Sublime pool area against a backdrop of clear skies and an untouched South Australian landscape

Rawnsley Park Station
Flinders Ranges, Australia


When people think of Australia, they think of endless, arid landscapes reminiscent of what we picture Mars to look like. It’s not quite what you’ll get at Rawnsley Park Station, as this intimate property is surrounded by plenty of shrubs and trees, with views of Southern Australia’s stunning topography on all sides.

There’s something especially satisfying about crisp white sheets and a sleek, utterly private space after a long day out in heat and dust. And, hunkering down among trees amid 360-degree views of monumental mountain ridges, the eco-villas here offer just that refuge, with bells on.

The decor may feel a little dated, but we could find no fault with the comforts. A wraparound veranda almost caused a row over where we’d have the evening’s first glass of wine, blinds above our bed retracted to reveal a large stargazing skylight, and triple-aspect floor-to-ceiling windows drew in the greatest luxury of all – the bush. The shared pool and on-site Woolshed restaurant were two welcome bonuses.

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While you’re Out There
The whole point of being at Rawnsley Park Station is to not put too many activities on your list and allow yourself to live at a slower pace for a few days. Should you, however, wish to explore the surrounding countryside, there are countless lookouts and viewpoints in the area: from the Wilpena Pound Lookout to the Akaroo Rock, it’s hard to get bored with views so stunning.

Photography courtesy of Rawnsley Park Station

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