For those of you who have never visited Melrose, South Australia before below is a list of activities you may like to do… OR Click HERE for Melrose information – including where to stay and eat.
ON YA BIKE in MELROSE – ride locally
There are many short easy rides that you can do with your family or take a picnic and make a day of it.
Silos, Showgrounds, Weaving Camels, Monument trail and the Rail Trail.
OFF YA BIKE – Walking distance from Melrose town.
Police Station and Court House Museum
This attractive complex was built in 1862 and comprises the Police Station, Old Court House, cells and stables. At one time it was one of the largest police stations in Australia looking after all the land to the north which, at that time, meant everywhere to the north coast of the country. It is now a National Trust Museum, open daily from 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. and contains good exhibitions reflecting the history of the town and the surrounding district. Ph: 8666 2141.
This was originally the local flour mill and was completed in 1878 in local stone. It was converted to a brewery in 1893 and continued to operate in the town until the 1930s. Behind North Star Hotel.
War Memorial Monument – Located on the hill overlooking the town
North Star Hotel – The most prominent building in town it is located at the top of the main street. It was the first licensed hotel in town originally being nothing more than a log cabin. The license dates from 1854 – Enjoy a glass of Bundaleer Wine at their cellar door! Ph: 8666 2110
There are several short walks from the monument with in Mount Remarkable National Park such as…
Copper Mine walk, Bald Hill Lookout, Melrose Mine – Walk along the Creek beds back to Melrose
Otherwise the walk up Mt Remarkable will take about 4-5 hours return.
BY CAR – If you want to check out the Southern Flinders Rangers for the day you can consider the options below!
Family Option –
Pichi Richi Railway. Heritage Steam Train Journeys
Departing from Quorn or Port Augusta – Ph 1800 440 101 to get prices and bookings.
Bike/Eat/Walk option –
From Melrose head to Booleroo Centre via Pekina Creek Cycling Trail, there is a new 3km trail for intermediate riders, (although can be done by beginners as the track enables them to navigate their bikes around the more difficult areas by foot ) expect to see spectacular scenery including local aboriginal carvings, rock poem and a reservoir. Back on the road to Black Rock you will see a sign to Magnetic Hill. This tourist attraction is well known and famous for its ability to make vehicles feel like they are rolling up hill. Head to Orroroo where you will see the largest red gum tree in SA, beautiful walking trails and then stop of at Maggies Rendezvous for a coffee and homemade cake. If you have time head back to Wilmington with abit of a detour to Hancocks Lookout which is off Hancocks Pass, here you will see amazing views of the Spencer Gulf. Head back to Wilmington – Melrose via Alligator Gorge which has some of the best walking trails in the Flinders Rangers with spectacular deep gorges and in some places there are walls only 2 metres apart. There is an easy round trip walk from the Car park which will take about 1 hour however you can spend the day there with much more demanding walking trails. There is a detailed map at the Car Park.
Boozy Option –
There are many cellar doors around the Flinders Rangers which are now becoming recognized world wide! Be sure to call before you go as some are by appointment only.
Just off Survey Road only 5 mins from Melrose stop of at Bartagunyah Estate – Ph: 04 27 310 378, better idea – ride there or if you want to continue on by car head to Blesing Winery Ph: 8666 5222 at Glenholme Vineyards – Situated in Bangor, you can tie this in with some riding in the Wirrabra Forest or a very scenic 4WD on the bridal track. Stop off at Stone Hut for their famous pies!
Cycle Option –
Bartagunyah – check out the maps with all the Bartagunyah rides, drive or ride there!
Orroroo –Bike trails for all abilities!
Bendelby Ranges – The variety of tracks makes mountain biking at Bendleby Ranges a unique experience. A new cycling trail has been created over a distance of 10 km, with gradings of Easy and Intermediate. This trail adds to the existing tracks which were originally created for sheep mustering.
Experience camping at its best – secluded, in a natural environment – with all wood and amenities provided, or stay in Gumdale Cottage or Crotta Homestead with your family and friends. The Shearers’ Quarters is ideal for larger groups and is located close to the new mountain bike tracks.
Enjoy more of the Flinders Ranges, just an hour’s drive from Melrose.