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.