4 Nights Arkaba Homestead, Flinders Ranges

All inclusive oasis of comfort and style.

OVERVIEW

Stay 4 nights in the comfort of Arkaba’s beautifully restored 1850s Homestead surrounded by spectacular scenery.

Your Wild Bush Luxury experience at Arkaba is fully hosted. You will share in 60,000 acres of privately owned and carefully protected outback with just ten guests at a time.

A twice-daily guided safari program is included – immersive bush walks and safari drives showcase the abundance of wildlife and Arkaba’s conservation mission to protect it.

Arkaba has adopted a ‘buy local’ principle and our 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 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.

Package Includes:

  • Stay in one of five Homestead Guestrooms
  • Bush-inspired and delicious meals throughout
  • Bottomless beverages from a South Australian loaded open bar
  • Ensuite bathroom with rainfall shower
  • Twice-daily guided safari program – including immersive bushwalks and safari drives
  • Rates include a Conservation Levy with at least 2% of your all-inclusive experience at Arkaba going back into conservation projects. It does not increase the package price, it is simply a guarantee that a minimum amount goes directly to initiatives in protecting Arkaba’s biodiversity.

 

ACCOMMODATION AND ACTIVITIES

THE HOMESTEAD

The five-bedroom heritage homestead was built in 1856 and retains its original Flinders region settler lines. Originally, it was two cottages and later was joined together with a building between the two.

The rooms are air conditioned / heated and the mix of king and twin beds have premium mattresses, organic cotton sheets and a choice of pillows to ensure a great night’s sleep.

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.

Facilities:

  • King or twin share accommodation
  • Ensuite
  • Daily room service
  • Ceiling fan / Heating / Air-conditioning
  • Pool
  • Verandah
  • Views
  • Gift shop

 

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

Your immersive stay at Arkaba includes approximately 7-hours of daily guided exploration across the 60,000 acre property. The experienced field guides pull together the incredible geological history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of the Flinders region with a range of activities that gives you a chance to take in the sights and sounds of the bush.

All activities maximise wildlife viewing potential in the varying terrains, take in some massive vistas, and encourage being out at the best times of day for beautiful light shows – early morning & late afternoon (throughout the year).

Wildlife-viewing safari drive

Arkaba’s picturesque high ranges, plateaus, gorges, valleys and creek lines provide a huge variety of habitat for wildlife and on any given day a game drive will reveal Arkaba’s hidden treasures. Afternoon guided experiences are 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.

Ridgetop Sundowners

Arkaba’s signature experience will take you on a 2 to 4-hour loop drive traversing the hills of Arkaba with views across the region and beyond the vast property boundaries. This drive will take you through some of the beautiful rolling hill country that was historically used for sheep grazing but now keeps mobs of ‘roos and emus happy.

From scenic ridge-tops you’ll have views to the North of Wilpena Pound, east to the Chace Range, west to the Elder and Red Range and south to Yappala and Yourambulla Ranges. On a clear day you may even spot Lake Torrens to the west – the second largest salt lake in Australia. This safari drive features plenty of great aspects for photography as the sun sets with a glass of South Australian wine in hand!

Rugers Hill

This safari drive takes you to a high lookout point between the Elder Range and Wilpena Pound. It gives great aspects of both and is a favourite for photo shoots, sun downers or morning tea. You’ll also pass through historical sheep grazing rolling hill country where the ‘roos and emus are now extremely happy. 2 1/2 to 3 1/2hr round trip

Billygoat Hill

This scenic drive takes you to an epic lookout atop the Ulowdna Range, which runs parallel to the southern rim of Wilpena Pound. On a clear day you can see Lake Torrens to the west – the 2nd largest salt lake in Australia, as a white strip on the horizon; sometimes easily mistaken for an actual body of water. The drive to this spot traverses some of the foothills of ‘The Pound’. 3 to 4-hour trip.

Grave Creek Loop

This is a very different drive to those above in that it follows the Arkaba Creek to some of its reliable spring spots where you’ll see big River Red Gums and potentially lots of wildlife. This area is a very spiritual area for Adnyamathanha Elders and also provides great views of the Elder Range. 1 to 2 hours but potentially a lot longer if guests wish to sit and watch waterholes to see what comes to drink.

The Southern Loop

This is an adventurous extension of the Grave Creek Loop and continues to the south of the property – a little traversed, remote region, and follows our southern boundary fence in one section. Travelling through some interesting native shrubbery that due to its lack of proximity to water is seeing some great chenopod (saltbush family) recovery, amongst other varieties. A fabulous view of the southern end of the Elder and Red Ranges appears as we climb a rocky rise to a large clearing, most suitable for morning tea. 4 to 5 hours.

The Dundee Track

This loop track takes us through astonishing habitat changes as we leave the Homestead via Arkaba Creek to rumble over the rolling grazing hills. This rocky adventure traverses up and over the Red Range, taking us to the valley between that and the Elder Range. Here the huge Red Gums are nowhere to be seen, replaced by a vast sea of Mallee and Cypress forests.

Geological changes can be mapped through the vegetation changes that are clearly seen throughout this drive. The loop back through the Red Range takes a small creek line that has cut through the Range over many years. During the course of this drive we pass three of our vegetation transect study sites chosen for their unique diversity and potential evidence of change since grazing ceased. At least 4 1/2 hours – often 5 to 6 with a morning tea break.

 

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES 

Air safari  – from $200pp

For some of the best birds-eye views in Australia you can’t miss an outback air safari over Arkaba and surrounds.  It’s one of the best ways to get a real sense of place and the scenery is spectacular. An outback air safari provides an all encompassing view of the topology of the ranges, particularly Wilpena Pound, and is an easy way to experience the massive salt pans of Lake Torrens to the west of the ranges. Whether it’s a heli tour of Wilpena Pound or a day trip in small aircraft flight to Lake Eyre, this opportunity is not to be missed.

