Life in the outback
If you’ve ever dreamed of living like a local in the outback, station stays are the best ways to do it. Sheep and cattle stations have been a huge part of South Australia's outback for more than 150 years.
Stay on a sheep or cattle station, in modest shearers’ quarters. Cook your own meals or join your "hosts" for dinner. It's not all “rough and tumble" though with luxury homesteads offering an oasis of finery in the outback.
Bendleby Ranges is a multi-award winning adventure tourism destination, located in the Southern Flinders Ranges - an easy three and a half hours drive north of Adelaide. Offering serenity and tranquillity in an unspoilt natural environment, the affordable accommodation options range from a homestead, cottage or shearers' quarters. There are also private campsites nestled among creeks lined with native pine and gum trees.
Clayton Station Outback Adventures and Station Stays are situated on the Birdsville Track, 54 kilometres north of Marree in the far-north of South Australia. Luxury two-bedroom self-contained units with spacious decking overlooking the Clayton River into magnificent outback sunsets. Nestled in the heart of the outback for total relaxation away from the bustle of the city. Relax in a hot artesian bath, under a "chandelier" of stars and enjoy the serenity of the outback.
North Bundaleer homestead
Stay at North Bundaleer, a family-owned and operated heritage-listed homestead, and experience a touch of grand Australian pastoral lifestyle on the edge of the outback. The homestead's four beautifully decorated rooms invite indulgence in a secluded, eco-environment on 400 acres of native bushland and farmland. Although the surroundings may be grand, the ambience is relaxed and informal. Walk or cycle along the Heysen and Mawson Trails in the iconic Bundaleer Forest situated right next door.
Rawnsley Park Station
Rawnsley Park eco-villa
Located on the south-eastern edge of Wilpena Pound, Rawnsley Park Station adjoins the Flinders Ranges National Park - a comfortable five hour drive on sealed roads. Stay on an operating sheep station and experience the beauty of the landscape. Choose from secluded bush camping, powered camping/caravan sites, a bunkhouse for 40 people, budget cabins, self-contained holiday units with one, two or three bedrooms, secluded four and a half star eco-villas and the Arkapena Homestead.
Stations Stays SA
Featuring more than 25 stations and properties, the Station Stays SA website can help you find the perfect station stay in the Flinders Ranges, Gawler Ranges and further afield into the outback. The website has a stations map, ideas to help plan your trip and a list of attractions to visit while in the area.
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Things to do
Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.
There are plenty of events on in the Flinders Ranges. Here are some ideas you might like.