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Mambray Creek at Mount Remarkable National Park

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Published August 8th 2020
A popular destination for bushwalking
mambray creek
Mambray Creek


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.

Native pine forest
Native pine forest


Interpretive signs
Interpretive signs


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.

Red river gum
Red river gum


Western grey kangaroo
Western grey kangaroo


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.

Baroota Homestead ruins
Baroota Homestead ruins


Baroota Homestead ruins
Baroota Homestead ruins


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.

View from Daveys Gully Hike
View from Daveys Gully Hike


View from Daveys Gully Hike
View from Daveys Gully Hike


When you are feeling peckish, feel free to make use of the picnic and barbeque facilities at the day visitor area. Just remember not to feed the native wildlife as our food is harmful to them.

Daveys Gully Hike trail
Daveys Gully Hike trail


Daveys Gully Hike trail
Daveys Gully Hike trail


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.

The picnic and barbeque facilities
The picnic and barbeque facilities


Reminder to not feed native wildlife
Reminder to not feed native wildlife


And, last but not least, do abide by simple COVID-19 protocols such as practicing social distancing and sneezing into your elbow while in the park. Let's respect one another.

The campground
The campground


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Reminder to abide by COVID-19 protocols
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Why? A popular destination for bushwalking
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Where: Mambray Creek, SA
Cost: Various fees
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