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New visitor experiences on fast track for Southern Flinders Precinct

Two new projects are set to shine a spotlight on the state’s spectacular Southern Flinders Ranges following design contracts being awarded to South Australian companies.

New visitor experiences on fast track for Southern Flinders Precinct
Mambray Creek campgrounds

A new multi-day walking experience is underway, with the design contract for the Gorges Walks trail network awarded to Tredwell Management, an Adelaide-based sport, recreation and open space specialist.

The Gorges Walks trail network will create a unique multi-day hiking experience taking in the spectacular gorges to the east of Port Pirie.

Infrastructure upgrades will also soon begin in the Mambray Creek campgrounds, with Adelaide-based landscape architect Taylor Cullity Lethlean awarded the design contract to modernise and upgrade the Mambray Creek visitor facilities within Mount Remarkable National Park.

Both projects are part of the $10 million Southern Flinders Precinct, and will help to ensure that the region becomes a world-class adventure tourism precinct.

It is a key project as part of the Parks 2025 strategy to reinvigorate regional communities and enhance South Australia’s place as a world-class eco-tourism destination.

The Mambray Creek investment will include a new visitor precinct to cater for all sorts of great experiences, and will include the redesign of individual and group camping facilities while at the same time providing greater accessibility for larger vehicles.

The investment is part of a jointly-funded Australian Government and State Government initiative secured through the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.

Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife CEO Ian Darbyshire saying it will see $10 million invested into the Southern Flinders Precinct, including Mount Remarkable National Park, areas of the Wirrabara Range and Telowie Gorge Conservation Park.

“This project will support the creation of a new national park precinct of over 30,000 hectares and create a world class tourism asset which will provide access to nature and economic benefits for local communities long into the future,” Mr Darbyshire said.

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, Regional Development Australia Yorke & Mid North, Northern Areas Council, District Council of Mount Remarkable, Port Pirie Regional Council and the Nukunu Traditional Owners are foundation project partners, securing the collaborative funding for the project through the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

Construction is expected to commence on the Gorges Walks in September and be complete by December 2022. Construction is expected to commence on the Mambray Creek upgrades in August and for these to be complete by December 2022.