Popular Mambray Creek campground reopens after $2.5M major upgrade

SA Gov

One of the State’s most popular campgrounds is reopening after 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, will reopen today following the $2.5 million upgrade.

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 Mambray Creek, nine campsites were upgraded at nearby Baroota Ruins campground including three double campsites and one triple campsite.

The projects was 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.

Other partners include Regional Development Australia, Yorke and Mid North Council, District Council of Mount Remarkable, Port Pirie Regional Council, Northern Areas Council and the Nukunu Wapma Thura Aboriginal Corporation.

Campsites at other popular parks – including Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, Murray River National Park and Beachport Conservation Park – are filling up fast, so make sure to visit parks.sa.gov.au/find-a-park to find dozens of other great sites.

As put by Susan Close

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 travelers to spend time in the area.

As put by National Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Flinders and Mid North District Ranger Danny Doyle

Visitors can enjoy fantastic campground amenities, including new bathroom facilities where they can even enjoy a hot shower on crisp early mornings.

More spacious sites will allow campers extra privacy to responsibly kick back with a beer or a glass of wine and enjoy themselves their beautiful surroundings.

This upgrade has improved the camping experience for a whole variety of visitors while not losing the magic appeal of this much-loved campground.

Mambray Creek is just one of the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s fantastic campgrounds – I highly encourage South Australians to visit one, or many, of our other fantastic getaway locations.

As put by Ian Darbyshire, CEO Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife

We are thrilled to be leading a collaboration of a number of organisations including the Australian Government, South Australian Government, Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North, District Council of Mount Remarkable, Port Pirie Regional Council, Northern Areas Council and the Nukunu Wapma Thura Aboriginal Corporation to deliver such a wonderful outcome.

This work will not only ensure that many people will be able to enjoy the national park for many more years to come, but also critically protects our native flora and fauna and contributes positively to Australia’s biodiversity outcomes.

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