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Flinders Bush Retreats

651 Willow Waters Rd, Hawker, South Australia 5434 Australia
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Hidden away in an almost untouched corner of the Flinders Ranges, is boutique farm stay Flinders Bush Retreats. 13,000 acres of ancient beauty owned and operated by the McInnis, family 5th and 6th generation graziers who have diversified into tourism to supplement their farm income during times of drought and market lows. 2 self-contained houses provide a private and luxurious escape to experience the outback. Accommodating 6-8 guests each and boasting fully equipped kitchens, modern conveniences, open plan living rooms and large bedrooms. Each house was designed to bring the Australian bush in - offering unique views, superior furniture and quality linens. Have you considered glamping? Perfect for nature lovers who don’t want to rough it, the Eco Tent combines camping with comfort! Recently refurbished the steel framed, insulated canvas tent includes a queen sized bed and luxurious linen, small kitchenette and attached ensuite. We look forward to welcoming you.
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Free parking
Complimentary tea
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Self-serve laundry
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
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651 Willow Waters Rd, Hawker, South Australia 5434 Australia
Flinders Bush Retreats
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Kelly J wrote a review Jan 2024
Adelaide, Australia5 contributions1 helpful vote
This is our favourite place to stay in the Flinders Ranges and we have been visiting regularly for the last 25 years. Sharon and Alan are wonderful hosts, their property is always beautifully presented and clean. They take great pride in their station and sharing it with visitors, we can highly recommend Mt Scott Homestead as a place for a family to stay.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Room Tip: Great campfire where you can see the stars and enjoy a secluded location in the Flinders with the...
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Thank you for your kind words! It is lovely to know that our hard work is appreciated by guests that return time and time again. It’s always a pleasure to have you visit. Kind regards, Sharon McInnis
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Rebecca Claire N wrote a review Nov 2023
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Our family stayed for 4 nights in October (ages ranged from 9months- 70+ yeras). The Quarters was the perfect place to relax after long days driving through the Ranges. The house was so well equipped, it had everything we needed. We were grateful to Sharon and family for including our children in some of the everyday "farm life" activities - watching the sheep shearing, feeding the chooks, and playing with the dogs. There are some particularly friendly sheep (and a pony!) who loved to visit our front door! Willow Waters Gorge was a special treat to drive to as well. We would love to visit again.
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Thank you for staying with us and sharing your review of The Quarters. We are pleased to hear your family had everything you needed to make your stay relaxing and that the kids enjoyed the farm activities. Thanks again. Sharon McInnis
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Duncan A wrote a review Oct 2023
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A beautiful setting in the middle of nowhere, yet only 15 minutes from Hawker. The setting was very peaceful with emus, roos and birds all making themselves part of the scenery. The house was lovely and enjoyed sitting in front of the fire inside or in front of the campfire outside. Took a morning to explore the local gorge on the property as well as Wilpena Pound, which was only an hour or so away. Amazing how quiet it was in the morning, even our kids slept in! The sunsets were a highlight everyday as the sun dipped below the hills and the trees turned to silhouettes
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Responded 22 Oct 2023
Thank you for you kind review. We are pleased to read you enjoyed your stay at Mt Scott Homestead and exploring our property.
