The Mount Remarkable NP is located within the region that is inhabited by the Nukunu people. The Nukunu people call Mount Remarkable Wangyarra, and the word “arra” means “water”. This park was named Mount Remarkable in June 1840.
During the middle 1800s there was a great deal of hostility between the Europeans and the Europeans, and many of the Nukunu people were put out of work during this time. Sheep and cattle runs were established during 1844 and 1845, and this was part of the reason so many of the local people of the Mount Remarkable NP area were, and were left with nothing, and displaced.
The first European land use of the Mount Remarkable NP area was what are now the Baroota, Stony Creek, and Beautiful Valley. These pastoral lands were resumed in the 1870s, and then were subdivided. After that, a line of leaseholders moved who into the area, and they still have an interest in this park.
The areas of Alligator Gorge and Mabray Creek in the Remarkable NP area were dedicated as National Pleasure resorts in the year 1952. In the 1960s, control of these areas was transferred to the National Parks Commission. The entire land area of the Mount Remarkable NP area now covers more than approximately 16,000 hectares.
Flinders Ranges National Park is also located nearby and is of a semi arid climate. This means that it contains both plants that need quite a bit of moisture and those who do not. The vegetation in this park is shaped by landform, soil, climate and fire, and is sometimes also affected by human activity.
The plant life of Flinders Ranges National Park shaped and supported the economy and culture of the Andyamathanha people for thousands of year. When the Europeans arrived in the 1850s land usage had changes.
After the Europeans arrived to Flinders Ranges National Park much of the land was cleared for agriculture. In addition, feral animals and the arrival of new plant species, along with fewer bushfires, have affected the ecology of this area dramatically.
Vegetation that currently grows in the Flinders Ranges National Park includes the Bottlebrush, also known as calisternon teretifolius. This is a plant that is characterized by fuzzy-like cylinder shaped red-orange flower blossom that looks just like a bottlebrush. Its leaves are shaped like those of pine trees. Dense communities of Porcupine Grass also are formed in this area.
Trees that grow in this area include the Red Mallee and the Black Oak, which grow in the deeper soils of Northeastern Flinders Ranges NP. Other plants such as the Leafless Ballart, Broom Emubush, and Pearl Bluebush are also found here, in the alkaline soils. Bush peas, Guinea Flowers, grevilleas, Shrub Violent and others live and grow in the areas where the rainfall is greatest.
Those who want to visit either the Mount Remarkable National Park or the Flinders Ranges National Park can enjoy the scenery and outdoors of other parks as well. Some of the additional National Parks located in this area include the Dutchman’s Stern Conservation Park, Telowis Gorge Conservation Park, and the Winninowie Conservation Park.