Mambray Creek, one of South Australia’s most frequented campgrounds, has reopened its gates to the public after a significant $2.5 million upgrade.
Located in the highly popular Mount Remarkable National Park near Melrose in the Mid North, Mambray Creek’s modernisation aims to enhance the visitor experience while preserving the charm that has made it a favourite among South Australians.
The extensive upgrade, which rejuvenates the campground initially established in the 1980s, includes a variety of new amenities designed to cater to the modern camper and caravanner. It now boasts 49 camping sites, including 11 double sites and four drive-through sites, providing ample space for larger groups and vehicles.
Key enhancements to Mambray Creek include two fully accessible shower blocks, each equipped with six hot water showers and five toilets. A separate 4-cubicle toilet block has been established for day visitors.
The campsite expansion facilitates better access for caravans, motorhomes, and campervans, ensuring a more inclusive and comfortable experience for all types of outdoor enthusiasts.
Further improvements include a new camp kitchen with facilities for food preparation and dishwashing, a refreshed day visitor area, and new picnic furniture and shelters throughout the site, enhancing the overall appeal and functionality of the campground.
This upgrade forms part of the larger Remarkable Southern Flinders project, which received a total of $5 million in funding from the Australian Government in partnership with the South Australian Government and the support of the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.
This project not only revitalises Mambray Creek but also contributes to the development of the 38km Epic Mountain Bike Trail and 20km of new trails at Willowie in Mount Remarkable National Park.
The project is a collaboration among several partners, including 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.
Deputy Premier 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 travelers to spend time in the area.”
National Parks and Wildlife Service Southern Flinders and Mid North District Ranger Danny Doyle said “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.”
Ian Darbyshire, CEO Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, said “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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