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Arkaba Homestead, Flinders Ranges

Just five guestrooms make up the accommodation at the Arkaba Homestead, an exclusive wilderness retreat set deep in one of Australia’s oldest natural landscapes.

Occupying 60,000 isolated acres within Australia’s rugged Flinders Ranges, Arkaba is a quintessential 1850s Australian homestead. Housing only 10 guests, you won’t have to share this pristine wilderness with many others. Open-top jeep safaris and guided walks with expert field guides offer encounters with iconic Australian wildlife - including emus, red kangaroos, yellow-footed rock-wallabies and wedge-tailed eagles - whilst mountain biking and visits to Aboriginal rock art sites can also be arranged. As well as air safaris and helicopter rides for the truly adventurous.

When not exploring the mountainous landscape beyond, you can retreat to the comfort of your traditionally furnished bedroom where a shady veranda provides the perfect kick-back spot. The library also offers plush leather armchairs to sink into and a stone fireplace to unwind around, whilst dining takes place on the terrace with panoramic views over the Elder Range. Guests are also invited take part in the property’s conservation efforts, which focus on protecting the native wildlife from feral animals. 

Arkaba Homestead, at a glance

  • 19th-century luxury homestead set in southern Australia’s ruggedly beautiful Flinders Ranges
  • Thick stone walls and expansive shady verandas
  • A 60,000-acre private wildlife conservancy with conservation at its heart, dedicated to the preservation of Australia’s endemic wildlife and birds 
  • Surrounded by classic outback scenery featuring craggy sandstone bluffs, wallabies, dry creek beds and river red gum trees 
  • Just five ensuite guestrooms (including four in the homestead and one separate garden cottage), named after early settlers and explorers 
  • An incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic team of field guides
  • A modern take on traditional station cuisine features at the restaurant

For leisure and pleasure

  • Activities include bushwalking, mountain biking, fossil hunting and wildlife viewing 
  • Explore the region’s Aboriginal history with trips to ancient rock art sites 
  • Great birding opportunities including private experiences with specialist ornithologists 
  • Thrilling air safaris and helicopter rides, including a scenic flight over the extraordinary geological landmark of Wilpena Pound 
  • Cool off in between activities in the infinity pool overlooking the Arkaba Creek 
  • Library furnished with a large stone fireplace and comfy leather armchairs 
  • Open bar stocked with fine South Australian wines  
  • Experience dining under the stars 
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