Wirraminna Station, 9 Wirraminna St, Port Augusta SA (08) 8672 1992, www.wirraminna.com
AT reader Carolyne Jasinski from Adelaide likes her holidays dry, remote and full of genuine outback hospitality.
My favourite secret Aussie holiday spot is Wirraminna Station in South Australia. It’s a 5.5hr drive north of Adelaide on the road to Coober Pedy and provides the best stopover or holiday destination in itself. Michael and Julie Wilkinson have renovated the original director’s quarters on their one million acre sheep station to provide a unique B&B overnight stay or as a farm stay experience.
You can experience the whole station life with guided tours of the property that get you involved in day-to-day activities – checking the sheep, shearing, etc. There’s a great “dump” to explore – more a collection of station machinery collected over the years. The hospitality is fantastic, the food fabulous (if you choose to dine with them) and the fun constant.
Woomera is a short drive away and the old Woomera Rocket Range is actually located on the property, giving visitors access to normally restricted areas. The Salt Bush Golf Course is also a local highlight (funniest on-course drink run: in the back of a Ute). I took my youngest son and mum – it appealed to all age groups. Lodgings at Wirraminna Station cost from $120 a double, including breakfast.