You will need transportation to get around to see the sights. There is basic public transport and some sights can be seen within walking distance of the town centre. It may be easiest, however, to hire a rental car for a time if you wish to see some of the sights near the town.
Centro Lakes Village hosts about 40 stores including a supermarket, K-Mart, the Reject Shop and Angus & Robertson. Has a large food court although there is little variety in the food for sale. The Lakes Village is open Sundays after 11am.
Variety Stores There are numerous variety stores in Mt Gambier. Go-Lo and Ned's located on Commerical street West, Cheap As Chips on Helen street, the Reject Shop can be found in the Lakes Village. A large Target can also be found on Sturt street (entrances from Compton street and Ferrers street).
Markets Saturday is the Rotary Market on Julibee Highway East next to Harvey Normans (it is part of the former Fletcher Jones site). Sthe Blue Lake Market is held Sundays on Commerical street West opposite Vansitart Park.
Resturants in Mount Gambier are reasonably cheap when compared to city prices.
Belgornio's An authetic Italian resturant with woodfired pizzas.
Charlie's Diner All you can eat resturant on Jubliee Highway West. It has two dinner sittings (5.30 and 7pm). A Charlie Chaplain themed resturant, very popular with the locals.
South Eastern The first pub on Commerical Street East. Has a beer garden and a drive thru bottle shop.
Golden Chopsticks The best Chinese resturant with good service.
Spud Train A train shaped vending van which serves baked potatoes. Look for the waving oversized potato/man on the weekends.
McDonald's, KFC and Hungry Jacks are all located on Penola road between Commerical Street and Jubliee Highway. Subway is located on Commerical street East and in the Lakes Village. Red Rooster is located on Jubliee Highway East. McDonald's in the only 24 hour resturant.
Domino's Pizza can be in the Woolworth's Petrol Station, opposite the Federal Hotel. Pinky's Pizza can also be found on Commerical street East. Pizza Haven is on Commerical street West and has the best take away pizza. They also have a drive thru.
For late night snacks, the Cave Garden Deli is open late on Saturday nights. It is next to the Cave Gardens sinkhole in town. they also sell Domino's pizza (but be warned, it's a bit chewy at 4am). The 24 Hour Mobil on Commerical street East/Crouch street does Boss Dogs and besides McDonald's are probably the only source of food in the wee hours.
Shadows Entertainment Complex Mt Gambier's longest lasting night club. Considered to be a 'dive' by the locals, but has cheap drinks, a reasonable size dance floor and top 40+ 1990s-200s hits. .Entry is free before midnight, after midnight it costs $8. Often gets busy about 2am when the other pubs have closed for the night. Before 11.30pm it is very quiet and a good place to have some quiet drinks.
The Gambier Hotel also known as The G. the G has been voted as one of Australia's best pubs and is the most upmarket you'll find in The Mount. Sometimes has a cover charge depending on the entertainment.
Flanagan's Irish Pub also known as 'Flannie's'. Good meals and often has a live band. It gets crowded very quickly as the pub is rabbit-warren like.
Alexander's Entertainment Complex is a bar/pool hall. Popular with the younger crowd, is basically just a big hall with a bar in the middle. Gets very noisy very quickly.