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Chowilla Renmark, South Australia 5341
Postal Address PMB 18, Renmark SA 5341
The Chowilla Shearer’s quarters comprises 11 separate bedrooms, sleeping a total of 28 people. Each of the beds have pillows and a bed sheet provided. There are three gas fridges, two gas stoves, a wood stove and a barbecue. All cutlery, crockery and utensils are provided. There is a large open fire place in the dining room.
Water is supplied by an overhead tank and the pump is operated by guests. Water is heated through use of a wood chip heater (Donkey) which also is maintained by guests. Full instructions are given to guests, and help when needed is also available. Fresh drinking water is also provided. Rubbish is collected by the hosts.
The booking of the quarters is exclusive to the hirers.
Bookings are confirmed by a deposit of $200.00 which must be paid in advance. The balance of the fee is required at the commencement of the hire. Deposits will be refunded for cancellations made at least 6 weeks in advance. Any other refund will be at the discretion of the host and will be dependent upon the ability of the host to re-let the quarters.
Adult per night – $25.00
Child (u/16) per night – $12.00
Babies not occupying a bed – FREE
Min hire charge per night – $250.00 (Minimum Period 2 nights)
Long Weekends – $300 per night (Minimum Period 3 nights)
Easter – $400 per night (Minimum Period 4 nights)
GST included. Rates subject to alteration without notice.
The Chowilla region has a rich history, both in terms of its occupation by Aboriginal man which goes back some 12,000 years and its relatively recent exploration and occupation by European settlers more than 150 years ago. The Aboriginal word Chowilla (or “Tjowilla”) is reported by Tindale (1974) to mean “place of spirits and ghosts”, although the Robertson family record an interpretation as “good camping place”.
The shearing shed was constructed in the 1870’s of timber (local pine) and iron. In 1881, 70,250 sheep were shorn. This included sheep from Calperum and Bounday Run. The tally was achieved in a climate where there were no rabbits, few kangaroos and no goats. The shearing shed is still in use for some shearing and crutching. The quarters were updated in the 1930’s and are available for hire.
Chowilla Station today occupies approx. 93,000 hectares. The Current lease is a crown lease (pastoral type) administered under the National Parks and Wildlife Act. It includes all the areas of the Chowilla Regional Reserve and the Chowilla Game Reserve. The Robertson family’s objective is to run a sustainable sheep grazing enterprise while conserving its natural, historic and cultural values. It is very much an entity in its own right, as it always has been, and is proud to be a land partner in the Bookmark biosphere Reserve. The aims and objectives of the Biosphere are compatible with the Regional Reserve objectives and structure and this also fits well with the objectives of Robertson Chowilla Pty Ltd.
Chowilla is located in South Australia’s Riverland, about 300km from Adelaide. The nearest main township to Chowilla is Renmark.
Renmark has its own air strip but is not serviced by a regular passenger service, however charter planes can be booked through varying companies. The nearest serviced airport to Chowilla is Mildura. Passanger collection can be arrange for those choosing to stay at Chowilla. Cost of collection can be negotiated at the time of booking.
For those choosing to drive to Chowilla, the map below provides detailed directions on how to reach the Station.
James and Kerrie Robertson
PMB 18, Renmark SA 5341, Australia
Phone: (08) 8595 8048
Mobile: 0427 799 465
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