Established by George Hawker and his brothers in 1841, Bungaree became the headquarters of an extensive sheep station with 100 thousand merino sheep by the 1880s. It resembled a small village, with its own Church, Station Store, Blacksmith Shop and even the District Council Chambers , as well as its beautiful sandstone Homestead, Woolshed, Shearers Quarters, Stableyard, Managers House and other staff cottages. Now, 178 years later, it is an efficient mixed farm run by the descendants of the original founder, G.C. Hawker. Consequently Bungaree Station is not a museum, but rather a living record of rural Australia since 1841.
Today visitors can explore the property’s rich history or the modern farming enterprise through several tour options.
Self Guided Tours of the Historic Station Complex
A series of audioposts, signs and displays around the village-like property enable small groups and individuals to explore at their own pace. Visit the Station Store, Stableyard, Homestead Gardens, St Michael’s Church and Woolshed and learn more about South Australia’s pioneering past and insights into the people who lived and worked at Bungaree.
The self guided tour is complimentary for guests staying at Bungaree, but is also available for day visitors at $15 per person (children aged under 12 years free of charge when accompanied by an adult), every day between 10am - 4pm, except when the property is closed for private functions.
Refreshments (including fresh coffee, Clare Valley wines and beers and cheese platters) can be purchased from the Station farm shop.
Such a spectacular day spent stepping back in time at beautiful Bungaree Station. Visited as a family of 4, with a 10 and 12 year old and we all thoroughly enjoyed the beauty and history here. Places like this are so rare. Thanks to the family for making us feel welcome.
Guided Tours of the Historic Station Complex
Larger groups can book a guided tour of the historic station complex, and be provided an authentic insight into 19th century station life. Guided tours must be pre-booked and are available for groups of 20 or more people at $19.80 per person, with discounted group rates for seniors and children. Catering (morning tea, lunch and/or afternoon tea) is also available for groups of 20 or more people by prior arrangement.
"Behind the Farm Gate" 4WD Farm Tour
For those who wish to learn more about farming at Bungaree, a personal guided tour of the farm in a 4 wheel drive vehicle is available by prior arrangement only at $198 for groups of up to 4 people or $220 for groups of up to 6 people. This 1.5 hour tour includes an overview of the history and evolution of the property, as well as a tour of the modern farming enterprise (including cropping, sheep and deer) which is not normally accessible to visitors.
Our sincere thanks to you for the excellent tour and afternoon tea provided for our Group on our recent visit to Bungaree Station. You and your team are certainly maintaining one of the State's heritage properties and we congratulate you for this dedication to the preservation of the history of South Australia. It is no mean feat to maintain such a large property in pristine condition.