Mambray Creek is a place you can get away from it all, without leaving the bitumen. With bushwalking, hiking, birdwatching, historical ruins, scenic lookouts, and an abundance of Australian flora and fauna, Mambray Creek has something for everyone.
Emu at the Mambray Creek campground
Accessed via National Highway A1, Mambray Creek is 3 hours north-west of Adelaide, 46 kilometres north of Port Pirie, and 45 kilometres south of Port Augusta.
Mambray Creek is a part of the Mount Remarkable National Park, and has two main camping areas. The first is close to the ruins of the Baroota Station homestead. Commonly known as the Baroota Ruins campground, it has 11 unpowered sites, all of which are suitable for caravans, camper trailers, or tents. This camping area has basic toilet facilities but no showers. There are communal fireplaces scattered among the sites.
The Mambray Creek campground is a couple of kilometres past the Baroota ruins, and has 54 unpowered camp sites. All sites are suitable for caravans, camper trailers, or tents, and some sites are available as double or triple sites to accommodate larger families or small groups who would like to camp close together. Communal fireplaces can be found throughout the Mambray Creek campground, but many sites also have an individual fire tin.
The facilities at the Mambray Creek campground include toilets and hot showers, all with wheelchair access, and a baby change room.
There are two large group sites at the Mambray Creek campground, to accommodate school or community groups. These sites are suitable for tent camping only. The communal areas in these group sites have picnic tables and log seating around large fire pits - perfect for a camp sing-a-long or story-telling.
One cabin is available for bookings at the Mambray Creek campground. It is a small, open-plan cabin that can sleep up to 4 people. All cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery is provided in the cabin, but you will need to bring your own bedding, linen, towels, tea-towels etc. You will also need to bring an esky as there is no refrigeration - the cabin uses solar lighting, but there is no electricity for general use.
If you are looking for something more adventurous. There are a number of walk-in backpack camps that can be accessed from the Mambray Creek campground. Most of the backpack camps have no facilities provided, so you need to be prepared to carry out what you carry in, and need to ensure toilet waste is disposed of correctly. Backpack camp sites are not available during the Fire Danger Season, which is generally from 1 November until 30 April each year. Campfires of any sort are also banned during this time.
If time is short, or camping is not for you, there is a separate day visitor area at Mambray Creek. This area is equipped with barbecues, picnic tables and toilet facilities.
Mambray Creek near the Day Visitor area
Mambray Creek has entry fees for each vehicle, and fees for camping. These can be purchased online through the National Parks South Australia website.