Alpana Station's rich history began in 1878 with 133 acres (53 hectares). David's great-great-grandfather, Paddy Henery, who emigrated from Ireland at age twelve in the early 1840s, decided he could make a living by growing fodder crops to provide supplementary feed for the bullock teams hauling copper ore from the Blinman Mine to Port Augusta. His business flourished until the introduction of the North–South railway in 1882, after which trains then carried the ore ex-Parachilna. Paddy then expanded his land holding and began to run sheep for wool.
140 years later, Alpana Station—managed by fifth generation David and Sally Henery, with help from sixth generation John and Keziah Henery—spans 60,000 acres (20,600 hectares) and carries a flock of around 3000 merino sheep. Alpana offers accommodation, camping, powered sites, walking trails, four-wheel drive tracks and guided tours, all of a high standard.
Tourism on Alpana began in 1994 when David's father, John, opened up the property to visitors with two camping areas and the specially upgraded shearers' quarters. His next venture, 4WD tours and transport, began in 1998 and our powered site area was developed in 2001.
Where we are
5 kms south of Blinman in the Central Flinders Ranges, 55 kms north of Wilpena Pound, 500km north of Adelaide.
- Blinman Gymkhana — annual community fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Blinman Progress Association held usually on the third Saturday of October; a great family fun day even if you don't own a horse!