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Published October 26th 2016
Serenity is calling you
In today's busy lives it is often difficult to find a chance to retreat from it all and head to the country for a camping holiday. The thought of packing the car, finding the cooking tools and assembling the tent can often be so overwhelming that the whole idea is parked for another season. Well, that is until you book a weekend at Flinders Bush Retreats.

Flinders Bush Retreats, Hawker, Flinders Ranges, Glamping, Willow Waters Gorge
Spectacular Sunsets - Steve Hudson


Located about 10 minutes east of Hawker, Flinders Bush Retreats is the brainchild of Sharon and Allen McInnis who own a huge pastoral property and have realised that tourism and farming can co-exist. The beautiful Willow Waters Gorge runs through part of the property, and within that Gorge, perched on a small rise, is a deluxe eco-tent.

Flinders Bush Retreats, Hawker, Flinders Ranges, Glamping, Willow Waters Gorge
Willow Waters Gorge - Steve Hudson

Flinders Bush Retreats, Hawker, Flinders Ranges, Glamping, Willow Waters Gorge
Eco-Tent - Steve Hudson


Approaching the tent from the creekbed, it doesn't take long to appreciate the serenity. Phone reception has disappeared, and the lack of power lines provides a good indication of the weekend ahead. The highway noise has well and truly gone and is replaced by the distant bleating of spring lambs, the chirps of the birds, and the occasional frog.

Flinders Bush Retreats, Hawker, Flinders Ranges, Glamping, Willow Waters Gorge
Eco-tent - Steve Hudson


Inside the eco-tent is a treat with a queen size bed holding form in the centre of the tent, and underneath a web of fairy lights. The sofa chairs look ready for a long weekend of occupation, while the Weber BabyQ, gas cooker, camp kettle, coffee plunger, crockery and cutlery ensures that all the tools needed are available.

Flinders Bush Retreats, Hawker, Flinders Ranges, Glamping, Willow Waters Gorge
Inside - Steve Hudson


To the rear of the tent is an en-suite complete with a hot shower, toilet, sink and a mirror for those who need to see the smile on their face enjoying the weekend retreat. The Quandong Chocolates are a nice gift from the owners, and they become the perfect accompaniment to the glass of wine while sitting on the balcony waiting for the sun to set and for the world to pass by.

Flinders Bush Retreats, Hawker, Flinders Ranges, Glamping, Willow Waters Gorge
Sunset from the Veranda - Steve Hudson
Flinders Bush Retreats, Hawker, Flinders Ranges, Glamping, Willow Waters Gorge
Colours abound - Steve Hudson


The campfire area outside the tent looks like the place to be in the early evening, and the provided firewood ensures that the stunning environment of the Gorge is maintained. Meanwhile, the phone dims for the last time and is replaced by red ranges, a kaleidoscope of stars and the emergence of the moon.

Flinders Bush Retreats, Hawker, Flinders Ranges, Glamping, Willow Waters Gorge
Sun on the ranges - Steve Hudson


By day, the sun rises over the range to the east and a different light is shone through the gorge highlighting the giant red gums lining the creek for some 3km. Following the main road through the Gorge offers many typical Flinders' highlights while a short trek along one of the many sheep or yellow footed rock wallaby trails leads one to the top of the hills for yet another different perspective.

Flinders Bush Retreats, Hawker, Flinders Ranges, Glamping, Willow Waters Gorge
Gum tree lined creek - Steve Hudson
Flinders Bush Retreats, Hawker, Flinders Ranges, Glamping, Willow Waters Gorge
Hills of the Gorge - Steve Hudson


However if glamping is not you, then Flinders Bush Retreats has a guest house (with power) on the main property which suits families up to 8 people. Alternatively the Willow Waters Gorge has a number of secluded bush camping spots alongside the creek. Camper numbers for these spots are limited in order to ensure that everyone can enjoy the peace the serenity of Flinders Bush Retreats.

Flinders Bush Retreats, Hawker, Flinders Ranges, Glamping, Willow Waters Gorge
Gorge-ous Camping Spots - Steve Hudson


Flinders Bush Retreats are located in the Willow Waters Gorge, around 15km east of Hawker. Access is available by gravel roads suitable for 2wd vehicles. For further information refer to the Flinders Bush Retreats website or their facebook page for details of upcoming specials.

Flinders Bush Retreats, Hawker, Flinders Ranges, Glamping, Willow Waters Gorge
Welcome - Steve Hudson
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Why? Everyone needs to escape
When: Any time
Phone: (08) 8648 4441
Where: Willow Waters Gorge
Cost: $150 per night
Your Comment
This place ,so close to Hawker looks to be an ideal spot to stay/visit.I do not recall reading about Willow Waters Gorge.Went to Worumba some 10 years ago now,which was further out from Hawker and in the same direction and this was a nice place as well.The Gorge Camping Spots photo is a beauty.
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