Helicopter Experience Series – from $550pp

Embrace your inner explorer and ‘Heli Hike’ along the spine of our very own rainbow-hued Elder Range. Lose yourself in the landscape and drink wine fireside on our new private overnight ‘Heli Swag’ experience in the wilderness. Or enjoy a sundowner drink atop your own mountain as the sun sinks behind Wilpena Pound.

DINING

DINING

Hosted dinners and sharing stories with field guides and fellow guests provide an atmosphere more akin to staying with friends in the country or at a safari lodge.

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 over this ancient landscape.

Arkaba has adopted a ‘buy local’ principle and our 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.

The menu may include mouth-watering dishes such as: Twice cooked Berkshire pork belly served on port wine braised radicchio, apple Perry puree and glazed muntries (native cranberries); panfried scallops served with pea puree, champagne sabayon, Yarra valley caviar and Barossa valley prosciutto; or butternut pumpkin and goats cherve tortellini served with a walnut Beurre noisette and crisp sage.

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.

 

FINE PRINT

All prices are per person twin share unless otherwise stated, are in Australian dollars, are correct at the time of publication & are subject to change without notice. For additional adults or child pricing please contact us.

Travel dates

1 Dec –28 Feb ( excluding 20 Dec 22 – 8 Jan 23, peak season surcharge applies )

Minimum Stay

Two nights.

Inclusions

The rate includes meals, beverages (based on a select open bar), round trip transfers by road from Hawker and scheduled activities (4WD safaris, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, daily guiding).

Exclusions

Telephone calls, road/air transfers from Adelaide, optional scenic flights and items of a personal nature.

Getting to Arkaba

This package is designed to be self drive and hence, transfers are not included. Arkaba Homestead is located 5 hours from Adelaide via Port Augusta or 7 hours via the scenic route, including the Clare Valley. Road transfers are available from Whyalla Regional Airport – from $300 each way ( max 4 guests ) or from Adelaide from $1600 each way ( max 2 guests ).

Scenic Air transfers are a popular choice for convenience and the amazing experience of viewing the Flinders Ranges from above. Air charters start from $2,850 each way ( max 4 guests ) for a single engine aircraft which takes approximately 120 minutes. Weight restrictions apply.

Please contact us for availability and pricing.

Family Policy

Arkaba accepts children eight years and above. With only five rooms, the best way to experience Arkaba as a family is with an exclusive use stay, either with another family or on your own. Under this option, the guides will run bush immersion programs for the family, including species identification, tracking wildlife, setting camera traps for feral species, radio-tracking feral species, orienteering in the bush, astronomy, and learning how to toast the perfect marshmallow over the campfire.

* Children sharing will have ‘swag’ bedding – Swags are the Australian bedroll that have been used by generations of Australian pioneers. It is a mattress that is inside a canvas cover and made up with quality sheets & pillows. They are custom made, comfortable and are suitable for children only. Triple share is not available for adults (two rooms are required).

Seasons

Arkaba is open year-round for homestead stays, with Lodge-Based Arkaba Walks operating with a
seasonal closure 1 December 2022 – 11 March 2023.

Check-In and Check-Out

Check-in is available from 14:00
Check-out is required no later than 11:00

Guest rooms required for check-in before 2.00 pm must be pre-booked from the day earlier.

Deposits and Payments

A 20% deposit is required within seven days of booking. Full payment must be made 30 days before your arrival. For bookings made within 30 days, payment is required within 48 hours of booking.

Peak season deposit policy – ALL bookings over the Christmas / New Year (22 December – 6 January) and Easter periods (10 April – 13 April) must be secured with a non-refundable deposit of one night’s accommodation within seven days of reservation.

Covid Assurance

Arkaba homestead is committed to protecting the safety of guests, staff, and the remote local community. To this end, they are mandating covid vaccination and making Rapid Antigen Self-Tests available to all incoming guests to minimise the risk of a COVID-19 case at Arkaba. On arrival, you will be asked to complete the ‘easy to use’ nasal swab test before checking in at the homestead. It should not take more than fifteen minutes of your time, and a staff member will be on hand to assist should you need guidance. We feel the extra precautionary measure will help put minds at ease, leaving you to immerse yourself in the magic of Arkaba and the time-honoured Flinders Ranges.

We understand now more than ever that, sometimes, plans change. If you cancel outside 30 days, we will provide a full refund, less a $50 administration fee ( as per Wild Bush Luxury terms & Conditions ) and credit card merchant fees (if you have chosen to settle your deposit by credit card).

Usually, cancellations within 30 days of arrival, all monies are forfeited. However, with the current COVID-19 pandemic and after medical advice, governments decide to apply quarantine conditions (including self-isolation orders) or close country or state borders; therefore, prohibiting you from travelling within 30 days of travel, you will be invited to immerse yourself in the Flinders Ranges and join the Wild Bush Luxury experience at Arkaba another time that suits your schedule. In this instance, you would also have the option of a refund.

The only caveat comes with cancellation fees imposed by third party operators at short notice. Most are very accommodating, particularly in the current climate. Still, we are not in the position to absorb costs of suppliers, like air charters or helicopter bookings, do not extend full refunds.

Cancellation Policy

Outside of 30 days: Wild Bush Luxury will full refund less $50 admin fee and any credit card charges. Within 30 days before arrival: non-refundable.

No refunds will be given in the event of non-arrival, any unused services or unused nights due to flight or weather disruption.

Rates may be increased due to circumstances beyond control (e.g. fuel costs and National Park Fees or increased rates by third party operators). You will be notified of this in writing.

From $3376

per person twin share

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