Mount Remarkable National Park

  • Showers
  • Accomm
  • Picnic Areas
  • Campfires Permitted
  • Caravan Sites
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Toilets
  • Camping
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Walking Trails
  • Bird Watching
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Partial park closure

Alligator Gorge within the park is closed until further notice for reasons of public safety.
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Immerse yourself in the dramatic beauty of Mount Remarkable National Park, its high ochre ridges, deep gorges and watercourses lined with river red gums.

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Mount Remarkable SA map

Immerse yourself in the dramatic beauty of Mount Remarkable National Park, its high ochre ridges, deep gorges and watercourses lined with river red gums.

Tag your Instagram pics with #mtremarkablenationalpark to see them displayed on this page.

About

Within easy reach of Adelaide, Mount Remarkable National Park is an ideal place to take the family. There’s lots of diverse wildlife and campgrounds with good facilities. The park is a popular destination for bushwalking, with trails for all ages and abilities. There are some incredible views to be had – the 960m high Mount Remarkable Summit presides over the Willochra Plain and looks out to the Spencer Gulf.

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Contact details

Natural Resource Centre - Clare

Phone: (+61 8) 8841 3400

Email: mrnp@sa.gov.au
After Hours Regional Duty Officer: 0417 883 678

When to visit

The mild temperatures from April to October are the most comfortable for walking. It’s also the best time of year to see wildlife and admire the park’s spectacular native flora.

Summers are warm to hot with little rainfall. During the summer months, temperatures range from 30-45°C, making walking more challenging. Make sure you take plenty of water on walks in this area.

Getting there

The park is located 45km north of Port Pirie. Access is from National Highway One via Mambray Creek.

Alligator Gorge can be reached via a picturesque – but sometimes challenging – drive commencing 1km south of Wilmington on Main North Road. This road is very steep and is unsuitable for caravans, camper trailers and buses.

You can walk into the park from the adjacent town of Melrose, which lies at the foot of Mount Remarkable.

Please note: There are no public roads that pass through Mount Remarkable National Park. Horrocks Pass and Port Germein Gorge are the nearest public roads to the park where you can pass over the Flinders Ranges in an east-west direction.

Pets in parks

Pets are not permitted within this park. There are however, a number of South Australian National Parks where you can take your dog on a lead. 

Facilities

Campground facilities

There are a variety of facilities available at the campgrounds within the park. Look at the facilities table below and pick the site which suits you best.

Mambray Creek Baroota Ruins Group sites Backpack sites
Designated sites 54 10 N N
Tent camping Y Y Y Y
Caravan accessible Y Y N N
Book online Y Y N Y
Access 2WD 2WD 2WD Hike-in
Toilets Y Y Y N
Bring own drinking water Y Y Y Y
Shared fireplaces* Y Y Y N
Bring own firewood Y Y Y -
Remove own rubbish Y Y Y Y
Pets allowed N N N N

*Restrictions apply. See fire safety.

Useful information

  • Mobile phone coverage can be patchy and unreliable in this park, especially if you are in low-lying areas.

Outback Road Report

1300 361 033 (24-hour automated service)
Northern and Western South Australian Outback Roads Temporary Closures, Restrictions and Warnings Report

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Pests and diseases

Phytophthora (fy-TOFF-thora), otherwise known as root-rot fungus, is killing our native plants and threatens the survival of animals depending on plants for food and shelter.

This introduced fungus can be found in plant roots, soil and water. Help stop the spread by using hygiene stations, staying on tracks and trails and by complying with all Phytophthora management signs.

Traditional owners

Aboriginal South Australians are the first peoples of our State and have occupied, enjoyed and managed these lands and waters since the creation. For SA's First Peoples, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state. 

Aboriginal peoples' oral histories and creation stories traverse the length and breadth of Australia’s lands and waters, including South Australian Parks. These stories interconnect land and waters with complex meaning and values and hold great cultural significance. We recognise and respect Aboriginal people's ownership of their stories and that they hold rights and obligations to care for Country. It is through these rights and cultural obligations and a shared goal to protect the environment for generations to come that DEWNR is committed to meaningful collaboration and involvement with Aboriginal peoples in the management of our shared parks.

See and do

Rangers recommend

We have picked the brains of our park rangers to find out what they would recommend you see and do whilst visiting this park.

