Beltana Station, a historic property previously owned by Sir Thomas Elder, has sold for $8.4 million.
The 1541 square kilometre Flinders Ranges property, was bought by Andrew Doman, a pastoralist who owns a sheep and cattle station near Port Augusta.
The vendors said they had worked hard to build Beltana station into a tourism destination. They also own the property next door to Beltana, several properties in the Adelaide Hills and a bed and breakfast in the Barossa Valley.
Other surrounding attractions in the area include the historic Beltana township, the old Ghan Railway line, the Copper King paint mine, Puttapa Springs, Sliding Rock and Lake Torrens.
Doman reportedly has no plans to change the station.
Beltana was first surveyed in 1855 by John McDouall Stuart and acquired by Elder in 1862.
Elder later imported some of the first camels to South Australia and Beltana became one the country’s most successful camel depots. Camels were used for expeditions to remote areas and travelling to sites for construction of a telegraph line built in the 1860s.
Beltana has also featured in movies such as Gallipoli (1981) and Rabbit Proof Fence (2002) and the TV series A Thousand Skies (1985).