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Arkaba by Wild Bush Luxury
Nestled amongst the ancient landscape of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges, Arkaba is a genuine blend of conservation and tourism, where the proceeds from guest experiences are passionately channeled back into conservation – the results are very visible in extraordinary populations of kangaroos, birdlife, reptiles and other species on the property. Wild Bush Luxury experiences at Arkaba include Homestead Guestroom accommodation, meals, beverages & twice daily guided safaris.
With just five rooms the homestead is an oasis of comfort and style amidst a harsh and rugged landscape, where guests enjoy a taste of classic Australian country hospitality. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and opens out onto a shaded veranda with individual views of the surrounding ranges. With decor by wildlife artist, Rosie Woodford-Ganf – think bedheads fashioned from recycled fence posts and fleeces, curtains tied back by gum-nut tassels, lights perched on explorers’ tripod theodolites – the guestrooms retain a sense of history and place.
Your immersive stay at Arkaba includes approximately 7-hours of daily guided exploration across the 60,000 acre property. Our field guides pull together the incredible geological history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of this region with a range of activities that gives you a chance to take in the sights and sounds of the bush.
A stay at Arkaba is all inclusive of chef-prepared meals and beverages from an open bar. Hosted dinners and sharing stories with field guides and fellow guests provide an atmosphere more akin to staying with friends in the country, or a private safari lodge. A purely South Australian wine cellar has been selected to showcase a cross-section of wine growing regions with the grape varieties for which they are best known. The bar is completely open and the chef will adapt very specifically to guest tastes and needs. 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.
What To Expect
Recognised as one of the most beautiful outback properties in Australia, Arkaba’s five room 1850s homestead 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 on the property. A 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 Arkaba and the Ikara-Flinders Ranges. For a different perspective on the region, join a local Adnamatna Elder for a walk and a chance to listen to her stories of the land and her people. For the more active, Arkaba offers some of the best bushwalking in the country; for the soft adventurers, an open top safari drive reveals vistas and the stories 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.
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 located in the homestead, while the Coachman's Cottage in the corner of the garden provides a fifth guestroom. The rooms are air conditioned and have been designed with the homestead's heritage in mind, a mix of king and twin beds have premium mattresses, organic cotton sheets and a choice of pillows to ensure a great night's sleep. With no telephones, televisions, minibars or the typical features of a hotel room to distract, the focus is on the experience and one of the most beautiful properties in Australia.
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