  • Trying to spot the beautifully marked, rare yellow-footed rock-wallaby.
  • Admiring the ancient geology at The Narrows and The Terraces at Alligator Gorge and Cathedral Rock near Melrose.
  • Discovering early pastoral life at the restored shepherd huts, and the Old Baroota Station ruins and cemetery.
  • Taking the Hidden Gorge Hike for the amazing views (tip: walk clockwise, it’s downhill at the end).
  • Visiting the Ali Lookout Walk for the amazing views of Alligator Gorge below.

Bushwalking

An extensive network of bushwalking trails gives visitors the opportunity to experience the dramatic scenery, spectacular geological landforms and native wildlife of the Southern Flinders Ranges.

These trails cater for all ages and levels of fitness, varying in length and difficulty from challenging overnight treks and the long distance Heysen Trail to the easier and shorter walks at Alligator Gorge and Mambray Creek.

Please note: Overnight hikes in Mount Remarkable National Park are not permitted during the Fire Danger Season, usually 1 November to 30 April.

Easy walks

  • Ali Lookout Walk (15 mins return, 400m)

    A short and easy walk with spectacular views of Alligator Gorge below.

    Access: Alligator Gorge.

  • Gorge Lookout Walk (20 mins return, 600m)

    A short and easy walk with spectacular views of the Alligator Basin.

    Access: Alligator Gorge.

  • Mambray Creek Walk (1 hr return, 3km)

    An easy walk through Red River Gums and native pine forest. The trail links the Day Visitor Area and the Mambray Creek Campground.

    Access: Mambray Creek.

  • Wirra Water Loop (30 mins return, 1.6km)

    This interpretive section of the Mambray Creek Walk explains the importance of water in the area as you explore rocky river beds.

    Access: Mambray Creek.

Moderate hikes

  • Alligator Gorge Ring Route Hike (4 hrs return, 9 km)

    Follow the full length of Alligator Gorge. Uneven and loose gorge floor.

    Access: Alligator Gorge.

  • Baroota Hike (2 hrs return, 6km)

    Follow the Mambray Creek Walk then continue along a natural trail to visit Baroota Ruins, the Old Baroota Cemetery and the Baroota Ruins Campground.

    Access: Mambray Creek.

  • Daveys Gully Hike (1 hr return, 2.4km)

    Easy gradient. Great views into the Alligator Basin and across Spencer Gulf to Whyalla.

    Access: Mambray Creek.

  • Gorge Circuit Hike (2 hrs return, 2km)

    A popular hike for most abilities through Alligator Gorge. Steep steps and uneven gorge floor. Slippery when wet.

    Access: Alligator Gorge.

  • Hidden Gorge Hike (7 hrs return, 18km)

    Discover narrow gorges and magnificent views from the high Battery Ridge. Uneven gorge floor.

    Access: Mambray Creek.

  • Mambray Creek to Alligator Gorge Hike (5 hrs one way, 13km)

    Best planned as a two day hike if returning, or get picked up at the end.

    Access: Mambray Creek or Alligator Gorge.

  • Melrose Nature Hike (3 hrs return, 4.7km)

    A pleasant hike through the foothills of Mount Remarkable. Great views of Melrose.

    Access: Melrose.

  • Mount Remarkable Summit Hike (5 hrs return, 12.2km)

    Magnificent views of the Willochra Plain. Relatively easy access to the summit.

    Access: Melrose.

  • Sugar Gum Lookout Hike (3 hrs return, 8km)

    An easy hike along the valley of Mambray with a short but strenuous climb to the lookout.

    Access: Mambray Creek.

Treks

  • Black Range Trek (Mambray Creek to Alligator Gorge: 1 day, one way, 22km. Mambray Creek to Mount Remarkable: 1 day, one way, 20km.)

    A demanding trek, please use a topographic map. Discuss your plans with an emergency contact person who will know if you don’t return at the designated time.

    Access: Mambray Creek, Alligator Gorge or Melrose (via the Mount Remarkable Summit Hike).

  • Heysen Trail

    Part of the Heysen Trail passes through Mount Remarkable National Park. If you plan to walk the Heysen Trail, use topographic maps or the Heysen Trail Northern Guidebook. When walking on the Heysen Trail through private land, please keep to the trail. The Heysen Trail is closed during the fire danger season.

  • Mount Cavern Trek (Mount Cavern Summit: 6 hrs return, 11km. Black Range Lookout: 2 hrs return, 3.6km.)

    A demanding trek to the summit of Mount Cavern then descending steeply back into Mambray Creek. Magnificent views of the Alligator Basin.

