Bendleby Ranges occupies the pastoral properties ‘The Springs’, ‘Crotta’ and ‘Gumdale’ totalling 15,000 ha. Originally they were part of the Coonatto and Pekina Pastoral Runs, but after the government resumed the land in 1872, were sold off as “agricultural” land. Situated more than 50km “outside” of Goyder’s Line, farming was unsustainable. The many settler ruins which are scattered across the properties are testimony to the harshness and climate vagaries.
Today the properties, whilst separately managed, offer you some of our well-kept secrets. The beautiful creeks, valleys, ranges and shimmering plains are part of us, and we share with you some of our heritage.
Warren Luckraft is a fourth generation farmer on ‘The Springs’ and ‘Crotta’, and his wife Jane has been on the property for over 40 years. Warren’s son Charlie, fifth generation farmer, and his wife Kylie have returned to the properties to be involved with the pastoral and tourism businesses. They have three children, William, Oliver and Annalise and have settled in to life on the farm.
The Ellery family have owned ‘Gumdale’ for over 45 years.
Bendleby Ranges was successful in winning the AdvantageSA Regional Awards Sustainability Award 3 years in a row and was inducted into the Telstra Hall of Fame in 2011. We have also won various SA Tourism Awards, including a Silver Medal in the Ecotourism category 2013, two awards in the 2013 Flinders & Outback SA Tourism Awards, and the Master Farmer Award for 2010. We see the awards process as an important way for us to be involved in tourism in the region, and it shows that we are giving quality service.