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Rawnsley Park Station

17:30 AEST Sat Apr 28 2012

The Flinders Ranges is South Australia's largest mountain range. It starts 200 kilometres north of Adelaide and stretches for around 430 kilometres from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna.

Its most characteristic landmark is Wilpena Pound, a large, sickle-shaped, natural amphitheatre covering almost 80 square kilometres. The 1170 metre St Mary Peak is its highest point. It has areas of National Park, trails running several hundred kilometres and the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. It is a blissful place for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Jules visited Rawnsley Park Station on the southern face of Wilpena Pound, between Hawker and Wilpena. It was settled as part of Arkaba Station in 1851 when early pastoralists attempted to grow wheat and farm sheep. A succession of natural disasters, low rainfall and fluctuating prices made their efforts unviable.

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