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“Typical outback experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Rawnsley Park Station Eco Villas
4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Wilpena Road | via Hawker, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia 5434, Australia   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sydney
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Typical outback experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013 via mobile

Perfect location right next to the pound, very good customer service. Rooms are fully equiped and very clean. We were 9 of us and only stayed for 1 night and we all loved it. There are also a lot of outdoors bbq area.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed in one of the cabins facing Rawnsley Bluff about 2 minutes walk from The Woolshed restaurant.The eco units are on a different part of what is quite a large site which also has a caravan site.These areas are not visible one to another due to the terrain and scrub vegitation.
The cabins are set in small terraces with covered parking bays between,a bit motel like.There were a couple of BBQ's a short distance away if required.
Inside our cabin was adequate,if simply furnished.There was an "L" shaped area with double bed at one end with a good fitted wardrobe and a 2 seat settee and dining table and chairs at the opposite end.The short part of the L was a simple kitchen.Off this main area was a bathroom with basin, toilet and walk-in shower which worked effectively.
As with most of the outback areas water is precious.Drinking water is as normal filtered rainwater and the rest I am not sure if its borehole or what.
There was an aircon unit facing out from the kitchen.The general quality is basic but clean showing some signs of wear and tear.The bed was comfortable and the linen fine.
As a base for touring they were good.We ate in The Woolshed and were out all day so we used the cabin to sleep in only and for that it was fine.

Room Tip: Get one close to the restaurant facing the Bluff.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Juan de Alicante, Spain
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We stayed in an Eco-Villa which was wonderful. Situated to give panoramic views without being overlooked from anywhere. The Villa was equipped with everything one could need (including new laid eggs!!), large spacious lounge with a very comfortable bedroom with of all things, a roof that opens so that the stars can be seen at night. Each Villa is equipped with full laundry facilities (at no cost) very useful when touring for several weeks. We even had our own private Zoo right outside our window, as we sat on the patio having a "Sundowner" we were entertained by Kangaroos, Rabbits and wonderful bright green Parrots, a pleasant way to end a busy day exploring the Outback. I must report that during our stay we had the misfortune to suffer a front wheel blowout in our Hire Vehicle, it happend during the heaviest rain seen for many months. While I was struggling in the downpour to change the wheel, Tim from Rawnsley Park Station drew up behind me and immediately came to my rescue, he helped me change the wheel and did not drive off until he was sure we were OK. I asked him to meet up in the Woolshed (bar on site) so that I could repay his kindness but he would not hear of it. A True Knight of the Road. Many thanks Tim.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tony458, Owner at Rawnsley Park Station Eco Villas, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. We will have to start calling our head tourguide Tim Tyler "Sir Tim".
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

My wife and I stayed 4 nights in a holiday unit. It looks like on trip advisor you can only rate either the Eco villas or the caravan park itself, not the holiday units, maybe this is why their overall rating is high!

Firstly this was our first experience of the Aussie Outbacks, which we thoroughly enjoyed. It was quite and peaceful with fabulous views out over the Chase Ranges and Wilpena Bluff from many parts of the Rawnsley Park Station.

Our unit was tight and fairly basic, but adequate. We had unit 29 which is one of three units joined together that has a double bed and a single bed in it. We didn't need the single bed although we found it useful to spread our travel things out on. The configuration of other units just with a single bed seemed to be better than our one in that we did not have a sofa or lounging chairs to rest in the evenings or during the day. The only places to sit in the unit was either on dinning room chairs or on the double bed.

We thought they could have had more tables and chairs to sit out outside, to enjoy the views. I think there was only 2 or 3 BBQ tables to sit at which seems very inadequate for 29 units.

We were also disappointed that our fridge/freezer was not turned on when we arrived, as we came with lots of food. The fridge was quite noisy and we had to turn it off at night, to get a good night's sleep.

Everything is reasonably closely, the woodshed restaurant is only a 5 minute walk away, the reception area is only a 5 minute walk and it' a few minutes drive to the caravan park that has a small shop for provisions plus petrol.

Our unit was only "serviced" every 2 days, and this did not involve cleaning the bathroom vanity or toilet. We had to do this ourselves, and sweep/mop the floors which get quite dusty because the driveways are dirt roads with metal on top.

