Lake Hawea Station is a large working sheep station with views of Lake Hawea. On the grounds are two self-contained historic cottages that were formerly used by shepherds and musterers. Tom and Adrienne, the owners, have kept their rustic exteriors and created comfortable rustic charming accommodations. We stayed in the Packhorse Lodge – completely updated for modern comfort, I really like that they retained the graffiti and artful drawings on the bedroom walls preserving the etchings of musters of different years and the names – we see the flying gang of ’61 and drawing of ranges on the station. In Packhorse there is a great room with a couch and big chair for seating, a dining table and chairs and a well stocked kitchen – you just bring your food and drinks. Off the great room are two bedrooms, a bathroom, shower and a washing machine. Internet is available if you sit near in Tom & Adrienne’s outdoor patio which they are totally fine with. They’re both very approachable and friendly.
During our three night stay, the station workers were busy checking the sheep’s feet so we saw the dogs bring the sheep over to the building and how it was done. I got lots of photos of the sheep and had a great time. We had asked for a 4 wheel drive tour of the station, but keeping in mind that this is a working station and one of our days here was a holiday, they didn’t have a spare worker during our stay. That was a bit of a disappointment and I don’t know if we had inquired before arriving if that might have made a difference.
The station is just a few minutes drive from a really nice quiet beach on Lake Hawea. Adrienne will go over the map of the station and show you where you can walk on the station property.
The Packhorse cottage is located across the dirt road from the Adrienne and Tom’s house. The Packhorse itself doesn’t have much of a view from the outdoor porch. One day we watched as a large group of sheep walked by as they were being moved from a pasture to the working inspection shed and that was neat.
We brought food for breakfasts and ate at Sailz in town, which is only about 5 minutes away in Lake Hawea.
We came here to have a sheep station experience and to have a rest after many days of trekking. It worked out really well.