Steeped in history from its original function as the town’s train station from 1860, the luxury group accommodation, just an hour north of Adelaide, is waiting to be discovered for those keen on exploring wineries or celebrating a milestone.
The Station operated for the transport of copper, wool, horses, and travellers before moving into private hands in the 1990s. The Station has been substantially refurbished since its post-COVID takeover and has welcomed guests from across Australia and internationally.
Owner, Bridget Kimber, says The Station has evolved into so much more than ever expected.
“There’s plenty to see and do around Kapunda and the Light (council) region, but guests can easily stay in at The Station as well,” says Bridget. “Our signature experiences really create a reason to soak up the space and embrace good company in a relaxed environment.”
There are five king rooms and two twin rooms, making the contemporary accommodation a perfect getaway for bigger groups of friends or multigenerational family groups. Signature amenities include a swimming pool, fire pit, wood-fired pizza oven and games room, as well as a chef’s kitchen.The premium accommodation can be used as a self-contained villa, but there is also a concierge service on hand for any chosen signature experience. In-house dining options range from make-your-own woodfired pizza kits to a group feast created by an in-house Vietnamese chef, or an all-inclusive five-course sit down dinner by Chef, Andrew Saxon.
The five-course dinner can also be prepared as part of ‘Murder on the Kapunda Express,’ a hosted murder mystery experience set in the 1920s. Guests are pre-issued information on their character to dress accordingly, and as the night unfolds over a meal and wine from vines of the era, a story regarding the characters develops causing much mirth and mayhem!
For those most keen on the vino, The Station’s Winemaker in Residence program is in partnership with Drifter Wine Co. The three-night program covers all facets of winemaking and is new to 2023 with the first intake in October.
Kapunda puts dwellers on the edge of the Barossa Valley and close to the Clare Valley but also has its own local heritage and culture to explore.
“We love recommending things that aren’t just focused on the wine regions… I call our area ‘The Light side of the Barossa’,” says Bridget. “Anlaby Station is a great visit, as is Coven Wine Room, and galleries such as Wonderground are excellent too. You don’t need to venture far from The Station to experience the best of the region!”