Jessie’s a keen-o freediver and spearfisher, so she wasn’t about to pass up the chance to check out the Mt Gambier area as her freediving mate cruised through on a ’round Australia trip. They took the plunge into Kilsby’s Sinkhole — despite the winter temperatures — and weren’t disappointed. They even got to cook up some foraged scallops for dinner afterwards.
Mt Gambier has literally been on my bucket list for years, ever since I did my first cave dive in Central America and almost simultaneously learned about the Australian cave diving scene centred in this area of South Australia.
Previously the caves at Kilsby’s Sinkhole were heavily regulated and only accessible by certified cave divers and members of the Cave Diving Association of Australia. However, in 2014 the Kilsby family started allowing access to the property for snorkelers and open water scuba divers. Access to the site is still only possible through prior arrangement with an instructor who holds a licence to guide dives but, needless to say, I jumped at the chance to take a look around.
Ewens Ponds And Piccaninnie Ponds
Whilst you still can’t enter any of the enclosed caverns, the main open area is enough to make the trip worthwhile. Nearby is also Ewens Ponds and Piccaninnie Ponds which are part of a national park and which will feature in our next episode. Together they all make for a perfect weekend adventure for the novice diver to be blown away.
Could this be underwater love?