The rugged view worth some ef­fort

Sunday Mail - Travel/Escape - - SA NEWS -

RAWNS­LEY Park Sta­tion is ex­pand­ing its multi-day guided walks of the Flin­ders Ranges this year. Sta­tion own­ers Tony and Julieanne Smith said the walks pro­gram, led by bush­walk­ing au­thor Kym Til­brook, would start on April 7 and con­tinue un­til late Oc­to­ber. A cham­pagne cel­e­bra­tion atop the Chace Range and an early morn­ing climb to the top of Rawns­ley Bluff to watch the sun rise over the Flin­ders Ranges are high­lights of the sta­tion’s Flin­ders by Foot bush­walk­ing tours. The climb to the top of St Mary Peak (1171m) is a stand­out, with panoramic views across the Flin­ders, in­clud­ing to Wilpena Pound, ABC and Hey­sen ranges. From atop the peak, ea­gles are of­ten seen soar­ing in the val­ley be­low. Rawns­ley Sta­tion is the base for all walks, with walk­ers re­turn­ing each night to 4-star eco villa ac­com­mo­da­tion or 3.5-star cab­ins. At night, they dine at the Wool­shed Restau­rant. Costs for the walks are $2450 a per­son for the five­day trek (1-bed­room eco-villa ac­com­mo­da­tion) or $1975 in a 3.5-star cabin. Three-day treks are priced at $1535 in an ecov­illa or $1250 in a cabin. All costs are based on twin share – sin­gle sup­ple­ments ap­ply. Ph 8648 0030 or see rawns­ley­ 200,000 pas­sen­gers a year make the 45 minute cross­ing on SeaLink’s two fer­ries, Spirit of Kan­ga­roo Is­land and SeaLion 2000, to Kan­ga­roo Is­land. The en­ergy-ef­fi­cient ter­mi­nal ex­ten­sively uses lime­stone col­lected from KI farms and in­cludes a cafe, shop fea­tur­ing Kan­ga­roo Is­land gifts, wine and pro­duce, lift ac­cess, rental car desk and check-in ar­eas. An un­der­cover tour and shut­tle bus pas­sen­ger wait­ing area has been pro­vided in the 645sq m build­ing, as have fam­ily-friendly re­strooms and fa­cil­i­ties for the dis­abled. En­vi­ron­men­tal fea­tures in­clude crossven­ti­la­tion de­sign, so­lar pan­els, rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing for re-use and en­ergy-ef­fi­cient win­dows. The project has in­jected about $1.5 mil­lion into the lo­cal com­mu­nity, with lo­cal trades­peo­ple and prod­ucts used wher­ever pos­si­ble. See in­cludes a 20-night cruise from Ade­laide to Cape Town aboard Queen Mary 2, two nights’ postcruise ac­com­mo­da­tion at the Com­modore Ho­tel, Cape Town, and air­fare from Cape Town back to Ade­laide. Port charges, govern­ment fees and air taxes are also in­cluded. This pack­age is priced from $5399 a per­son, twin share. Ph 1300 88 99 53 or see

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