Arkaba
4WD Safari on Arkaba Arkaba Homestead
4WD Safari on Arkaba
Arkaba Homestead

Arkaba

Recognised as one of the most beautiful outback properties in the country, Arkaba’s history stretches back to the 1850s and one of the property’s earliest guests was John McDouall Stuart on his epic first crossing of the continent. Arkaba provides the opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in the story of the bush – its ancient geology, diverse wildlife and the chance to get ‘hands on’ with the conservation programs of the property. Arkaba’s team of expert field guides live and breathe the bush and through a mix of walks, open top safari drives and sheer passion, they will open up the secrets of one of Australia’s most fascinating and spectacular landscapes. Formerly a sheep station, the land is today managed as a private conservation sanctuary. Destocking and on-ground conservation programs have resulted in significant repopulations of bird, reptile and mammal species. Arkaba’s management team is happy to share their conservation experiences and the broader challenges faced in Australia to secure the country’s diverse natural heritage.

Country

Australia

Highlights

Arkaba’s true luxury comes in the fact that its 60,000 acres are shared by just 10 guests, taking the definition of exclusivity to a new level in Australia. Nestled amongst the ancient landscape of the Flinders Ranges, Arkaba is a genuine blend of conservation and tourism.

Need to Know

A stay at Arkaba is fully inclusive of Homestead accommodation, all chef-prepared meals and beverages, including alcohol as well as up to 7 hours of guided activities on the property with our expert field guides. We operate a 3 night, 4 day fully supported guided walk from the Arkaba Homestead throughout our walking season which runs from mid-March to mid-October each year. Walkers spend two nights swagging out under the stars on the property, with the third night spent back at the Arkaba Homestead. This walk is a member of the Great Walks of Australia.


SafarisSafaris


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. All safaris on Arkaba can be tailored to suit each guests specific interests and are therefore very flexible. For those keen to learn more of the challenges Australia faces in saving its diversity of wildlife, join one of Arkaba's field guides one evening to track a radio collared feral cat or set up the trip cameras that monitor key sites across the property. Wildlife conservation on the property is an ever changing and ever improving endeavour which has immensely enhanced the wilderness experience. For the more active, Arkaba offers some of the best bushwalking in the country; for the soft adventurers, an open top safari drive reveals the vistas and secrets of the property in a different way, usually capped off with a sundowner drink on top of the ranges with the scale and grandeur of outback Australia laid out for miles around.

Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Over 300 species of birds and mammals abound in the Flinders Ranges and Arkaba's wildlife is prolific - with Australia's three largest macropods (Red Kangaroo, Western Grey Kangaroo and Common Wallaroo) all regular sightings. The near threatened Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby has also returned to Arkaba's range since the introduction of active conservation programs and we now have two colonies within the Elder Range. There are also regular sightings of Emus, Wedgetail Eagles, Mulga Parrots, Bearded Dragons, Echnidas and Elegant Parrots on Arkaba.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Wilpena Pound is a 25 minute drive from Arkaba and can be accessed by guests in their hire car (if they opt to self-drive to the property). Scenic flights can be arranged at an additional cost from neighboring Rawnsley Park. These flights can be as short as a 30 minute flight over Wilpena Pound, up to a full day tour to Lake Eyre.

FacilitiesFacilities

Arkaba has 5 homestead guestrooms that open out onto a shaded verandah with individual views of the surrounding ranges. Each room has a beautiful ensuite bathroom and self-controlled air conditioning and/or heating. A comfortable library with deep leather armchairs and a large stone fireplace provides some 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. Your hosts will ensure a friendly and personal level of attention that is typically 'down to earth' but does not lose sight of the attention to the small details that are so important in delivering an outstanding outback experience. The real luxury at Arkaba comes in sharing this spectacular conservancy with just a handful of other guests.

AccommodationAccommodation

The homestead’s 5 ensuite bedrooms have been tastefully restored in tune with the property’s pioneering history and, in tune with Wild Bush Luxury’s understated Australian style, a stay is more like staying with friends in the country than a typical luxury hotel. Each homestead bedroom opens out onto a shaded verandah with individual views of the surrounding ranges. In early morning, the sight from the breakfast table as the rugged peaks of the Elder range are set alight by the morning sun provides a teaser for what the rest of the property has in store. With décor by wildlife artist, Rosie Woodford-Ganf, - think bedheads fashioned from recycled fence posts and fleeces, curtains tied back by gumnut tassles, lights perched on explorers’ tripod theodolites – the homestead retains a sense of history and place. As the layout of the original homestead has been retained, each room has a character of its own and has been named after early settlers, explorers or property owners. Four bedrooms are housed in the main homestead while the Coach House is a delightful stone cottage in the corner of the garden for those who want a little more seclusion. In the heat of the summer, the swimming pool and deck is a welcome retreat after a morning or day spent exploring the bush.

AccoladesAccolades

Arkaba is a member of the Luxury Lodges of Australia Portfolio. Finalist in the 2015 National Geographic World Legacy Award in the Conserving the Natural World category.

SeasonSeason

Arkaba is open year round

Average StayAverage Stay

3 Nights

Children PolicyChild Policy

Arkaba welcomes children of 8 years and older

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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