Bluey Blundstone's Blacksmith Shop, South Australian Tourism Commission

Melrose, a quiet settlement at the foot of Mount Remarkable, is the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges. Indigenous groups who occupied the southern Flinders Ranges around Mount Remarkable and Melrose resisted European settlement in the 1840s, but after just a few decades the population was reduced to a handful. Pastoral properties were established on the mountainous slopes of the ranges, but Melrose truly took off when copper deposits were found nearby in 1846. Bushwalking through Mount Remarkable National Park is a highlight of any visit to this area. The arid north country meets the wet conditions of southern regions to provide a diverse landscape to explore.

Visitor Information

Melrose Caravan and Tourist Park, Joes Rd; (08) 8666 2060

Nearby national parks

  • Mount Remarkable National Park

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  • Flinders Ranges National Park

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  • Port Pirie

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  • Port Augusta

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In Town

National Trust Museum: documents local history, with particular focus on early law enforcement. Original stone buildings include the courthouse and lock-up; open 2–5pm; Stuart St.

Bluey Blundstone Blacksmith Shop: a restored shop with a cafe and B&B; closed Tues; Stuart St.

Serendipity Gallery: Australiana arts and crafts; Stuart St.

War Memorial and Lookout Hill: views over surrounding region.

4WD tours: to local landmarks; contact visitor centre for operators.

Heritage walk: self-guide walk includes ruins of Jacka's Brewery and Melrose Mine; brochure from visitor centre.


Mt Remarkable National Park Part of the southern Flinders Ranges and popular with bushwalkers. Marked trails through the park's gorges and ranges vary in scope from short scenic walks to long 3-day hikes. Highlights include pretty Alligator Gorge and the tough but worthwhile 5 hr return walk from Melrose to the summit of Mt Remarkable (960 m), with breathtaking views from the top. Access to the park by vehicle is via Mambray Creek or Wilmington. Foot access is from carparks and Melrose. (08) 8634 7068; 2 km W.

Cathedral Rock: an impressive rock formation on Mt Remarkable Creek; just west of Melrose.

Murray Town: a farming town with nearby scenic lookouts at Box Hill, Magnus Hill and Baroota Nob. Remarkable View Wines offers tasting and sales on weekends. Starting point for a scenic drive west through Port Germein Gorge; 14 km S.

Booleroo Centre: this service town to a rich farming community features the Booleroo Steam Traction Preservation Society's Museum. Annual Rally Day is held in Mar/Apr; open by appt; (08) 8667 2193; 15 km SE.

Wirrabara: you could easily lose half a day in this town's bakery-cum-antiques shop, wandering through the rooms of relics and antiques just to work up an appetite for another homemade pastry; 25 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Fitzgerald Bay 40 km

Snapper fishing has a language all of its own. In Queensland and NSW, anglers talk about small snapper as ‘squire’. In Victoria, small snapper are ‘pinkies’; in SA, they are known as... Find out more

Point Lowly 42 km

The Point Lowly lighthouse marks the southern extremity of Fitzgerald Bay. Near the lighthouse is a small community of shacks. These lighthouse cottages are cared for by the Uniting Church, and are available for hire. It... Find out more

Whyalla 60 km

Whyalla is snapper central for anglers. Every Easter the Australian Snapper Championships are based here and the top ten snapper weighed in are always over 10 kg. As you would expect with a destination where fishing is... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden 54 km

Located at Port Augusta West (at the head of Spencer Gulf) and spread over 200 hectares, this centre showcases the Australian arid landscapes and their vegetation. There are 12 kilometres of walking tracks, guided tours... Find out more

Diving with cuttlefish, off Whyalla 63 km

Every year between May and September, thousands of Australian giant cuttlefish converge on the rocky coastline between Fitzgerald Bay and False Bay at Whyalla (on the Eyre Peninsula’s north-east coast) to breed and... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

The North Star Hotel

This landmark pub has been rejuvenated to create a quirky, inviting venue for contemporary food and country hospitality. The menu spans a selection of creative grills, salads and gourmet pizza. Local produce, including... Find out more

The Old Bakery Stone Hut

What started as an English-style country bakery has blossomed into a must-see destination for homemade and regional delicacies. Delicious chunky steak pies – there are ten flavours in all – are the real hero... Find out more

Campsites around town

Melrose Showgrounds camping area

Creekside camping is permitted on the outskirts of the delightful Flinders Ranges town of Melrose, the oldest settlement in the region. With sites among mighty river gums, this is a convenient base for enjoying the town... Find out more

Summit Camp (bush camping) 3 km

In an atmospheric bush setting on the high crest of Mt Remarkable, bush camping is permitted 6 km north-west of Melrose on the Mt Remarkable Summit Hike, also part of the Heysen Trail. The site is gas/fuel stove only and... Find out more

The Racecourse camping area (bush camping) 5 km

This walk-in site with a big water tank is near the junction of the Racecourse and Mungola Hut tracks, close to the modern Grays Hut camping area. It is also on the Heysen Trail. A permit is required from the... Find out more

Goat Rock camping area (bush camping) 8 km

A walk-in bush site (gas/fuel stove only), close to the junction of Woolfords and Racecourse tracks, this camping area requires a permit from the self-registration station.... Find out more

Hidden Camp (bush camping) 12 km

This sheltered walk-in site is close to the dramatic ravine of Hidden Gorge, 8 km on foot north of Mambray Creek. The site is gas/fuel stove only, and a permit is required from the self-registration station.... Find out more

