Located in the Southern Flinders Ranges, Mount Remarkable National Park is only about a three-hour drive north of Adelaide. The park comprises of three sections, namely Alligator Gorge, Mount Remarkable and Mambray Creek, with each having its own unique elements. The Mambray Creek section includes bushwalking trails, picnic and barbeque facilities, ruins, campgrounds, native wildlife and scenic views.
The easy 3-kilometre Mambray Creek Walk will lead you through red river gums and native pine forest along the beautiful creek line. It incorporates the Wirra Water Loop which has interpretive signs explaining the significance of the area. The red river gums are many hundred years old and provide home for possums, bats, lizards, insects and birds. Local resident western grey kangaroos and euros can also be seen throughout the walk. I believe we saw at least ten when we were there.
Continuing on from the Mambray Creek Walk is the Baroota Hike trail, which will bring you to the Baroota Homestead ruins and cemetery. This trail is a moderate hike taking about an extra hour. Alternatively, to save time, you could stop by at the ruins on your drive out. The location is clearly signposted and you won't miss it.
For scenic views into the Alligator Basin and across Spencer Gulf, head up the 2.4-kilometre Daveys Gully Hike trail. The gradient is fairly easy to manage, but wearing a pair of good sturdy shoes would be recommended. Besides the scenic views, emus are also commonly seen along this trail. We saw two male emus with their striped chicks walking around. If you don't mind hiking in the dark, consider completing this trail once the sun starts to go down as you will be rewarded with a fantastic sunset at the top. A torch is of course needed on your way back down.
Two other harder hikes are also available within the Mambray Creek section of the park - an 18-kilometre trail with uneven gorge floor, and an 8-kilometre trail incorporating a strenuous climb to the lookout. Overnight at one of the campgrounds might be an option. Both vehicle entry and campsite fees apply.