Mt Remarkable National Park – we return to the Flinders Ranges

Nirbeeja, dwarfed by the River Red Gums, walks up the Mambray Creek track.

As we returned to the Mt Remarkable National Park, in the southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia, we realized that it was nearly three years to the day since our first visit.  We had loved it then, and wondered now how it would seem after so much travel in the interim.

Driving into the park, we noticed new growth on all the River Red Gums. ‘Had there been a fire?’ we pondered.  No, in fact it was just new growth after bucketloads of rain in 2010.

We returned to the Mambray Creek camping area, and were thrilled to set up camp again at our very same site of three years previous.  We looked around.  The trees were healthy and strong, the hillsides were covered in Christmas Bush in full, sweet scented bloom, Mambray Creek was flowing strongly, and birds were everywhere.

We had forgotten just how enormous were the River Red Gums around the camping area and along Mambray Creek.  To walk along the creek is to feel awed by nature, dwarfed by ancient trees hollowed out by time and fire. At their base are wildflowers, while the burbling of the creek and the song of birds fills the air.  Euros (wallaroos) stare quizzically as you walk by, or bound off into the dense undergrowth.  Higher up the hillsides are grass trees and native lilies, and views across to Spencer Gulf.

We stayed for four wonderful days, walking, climbing, generally re-exploring and falling in love once again with the area.  To cap off a perfect stay, we were blessed to see the colony of Yellow-Footed Rock Wallabies in the park.

Never was a national park more aptly named than Mt Remarkable.

19 January 2011
Next blog: our stay at Scotia Wildlife Sanctuary

Nirbeeja stands inside the base of a hollowed-out River Red Gum.  Some of the trees are enormous

Mambray Creek

Nirbeeja enjoys a break on the Hidden Valley walk

Campsite at Mt Remarkable

Yellow-Footed Rock Wallaby watches us watching it.

Another Yellow-Footed Rock Wallaby

A very solid male Wallaroo (Euro)

Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree.

Male Red-Capped Robin.  This little fellow was really annoyed that we were in his territory.

Another shot of the male Red-Capped Robin

White-Browed Babblers enjoy a dust-bath

Adelaide Rosella - a relative of the Crimson Rosella of the eastern states.

Native Miner

Crimson Bottlebrush.  The walk along Hidden Gorge was lined with these.

One of the many huge Bottlebrush shrubs on the Hidden Valley walk

Native curry plant in full bloom

Tiny mushrooms (about 1cm across)

Nodding Blue Lily

Nodding Chocolate Lily

Tiny flower - possibly a weed, but still pretty

Christmas Bush

Close-up of the sweetly scented Christmas Bush

Unusual striped Bluebell

  • John Faulkner:

    Yes it truly is a remarkable place. Have been going there with my family for years. The children love camping there.

    Beautiful photos.