Arkaba

At a glance

  • 1850s homestead in a private wildlife conservancy
  • Intimate and personal
  • Fully inclusive concept

Arkaba

5

Combining a wildlife-rich wilderness setting with elegant accommodation, Arkaba executes ‘wild bush luxury’ perfectly.

The Flinders Ranges is one of Australia’s most accessible Outback destinations, and this historic homestead offers a taste of luxury amidst the rugged landscape. It’s the ideal Australian bush adventure.

A guided wilderness programme is included in the cost, with expert field guides showcasing the region’s geological history, wildlife and pastoral heritage on 4x4 safaris and guided bush walks. The local wildlife watching is excellent, and various birdlife, emus and populations of red and western grey kangaroos can be spotted around the property. An eco-friendly approach is taken to minimise the impact on the land.

The experience at Arkaba is an intensely personal one – think staying with friends in the country, or a private safari lodge. Meal times are a highlight, with hosted dinners around an old wool classing table on the outdoor terrace, and the very best local produce. There’s a South Australian wine cellar, and a premium open bar adds to the relaxed atmosphere. Rooms are named after early settlers, explorers and property owners. Each room is individual in design, but all have an elegant heritage feel, with plush en-suite bathroom and shaded terrace. There are no telephones or televisions; the focus here is on the experience offered by this beautiful property and its breathtaking surroundings.

All Inclusive

Key information

60,000 acre private wildlife conservancy on the southern edge of Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges National Park

Airport transfer time: 4½ hours’ drive from Adelaide or a 1 hour flight from Adelaide or Kangaroo Island by private charter (at extra cost)
Rooms: 5

Good to know

Minimum stay: 2 nights. Children over 8 are welcome.

Accommodation information

Just 5 homestead guestrooms

Activities

• Take a 4x4 trip around the conservancy, finishing with sundowners on top of the ranges • Assist field guides with their conservation projects – track a feral cat or help set up cameras to monitor wildlife activity • Take scenic flight over Wilpena Pound and the massive salt pans of Lake Torrens to the west of the ranges* • Relax after dinner by the garden firepit with a glass of wine or port and watch the stars appear over this ancient landscape • Book The Arkaba Walk – an unforgettable four-day guided walking safari in the Outback (March to October)*.

Dining

Dining terrace, open bar

What's included

All Inclusive • Breakfast, lunch and dinner in the breakfast room or on the outdoor dining terrace • All drinks from the open bar and wine cellar • Guided wilderness safaris of around 7 hours each day.

*Denotes local charge