Top things to do

National Park in Southern Ranges

Mt Remarkable National Park

Bush boffins rave about the steep, jagged Mt Remarkable National Park, which straddles the Southern Flinders and rises above little Melrose like a protective overlord. Wildlife and bushwalking are the main lures, wi…
Museum in Southern Ranges

Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre

Inside Peterborough's original rail depot, this excellent museum takes you back to the days of steam power, when 100 trains a day were shunting through this little town. Guided tours (90 minutes) run all day, with t…
Ruins in Southern Ranges

Jacka's Brewery

In Melrose, don't miss a walk to see the amazing, decaying multistorey stone ruins of Jacka's Brewery (1878), which once employed 40 staff. Bring your camera.
Museum in Southern Ranges

Melrose Heritage Museum

Occupying an old courthouse (1862) and Melrose's former police HQ – from where the local cops once patrolled as far as the Northern Territory (!) – this interesting history museum makes a good diversion on a rainy/o…
Bakery in Southern Ranges

Stone Hut Bakery

Just out of Laura if you're trucking north, blink-and-you'll-miss-it Stone Hut has a couple of good businesses, including this long-running bakery serving amazing pies (try the lambs-fry-and-bacon if you're game) an…
Cafe in Southern Ranges


Port Pirie's best cafe is inside an old church, one street back from the main drag. Pay your pious respects to big biscuits, quesadillas, pastas, toasted sandwiches and pancakes.