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RAWNSLEY PARK STATION

Eco Villas near Wilpena Pound

 

The Cob Barn Deck at Night
The Cob Barn Bedroom
FEATURES

One or two bedroom eco-villas (one-bedroom villa not suitable for children)
Retractable ceiling offering night-sky viewing from the comfort of your bed
Fully equipped kitchen
Wide verandah with outdoor setting and BBQ
Luxurious bathroom with guest-robes
Spacious living and dining area with TV and DVD players
Artworks by local artists
In-room telephone and mobile internet access available
Reverse-cycle air-conditioning
Continental breakfast provisions provided daily

The Cob Barn Staircase
The Cob Barn Doors
ACTIVITIES

There are a multitude of activities to enjoy during your stay at Rawnsley Park Station,. Some of these include:

Walks in 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 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. Walks are led by experienced guide, Kym Tilbrook – author of three books on bushwalking in South Australia and general nice guy.

The Heli-swag Experience
Enjoy a unique heli-swag experience with Rawnsley Park Station and Helivista.
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 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 10 minute return flight back to the Station.
Cost: $595 per person (minimum 2 persons)
The heli-swag experience is also incorporated into our three and five-day Walking the Flinders Ranges guided walks.
Heli-swagging is available from March until the end of October.

Mountain Biking
Cycling is a great way to explore Rawnsley Park Station. The cycle track links the cabins and homestead precinct to the caravan park and bush camping area, and all access roads and station tracks on the property,(which range from one to ten kilometres, can be used for cycling.

Flinders Ranges by Bike
This 200-kilometres trail links Rawnsley Park and Wilpena Pound in the south to Gum Creek Station (Blinman) in the north. Following part of the Mawson Trail, as well as tracks on Arkapena, Upalinna, Willow Springs and Gum Creek Station, the circular route provides a great opportunity to explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the Flinders Ranges, including the Flinders Ranges National Park. It’s designed to take three-and-a-half days to complete.

The Cob Barn Living Area
The Cob Barn Kitchen
THE ENVIRONMENT

From the Owners:

“Rawnsley Park Station is committed to environmental sustainability and social and cultural responsibility. We believe that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are a chief cause of global warming and that their reduction may reduce the speed and degree of global warming. Likewise, we embrace greenhouse gas reduction as a means of focusing attention on protecting the global environment and the intelligent and sustainable use of the Earth’s finite resources.

Some of the environmental measures we have adopted at Rawnsley Park Station include:

Recycling of plastic, glass and aluminium
Removing lawns and replacing with native plants and mulching rockeries.
Use of timers and drippers to water gardens at night, particularly during summer
Use of micro flourescent light globes
Use of recycled timber and double-glazed windows in the eco-villas and office
Installation of 9kW solar power generator at the eco-villas
Building the eco-villas and office from straw bales, which has excellent thermal properties
Installation of wide verandahs at the eco-villas and shadecloth pergolas at the holiday units
Introducing the sustainable cleaning and maintenance practices of the eco-villas to the rest of the property.
All tours at Rawnsley Park Station have Eco Certification IV accreditation at Nature Tourism Level,
The eco-villas hold advanced Eco Tourism accreditation
Participating in Climate Action Australia accreditation
Promoting awareness of sustainability issues to staff and guests – see Protecting Our Environment for more information.
Revegetation of parts of the bush camping area
Using food scraps from the restaurant and villas to feed our chickens
Replacing windmills with solar pumps which are easier to maintain
Sourcing local produce for the restaurant, shop and villas, including using Rawnsley Dohne lambs
Using local builders and tradespeople when making improvements to buildings
Supporting the reintroduction of the Western Quoll to the Flinders Ranges National Park.”

 

The Cob Barn Entrance

What we love…

Tucked away in a secluded spot with breathtaking views, the one and two-bedroom eco-villas are the ultimate in Flinders Ranges’ accommodation.


Tell me more…

Rawnsley Park Station welcomed its first paying guests in May 1968, with the then owners Clem and Alison offering basic accommodation in one cabin and running sheep shearing demonstrations to generate extra income on the then struggling sheep station.

Fifty years later, Rawnsley Park Station is a world-class tourism venture that is a key player in South Australia’s tourism industry. Under the stewardship of Clem and Alison’s eldest son, Tony, and his wife, Julie, Rawnsley Park Station has won multiple tourism awards, and their luxury eco-villas have been lauded as one of the best regional tourism developments in the State.


