South Australia is home to some of the country’s most incredible landscapes and environments, from pristine sandy beaches, to lush river estuaries, and the scorching outback desert. To properly explore South Australia, it’s worth spending some time in the more remote corners of the state like the Flinders Ranges and the Outback, where the crowds are few and the landscapes are astonishing. And the best way to explore is staying in one of the many Airbnbs available, with everything from luxury stays, to glamping, outback stations, and almost everything in between. So let’s have a look at some of the best Outback and Airbnb Flinders Ranges accommodation.
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Airbnb Flinders Ranges Glamping
Glamping (or glamorous camping) is booming in popularity. Typically located in luxurious, permanent tents, glamping is a great way to enjoy all the benefits of camping, without any of the drawbacks or logistics a typical camping trip requires. The Flinders Ranges in eastern South Australia has some great options for those looking to try out Flinders Ranges glamping!
Flinders Bush Retreats - Eco Tent
Tucked away in a gorge outside Hawker, among the rolling bushland of the Flinders Ranges, this Eco Tent is a fantastic choice for both new and experienced glampers alike. The fixed canvas tent is fully insulated and sleeps two adults in a queen sized bed. There’s also an ensuite and small kitchenette, ensuring a fully self-contained stay.
With a large outdoor deck, the Eco Tent has excellent views of the majestic Flinders Ranges and is the perfect spot to enjoy epic sunrises and sunsets. There’s plenty of hiking trails around the area, and many curious animals too!
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Flinders Ranges Airbnb – Hawker Accommodation
Hawker (population 341) is one of the main towns in the Flinders Ranges, and serves as the gateway into the Ranges themselves. Despite the town’s small size, it has all the essentials like fuel and food for heading into the outback. As you’d expect, the Hawker accommodation available on Airbnb is among the best in the region.
The Stockman's Lodge
Located to the north-east of Hawker, not far from the famous Wilpena Pound, is this incredible farm stay property on Skytrek Willow Springs Station. With two bedrooms and space for up to six guests, The Stockman’s Lodge is perfect for a large family or a pair of couples. Fully self-contained, with en-suites and a kitchen/lounge area, it’s both remote enough for seclusion and privacy, while maintaining easy access to the incredible sights nearby.
Surrounded by walking trails, 4WD tracks, hills for climbing, and with a nice large deck for enjoying the view, The Stockman’s Lodge makes an ideal base for exploring the wider Flinders Ranges area.
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Rawnsley Park Station Eco Villas
Rawnsley Park Station Eco Villas is a beautiful bed & breakfast located to the north-east of Hawker. With a bright, clean and modern design, this comfortable Airbnb is a private room in a small complex of B&Bs, located on the grounds of a working sheep station. Each room features a queen-sized bed, skylights, generous living areas, and a bathtub, along with access to the on-site swimming pool, and nearby Woolshed Restaurant.
With epic views and a superb location in one of the most attractive parts of the Flinders Ranges, Rawnsley Park Station is definitely a one of a kind experience! Air-conditioning and wifi are both included, though be aware that the remote location can sometimes mean limited connectivity – all the more reason to relax with a glass of wine!
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Situated within the town of Hawker itself, Meaney’s Rest is a beautiful and historic 3-bedroom sandstone cottage. Occupied since 1883, the gorgeous cottage has been fully restored, blending together modern luxuries and classic touches. With three good sized bedrooms, there’s space for eight guests at Meaney’s Cottage – enough room for one large or two small families to holiday in comfort.
Inside the sandstone walls you’ll find air conditioning, a full kitchen (including pod coffee machine!), barbecue and outdoor area, several bathrooms, wifi, along with Google Home devices and a TV with premium Foxtel channels. There’s even an outdoor bar, which definitely puts Meaney’s Rest among the top Hawker accommodation options.
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Airbnb Flinders Ranges Station Accommodation
Australia is renowned for its sheep and cattle stations. These enormous outback properties were once the backbone of Australia’s economy, home to hundreds of thousands of animals. Some cattle stations are large enough to be a small country! Although big business has taken over many of these stations, plenty remain as smaller-scale operations, and they offer a truly unique place to stay. Below, you’ll find some of the best Flinders Ranges station accommodation.
