Alpana is a working sheep station in the heart of the Flinders Ranges perfectly situated for exploring the central region and enjoying the spectacular scenery, gorges, plants, birds, animals, bushwalks, four-wheel drive tracks and more.
Alpana Station's rich history began in 1878 with 133 acres when Paddy Henery, who emigrated from Ireland at age twelve in the early 1840s, decided he could make a living by growing fodder crops to provide supplementary feed for the bullock teams hauling copper ore from the Blinman Mine to Port Augusta.
His business flourished until the introduction of the North-South railway in 1882, after which trains then carried the ore ex-Parachilna.
Paddy then expanded his landholding and began to run sheep for wool.
Fast forward 140 years and Alpana Station - now managed by fifth generation David and Sally Henery, with help from sixth generation John and Keziah Henery - spans 60,000 acres and carries a flock of around 3000 merino sheep.
Tourism began in 1994 when David's father, John, opened up the property to visitors with two camping areas and the specially upgraded shearers' quarters.
His next venture, 4WD tours, began in 1998 and the powered site area was developed in 2001.
“Other properties in the area had been into tourism for many years and John had retired from station work and put his energy and passion into this new tourism venture,” Sally said.
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“In the drought that we are currently experiencing we really appreciate that this venture has grown and gives us an income that is not so dependent on rain.”
David, Sally, John and Keziah love to welcome visitors to their property.
“We offer fully accredited tours across the property and to other places of interest in the Blinman area,” Sally said.
“Our exclusive station experience track is only accessible with us and is like a bag of mixed lollies with something for everyone from stunning scenery, water holes, local pastoral, mining and family history, plants, wildlife, and the fabulous Flinders Ranges geology.”
Alpana Station also supports the Blinman Progress Association, the Blinman Gymkhana and the Blinman Motokhana.
Alpana Station is perfectly situated to use as your base to explore the area.
A three-night stay gives you two full days and there is easily enough to fill far more days than that.
In 2019, Easter almost runs into Anzac Day which gives you an opportunity for an extended break.
The Alpana shearers quarters and Nungawurtina Hut are currently available for many dates in April, so call or email the team today.
You will find Alpana 55km north of Wilpena Pound and 5km south of Blinman.