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Nestled in the Flinders Ranges, surrounded by park lands and the Willochra Plain spreading eastward, it is easy to see why Wilmington was first known as 'Beautiful Valley' by the pioneers who settled in the region during the mid 1850s.

The town lies just a few kilometres from Mount Remarkable National Park. Entrance to the park is gained via nearby spectacular Alligator Gorge, where unusual rock formations and sparkling mountain pools can be seen. Steps enable visitors to get down to the bottom of the gorge, where in some places, the walls are only two metres apart. The water-worn rock leads right through the ranges to Mambray Creek, offering some of the best walking trails in the Flinders Ranges.

Cyclists and walkers should seek advice before attempting the nearby Heysen and Mawson Trails. The Mount Maria summit walk is a must, a two-hour return trip taking in great views of the town and surrounds. The town Heritage Trail is also well worth a look. Hancocks Lookout scenic drive provides sensational views of Spencer Gulf. Horrocks Pass, Spring Creek Mine and Gunyah Roads are also excellent drives.

Shops include a hotel offering meals and accommodation, fuel and hardware, general store, post office with online facilities, take away foods, butchers, art and crafts, antique store, toy museum and sporting facilities including BMX fun track and 18-hole golf course. A range of caravan and camping facilities are available at the Beautiful Valley Caravan Park opposite the entrance to Alligator Gorge Road. Bed and breakfasts and four-wheel drive tours are also available. The annual night rodeo is held in January.


Wilmington: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Sansouci Puppet Museum and Gallery

Relive your childhood memories at the Sansouci Puppet Museum and Gallery at Wilmington in the beautiful Flinders Ranges. The museum is located directly opposite the Post Office and very easy to find.

Sansouci is Australia's only puppet museum where you can see over 1,000 puppets, marionettes and ventriloquist dolls on display. The puppets range in age from 100 years old to present day puppets.

See your favourites like Punch and Judy, Pinocchio and even Shrek and the Muppets.

Owners, Brian and Rosemary Whitehead give guided tours through the museum and are always happy to demonstrate the puppets and encourage everyone to try puppeteering. A gold coin donation is requested for the tour.

The gallery has many items for sale including puppets and marionettes designed and made by Brian, a range of Native American Indian dream catchers and wind chimes made by both Brian and Rosemary and lots of collectables and giftware.

17 Main North Road
Wilmington, SA, 5485

Located 0.4K from Wilmington

Wilmington Hertitage Walk

Follow the Wilmington Heritage Walk, a trail that gives you a chance to take a trip back in time to discover the township of Wilmington. You'll find 25 information plaques along the way, which cover more than 100 years of Wilmington's history.

Nestled in the Flinders Ranges, surrounded by park lands and the Willochra Plain, Wilmington was first known as Beautiful Valley by the pioneers who settled in the region in the mid 1850s.

Main Street
Wilmington, SA, 5485

Located 0.9K from Wilmington

Alligator Gorge

Alligator Gorge within Mount Remarkable National Park is the premier natural attraction in the Southern Flinders Ranges. This spectacular gorge cut through ancient quartzite by the Alligator Creek is easily accessible to visitors along a ten minute walking trail. Toilets, a picnic area and barbecue facilities are provided for visitors who can spend an hour or full day exploring the network of walking trails surrounding the gorge. Wildflowers and native orchids are abundant through spring.

Accommodation is available at Alligator Lodge (sleeps eight to ten) located near the northern entrance to the park. This spacious three bedroom self-contained lodge at Alligator Gorge is surrounded by nature. The lounge room's floor to ceiling windows provides stunning views of the surrounding bush. Facilities include solar power, gas appliances, hot water and a combustion heater. For accommodation details please contact the park. Bookings are essential.

Alligator Gorge Road
Wilmington, SA, 5485

Located 4.2K from Wilmington

Horrocks Pass

Just west of Wilmington on the road to Port Augusta lies Horrocks Pass.

The pass was named after the explorer John Horrocks who descended through the pass in 1840 on his ill-fated journey north.

A lookout at the historic Cairn at the top of the pass gives an excellent view of the pass.

Main North Road
Wilmington, SA, 5485

Located 7.2K from Wilmington

Hancocks Lookout

A spectacular view of Spencers Gulf and the Port Augusta area can be seen from Hancocks Lookout, located at the top of the historic Horrocks Pass, seven kilometres off the road to Port Augusta (coming from Wilimington).

