Melrose is a charming reminder of early South Australia, nestled at the foot of Mount Remarkable National Park. The towns serves a rural community and at the same time offers a pleasant holiday retreat.
Many of Melrose’s features are within walking distance. Climb to the War Memorial for a panoramic view over the Willochra Plain, or to Lookout Hill near the water tanks. Cathedral Rock is a spectacular formation along the edge of Mount Remarkable Creek, west of the town.
Walk through the fascinating Melrose Courthouse Heritage Centre which brings to life the early days of miners, timber workers, pioneering women and farm workers. This innovative museum has possibly one of the best depictions of the early history of the upper and far north of South Australia.
The North Star Inn is a unique place to stay with a variety of accommodation to suit all budgets, and some themed rooms. Food is mostly locally-produced organic and Mum’s Kitchen turns out wholesome country cuisine.
In amongst all that, there is a pool, grassy picnic area, a book collection of family history, local history and Australian and Aboriginal cultures.
More accommodation can be found in the town, including holiday units and a caravan park.
Melrose, the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges, came into existence because of a copper deposit found in the area in 1840s. Nowdays grazing, wheat and barley growing are the main activities.