With views of the southern section of the Flinders Ranges to the west and Willochra Plain to the east, it’s easy to see why Wilmington was called ‘Beautiful Valley’ by pioneers who settled the region in the mid 1850s.
Pools of water collected after rain, red canyons and unusual rock formations can be found in the stunning Alligator Gorge, part of Mount Remarkable National Park. The gorge is not far from Wilmington and is the perfect spot for a picnic. A longer hike through to Mambray Creek is also possible.
The two-hour return trip on the Mount Maria Summit Walk takes in a great view of the town and the area’s beautiful surrounds. For views of Spencer Gulf and regional cities (on clear days), drive the scenic Horrocks Pass Road, just west of Wilmington, to get to Hancocks Lookout – a great family lunch spot.
The Wilmington Heritage Walking Trail takes in the historic stables and the Dignan Stripper, one of the first mechanical harvesters manufactured and sold throughout Australia in the 1880s.
At the Sansouci Puppet Museum, see a great collection of over 1000 puppets from all over the world. Or visit the Wilmington Toy Museum to see a range of various toys and models.