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The Lady Nelson

From $4

The Lady Nelson Centre has been built around a full-scale replica of the brig HMS Lady Nelson, from which Lieutenant James Grant sighted and named Mount Gambier in 1800. It provides an information service on Mount Gambier and the Limestone Coast. Experience interactive displays on local history, geology and culture. Head through an under-sea world to see fish that helped to make the limestone 30 million years ago. Wander through The Wetlands to see the South East region through the eyes of the early settlers when they first settled the district and learn the history of Aboriginal middens. Meet Christina Smith as her ghostly figure steps down from the photograph to tell of her experiences in the 1800s. Walk on the exciting glass floor to see the illuminated fossil rocks below. See 40,000-year-old fossils and examples of Aboriginal art. Watch for the Cave Explorer. In the Geology Room, see the neon volcano. See the full size replica HMS Lady Nelson. Learn about the voyage of discovery in the year 1800 and of life on this early sailing ship.