A few things people need to be prepared for before coming here.

Room Tip: Don't get units 27-29 as they face west and get a lot of sun and are very hot in the afternoon...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Just had a memorable break at Rawnsley Park in an Eco Villa... The Villas are all angled to have a private view of the amazing landscape. We were very lucky to overlook the iconic Wilpena Pound.
We had a very spacious 2 bedroom Villa,the kitchen was well stocked with everything you would need, but don't always get. The utensils all looked new and the kitchen & cupboards were immaculately clean.
The bedrooms have a lovely sky light over the bed to enable you to gaze at the skies,but it was half the size of the one you see in the photos on the website, so a little bit of a disappointment.
The bathrooms are really luxurious with fabulously thick & large fluffy towels.
The welcome gift of wine, cheese & biscuits was much appreciated.
We had a barbecue pack supplied for our first night (included in their special end of season offer) which was really welcome after our long drive.
The check in/check out was quick & the receptionist very helpful with recommendations of what to do in the area, supplying maps & details. We popped into the station shop for a few supplies & took Petes advice to drive the 10 mins to Pugilist Hill to watch the incredible sunset...we took some fabulous photos & made some great memories.
On the 2nd night we ate in The Wool Shed restaurant on the station, the portions were very large & were of a very good 'home style' standard, served by very friendly staff including the bush pilot in his uniform!
It was so lovely to return to the luxury of the Eco Villa to wash off all the dirt & dust of the days adventures in this beautiful part of SA.
I would highly recommend Rawnsley Park Station & going for the more expensive villa option was well with it.

Room Tip: Splash the cash & treat yourself to the luxury of the EcoVillas.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

We stayed at the old station house which had been beautifully refurbished and was absolutely delightful and very comfortable. 2 couples. The station is across the highway and away from the rest of the property. It seems to be located in its own outback with nothing else around with a grand view of the desert, mountains, and the Pound. The view is really quite special. Nice pool attached, superb kitchen, great barbie, enclosed property.

When we arrived the WiFi didn't work well and I thought here we go again - common issue in satellite served outback Australia. A lady drove over followed by a technician and got it to work - impressed. Plus we had a land line.

Breakfast was left daily and was very nice.

We got a deal as out of season and still cost us c. AUD250 per night. Expensive but relatively speaking a good deal. If you can afford it and don't mind the expense then go for it ...

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hobart
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

A couple of nights were spent in Rawnsely's eco villa recently for a family celebration.
We found the villa's superb with a simplicity in design and thought into the environment. Straw Bale walls and windows designed to direct breeze throughout the rooms. The bedroom had skylites to expose the stars and were cleverly controlled with electric opening curtains. The other unique feature was a curtain ceiling that could also be opened or closed. Airconditioning through floor vents was excellent and the continental breakfast sumptuous.
The magnificent unobstructed view of Rawnsley Bluff was this photographers dream and a sunrise walk across the ridges was everything one could have asked for.
The staff were friendly and helpful.
The Woolshed restaurant produced a magnificent spread for our celebration though the camel was a little tough. We were anxious to dine there the following night, but when attempting to book were lectured about having to dine in time blocks because they only had one chef and weren't geared up for the unexpected numbers.
A word of advice.. if you have a group almost booking out the entire complex months in advance then it seems reasonable to expect them to want to use those facilities. You lost a lot of business that night.
All in all a wonderful, relaxing stay in a very special part of South Australia. To think it is only five hours from Adelaide makes it an ideal place to escape.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Wilpena Road | via Hawker, Flinders Ranges National Park, South Australia 5434, Australia
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Location: Australia > South Australia > Flinders Ranges > Flinders Ranges National Park
Amenities:
Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Flinders Ranges National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rawnsley Park Station Eco Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 430-kilometres north of Adelaide (approximately five hours drive), Rawnsley Park Station is a multi-award winning property that adjoins the Flinders Ranges National Park and overlooks the southern side of Wilpena Pound. The Flinders Ranges is one of Australia's 'National Landscapes' characterized by rugged mountain ranges, spectacular gorges, sheltered creeks lined with River Red Gums and abundant wildlife. This area is world-renowned for its geological history, Aboriginal rock art sites and impressive fossil remains. ... more   less 
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