Flinders Ranges Question

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We are travelling to the Flinders Ranges in July and I am unsure whether to stay at the Wilpena Pound Caravan Park or out at Rawnsley Station.
Has anyone stayed at both [or either] - and can offer advice?

Thank you.
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Reply By: Happy Frank - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 08:29

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 08:29
We have stayed at both. In the actual caravan parks both can be crowded. Rawnsley also has a bush camping area a few kms away equipped with toilets and you can use the showers at the c/park. The bush camp area is unpowered and you can have a camp fire. This is where we usually stay now. Overall would prefer Rawnsley.
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Follow Up By: Member - Frank P (NSW) - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 09:39

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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 15:35

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 15:35
x 3....... Rawnsley soooo much better.

Excellent large commercial kitchen/games/TV room to use and don't forget the Woolshed restaurant.

Wilpena is to commercialised with too many backpacker tourists.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 09:33

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 09:33
Wilpena can be busy if it's school hols so check (first two weeks?). Otherwise it's pleasant and close to a range of easy walks.
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Reply By: HKB Electronics - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 10:07

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 10:07
As above Wilpena can be busy and I would add if you want a powered site book in advance as they are heavily booked during school holidays and during the grey nomand touring season.

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Reply By: Peter W - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 13:28

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 13:28
We have not stayed at Wilpena but have been to Rawnsley Park on 4 occasions.
Love the ruggedness of the location and the brilliant evening and morning views to Rawnsley bluff.
My vote would be for Rawnsley based on the views alone.

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Reply By: mikehzz - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 19:16

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 19:16
Flip a coin, they are both good and you can't lose either way. I feel like it is a bit cheaper with more space at Rawnsley. Wilpena is a bit more "resort" like, although I've never stayed in the up market section of Rawnsley.
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Reply By: TONY F2 - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 19:54

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 19:54
Yep would agree with staying at Rawnsley Station. We found it very enjoyable.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 20:03

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 20:03
Hi Garytee

The first and most important question is....I hope you have given yourself a very good time frame to see the Flinders, there is just so much to see and explore.

We have been going to the Flinders for decades and it is one place that it does not matter how many times you have been there, you never get sick on some of the best scenery in South Australia.

We always stay in Wilpena as we like to camp in natural surrounds and for us the camping is better there than Rawnsley Park with Wilpena in my opinion having far better scenery within the Park..

Here are some images of what both places have to offer, so you can decide for yourself.

Also the camping areas and powered sites at Wilpena are on natural ground levels, while it is very different at Rawnsley Park.























Enjoy your say in the Flinders Ranges, it should be just fantastic.



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Follow Up By: Turbo 1 - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 22:10

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 22:10
Thanks for the photos provided and it looks like Rawnsley is much nicer looking place.
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Reply By: Jarse - Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 19:03

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 19:03
Great photos, Stephen.

We have just come back from the Flinders Ranges, and we stayed at Willow Springs (home of Skytrek) for a few days. I'd highly recommend staying there. They have a limited number of sites (great if you don't like crowds). The camp kitchen is brilliant, and the facilities spotless.

Skytrek ain't bad either :)
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