One of the Parks 2025 projects announced by the Government is the intention to establish a new adventure based tourism destination for South Australia in the Southern Flinders Ranges.
The Southern Flinders Ranges are within easy reach of Adelaide and the area already includes existing parks such as Mount Remarkable National Park, Telowie Gorge, Wirrabara Range, and Spaniards Gully Conservation Park. The area is also the location of the Beetaloo Reservoir which the Government has committed to opening to public access.
The rugged landscape of the proposed Southern Flinders adventure tourism precinct features ranges, peaks, gorges and forests, including high-quality native vegetation and reservoirs, which stretch from Beetaloo to Wilmington. There are some incredible views throughout the Southern Flinders Ranges, including the 960m high Mount Remarkable which presides over the Willochra Plain. Views from the Southern Range look out over the Spencer Gulf and also take in the agricultural landscapes to the east. Many of these locations are already popular for camping and bushwalking, with trails for all ages and abilities and the area is linked by the Heysen (hiking) and Mawson (cycling) trail.
Creating the park and all of its visitor experiences will be a partnership with the State Government and community organisations, including the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, Northern Areas Council, District Council of Mount Remarkable, Port Pirie Regional Council and Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North and traditional owners the Nukunu.
The construction of new facilities will occur over a number of phases, but some work is already underway to create new and improved visitor facilities in the precinct.
You can see the first projects underway on the map below, as well as getting a sense of the projects still to come.
Key projects of the precinct will include:
- developing an international mountain bike destination at Mt Remarkable
- upgrading trails for hiking and cycling, including a new iconic trail, featuring multi-day hikes
- upgrading and expanding campgrounds to provide camping for a wider variety of vehicles and camping experiences
- upgrading visitor facilities