Once known as Beautiful Valley, the Flinders Ranges town of Wilmington is 290km north of Adelaide. The town itself has some interesting colonial buildings including the original police station (1880) which is now a private residence and some old coaching stables behind the Wilmington Hotel. The Beautiful Valley Aussie Relic Museum is well worth a visit. Coaching stables still stand behind the local pub which dates back to 1850.
Wilmington, however, is one of those on-the-way towns in which you can make a base for some regional scenic driving. Hancock’s Lookout, with its stunning views of Spencer Gulf, is just 7m out of town on the road to Port Augusta which winds through the Horrocks Pass. A 13km drive takes you to Mt Remarkable National Park. The park is graced with crystalline mountain pools, Mambray Creek and spectacular Alligator Gorge.