Arkaba Homestead lies on a 60,000-acre private conservancy amidst the Flinders Ranges, an ancient landscape moulded by millions of years of geological activity and home to some of Australia's most spectacular outback scenery and wildlife.
With just five rooms the homestead, which dates from the 1850s, offers guests a real taste of classic Australian country hospitality. The décor of the property pays homage to its history, with bedheads made out of fence posts and bedside tables covered by wool sacks. Each bedroom is air conditioned, has its own ensuite bathroom and opens out onto a shaded verandah with views of the surrounding ranges. Four bedrooms are located in the homestead, while the Coachman's Cottage in the corner of the garden provides a fifth guestroom.
Why we like it
Arkaba is the perfect place to completely escape and cut yourself off from the modern world. Combine this with the chance to experience off the beaten track Australia surrounded by beautiful outback scenery and abundant wildlife. Enjoy a cold beer around the campfire as you watch for shooting stars.
With no telephones, televisions, minibars or the typical features of a hotel room to distract, the focus is on the experience. That said, Arkaba provides all the comforts one could wish for.
- Small swimming pool with sundeck
- Communal dining room
- Mountain bikes and helmets
Arkaba's real luxury comes with the fact that it is small and therefore intensely personal - hosted dinners and sharing stories with field guides and fellow guests provide an atmosphere more akin to staying with friends in the country.
Arkaba has adopted a 'buy local' principle and the head chef uses the very best of South Australia's produce to craft the food program with a few native elements to add a unique intrigue and interest. A purely South Australian wine cellar has been selected to showcase a cross-section of wine growing regions.
Dining around an old wool classing table on the outdoor terrace with the ever-changing light and sounds of the bush all around is a special and uniquely Australian experience. A firepit in the corner of the garden provides a great spot to retire to after dinner with a glass of wine or port to watch the stars appear in the night sky.
All meals and drinks are included in a stay at Arkaba.
The wildlife in the area is prolific and this is largely thanks to the conversation efforts of Arkaba. Since 2009 Arkaba has worked hard to transform what was once an outback station into a private wildlife conservancy and following numerous successful programs the station has won awards and wildlife in the area is thriving. Expect regular sightings of Australia’s three largest macropods, the Red Kangaroo, Western Grey Kangaroo and the Common Wallaroo as well as far less common species and some wonderful birdlife.
Daily activities are including in a stay at Arkaba and these range from 4WD open top safaris (topped off with sundowners as the sunsets), bushwalking and bird and wildlife watching. Also available at additional cost are scenic flights for the most awesome views of the Flinders Ranges as well as heli-swagging and guided Aboriginal walks.
The Arkaba Walk
A walking safari is the most wonderful way to experience the scale and beauty of the outback. Join The Arkaba walk and over four days journey through dry creek beds, rolling hills, remote waterholes and rugged mountains, sleeping under the stars (in comfort!) and truly escaping into the wilderness for a few days.
Located in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, Arkaba Lodge is a five-hour drive from the city of Adelaide or a one-hour charter flight from Adelaide or Kangaroo Island.