    Access: Mambray Creek.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

Camping

Mambray Creek

A well-established campground set among the river red gums. The sites are level, and suitable for caravans, camper trailers and other large vehicles. The toilets are wheelchair accessible and there are heated showers, a baby change room and communal fireplaces.

Baroota Ruins

Offers 10 caravan-accessible sites and basic toilet facilities. Communal fireplaces are dotted around the campground.

Backpack camping

There are also 11 hike-in campsites in the park with no facilities. These sites are closed during bushfire danger season (usually November to April).

Please note that backpack camping can not be booked online. Please contact the Natural Resource Centre - Clare to organise your stay.

Natural Resource Centre - Clare
Phone: (+61 8) 8841 3400
Email: mrnp@sa.gov.au

Group Camping

Native Pines and Red Gums

Two large group campsites ideal for school, community and family groups. Native Pines can fit 40 people, and Red Gums 60 people. Facilities include a communal area, a fire pit and access to toilets. Suitable for tents only.

  • Call the Clare Natural Resources Centre to book.

Natural Resource Centre - Clare

Phone: (+61 8) 8841 3400

Campground facilities

There are a variety of facilities available at the campgrounds within the park. Look at the facilities table below and pick the site which suits you best.

Mambray Creek Baroota Ruins Group sites Backpack sites
Designated sites 54 10 N N
Tent camping Y Y Y Y
Caravan accessible Y Y N N
Book online Y Y N Y
Access 2WD 2WD 2WD Hike-in
Toilets Y Y Y N
Bring own drinking water Y Y Y Y
Shared fireplaces* Y Y Y N
Bring own firewood Y Y Y -
Remove own rubbish Y Y Y Y
Pets allowed N N N N

*Restrictions apply. See fire safety.

Accommodation

There are two accommodation options in the park, Mambray Creek Cabin (sleeps three) and Alligator Lodge (sleeps 10).

These must be booked and paid for online, where you’ll also find more information about the features of each lodging.

Videos

Mount Remarkable National Park - a ranger's perspective

Russell Martin, Ranger at Mount Remarkable, fills us in on the dramatic landscapes, breath taking views and extensive walking trails within the park.

Fauna

You will see animals everywhere in Mount Remarkable and many of them are not shy. Goannas lurk on rocks as you walk by, emus trot through the camps and along the tracks, and kookaburras mock you while you cook dinner. You may even spot an elusive echidna. A birdwatcher’s delight, the park has 117 native bird species including brightly coloured variegated wrens, Australian ringneck parrots and wedge-tailed eagles.

Volunteering

Become a Campground Host

Combine your love of camping with doing a good deed by becoming a volunteer campground host in this park.

A campground host is a volunteer who stays at the park either for a specific peak period, like the Easter break or a long weekend, or an extended period of time (up to a few months) to support park rangers. 

If you are passionate about the environment, a keen camper, like to meet people from all around the world, and are a happy to help, then hosting could be right up your alley. 

Friends of Mount Remarkable National Park 

A community-based group of volunteers who work to protect and develop the natural and cultural heritage in the park.

If you think you might be interested in volunteering opportunities within this park please contact our Volunteer Support Unit.

Safety

Bushwalking

The international Trail Users Code of Conduct is to show respect and courtesy towards other trail users at all times.

Ensure that you:

  • when hiking, wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen
  • make sure you have appropriate weather proof clothing
  • carry enough water to be self-sufficient
  • please be respectful of other users at all times
  • stay on the designated trails and connector tracks for your own safety, and prevent the spread of declared weeds to other areas in the park
  • ensure someone knows your approximate location and expected time of return
  • take appropriate maps.
  • Walk, hike or trek - what's the difference?

Camping

When camping in a National Park, it's important to remember the following:

  • Always let someone responsible know your travel plans, especially when travelling in remote areas. It's a good idea to let them know when you expect to return.
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave, including overnight temperatures on the Bureau of Meteorology. Even during very mild weather, the nights can get very cold. 
  • The quality and quantity of water cannot be guaranteed within parks. Please bring plenty of water and food to be self-sufficient.
  • Always camp in designated sites (where applicable) - do not camp beneath trees with overhanging branches, as they can drop without warning. It's also a good idea to check that there no insect nests nearby.
  • Check to make sure you're not camping in a natural waterway, flash floods can happen anytime.
  • If camp fires are permitted, you must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Extinguish your camp fire with water (not sand or dirt) until the hissing sound stops.
  • Ensure that you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Fire

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Fire restrictions

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are permitted outside the annual Fire Danger Season.
  • You must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.
  • Gas fires are permitted through the year, other than on days of Total Fire Ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Please note: Small cooking fires are only allowed at Mambray Creek and Baroota Ruins campgrounds only. Elsewhere in the park, wood fires and solid fuel fires are prohibited throughout the year.

