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Project Overview

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

We will keep adding information to these pages as the projects progress and to let you know about your opportunities to help contribute to the design of future facilities or to visit the site as part of open days or other activities.

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  • Community Survey

    The community will play an important role in shaping the future of Southern Flinders precinct. We will be asking you for your ideas about the design of  visitor facilities and experiences that will be created across the precinct as projects progress.

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Southern Flinders Precinct – Community Information Session Monday 26 October

Monday, 19 October 2020

Come and find out more about South Australia's newest nature-based tourism attraction – The Southern Flinders Precinct.

The new precinct has the potential to become an international drawcard for the state and enhance our regional economy. Come along to Bowman Park in Crystal Brook from 6.30pm to 7.30pm to find out more about the project, potential opportunities and hear from:

  • CEO Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North Kelly-Anne Saffin
  • Executive Director, National Parks and Wildlife Service Michael Williams
  • Director of Tourism and Economic Development, National Parks and Wildlife Service Jo Podoliak
  • District Ranger Yorke and Mid North, National Parks and Wildlife Service Danny Doyle.

Please reserve your spot on eventbrite as tickets are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Construction underway for Willowie mountain biking trails

Monday, 19 October 2020

Construction of new mountain biking trails at Willowie is one of the first new projects underway in the precinct.  

This project will see the construction of approximately 18 km of new mountain bike trails in Mount Remarkable National Park at Willowie, north of Melrose, which has been planned with the help of Bike Melrose. It will also include day visitor facilities with a wheelchair-accessible toilet and a new picnic area.

The trails will be family-friendly, catering for beginner through to intermediate riders with some progressive elements included for those looking to challenge their skills. Construction of the first trail, currently known as the Ruins Loop is now complete, with the remaining trails expected to be complete by June 2021.

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