An archetypal Australian homstead set in a private wildlife conservancy in outback South Australia
With just five ensuite rooms, the restored Arkaba Homestead is an oasis of comfort and style amidst a harsh and rugged landscape, where guests enjoy a taste of classic Australian country hospitality. Without wifi, telephones, televisions, minibars or any of the typical features of a hotel to distract, the focus is on the experienceand one of the most beautiful properties in Australia.
GUIDED WALKS & GAME DRIVES
Arkaba’s expert field guides pull together the incredible geological history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of this region with open top 4WD safaris, guided bush walks and a chance to take in the sights and sounds of the bush.
Our guides are essential in delivering the wilderness experience through their interpretation and knowledge of the flora, fauna and geology of the Flinders country. Originally settled by Europeans in the 1850s, Arkaba has an Aboriginal history going back thousands of years and a geological history that dates back hundreds of millions of years. It was in the Flinders that the very first soft bodied multi-celled organisms (the Ediacaran fauna) were first discovered. Today a walk on Arkaba is a walk through Australia’s geological history, with the exposed rock strata revealing Australia’s journey through time from an ancient seabed to mighty mountain range.
Guests can expect around seven hours of guided safaris each day that are tailored around their specific interests.
A comfortable library with deep leather armchairs and a large stone fireplace provides seclusion for enjoying a quiet drink and a good book, while dinner is hosted on the terrace overlooking the ranges. In the heat of summer, the swimming pool overlooking the Arkaba Creek is a welcome retreat after a morning or day spent exploring the bush.
Map and travel information
HOW TO GET THERE
A 4 hour 30 minute drive from central Adelaide with the option to self drive or take a guided transfer with Arkaba Lodge with a stop for lunch and wine tasting at Clare Valley wineries. Alternatively take a 65 minute private charter aircraft from Adelaide.