Mambray Creek Campground, a great base to explore the Southern Flinders Ranges
The Flinders Ranges is an outstanding natural masterpiece, a geographical wonderland complete with towering red gums and breathtaking scenery, it truly is spectacular .
Setting up camp and watching the sun set on the ancient hills, sipping a cup of tea makes you feel as if you have stepped into one of Hans Heysens paintings. But an area which we had just driven past many a time was the southern Flinders Ranges. We had actually planned to head up to Arkaroola ( to test out some more serious 4wd drive tracks) in the northern Flinders but in 40 degree plus weather we decided to leave that to more suitable season.
And boy are we glad we decided to set up base at Mambray Creek Campground at Mount Remarkable National Park, and have a week to explore this cracking part of the Flinders.
The campground it’s self is in a word , picture perfect, towering red gums, flat shady campsites, fresh running drinking water and hot showers ( after two weeks of bush camping hot showers and running water are like paradise!) The wildlife is in abundance here, within a few hours of setting up camp we had spotted emus, kangaroos, kookaburras, and two very large monitor lizards, one of which had decided to visit our camp while we were out for a walk.
Such a variety of birds were spotted over the week and also a very shy little echidna.
The fire pits provided would be perfect for those cooler weather days ( we are visiting in the height of Summer during fire ban season) and the many walks close to the campground offer endless possibilities.
There is a day visit area near the campsite as well with gas bbq, water and picnic tables.
The amenities are modern and cleaned on a regular basis and the park on a whole is very well maintained. Showers are solar powered with a gas back up, so there’s not much chance of missing out on a hot shower.
A self contained cabin is also available for hire, a way to experience this amazing park without having to camp! There are 52 sites in total which vary in size but can accommodate people in swags, tents right through to large caravans. Generators and pets however are not permitted at this campground.
We can genuinely say we absolutely enjoyed out stay at Mambray Creek Campground and highly recommend it.
If you’re looking for things to do from this beautiful camp ground here’s a list of the things we got up to while based at Mambray Creek :
Walking trails and hikes
With a variety of walks and hikes on offer there is something for everyone. We completed the Wirra Water Loop, which follows the creek along with many information boards, and David’s Gully loop track that provides amazing views over the Spencer Gulf.
Located only a few kilometres from the campground, Baroota Homestead ruins are well worth a look. It really depicts the hardships that farming families faced in the early 1900’s with drought, isolation and the effect of living within the Goyder Line.
The Bridal 4Wd Track
Located a short drive south from Mambray Creek near the small town of Baroota is an easy 4wd drive track that provides outstanding views across the gulf. The track itself if very easy to drive with only a few steep hill climbs to battle.
The oldest town in the flinders ranges, Melrose is a wonderful way to spend a day exploring. For more about Melrose take a look at our post HERE.
Just off of Horrocks Highway, north of Willmington you will come across a sign pointing to Hancocks lookout. This dirt road will take you to a lookout which overlooks the Spencer Gulf all the way to Port Augusta. We definitely timed it correctly, arriving just on dusk, and boy was the view was spectacular.
With a few different walking trails, varying in length and difficulty, we tackled the 245 steps down into Alligators Gorge! A beautiful gorge awaits with jagged rocks and amazing colours against the gums, but once at the bottom, there’s no way out but up!
Once home to the largest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, this 1.5km jetty will give your legs a work out! Read more about Port Germein’s Jetty HERE.
Wilmington Toy Museum
A quiet little Southern Flinders town with a Toy Museum? This we had to check out, and with so many things that make you go ” I remember that ” stop in and check it out yourself! Read more about Wilmington’s unique toy museum HERE.
At A Glance
Where: Mambray Creek Campground, roughly 270 km north of Adelaide SA
Cost: Entry into park $10 per vehicle
Camping per night $19
Book online HERE
Nearest fuel and food: The largest main town near Mambray Creek Campground is Port Augusta or Port Pirie, both roughly 50km away. There are smaller towns closer by with fuel available.
When to visit: all year round
More info: www.environment.sa.gov.au