Mt Scott Homestead
First up is Mt Scott Homestead, a fully renovated sandstone cottage dating back to the early 20th century. Located about 15 kilometres east of Hawker down a long gravel road, this 3 bedroom cottage has space for six guests, and is located on a working farm. With a gorgeous blend of original materials and modern touches, Mt Scott Homestead is a comfortable and cosy place to enjoy an off-grid holiday.
Inside the cottage you’ll find air conditioning, a full kitchen, TV, a laundry, and a large inviting bathtub. It’s well situated near the picturesque Willow Waters Gorge, and has easy access to hiking trails and 4WD tracks. And of course, it’s frequently visited by curious kangaroos.
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Upalinna Shearers Quarters
Located near Wilpena Pound in the heart of the Flinders Ranges, is the Upalinna Shearers Quarters. A fully renovated cottage from the 1930s, Upalinna has five bedrooms and can accommodate up to 14 guests, making it the perfect spot for a large group looking to escape the city. The Shearers Quarters has been fully modernised and renovated, retaining its original charm while still including the necessary modern comforts.
As a fully self-contained property with a large kitchen, open fireplace, BBQ, outdoor fire pit, and a 600 acre paddock to explore, Upalinna makes for a superb place to relax and enjoy the outdoors. There’s even a large old bread oven, perfect for a homemade pizza night in!
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Mount Little Station
Mount Little Station, located just up the Outback Highway from Hawker, is home to this fascinating property, known as Choose Your Own Adventure. With 4 bedrooms and space for 10 guests, this homestead is fully self-contained and sits on a working sheep and cattle station. It features iconic Australian outback touches like corrugated iron roofing and local stone walls, and is of course surrounded by beautiful bushland.
The property contains a full kitchen, air conditioning, TV, laundry facilities, and a comfortable bathtub, while outside you’ll have private access to Mayo Gorge and the Elder Range. There’s plenty of options for hiking, 4WDing, cycling, or just relaxing and enjoying the view. Station life experiences are also available, which can be a real treat!
Coober Pedy Airbnb Accommodation
Coober Pedy is definitely one of Australia’s most unique towns. Originally established as an opal mining settlement, residents quickly realised they needed a solution to the scorching temperatures (which regularly rise above 40 degrees Celsius!). So, they began living in the disused opal mines, where temperatures are cool and constant all year. Staying in a genuine Coober Pedy dugout is one of the most popular things to do in this unusual town, so let’s check out some of the best Airbnb Coober Pedy accommodation options.
Beautiful Underground Home with Desert View & Deck
Located just on the edge of Coober Pedy and a short walk from the centre of town, is this beautiful underground home. With two double-bedrooms and space for four guests, this dugout home is an original miner’s cave. Clean, modern and comfortable, it includes a full kitchen, wifi, a TV and a heater.
And as a nice bonus, there’s a large outdoor deck above the front entrance with fantastic views across the town and its surrounding desert landscape. Perfect for watching the sunset with a cold beverage, or perhaps even a bit of stargazing.
Another nearby Coober Pedy Airbnb is Di’s Place, located on the northern fringe of town. This large and unique dugout home has three bedrooms and space for 9 guests – perfect for larger families or small groups. Nicely decorated throughout with interesting touches of wood and stone, Di’s Place also features two bathrooms, a spa bath, barbecue area, full kitchen (including a pod coffee machine!), laundry, plenty of parking, and wifi as well.
Although temperatures underground remain relatively consistent, fans and a heater are also provided – just in case! But with beautiful, homely decorations, Di’s Place is definitely one of the best Coober Pedy accommodation options.
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Modern Underground Retreat
Situated slightly to the east of Coober Pedy is this Modern Underground Retreat. It features one large bedroom with space for three guests (1x queen bed, 1x single bed), and has modern appointments and touches throughout. It has a fully-equipped kitchen including a gas cooktop and microwave, plus there’s a large indoor living area to relax and stay comfortable. The bathroom is clean, modern and bright, and outside there’s a shady, inviting courtyard where you can enjoy the surrounding desert landscape. Be sure to keep an eye out for the friendly local kangaroos each morning!
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