|The road to
Mt Remarkable National Park
Mambray Creek (including Mount Remarkable
Starting point for exploring the southern
Located 262 km north of Adelaide on the southern
edge of the Flinders Ranges, Mambray Creek (pop:
10) is a combination of a roadhouse and camping
facilities which is a popular starting point for
people wanting to explore the Flinders Ranges.
No one knows how Mambray Creek got its name.
Some sources claim it is a corruption of an
Aboriginal word 'mumbridee' which was used to
describe native cherry trees which once grew in
A more popular explanation is that it comes
from Mamre Brook, a name given to a house built
by William Salter (founder of Saltram wines)
near Angaston. Salter's son paid £5000 for a
lease in 1853 and 'Membre' Creek is recorded as
being on the property. It is a short change to
move from 'Membre' to 'Mambray'.
Located on the western side of Mount
Remarkable National Park it was once used by
timber cutters as a base for felling logs which
became Port Augusta's first jetty.
Things to see:
|A large gum
tree at the entrance to Mambray Creek
Mount Remarkable National Park
An area of dramatic scenery covering 8649
hectares, Mount Remarkable National Park has a
number of major access points. Visitors arriving
at Mambray Creek have three possible walks:
1. Sugar Gum Lookout Trail
This 4km trail (allow 3 hours for the walk)
leaves Mambray Creek picnic grounds and
continues along a deep valley where tall red
river gum grow. There is a short climb to the
lookout which offers views of Mount Cavern and
the red quartzite cliffs of Alligator Creek.
2. Mount Cavern Trail
This 11 km, 6 hour walk crosses the Black
Ridge and reaches the summit of Mount Cavern
before descending into Mambray Creek. The walk
is characterised by tall red gums and sugar
gums. Wildflowers bloom in the spring and
rosellas, corellas and kookaburras are common.
3. Hidden Gorge and Battery Ridge Trail
This is looped 15 km walk which will take 7
hours. At Hidden Gorge expect to see native
pine. Marvel at the red quartzite walls.