Flinders Bush Retreats: A Tranquil Farm Stay at the Gateway to the Flinders Ranges

Flinders Bush Retreats: A Tranquil Farm Stay at the Gateway to the Flinders Ranges

This boutique farm stay offers award-winning accommodation, convenient access to the Flinders Ranges, and one of the best bathtubs in South Australia.

Located an easy 10 minute-drive from Hawker, Flinders Bush Retreats provides a secluded escape with plenty of opportunities for adventure.

Daily farm life hums across this working station where your hosts, the McInnis family, are 5th- and 6th-generation graziers and the custodians of this picturesque 13,000 acre property.

The family initially added accommodation to support the farm during the drought, but 10 years later their award-winning tourism venture boasts 4.5 stars and has been named as having one of the best baths with a view in South Australia. The McInnis family are proud to share their working station with visitors from all over Australia and the world.

Guests are welcome to get a closer look at the daily farm activity, take on the private 4WD track, picnic in Willow Waters Gorge, or simply unwind and enjoy the peaceful bush surroundings in privacy.

Flinders Bush Retreats - Eco Tent
Flinders Bush Retreats - Eco Tent Isaac Forman

Getting to Flinders Bush Retreats

Conveniently positioned at the gateway to the Flinders Ranges, Flinders Bush Retreats can be accessed by 2WD in approximately 4.5 hours on a direct route from Adelaide.

Allow a little extra time to stop in the Clare Valley and pick up a bottle of delicious South Australian wine to enjoy once you arrive. Orroroo is another great stop along the direct route, and an excellent place to enjoy a bite to eat and stretch your legs on the town history trails.

What to Do

Guests are welcome to explore the property and get a closer look at the activity of a working farm. Walk through to Willow Waters Gorge to soak up the natural beauty of this ancient and precious ecosystem which contains evidence of early signs of life. These beautiful hills are some of the oldest in the Flinders Ranges.

The Willow Waters Gorge 4WD track is available exclusively to guests of Flinders Bush Retreats (additional fees apply). A 4WD is essential for this track.

The convenient location enables efficient access to many major sites in the Flinders Ranges. A few of the most popular nearby sites and activities:

Stay a While

A range of accommodation options are available across the sprawling property so you can set the tone for your outback escape; choose from the comfortably appointed Mt Scott Homestead, the family-friendly Quarters, or luxury glamping in the Eco Tent situated in the peaceful Willow Waters Gorge.

Mt Scott Homestead

A charming early 1900s stone homestead with plenty of modern-day comforts.

This 3-bedroom 2-bathroom house is ideal for groups of friends, or families on holiday with kids, parents and grandparents.

Enjoy happy hour on the wrap-around verandah with an idyllic view of the sprawling property and gum tree lined creek. Cook on the outdoor barbecue and relax under a million stars with the quiet sounds of the bush behind you. Once the temperature drops, retreat inside to the cosy lounge and play board games around the fireplace.

The Quarters

A fully self-contained house with a spacious 4-bedroom layout, The Quarters is the perfect accommodation option for families with kids of any age.

Let the kids run free range on the playground, stroll the property together to meet the animals, or take on the 4WD track to Willow Waters Gorge. Cook dinner in the fully equipped kitchen or fire up the outdoor barbecue. If you need groceries or supplies, the nearest town of Hawker is just a 10-minute drive away.

  • Outdoor playground

  • Porta cot available upon request

  • BBQ and campfire pit

  • Sleeps up to 8 (2 x queen rooms and 2 x single twin share rooms)

Eco Tent

Romantic and secluded, the Eco Tent is an absolutely stunning experience that allows guests to become immersed in nature without compromising on the luxuries.

Nestled amongst some of the oldest hills in the Flinders Ranges, the Eco Tent is surrounded by serene bushland, birds and wildlife. Book the Ultimate Glamping Package to include chocolates and a delicious bottle of wine upon arrival, and a dining voucher for Flinders Food Co. Fully off-grid and out of range, the Eco Tent ensures you can disconnect from the grind and reconnect with your favourite person.

  • Sleeps 2 in a luxurious queen size bed

  • Ensuite with gas hot water

  • Complementary welcome drinks

  • Outdoor fire pit, BBQ and cooking utensils

Bush Campsites

Kick back and enjoy the good life at one of only six bush campsites set within serene natural surroundings.

A welcome escape from the crowded campsites, none of these sites are shared with other groups so you are guaranteed to have plenty of space to set up and stretch out. Caravans, camper trailers and tents are all welcome. Pets are welcome at campsites but, for their own safety, must be discussed prior to arrival*.

Kindly note: pets are not permitted in other accommodation.

  • Uncrowded bush sites surrounded by nature

  • Kids camp for free

  • Unpowered sites, no toilets or showers

  • Pets welcome (prior permission only)

Flinders Bush Retreats - Camping at Willow Waters Gorge
Flinders Bush Retreats - Camping at Willow Waters Gorge Isaac Forman

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