Large Sugar Gums and drooping Sheoaks give an indication of the former woodland vegetation.

From the open parking and picnic area sweeping western views can be seen of the Spencer Gulf, Port Bonython, Whyalla, Mount Laura, Middleback Ranges and Dutchmans Stern Range to the north.

Port Augusta to Wilmington Road
Wilmington, SA, 5485

Located 9.1K from Wilmington

Mount Remarkable National Park

A popular destination for bushwalking and camping, Mount Remarkable National Park's dramatic gorges, walking trails and diverse wildlife are just the beginning of its appeal.

The park features the 960 metre high Mount Remarkable Summit which can be reached along the Mount Remarkable Summit Hike from Melrose, providing impressive views of Willochra Plain and Spencer Gulf.

Autumn to spring is the best time to visit the park when the weather is mild and vegetation and wildlife thriving. The extensive walking trails provide the perfect opportunity to explore the park's diverse habitats, from the red quartzite gorges, watercourses lined with river red gums to grassy woodlands and high ridges.

Along the walking trails you may see the western gray kangaroos and emus that roaming freely throughout the park. Watch out for the echidnas in spring or the protected yellow-footed rock-wallabies.

Entry and camping fees apply in this park and the way that you can pay has changed. Please pay for park entry and book your campsite or accommodation online before you go. Payments can also be made in person at various locations, check the website for details.

Cash self-registration stations are no longer in use in this park.

Highway 1 at Mambray Creek
Mambray Creek, SA, 5495

Located 16.5K from Wilmington

Denham Farm Beef and Lamb

Denham Farm is a family owned and operated farming business which has been run by the Denham family for over 135 years.

Denham Farm is located near the picturesque Southern Flinders Ranges town of Melrose at the base of Mount Remarkable in South Australia. The Melrose region can offer some great tourist drives in this beautiful part of the state.

The farm produces prime, grass fed beef and lamb, butchered locally and vacuum packed for your convenience.

The animals are antibiotic and growth hormone free, raised ethically with low stress handling techniques all of which transfers into the high quality of their products.

Contact them directly during business hours to enquire about product availability or to place an order. Alternatively visit them at the local Wirrabara Farmers Market held every third Sunday of the month.

Farm tours can be arranged via appointment.

398 Bishop Road
Melrose, SA, 5483

Located 19.0K from Wilmington

Melrose Heritage Museum

The Melrose Heritage Museum is an adventure into the past. Discover the history of this unique area by visiting the authentic exhibitions and audio visual presentations that tell the story of opening the north of South Australia, with the establishment in 1848 of the police and judicial presence at this site.

Learn about Goyder's Line, which runs through this area, bringing to life the hardships the pioneers suffered. Experience all aspects of rural settlement, mining, workingmen's blocks, a village settlement and a returned soldier-training farm. The story of the European pioneers and the Nukunu Aboriginal people are well interpreted. There are five buildings to explore.

13 Stuart Street
Melrose, SA, 5483

Located 21.4K from Wilmington

Wilmington: Events

6/18 Hours of Melrose

As with all Melrose rides the18 hours is eventful, relaxed and very social!

Melrose has forged a reputation within the mountain bike community as a stress free destination with a great man made single track.

The 18 Hours of Melrose exudes all of this with live music thrown in for good measure. If you want trophies, lots of hype and a ticker tape parade, then this probably isn't your event...but if you want beer short-cuts, giant games of twister and a unique midnight start each year, then circle the dates in your calendar now because you've found your mountain bike event!

If 18 hours is more than you can take in and you prefer some extra sleep then six hours of Melrose is the Doctors prescription!

For more information and all entry costs please contact us or visit the website.

Event Dates
      2nd Sep
      3rd Sep

6 Stuart Street
Melrose, SA, 5483

Located 21.5K from Wilmington

Wilmington: Travel Tips

Melrose Visitor Information Outlet

Let Melrose Tourist Park guide you through your Melrose ventures. Melrose Tourist Park is the tourism information outlet.

Nestled at the base of Mount Remarkable it makes the perfect place to set up camp and take part in fantastic adventures such as bushwalking, four wheel drive touring and genuine outback adventuring.

You can rough it in the bush camping sites or enjoy creature comforts and stay in one of our ensuite air conditioned cabins, whatever takes your fancy. We have something for you at Melrose Tourist Park.

Melrose Caravan Park,
Joe's Road
Melrose, SA, 5483

Located 21.3K from Wilmington

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