Get the Facts

Where is it?  Flinder’s Ranges, South Australia

What?  Eco Resort

Styles of Accommodation?  Self contained villas

Who?  Everyone!

Accessible?  Please enquire

How much? Check latest rates and availability for your stay here


Sounding Good?  Read on…

Ideal for couples, the eco villas are 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. There is also a swimming pool for the exclusive use of villa guests – a great place to relax in the warmer weather. The pool is closed for the winter months and reopens  late September.

Holding Advanced Ecotourism accreditation, the villas are designed to complement the natural environment and are energy-neutral. They feature many sustainable design features such as rendered straw-bale walls, polished timber floors over suspended concrete slabs, raked ceilings with natural exhaust venting at the apex, and overhanging eaves to shade walls.

Host: Tony and Julie Smith
Address: Flinders Ranges Way, Hawker SA 5434

Rawnsley Park Eco Villas

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FEATURES

Guests are provided with delicious breakfast provisions including free range eggs from our chickens, a cob loaf (of course), berry/oat Granola and yoghurt.

Inside the Cob Barn guests can enjoy the warmth of a delightful wood fire and can relax with a selection of DVDs, books, games and music.

The kitchen is well equipped for meal preparation, with hot plates, oven and an espresso coffee machine.

Outside, there is a BBQ and a fire pit on the deck overlooking the lake.

Bathrobes and electric blankets are provided.

Heating is provided by a wood heater. An ability to operate a slow combustion wood heater is necessary.

Check-in is anytime after 2pm and checkout is at 11am.

ACTIVITIES

There are a multitude of activities to enjoy during your stay at Rawnsley Park Station,. Some of these include:

Walks in 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 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. Walks are led by experienced guide, Kym Tilbrook – author of three books on bushwalking in South Australia and general nice guy.

The Heli-swag Experience
Enjoy a unique heli-swag experience with Rawnsley Park Station and Helivista.
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 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 10 minute return flight back to the Station.
Cost: $595 per person (minimum 2 persons)
The heli-swag experience is also incorporated into our three and five-day Walking the Flinders Ranges guided walks.
Heli-swagging is available from March until the end of October.

Mountain Biking
Cycling is a great way to explore Rawnsley Park Station. The cycle track links the cabins and homestead precinct to the caravan park and bush camping area, and all access roads and station tracks on the property,(which range from one to ten kilometres, can be used for cycling.

Flinders Ranges by Bike
This 200-kilometres trail links Rawnsley Park and Wilpena Pound in the south to Gum Creek Station (Blinman) in the north. Following part of the Mawson Trail, as well as tracks on Arkapena, Upalinna, Willow Springs and Gum Creek Station, the circular route provides a great opportunity to explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the Flinders Ranges, including the Flinders Ranges National Park. It’s designed to take three-and-a-half days to complete.

ENVIRONMENT

From the Owners:

Rawnsley Park Station is committed to environmental sustainability and social and cultural responsibility. We believe that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are a chief cause of global warming and that their reduction may reduce the speed and degree of global warming. Likewise, we embrace greenhouse gas reduction as a means of focusing attention on protecting the global environment and the intelligent and sustainable use of the Earth’s finite resources.

Some of the environmental measures we have adopted at Rawnsley Park Station include:

Recycling of plastic, glass and aluminium
Removing lawns and replacing with native plants and mulching rockeries.
Use of timers and drippers to water gardens at night, particularly during summer
Use of micro flourescent light globes
Use of recycled timber and double-glazed windows in the eco-villas and office
Installation of 9kW solar power generator at the eco-villas
Building the eco-villas and office from straw bales, which has excellent thermal properties
Installation of wide verandahs at the eco-villas and shadecloth pergolas at the holiday units
Introducing the sustainable cleaning and maintenance practices of the eco-villas to the rest of the property.
All tours at Rawnsley Park Station have Eco Certification IV accreditation at Nature Tourism Level,
The eco-villas hold advanced Eco Tourism accreditation
Participating in Climate Action Australia accreditation
Promoting awareness of sustainability issues to staff and guests – see Protecting Our Environment for more information.
Revegetation of parts of the bush camping area
Using food scraps from the restaurant and villas to feed our chickens
Replacing windmills with solar pumps which are easier to maintain
Sourcing local produce for the restaurant, shop and villas, including using Rawnsley Dohne lambs
Using local builders and tradespeople when making improvements to buildings
Supporting the reintroduction of the Western Quoll to the Flinders Ranges National Park.

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