Introducing Mt Remarkable National Park
Bush boffins rave about the steep, jaggedy Mt Remarkable National Park straddling the Southern Flinders. Wildlife and bushwalking are the main lures, with various tracks (including part of the Heysen Trail) meandering through isolated gorges.
From the car park at Alligator Gorge take the short, steep walk (2km, two hours) down into the craggy gorge (no sign of any 'gators), the ring route (9km, four hours), or walk to Hidden Gorge (18km, seven hours) or Mambray Creek (13km, seven hours). From Mambray Creek the track to Davey's Gully (2.5km, one hour) is (literally and metaphorically) a walk in the park. Peak baggers sweat up the track to the 960m-high summit of Mt Remarkable (12km, five hours); the trail starts behind Melrose Caravan Park.
Pay the park entry fee at the Park Office at Mambray Creek, off Hwy 1 about 21km north of Port Germein. On the inland route (Main North Rd between Melrose and Wilmington), there's an honesty box at Alligator Gorge. Both stations have park info brochures.
If you want to stay the night there's plenty of bush camping, and two lodges: at Mambray Creek and Alligator Gorge. Both are solar powered; Alligator Gorge has better cooking facilities and showers. Book through the Park Office.