Walkers and cyclists should make their way to Mount Remarkable National Park to try out the new walking trail loop to the summit and a mountain biking trail network in the Willowie Forest section of the park.
The Mount Remarkable Summit Trail upgrade for walkers includes 6.5km of new trail that converted the existing ‘up and back’ trail into a 13km loop, taking in amazing views over the surrounding district and the township of Melrose.
The Willowie Forest mountain biking network combines new trails with existing fire tracks and includes a picnic shelter, a car park and signage.
Mountain bikers can access the trail network from the new car park just north of Melrose or via links from the Southern Flinders Trail that Mount Remarkable District Council is progressively constructing between Melrose and Wilmington.
The two projects were part of a $2.4 million investment in tourism infrastructure co-funded by the South Australian Government and the Commonwealth Government Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) Program.
They are part of a wider program to increase the number of people visiting South Australian national parks through enhanced infrastructure and tourism offerings.
For more information on Mount Remarkable National Park and other South Australian parks and reserves, visit www.parks.sa.gov.au.
Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter
These new trails and facilities have added to the attractions of Mount Remarkable, which is already one of the most popular regional parks with campers and bushwalkers.
Both the summit loop and the mountain biking trails were originally recommended in the Mount Remarkable National Park Trails Plan 2010 as a way to increase opportunities for families to visit the park.
Turning the summit walk into a loop instead of a two-way track has done just that, opening up new places and views for walkers to enjoy.
Cycling is also major tourism priority for the region, and the new the Willowie Forest mountain biking network taps into that with its links to the scenic Southern Flinders Rail Trail.
Quotes attributable to Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Steven Ciobo
These projects will make it easier for visitors to Mount Remarkable Nature Park to experience some of our most spectacular scenery.
We know international visitors are important to regional Australia, where 43 cents of every tourist dollar is spent.
Over the past three years, the number of visitors to regional Australia and their spending has increased by 29 per cent.
Tourism can be a major driver for local economies and Mount Remarkable National Park offers the quintessential Australian nature experience. It’s a paradise for hikers, birdwatchers, photographers and camping enthusiasts.