Tony and Julie Smith have 50 years experience in Tourism, and recently celebrated this milestone, releasing a book ‘Pastoralism to Tourism’ in April 2018 at Rawnsley Park Station.
In late 2017, Tony and Julie followed their love of tourism and a good Barossa Shiraz, and purchased Barossa Shiraz Estate. This wonderful property has 5 accommodation cottages on site, and in the portfolio is also Jacobs Estate cottage on the grounds of St Hugo Cellar door.
Barossa Shiraz Estate is rich with history, and they have made sure to preserve its old-world charm with the conveniences of today.
Rawnsley Park Station has been in the Smith family since 1953, and was originally owned by Tony’s father, Clem Smith. Initially devoted to sheep farming, the station ventured into tourism in 1968, when the first cabin was opened and sheep shearing demonstrations began.
Tony and Julieanne took over Rawnsley Park in 1985 and, since then, have transformed a small, struggling sheep station into an award-winning tourism facility that attracts 20,000 visitors each year.
Today Rawnsley Park Station is a carefully crafted blend of luxury (with eight eco villas and Rawnsley Homestead), affordable comfort (30 holiday units), camping under star filled skies, fine dining (in the Woolshed Restaurant), and adventure.
Though tourism is the main industry on the property, the Station still runs 2000 sheep.