Mount Remarkable National Park

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Mount Remarkable National Park, in the southern reaches of the Flinders Ranges, is a beautiful bushland park with pretty creeks, steep wooded valleys and rugged, red quartzite gorges. The park conserves part of an important biological region of high diversity, where arid zone and temperate species overlap.

Fact file


From Adelaide via Princes Hwy through Port Wakefield to Mambray Creek; or via Clare then B82 to Melrose

Best season

Autumn to spring


250 km north of Adelaide; 50 km south-east of Port Augusta

Park information

  • Parks SA (08) 8204 1910
  • Parks SA Mt Remarkable (08) 8634 7068


Camping permit required


18 000 ha

Visitor information

Port Pirie 1800 000 424

Featured Activities in the National Park

  • Explore the wonders of Alligator and Hidden gorges

    Take in the view over the park’s rugged hills from one of the lookouts near Mambray Creek

    Watch out for some of the beautiful native orchids

    Listen to brown and streambank froglets at Mambray Creek

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A look at the past

Mount Remarkable was named by intrepid explorer Edward Eyre in 1840. By the late 1880s the Mount Remarkable and Alligator Gorge areas were used for sheep grazing, and ruins and relics of pastoral homesteads, huts, fence lines and dams lie abandoned in the landscape. Trees were felled: blue gum and red gum for railway sleepers, and cypress pine for building the early pug and pine shepherd’s huts. Copper mining ventures were established, most notably at Melrose and Spring Hill, and the Napperby Block supplied stone for many of Port Pirie’s buildings.

Aboriginal culture

The Nukunu people have traditional ties with this region and sites in the park reveal their use of chert (very hard sedimentary rock used to make spearheads) and quartzite. The Nukunu now live in several centres around Mount Remarkable and retain strong links to their country.

Natural features

The north–south Mount Remarkable Range, including its 960-metre namesake in the east and Alligator Syncline to the west are formed of ancient quartzite, folded into mountain slopes and peaks. At the centre of the park are the rugged catchments of the Mambray and Alligator creeks, while to the west a lowland plain sweeps down towards Spencer Gulf. The western half of the park is dominated in the north by the Alligator Syncline pound with The Battery forming its western rim, and the Black Range peaks of The Pinnacle (726 metres) and Mount Cavern (770 metres) in the south.

Native plants

South Australian blue gum, and sugar gum, endemic to the state, cover most of the park, with river red gums along the creeklines, glades of cypress pines in the Mambray Creek valleys and a stand of rare white box. Wildflowers are prolific, with 490 plants recorded here, including several species of threatened orchids and the largest known population of bayonet spider orchids. Along the western flanks of the ranges emubush grows among the rocks, native hibiscus adorns sheltered spots in the gorges and downy mint bush blooms in the rocky gullies. Wattles, some endemic to the area, provide magnificent displays of gold, with species such as golden wattle, dog wattle, graceful wattle and Flinders Range wattle.


This park straddles two biological regions, thereby providing a refuge for more species than areas to the north or south. Mambray Creek has South Australia’s only endemic frog, the streambank froglet, as well as its widespread southern cousin, the brown froglet. Euros and western grey kangaroos are very common, with the bigger red kangaroos on the western plains, and yellow-footed rock-wallabies in the gorges. Ringtail and brushtail possums, and pygmy-possums, make their home in the river red gums. The 117 bird species include the painted button-quail and the diamond firetail. The rare Krefft’s tiger snake, Flinders Ranges worm-lizard, and striking lace monitor are among the national park’s 52 reptile species.


This park provides opportunities for bushwalking (100 kilometres of walking trails), picnicking (shady day-visitor areas with excellent facilities are provided alongside the creek at Mambray and at Blue Gum Flat in Alligator Gorge), camping and nature study. History buffs can also explore the park’s European pastoral and mining heritage sites.


A short trail leads through the narrow Alligator Gorge (2-km loop), while the longer Ring Route (9 km) heads upstream past the Terraces. Mambray Creek to Alligator Gorge trail (14 km one way, 5½ hours) is easy to follow, with the chance of seeing colourful grevillea, bottlebrush and fringe-myrtle. Hidden Gorge and The Battery loop walk (18 km, 7½ hours) leads through shrublands to the spectacular red quartzite cliffs of Hidden Gorge, and includes a 350-metre climb to The Battery lookout for scenic views. For the energetic there is Mount Cavern walk (11 km loop, 7½ hours, difficult), with a 620-metre climb to the summit to views over the Spencer Gulf, or the steep and stony trek to the top of the 963-metre Mount Remarkable (8 km loop, 7 hours, 600-metre climb) from Melrose. The Heysen Trail passes through the east of the park from Stony Creek in the north to the Napperby Block in the south.


Eaglehawk Dam camping area (bush camping)

This walk-in bush camp is on the Ring Route Track, 4 km north-west of the Alligator Gorge carpark. A permit is required from the self-registration station, and you need to use a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Fricks Dam camping area (bush camping)

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

Goat Rock camping area (bush camping)

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

Grays Hut camping area (walk-in camping)

On the Heysen Trail just west of the popular Racecourse camping area, this camping area is adjacent to a hut with sleeping benches, and there’s a solar light. No fires are allowed; bring a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Hidden Camp (bush camping)

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

Kingfisher Flat camping area (bush camping)

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)

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

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

The Racecourse camping area (bush camping)

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

Stony Creek Camp (bush camping)

The park’s northernmost campground, this walk-in site is off the Stony Creek Track, 8 km north of the Alligator Gorge carpark. It is on the Heysen Trail. Only gas/fuel stoves are allowed and you need a permit from... Find out more

Stringers camping area (bush camping)

This walk-in camp is high on The Battery in the west of the park, 2 km north of the Hidden Gorge Hike. This site is gas/fuel stove only; pick up a permit from the self-registration station. Bring drinking water.... Find out more

Sugar Gum Dam camping area (bush camping)

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

Summit Camp (bush camping)

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

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