Rawnsley Park Charter

 Join us on our adventure to Rawnsley Park Station and your chance to experience Outback Australia.

This unique tour will give you the opportunity to explore your own backyard; both in the air and on the ground!

Rawnsley Park Station is located on the southern face of Wilpena Pound and was settled in 1851 as part of the Arkaba Station. Arkaba, Wilpena and Aroona were the first pastoral leases located in the Central Flinders Ranges. In the 19th century, there was considerable political agitation to resume the large pastoral properties for farming. In 1895 parts of Arkaba Station were subdivided for farming allotments. 

In 1953 Clem Smith purchased the portion of Ulowdna comprising 6253 acres. In 1963, another share was purchased to make up the 7453 acres, renaming the land as Rawnsley Park Station. The property is now 29,000 acres, including part of the neighboring Arkapena and Prelinna Stations, added in 2009. 

The name Rawnsley comes from Rawnsley Bluff, which was named after HC Rawnsley after he arrived from England under false claims declaring that he was a surveyor. Rawnsley spent three months supposedly surveying from Mt. Remarkable to Wilpena before the Colonial Government recalled him. 

Tony and Julieanne took over Rawnsley Park in 1985 and transformed the sheep station into an award-winning tourism facility that can attract up to 20,000 visitors per year. While the Station earns its primary income off tourism, the Station still runs 2000 sheep. 

In efforts to preserve Rawnsley Park Station, Tony and Julieanne have committed to providing environmentally responsible and sustainable tourism, having entered into a Heritage Agreement with the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources to protect the diverse vegetation of Rawnsley Bluff. 


 Check-in at Smartair and take advantage of our free parking. Board your aircraft mid-morning to begin your journey to discover Flinders Ranges. Travel on your personalised charter aircraft. The first 2-hour flight will take you through the heart of New South Wales, with your first landing at historic Broken Hill. A short walk to the historic Royal Flying Doctor Museum, and a tour of the facilities experiencing the history of the RFDS. Following some light refreshments, we will continue our flight onto Rawnsley Park Station, arriving early afternoon. Following a quick “check-in” by the friendly staff at the Rawnsley Park Station, the tour group will head off on a 40-minute trip to view a Flinders Ranges sunset whilst overlooking the stunning Chace range enjoying a refreshment and canapés before returning to the station to enjoy a two-course meal.


 Rise to the beautiful and endless views of the Flinders Ranges and enjoy a warm beverage on the veranda of your room. You can commence the day with a walk departing the station at 7am circumnavigating the Rawnsley Bluff and finishing with a cooked “bush” breakfast. After a well-deserved rest, an experienced local guide will take you on a 4WD adventure of a lifetime. You will discover the spectacular scenery of the Flinders Ranges, see wildlife in its natural environment and view the abundant native flora. You will learn about the regions rich geological history, and be exposed to the regions Aboriginal and European history. You return to the station in the evening just in time to complete the day with three course meal. 


 Our final day will see us depart Rawnsley Park after breakfast and fly south-west to Mildura for a refueling stop. From Mildura, enjoy a short hop to Lake Mungo Lodge, where you will embark on the Mungo Tour before returning to Albury. 

 Your tour includes: 

Price: From $2880.00 per twin share, subject to the same departure point and based on six people travelling. Please specify if you would prefer a private aircraft or are happy to share with others.

$2880.00 from Albury (per twin share).

$3432.00 from Canberra (per twin share).

Travel dates: Charter flights are available from July to September 2021 as this is the optimal time prior to the outback becoming uncomfortable. Please contact Smartair for dates.

Bookings options 

Contact Smartair on (02) 6021 2929; or 

www.smartair.com.au and click on charters. 

Note: Online bookings - we will contact you to collect payment and negotiate the date of the trip.


The Fine Print

• A 50% deposit is required to secure your booking, and the balance is payable 14 days before departure. 

• Smartair cannot accept cancellations less than 21 days prior to departure. 

• Prior to that, you will be charged a percentage of the fare if you cancel. 

• We require you to take out travel insurance to protect yourself against such an eventuality. 

• Dinner and breakfast and one packed lunch are included. Snacks, and alcohol are not included and are at your own expense. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise Smartair to ensure that your dietary requirements are met. 

• Accommodation is based on a twin share. 

• Luggage weight is restricted. 

• To calculate our fuel requirements, Smartair is required to know your weight; this information remains confidential 

• We provide bottled water for passengers plus some light snacks 

• Flight, itineraries, and ground arrangements can sometimes be altered due to bad weather. 

• On the rare occasions that a delay should occur, food and accommodation costs incurred will be at your cost 

• Smoking is not permitted inside the aircraft or on the tarmac of Australian airports. 

• Smartair’s aircraft is our twin-engine Piper Navajo. Please see the fleet page on our website www.smartair.com.au for more details of the aircraft. 


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