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Mambray Creek’s $2.5 million upgrade – open for campers

Abbie Tiller

Popular Mambray Creek campground modernised in $2.5 million upgrade

One of the State’s most popular campgrounds has undergone a major upgrade, with new picnic furniture, hot water showers and larger sites among new amenities.

Mambray Creek at Mount Remarkable National Park, near Melrose in the Mid North, has officially reopened following the $2.5 million upgrade which began in May this year.

The works have modernised the much-loved campground, which was built in the 1980s, while retaining the feel and experience that makes it one of SA’s favourites.

Campers and caravaners will have access to 49 camping sites, including 11 double sites and four drive-through sites, within the main campground.

The upgrades include:

  • Two fully accessible shower blocks, each with six hot water showers and five toilets, and a 4-cubicle toilet block for day visitors.
  • Larger campsites, improved caravan, motorhome and campervans access
  • Camp kitchen with food preparation and dishwashing facilities
  • New day visitor area
  • New picnic furniture and shelters throughout the site.

    Mambray Creek is the most visited SA campground managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), averaging about 11,000 bookings each year.

    In addition to the work done at Mambray Creek, nine campsites were upgraded at nearby Baroota Ruins campground, including three double campsites and one triple campsite.

    The projects were funded by the Australian Government, in partnership with the South Australian Government and supported by Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.

    The Australian Government funding, totalling $5 million for the entire Remarkable Southern Flinders project – also supported projects in Mount Remarkable National Park, such as the 38km Epic Mountain Bike Trail and 20km of new trails at Willowie.

Minister for Climate, Environment and Water, Susan Close said the Mambray Creek campgrounds are a much-loved part of Mount Remarkable National Park and these upgrades ensure the site will be enjoyed by future generations.

‘The improved accessibility means the campground is no longer just for campers with swags and tents but is now a whole new destination for people with caravans, camper trailers or even motorhomes.

The improved facilities will not only provide campers with another brilliant place to stay in our national parks but will help grow the visitor economy to the area by allowing more travellers to spend time in the area.”

District Ranger, Danny Doyle, from National Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Flinders and Mid North District, said allowing campers to have access to the fantastic campground amenities, including a hot shower on crisp winter mornings improves the camping experience for a variety of visitors, while retaining the magical appeal of the Southern Flinders campground.

Mambray Creek is just one of the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s fantastic campgrounds, which also include Dhilba Guuranda – Innes National Park, Murray River National Park and Beachport Conservation Park.

Visit NPWS to find dozens of other great sites and making a booking.


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