Wilpena Pound – Rawnsley Park Station

Wilpena Pound

We can sum up the Wilpena Pound with only one word – Spectacular. Located in the Flinders Rangers, this natural amphitheatre provokes the imagination to conjure up 101 different ways this ‘out of place’ land formation could have come to be. Surrounded by desert, the spectacular Wilpena Pound is guaranteed to impress, especially from the air.

Flying around Wilpena Pound was probably the best part of visiting this area, but stopping off and spending some time on the ground was definitely well worth it.

When travelling by air, the best place to land is at the Rawnley Park Station. There are a few other strips in the area, but these are mainly used for tour operators and they discourage visiting planes. Rawnsley Park Station offer a great little airstrip with free transfers from the runway, for their guests.

Located on the southern side of the Pound, Rawnley Park station was once a large sheep station. Today they still run about 2000 sheep on the property, but tourism has become their primary business.

Being so remote it is a great place to relax and unwind in nature. There are some good bush walking tracks around the park that are worth exploring. If your staying the night make sure you check out the stars. The sky is so clear and the starts seem so much bigger, brighter and closer then anywhere else in the world!


Rawnsley Park Station Attractions

Rawnsley Park Station offer a range of different activities and experiences. For more information visit www.rawnsleypark.com.au. Below are the attractions we enjoyed during our stay.

Bush Walking

Surrounding the park are many bush walking tracks to suit all levels of fitness. During the summer months many of the tracks are closed as too many tourists get themselves into trouble as they are not prepared for the conditions. While the view from the air outperforms most of the vantage points on the ground, it  is definitely well worth exploring a few of the bush walking tracks and seeing the countryside from a different perspective.

Info: Maps and information are available from Rawnsley Park Station.
Tip: Make sure you carry plenty of water. Best time to visit is between March and October

This information should only be used as a guide. This information is accurate at time of post and is subject to change, and may contain errors. Please always use official documentation for planning your flight.


03/21 White Limestone 1000m long


AVGAS is not available for purchase.

Landing Fee's

Landing Fee’s $25 single engine.


There are no facilities at the airstrip


Transfers are available between the airstrip and accommodation. Must be arranged prior to arrival.


Rawnsley Park Station. Permission is required to land. Beware of sheep.

Rawnsley Park Station Airstrip


A range of accommodation options are available to suit every style and budget. These include:

  • Luxury Eco Villa’s
  • Rawnsley Homestead
  • Cabin Accomodation
  • Caravan Park

We stayed in the Cabins located at the Caravan Park. These were you typical budget style cabin accommodation with shared bathroom facilities.

Bring your own food would be advisable. The Woolshed Resturant is open for lunch during peak seasons, and dinner all year round. A small kiosk with basic essentials is located at the caravan park.

Wilpena Pound

Wilpena Pound

Rawnsley Park Station

Rawnsley Park Station

Have you visited Wilpena Pound?
Leave a comment below if there is something you recommend our readers should do when visiting Wilpena Pound.


  1. Hi Alicia, Thanks so much for commenting on my blog. It’s nice to see some other right seat fires and their perspective on flying. I am doing my blog retrospectively and have many more destinations to talk about, mostly in NSW, QLD, VIC and SA. So if you are still on your journey keep logging on to see were we have been. My next few are Canberra, Echuca, Portland, Temora…..

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