Enjoy long, lazy days at the foot of Mount Remarkable or feel the wind whip through your hair as you soar down exhilarating cycle trails. Melrose offers whatever pace of holiday you are looking for.

First impressions of Melrose are of a tranquil, historic town and it certainly is. Melrose is the oldest town in the Flinders Ranges, officially proclaimed in 1853. Its history includes copper mining origins and becoming a police outpost with officers patrolling up to the Northern Territory border.

But there is more to Melrose than meets the eye. Cycling enthusiasts from around Australia continually return to experience the range of trails while visitors descend on the town during school holidays to escape from the hustle and bustle.

Melrose is highly respected in the mountain biking community for its range of complex and challenging trails. Whether you are a mountain biking pro or have never sat on a mountain bike before, there are trails to suit every ability and skill level. The towns destination bike shop has thrived, offering bike hire, sales, repairs, trail maps and friendly advice on the areas tracks and trails.

Gain a fascinating insight into South Australia's history at the Melrose Courthouse Heritage Centre. Interpretative displays, many made by local students, share the stories of the pioneers and the history of the regions oldest town. Other historic landmarks that need to be seen to be appreciated are Cathedral Rock and the War Memorial, located on a lookout with stunning views over the town.

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