Sugar Gum Dam camping area (bush camping) 12 km

Secluded small sites are set in this walk-in area among high woodland on the Black Range Trek, 11 km east of Mambray Creek. A permit is required from the self-registration station, and the site is gas/fuel stove only.... Find out more

Kingfisher Flat camping area (bush camping) 12 km

Delightful woodland walk-in camping is offered close to Alligator Creek. The facilities and ease of access make this a popular base for day walks to surrounding highlights. Situated 4 km south of the Alligator Gorge... Find out more

Longhill Camp (bush camping) 14 km

Just 1 km south-west of Alligator, this walk-in camp (gas/fuel stove only) is at the start of the Ring Route Track. A permit is required from the self-registration station.... Find out more

Mambray Creek Campground 15 km

The park’s largest and most accessible campground is in a classic creek and river red gum setting. It offers a full range of facilities and ready access to the walking tracks heading east. Signposted access is off... Find out more

Fricks Dam camping area (bush camping) 15 km

This elevated walk-in site is close to The Battery, with valley views. On Fricks Track, it is 10 km north of Mambray Creek. A permit is required from the self-registration station and you need to bring a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Port Pirie Beach Caravan Park 42 km

This beachfront caravan park is just 1.5 km from the town centre and offers a range of facilities to suit most travellers. Nicely angled drive-through sites, clean amenities and friendly staff make this our pick of the... Find out more

Shoreline Caravan Park 56 km

This park has good facilities in a quiet, off-the-highway location. It has sea frontage and views of the Flinders Ranges. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Port Augusta Big4 Holiday Park 56 km

With very good facilities, this park is strategically based at the junction of the Eyre, Princes and Stuart highways. It can get quite busy here, even in the low season. The park is about 1.5 km from the town centre.... Find out more

Crystal Brook Caravan Park 58 km

This is a small, neat council-owned park just on the edge of town. It is a very pretty park with large red gums, a creek alongside, and lawn sites. We find it good value.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Whyalla Foreshore 62 km

This large park close to town has most amenities for tourists. Bookings are required at Easter.... Find out more

Peterborough Caravan Park 63 km

This is a tidy park located off the main road in a quiet part of town, adjacent to the town’s swimming pool. The park has modern amenities and is conveniently positioned for an overnight stop between Broken Hill... Find out more

Nuttbush Retreat Caravan Park 74 km

This park adjoins the huge Pandurra sheep and cattle station, 40 km south-west of Port Augusta on the Eyre Highway. The park has very good facilities, including a licensed bar and restaurant.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Mount Remarkable Cottage

What began life as a pottery studio has been converted to an appealing, homely and very private self-contained retreat. Located in a sheltered bush setting 4 kilometres from the north of town, this is a stirring... Find out more

The North Star Hotel

Thanks to a radical makeover, the oldest pub in the Flinders Ranges – established in 1854 – has been reinvigorated as a smart boutique-style hotel. Behind its classic stone facade, the hotel’s four... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Willochra Creek rest area 3 km

17km S of Wilmington (R) or 3km N of Melrose (L)

Just off the highway among trees.

Murray Town camping area 13 km

At Murray Town

Large area just off the highway. In the middle of town. Good facilities. Limited shade.

Mambray Creek camping area 14 km

T/O 48km S of Port Augusta (L) or 47km N of Warnertown (R)

At the base of some ranges 5km east of the highway in Mt Remarkable National Park.

Mambray Creek rest area 19 km

T/O 48km S of Port Augusta (L) or 47km N of Warnertown (L)

Under trees on both sides of the highway.

Hancocks Lookout rest area 20 km

T/O 18km SE of Princes Hwy (R) or 4km W of Wilmington (L)

At the lookout 7km (unsealed) south of the highway.

Wilmington park area 21 km

At Wilmington

Just off the highway. On the south side of town.

Ippinitchie camping area 27 km

T/O at Wirrabara

In the forest 8km (partly unsealed) west of Wirrabara in Wirrabara Forest Reserve.

Port Germein South rest area 28 km

72km S of Port Augusta (L)

Secluded behind trees. For southbound only.

Laura park area 41 km

At Laura

Under shady trees opposite a caravan park.

Point Lowly camping area 42 km

T/O 36km S of Eyre Hwy (L) or 11km N of Whyalla (R)

Near the foreshore 23km east of the highway via Port Bonython Rd.

Fitzgerald Bay camping area 42 km

T/O 36km S of Eyre Hwy (L) or 11km N of Whyalla (R)

On the foreshore 24km (partly unsealed) east of the highway via Port Bonython and Point Douglas rds.

Warnertown rest area 46 km

At Warnertown

Just off the highway. On the south side of town. For northbound only.

Gladstone park area 51 km

At Gladstone

Adjacent to the highway and next to a caravan park.

Information Bay rest area 62 km

130km NE of Kimba (R) or 26km SW of Port Augusta (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Georgetown park area 62 km

At Georgetown

Just off the highway. In the middle of town.

Mount Whyalla rest area 65 km

11km S of Eyre Hwy (L) or 36km N of Whyalla (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Tank Hill Rest Area 66 km

126 km NE of Kimba (R) or 30 km SW of Port Augusta (L)

Large secluded area just off the highway in the scrub. Limited shade.

Oodla Wirra South rest area 81 km

3km S of Oodla Wirra (R) or 31km N of Terowie (L)

Just off the highway among trees. 

What's on around town

Melrose Show: Oct.

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