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Bet C wrote a review Oct 2023
Sydney, Australia17 contributions4 helpful votes
This is the best glamping experience we have had. Lovely location, complete privacy and a wonderful tent. We were lucky to be blessed with a supermoon but it would a great spot when the sky is dark. It is also reasonably priced and eco friendly. Would highly recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Sharon McInnis, Owner at Flinders Bush Retreats
Responded 8 Oct 2023
Thank you for your kind words! We are thrilled to read you have rated us so highly. Our nature based glamping experience is a great way to immerse yourself in the Australian bush. Watching a super moon rise over the hills from the Eco Tent is a rare and wonderful experience. We hope you can come back to enjoy the dark skies and our amazing starry nights next time. Kind regards, Sharon McInnis
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tannie61 wrote a review Sept 2023
Myrtleford, Australia3 contributions12 helpful votes
The Quarters is a comfortable, well equipped, spacious house. Beautiful sunsets and bird watching from the front verandah. Loved the fire pit! Ours was a group of family that traveled to Wilpina Pound for hiking and mountain bike riding, not too far to travel and the morning views on the way were worth the drive!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Bring your binoculars
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Responded 8 Oct 2023
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at The Quarters. We are pleased you found our accommodation to be comfortable and well equipped. Many guests have commented on the bird life recently - it is so great to have had a wonderful season and have the wildlife back on our property. Thanks for staying with us. We hope you can visit again. Kind regards, Sharon McInnis
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Bob G wrote a review Aug 2023
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We wanted to be self-contained in a place that was comfortable and spacious enough to share with another couple. The Quarters was perfect for us. The bedrooms were well spread out and we had 2 separate bathrooms. The kitchen had everything you could think of and we were able to prepare a range of meals. The bbq was large and has been kept very clean ( as was the whole house). I’d recommend you drive down to Willow Waters Gorge, then have a leisurely walk along the gorge. It is very peaceful. If you’re keen on birds then make sure you stop on the way to the gorge and have a look at the roadside scrub. We saw white-winged fairywrens and white-fronted chats, along with 4 species of raptors. Sharon was very easy to communicate with and everything went smoothly. I’ll be recommending to friends.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Responded 23 Sept 2023
Thank you for your review of The Quarters. We are pleased you had everything you needed in our self contained accommodation. The Willow Waters Gorge is a hidden gem and a nature lovers paradise! Thank you for staying with us and sharing your kind words. Kind regards, Sharon McInnis
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Bethany S wrote a review Aug 2023
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My partner & I stayed at the Eco Tent. We arrived to a cheese platter & bottle of sparkling to take it all in, the perfect start to a magical 2 nights. We lucked out with great weather, clear nights perfect for star gazing & watching the sunrise over the hill from bed. Sharon was so welcoming & helpful. We can’t wait to visit again. The tent was beautiful, clean & warm.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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Room Tip: Pack plenty of warm clothes. We took extra firewood.
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Thank you for staying with us and sharing your kind review. We are pleased you enjoyed the cheese and sparkling wine on arrival. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Kind regards, Sharon McInnis
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DanandAmanda262 wrote a review July 2023
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions2 helpful votes
We enjoyed a wonderful week at Mt Scott Homestead. The house is just as described in all of the other 5 star reviews but still manages to exceed expectations. We loved the fire inside and the firepit outside. Freshly baking bread on arrival along with some complimentary local produce was a lovely touch. We spent a relaxing day walking out the back through Willow Waters Gorge (easy 6km each way). On several days we drove to Wilpena (about 40mins each way) for day walks up and down and around Wilpena Pound, along with other places of interest. Other days included drives down to Quorn (good IGA!) and up though Parachilna Gorge to the Prairie Hotel for lunch. I took a box of board games hoping the mobile reception would be insufficient for the kids to be on devices, but the 4G was better than expected (unfortunately!). Sharon was very responsive and easy to deal with. No hesitation in recommending this for a fantastic retreat.
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Room Tip: The general store and servo at Hawker (15 min drive) have very basic supplies but we found the...
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Responded 23 Aug 2023
Thank you for reviewing your recent stay at Mt Scott Homestead. We are pleased to read we exceeded your expectations and that you enjoyed the complementary “Flavours of The Flinders” we provide. Our accommodation is a great place to relax and soak up the tranquility or a base to explore further into the Flinders Ranges as you’ve mentioned. Thank you for staying with us, we would love to welcome you back again. Kind regards, Sharon McInnis
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Patrick N wrote a review June 2023
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My partner and I stayed in the Eco Tent and the experience was amazing. It was a perfect way to spend a couple of days being able to have a fire then going to sleep in the amazing tent with all the facilities. we will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Responded 9 June 2023
Thank you for taking the time to review your Eco Tent Glamping Experience. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back again. Kind regards, Sharon McInnis
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349stuart wrote a review Apr 2023
Adelaide, Australia2 contributions
We stayed at Mount Scot Homestead and are experience was just as described in the information given on the web sites . From walking into the homestead with the smell of freshly baked bread . Everything was just perfect For that get away feeling this was second to none . We followed the 4 day itinerary given on the web site which was ideal for our party of four adults .
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Date of stay: April 2023
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Room Tip: Follow the four day itinerary on the web site and a just for your length of stay . .
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Responded 1 May 2023
Thank you for staying with us and sharing your review of Mt Scott Homestead. We are pleased we met your expectations and you enjoyed the fresh bread on arrival. It sounds like you had a great look around the region following our 4 day itinerary. Thanks again for staying with us. Kind regards, Sharon McInnis
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PRICE RANGE
AU$247 - AU$359 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
AustraliaSouth AustraliaFlinders RangesHawker
NUMBER OF ROOMS
3
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, kids activities, and self serve laundry.
Which room amenities are available at Flinders Bush Retreats?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
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Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities and complimentary tea during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.