Arkaba Homestead

Historic 1850's homestead

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Five hours north of Adelaide in South Australia’s ruggedly beautiful ‘outback’, Arkaba station sits at the foot of the Elder Range amidst the 540-million year old landscape of the Flinders Ranges. Seamlessly blending history with elegance, it is possibly the most beautiful outback property in the country.

Built in 1851 on a vast former sheep station, the homestead has five traditional en suite guest rooms, each opening onto a shady verandah. The rooms are air-conditioned and contemporary, but remain sympathetic to their heritage, each with their own character. A comfortable library with deep leather armchairs provides some seclusion for enjoying a quiet drink and a good book and a wet edge pool overlooks the Arkaba Creek. Dining takes place around an old wool classing table and sophisticated menus feature such native ingredients as foraged bush tomatoes, piquant quandongs, native pears and acacia pods, paired with South Australian wines. Arkaba is proudly without wifi or televisions allowing the focus to remain purely on the quietude of the landscape.

Countless bird and wildlife species emerge to drink at waterholes along the dry creek beds that are lined with river red gums, but it is the geology that makes this region so special. Arkaba’s topography offers some of outback Australia’s most breathtaking scenery and this is best explored by 4x4 or on foot via the guided excursions. Arkaba Homestead also serves as the base from which the famous Arkaba Walks operate.These walks vary in length from a couple of hours to several days and stand as one of Australia's most iconic wilderness experiences. Read more about walking from Arkaba Homestead.     

With warm hospitality and an easy sense of style, escaping to Arkaba's beautifully restored homestead feels like staying with friends in the country.

 

Conservation - The Long Run

'Arkaba is a Long Run Fellow Member. This means that we directly manage or significantly influence the management of a natural area of conservation value with defined geographical boundaries and are committed to achieving sustainability through a holistic balance of the 4Cs: Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce.'

Committed to conservation and inspiring guests to value nature’s beauty, ‘Arkaba’ in the local indigenous dialect means land of abundance. In the Flinders Ranges alone, since European settlement 150 years ago, nearly 24 of the 58 native mammals have become locally extinct. For over seven years Arkaba’s focus has been to reverse the detrimental effects of livestock-grazing by regenerating habitats and welcoming back native species. Efforts include removing sheep stock, eradicating feral species like goats, foxes and cats (which can claim the lives of between four to 20 native creatures per night) and restoring vegetation, under the Native Vegetation Council’s Significant Environment Benefits Grant.

Environmental awareness and conservation are integral to the Wild Bush Luxury guest experience. Guests to Arkaba can choose to stay in the homestead for a few days or join the fantastic Arkaba Walk (a 4-day/3-night guided bush walk through Flinders Ranges that concludes at the Arkaba homestead). Guests to Arkaba can enjoy safari drives, walking and stargazing, as well as more hands-on activities such as tracking feral cats, setting up trip cameras and joining biologists on land surveys and vegetation identification. With just five rooms, Arkaba’s homestead is not only a romantic retreat for couples but a homely base for families hungry for adventure in the bush — interactive activities draw kids (from the age of 8) into the conservation ethos. Commitment to a light footprint extends throughout the homestead’s operations — water is bottled onsite, energy consumption is reduced where possible, and cleaning materials are eco-certified.

Read more at www.thelongrun.org/arkaba

 

 

 

Why we like it

  • Pioneering conservation principles
  • Historic 1850's homestead
  • Spectacular 540-million year old landscape
  • Excellent private guiding
  • The base for several multi-day hikes - read more
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