Know before you go

Every national park is different, each has its own unique environment, it is important to be responsible while enjoying all the park has to offer.

Please ensure that you:

  • leave your pets at home
  • do not feed birds or other animals, it promotes aggressive behaviour and an unbalanced ecology
  • do not bring generators (except where permitted), chainsaws or firearms into the park
  • leave the park as you found it - place rubbish in the bins provided or take it with you
  • abide by the road rules (maintain the speed limit)
  • respect geological and heritage sites
  • do not remove native plants
  • are considerate of other park users.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Maps

Park maps

Campground maps

Maps on your mobile

If you have a smartphone or tablet you can download the free Avenza PDF Map app and have interactive national park maps on hand when you need them.

The app uses your device's built-in GPS to plot your real-time location within the park onto a map. The app can be used without a network connection and without roaming charges. You can also measure area and distance, plot photos and drop placemark pins. 

How to get it working on your device:

1. Download the Avenza PDF maps app from the app store whilst you are still in range (its free!).
2. Open up the app and click the shopping cart icon.
3. Click ‘Find’ and type the name of the national park or reserve you are looking for.
4. Click on the map you are after and install it (all our maps are free).
5. You will now find a list of your installed maps on the home page of the Avenza app.
6. Use our maps through the Avenza PDF map app while in the park and never take a wrong turn again.

Fees

Entry fees

 

Fees apply to enter and camp in this park.

You must pay for your entry and camping permits before you arrive, as cash self-registration stations are no longer in use in this park. 

Vehicle entry fees

Vehicle entry: $10.00
Vehicle entry (concession): $8.00

Fees collected are used for conservation and to maintain and improve park facilities.

Alternative booking and payment options

Cash payments for this park can be made at:

Melrose: District Council of Mount Remarkable
Phone: (+61 8) 8666 2014

Melrose: Over The Edge
Phone: (+61 8) 8666 2222

Port Augusta: Wadlata Outback Centre
Phone: (+61 8) 8641 9193

Port Pirie: Port Pirie Regional Tourism and Arts Centre
Phone: (+61 8) 8633 8700

Quorn: Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre
Phone: (+61 8) 8648 6419

Wilmington: SJ & JA Wild
Phone: (+61 8) 8667 5444

Park pass

If you intend to visit often, you may like to purchase one of the below park passes.

Single Park Pass

Is this your favourite park? If you visit this park a lot, it's more economical to purchase a Single Park Pass giving you vehicle entry (and optional camping) for this park for 12 months. 

There are 13 parks that are part of the Single Park Pass system.  

Holiday Park Pass and Multi Park Pass

Want to explore SA’s parks all year round? Purchase a Multi Park Pass (12 months), or a Holiday Park Pass (for 2 months) which entitles you to vehicle entry and optional camping not just for this park, but up to an additional 58 parks as well!

Camping and accommodation

Fees apply to enter and camp in this park, you must pay for your entry and camping before arrival.

Mount Remarkable National Park has a range of camping and accommodation options, sleep out under the stars or choose from a cosy one room cabin or a spacious three bedroom lodge.

Backpack camping

Please note that backpack camping can not be booked online. Please contact the Natural Resource Centre - Clare to organise your stay.

Natural Resource Centre - Clare
Phone: (+61 8) 8841 3400
Email: mrnp@sa.gov.au

Alternative booking and payment options

Cash payments for this park can be made at:

Melrose: District Council of Mount Remarkable
Phone: (+61 8) 8666 2014

Melrose: Over The Edge
Phone: (+61 8) 8666 2222

Port Augusta: Wadlata Outback Centre
Phone: (+61 8) 8641 9193

Port Pirie: Port Pirie Regional Tourism and Arts Centre
Phone: (+61 8) 8633 8700

Quorn: Flinders Ranges Visitor Information Centre
Phone: (+61 8) 8648 6419

Wilmington: SJ & JA Wild
Phone: (+61 8) 8667 5444

Other fees and permits

There are no other fees or permits associated with this park.