Moolooloo Station

Private Campground - South Australia


Moolooloo and Moorillah Station are a family owned and operated working merino sheep station, consisting of 609 square kilometres. Moolooloo and Moorillah Stations have been in the Slade family for four generations and we welcome you to come and experience a little piece of our Outback!

Evidence of early aboriginal occupation of Moolooloo can be seen in the ancient rock carvings found in the Oratunga Creek near 3rd Water and some more recent ochre paintings discovered by a bush walker on Moolooloo in 1994.

The European discovery of historic Moolooloo Station was made in the early 1850’s by John McKinley. In 1851 John McKinley and his brother Dr McKinley stocked Moolooloo (originally called Oratunga) and built a stone hut at Howannigan. (the first recorded spelling of Hannigan’s Gap). Remains of this hut can still be seen. In 1853 he sold the Oratunga run to James and John Chambers. Moolooloo, or Oratunga as it was still known, was a big run, ill-defined and extended far beyond its present boundaries.

In 1854 the Chambers Brothers engaged John McDouall Stuart to survey it. In 1857 Copper was discovered south of the present Moolooloo homestead and James Chambers and his partner William Finke established the Oratunga and then the Nuccaleena mines.

Towards the latter half of 1861, after assembling his plant of horses in the Moolooloo yards, John McDouall Stuart set out from Moolooloo on his final and successful crossing of the continent from South to North.

Moolooloo is nestled 20km NW of Blinman and 30km NE of Parachilna in the heart of the Flinders Ranges along Glass Gorge Road. So about a half hour drive from both towns.  It is approximately an hour North (70kms) of Wilpena Pound, an hour and a half North of Hawker and 6 hours (550kms) North of Adelaide.


  •     All sites are set apart from others and only one group per site are booked
  •     All sites non powered
  •     Access to campsites are 4WD’s only 
  •     Third Water Campsite – Bush Toilet and Shower (BYO Shower Bag)
  •     Willigon and Witchies Campites – Bush Toilet Only
  •     Other Camp Sites – No Amenities

Blinman hut

  •     Blinman Hut accommodates 3-4 people comfortably
  •     No beds or bedding provided – BYO
  •     It is situated only 1hr, 4WD from the homestead and is nestled on a creek bank surrounded by hills and native pines
  •     The Hut is also ideal for those larger camping/walking groups wishing to use the Hut for bathroom, kitchen and storage facilities
  •     Exclusive access to guests offers a unique and quaintly serene experience
  •     The Hut is wired for 240v lighting, with the option of hiring a generator or b.y.o
  •     An outdoor BBQ and bonfire are available for the larger groups and the total camping atmosphere
  •     An outdoor toilet is also provided
  •     The Hut’s amenities consist of a wood stove, sink, dining table, small amount of cutlery and crockery, indoor toilet and shower

Shearer's Quarters

  •     Modern family bathroom, toilets and showers
  •     Rooms are basic but equipped with comfortable beds
  •     The fully equipped kitchen has a large wood stove, gas stove, microwave and 3 large fridges
  •     The dining room adjoining the kitchen is capable of seating large groups
  •     There is a large undercover slated area and BBQ, ideal for outdoor entertaining
  •     A large wood fire box and complimentary wood pile will help to keep you warm on those cold starry nights
  •     Shearer’s Quarters power is supplied by a 240v generator

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