Mambray Creek

 

Part of the Mount Remarkable National Park, Mambray Creek is accessed via the Princes Highway.  The turn off, north of Port Pirie is well signposted.  It is about 270 kilometres north of Adelaide.

The campground here is huge.  There are heaps of sites, all well maintained, as well as showers and toilets.  It is a popular spot and can become crowded during peak times, but it is still possible to enjoy the tranquility of the area during off peak.  At this time it costs $10 to enter the park and $18 a night to camp.  (As of 1st of August, 2014, you are now required to book online before visiting this site.  Fees are $10 to enter and $18 a night to camp.  Please got to http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/Home/Media_Centre/News_Events_Listing/140718-online-bookings  to book your stay).

Mambray Creek is an ideal base for hikers as there are numerous walks through the Southern Flinders starting here.  Two of the most popular are the hike to the top of Mount Remarkable and the trek to Alligator Gorge.

Wildlife here is abundant and it is possible to remain around the camping ground and see some of the locals close up.  Kookaburras and Adelaide Rosellas (a Crimson Rosella sub-species) are abundant, along with Variegated Fairy-wrens.  Emus and kangaroos are regulars and can be found right amongst the campsites at times.  Possums can also be seen at night time.

 

Kookaburras and Variegated Fairy-wrens are regulars at Mambray Creek.

It's great spot to visit with the family and it is well set up for camping.  Camp fires are permitted out of Fire Danger season, but only in designated spots.  The campsites themselves are hard packed earth, suitble for tents.  Caravans can also be utilised. Any season of the year would be OK due to the amenities.  A Ranger Station is located just above the camp ground, and this is the place to purchase your permit.

There is a creek that runs alongside the campground and at certain times of the year it may be flowing.  At other times it is completely dry.  The surrounding countryside is rugged and spectacular, especially the region around Alligator Gorge.

The roads leading to the site are sealed all the way, so there are no problems of access for any vehicle.

A nice spot with all the comforts of home.  Particulary popular with kids and bushwalkers.

Southern Flinders Ranges