from anywhere in town.

Access:
stays overnight at McKay's Trek Inn in Penola or The Jail. We offer a free transfer to and from Penola for guests who stay at both of our hostels. Additionaly, Bus will drop off and pick up at The Jail, and public transport services (Melbourne <--> Mount Gambier) and Premier State Liner (Adelaide <--> Mount Gambier) drop off at the Mount Gambier bus station.

Attractions:
The Blue Lake. A lake in a volcano which is in the centre of town. Walking trails. Mount Schank - climb inside a volcano. Wildlife park (Free entry). Cave tours. Sink holes where you can feed possums. Paintball gun adventures. Go-karts.
Nightlife:
Lots of pubs with entertainment. Nightclub. Cinema. Games arcades.

Old Gaol
Margaret Street
Mount Gambier 5290
South Australia
Are you local? Ring us on (08) 8723 0032
Otherwise ring us toll free on 1 800 626 844
Send a fax to (08) 8723 2477
Email for more info or price
Mount Gambier, Map