This working sheep station offers a welcome oasis in the middle of the harsh Flinders Ranges – and it’s also a surprise premier 4WD destination.
Willow Springs is a working sheep station of about 70,000 acres, abutting the Flinders Ranges National Park. First taken up by the Reynolds family in 1952, Willow Springs Station supported Steve Reynolds and his three sons for 30 years.
In 1985, Brendan Reynolds and his wife Carmel took the first steps in diversifying into the tourism industry. They developed the existing shearers’ quarters into visitor accommodation, as well as establishing a number of private campsites on the station.
A major highlight of their endeavours would have to be the magnificent Skytrek, which opened in 1995. The 60-odd kilometres of 4WD track winds its way around the station and up and over Mt Caernarvon, providing magnificent views of the Flinders Ranges.
They also provide a booklet detailing the many points of natural, pastoral, Aboriginal and geological interest that are marked along the way. It’s six hours of your life that you’ll never forget.
- Bush camping sites are all located within a 2km radius of the homestead, where an ablution block and camp kitchen are located; each site also has its own long drop toilet. Bookings are essential.
- The Skytrek track is accessible to vehicles with low range 4WD and is for experienced 4WDers only. The journey takes about six hours so you must start before 10.30am.
- If you or your vehicle aren’t up to a solo Skytrek adventure, then fourth-generation Reynolds family member Michelle can take you on a guided tour of Skytrek as well as eight other full and half-day 4WD adventures.