Spending most of his early years in England, Adam Lindsay Gordon came to Australia in 1853, when he was 20 years old. He joined the South Australian Mounted Police, but after two years threw up his steady job to become a horse breaker.
In 1862 he married and two years later bought a small cottage near Port MacDonnell on the coast south of Mt Gambier. The cottage called Dingley Dell, was his home for three years and is now a museum. In the grounds there is a Poet’s Walk through the garden, with informative signs about Gordon’s life and poetry.