Mount Remarkable National Park will be hive of activity this June as it is celebrated as Park of the Month – an initiative encouraging children and families to get into South Australia’s outdoors.
Mount Remarkable National Park Ranger-in-Charge Lisa Taylor said a number of fun ranger guided and self-guided activities would provide children and families with an opportunity to explore the environment and understand why it’s so important that we protect it.
“During June Mount Remarkable National Park rangers are leading a range of exciting activities for the community,” Ms Taylor said.
“On Sunday 9 June, the Friends of Mount Remarkable group will share stories around the campfire about how the park was transformed from a working sheep station to a park of national significance.
“Twitchers can enjoy a guided walk along the Mambray Creek Valley to see and learn about the unique bird, wildlife and plant populations of the park on Monday 10 June.
“In addition, the Melrose Fat Tyre Festival is being held over the June long weekend, so young cyclists can participate in a bike-based orienteering activity exploring the Willowie Forest.
“Later in the month, a guided hike through Alligator Gorge on Sunday 23 June will explore the fascinating geological formations of ‘The Terraces’ and ‘The Narrows’, while the following weekend, bushwalkers and campers can participate in a guided overnight hike from Mambray Creek to Alligator Gorge.”
Ms Taylor said Mount Remarkable National Park is a popular destination for bushwalking and camping, and the dramatic gorges, walking trails and diverse wildlife are just the start of its appeal.
“There are several access points to the park offering visitors a variety of experiences, including an extensive network of bushwalking trails, a range of camping options from the well-established campground at Mambray Creek to basic hike-in campsites dotted throughout the park, as well as wo lodges which are available for hire,” Ms Taylor said.
“The walking trails cater for all ages and levels of fitness and offer hikers a chance to observe a variety of native animals including western grey kangaroos, lace monitors, emus, echidnas and yellow-footed rock-wallabies."
The park features the 960m high Mount Remarkable Summit which can be reached along the Mount Remarkable Summit Hike from Melrose, providing impressive views of Willochra Plain and Spencer Gulf along the way.
To learn more about the activities on offer in the park throughout June, visit www.parks.sa.gov.au/potm-mt-remarkable or contact the Natural Resources Centre in Clare on 8841 3400.