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Rawnsley Park Station 4.5★ - Flinders Ranges

  

Rawnsley Park Station gives you the opportunity stay on an operating sheep station and experience the natural beauty and wildlife of the ancient rugged landscape. Located on the south eastern edge of Wilpena Pound, Rawnsley Park Station adjoins the Flinders Ranges National Park, 420 kilometres north from Adelaide, a comfortable five hour drive on sealed roads.

 

Committed to environmentally responsible and sustainable tourism, the owners,Tony and Julieanne have entered into a Heritage Agreement with the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources to protect the diverse vegetation of Rawnsley Bluff.

You will be truly spoilt when it comes to your accommodation with a choice of styles including the secluded four and a half star, straw-bale construction Eco-villas and Rawnsley Homestead in addition to superior and standard holiday units. 

Rawnsley Park Station is owned and managed by fourth generation Flinders Ranges’ residents, Tony and Julieanne Smith. The station has been in the Smith family since 1953, and was originally owned by Tony’s father, Clem Smith. Initially devoted to sheep shearing, the station ventured into tourism in 1968, when the first cabins were opened and sheep shearing demonstrations began. 

Tony and Julieanne took over Rawnsley Park in 1985 and, since then, have transformed a small, struggling sheep station into an award-winning tourism facility.

 

Though tourism is the main industry on the property, the Station still runs 2000 sheep.

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Accommodation

Luxury Eco Villa's

Superior Units

Built in 2018, the 4 star Superior Holiday Units are available in one and two-bedroom configurations. 

The One-bedroom Superior 'Chace' Units offer an airy and spacious open-plan layout and feature a living area, kitchen with dining table and a king-size bed that can be split into two singles if required. 

The Two-bedroom Superior 'Prelinna' Units offer a queen bedroom and a twin single room, with an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space, bathroom and separate toilet, making them ideal for families or small groups.

Both the One and Two-bedroom Superior Units feature LED down lights, split-system air-conditioners and ceiling fans, as well as  outdoor decks. 

Tucked away in a secluded spot with breathtaking views, the one and two-bedroom eco-villas are the ultimate in Flinders Ranges’ accommodation. Ideal for couples, they’re fully self-contained and have spacious living and dining areas, separate bedrooms with over-bed skylights, luxurious bathrooms and well-equipped kitchens.

 

There are great views of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding ranges from your private verandah, and reception is a short five-minute walk away.  We  also have a swimming pool for the exclusive use of villa guests – a great place to relax in the warmer weather.  

Holding Advanced Ecotourism accreditation, the villas are designed to complement the natural environment and are energy-neutral.

The Homestead

The Homestead - Rawnsley Park Station

Rawnsley Homestead offers luxurious self-contained accommodation for two couples or a family.

 

This traditional Australian homestead, built in 1950 from stone quarried on the property, has been beautifully renovated and transformed into indulgent, contemporary accommodation. There are two spacious living areas, a stylish dining room and well-equipped country kitchen, two beautiful bedrooms and two luxurious bathrooms.

 

Sit on the wide verandah and soak up the breathtaking views of the surrounding Chace Range – or take a dip in your private swimming pool

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Located just three kilometres from Rawnsley Park reception, Rawnsley Homestead offers the ultimate in Outback luxury and is the ideal place to escape, relax and explore

Experiences

Walking the Flinders Ranges

The five-day and three-day Flinders Ranges Walking Tours introduce walkers to the best the Flinders has to offer.

When walkers step out with the experienced guides they are instantly immersed in the beauty and rich history of the area which is dominated by the mighty saw-tooth ramparts of Wilpena Pound.

The walking tour ranges far and wide as the experienced guide showcase's the flora, fauna and geology of an ancient land which had its beginnings 1.5 billion years ago.

 

It’s a land of great change, constantly reshaped over hundreds of millions of years.It is also a land that holds many secrets which will be unveiled day by day on your walking adventure.

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Heli-camping Experience

Departing from Rawnsley Park Station, take a late-afternoon helicopter flight past Rawnsley Bluff and over Wilpena Pound before landing on the Chace Range. Watch the sun set over spectacular views, whilst the staff set up your swag and camp for the night.  

 

You are then provided with a 2 course camp oven meal that you can finish preparing at your leisure. Sleep soundly under a star-filled Outback sky. 

The next morning, whilst waiting for your transport back to Rawnsley Park Station, cook yourself a bush breakfast over the campfire with the provisions that have been left for you.

After breakfast you will have a return flight back to the Station.

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4WD Tours

Sit back, relax and let one of the experienced local guides take you on a 4WD adventure of a lifetime. 

 

Discover the spectacular scenery of the Flinders Ranges, see wildlife in its natural environment and abundant native flora, learn about the region’s rich geological history, and experience the Aboriginal and European histories of the area.

Rawnsley Park Station offer a range of half and full-day tours, all conducted in modern 4WD vehicles. Full-day tours include morning tea and lunch, and half-day tours include morning tea.

 

Tours can be booked at time of reservation or upon arrival at Rawnsley Park.

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From a family-friendly stroll to a five-hour trek through gorges and ancient creek-beds, Rawnsley Park Station is a walker’s delight. We have seven marked walking trails, ranging from easy to moderately difficult, starting at three separate points on the property.

​Guided day walks:

Easy - Discover the unique native flora and wildlife in the foothills of Rawnsley Bluff with your experienced local guide on this three-kilometre loop walk. 

Moderate - This eight-kilometre walk is an extended version of the Daybreak Loop Walk, with the additional challenge of a climb to the top of Rawnsley Bluff.

​Moderate - You will walk with your guide along the Heysen Trail across the floor of Wilpena Pound before an easy climb to Bridle Gap. The 15-kilometre walk returns to the Resort via Wangarra Lookout. Includes morning tea, packed lunch and 4WD transfers.

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Scenic Helicopter Flights

Guided Walks and Trails

Local flights from Rawnsley Park Station are available and it is suggested to prebook these. Options include 

  • 10-minute Helicopter Flight to Rawnsley Bluff 

  • 20-minute Helicopter Flight to Rawnsley Bluff & Wilpena Pound

  • 30-minute Helicopter Flight  to Rawnsley Bluff, Wilpena Pound, Bunyeroo Gorge and Edeowie Gorge                                                                                           

Sunset Flights to Chace Lookout 

including drinks & canapes

  • 15-minute Scenic Flight to the top of the Chace Range,  60 minutes on the ground to watch the sun set, and 5 minute return flight.

Breakfast flights to Chace Lookout   including cooked breakfast

  • 5 minute scenic flight to the top of the Chace Range, 60 minutes on the ground for breakfast, and 15 minute return flight.    

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Scenic Flights

Whether it’s a scenic flight over spectacular Wilpena Pound or a full-day Outback adventure, Chinta Air can take you to the skies direct from Rawnsley Park Station. 

Wilpena Pound Flights

An early morning scenic flight is the ideal way to gain an appreciation of the scale and grandeur of Wilpena Pound. You can also fly over the ancient landscapes of Bunyeroo and Brachina Gorges.

  • 30-minute Scenic Flight

  • 45-minute Scenic Flight 

  • 60-minute Scenic Flight

Lake Eyre (Kati Thanda) Full-Day Tour

This classic Outback tour takes in Leigh Creek, Lake Eyre South and North, Andamooka and Lake Torrens, with a lunch stop at the William Creek Pub. 

Arkaroola and Northern Flinders Ranges

Fly to Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary where you will join a shared 4WD Ridgetop Tour.  Enjoy a light lunch before your return flight.

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