Arkaba Station, Australia

Arkaba Station

If a heritage homestead on a 600-acre sheep station doesn’t sound like the most luxurious way to see Australia’s iconic outback, then think again. Arkaba Station, our luxury eco lodge in the vast Flinders Ranges, perfectly balances the sense of adventure from being out in the wilderness with comfort and exclusivity.

All five spacious rooms in the 1850s heritage homestead are decorated with chic pioneer touches – wool sack-wrapped bedside tables, cow-hide rugs, merino bedheads and ostrich-egg lamp stands, among others – and the restaurant produces the kind of gourmet bush tucker of which Matilda’s jolly swagman could only have dreamed.

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One of Australia’s most ancient landscapes

Allandale Wilderness ReserveArkaba Station is set on a private wildlife conservancy, with the spectacular Wilpena Pound at its northern boundary. This huge natural amphitheatre, with its ancient burnt orange walls and tall, twisted Red River Gums is home to emus, kangaroos and multiple species of birds and native flora.

Days start with a pink-infused sunrise and the chattering of galahs, continue with bushwalks and cycling trails, scenic flights over the salt pans, guided visits to Aboriginal rock art, bountiful wildlife watching, and views of the Arkaba Creek from the cool waters of the wet edge pool, and end with a glass of premium South Australian wine from our cellar as the sun dips behind the magnificent Elder Range. Now that’s wild bush luxury.

Accommodation

Dating from the 1850’s Arkaba Homestead offers a select few guests a taste of classic Australian country hospitality while a few ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ touches ensure comfort, style and a truly memorable outback experience. There are five guest rooms, each with en suite bathroom and air conditioning, as well as comfortable living areas and a wet edge pool overlooking the Arkaba Creek.

Facilities

An open bar with a selection of beverages is available to guests and the resident chef provides traditional station cuisine infused with native elements.

Activities

For taking in the sheer size and scale of Australia’s outback, for wildlife watching, bush-walking, photography, Aboriginal rock art or just soaking up the sights and sounds of the bush, the Flinders is in a class of its own. Learn about the workings of a sheep station, tackle the foothills of the Elder Range on a mountain bike, take a scenic flight over the salt pans to the north-west or spend a day with an indigenous guide learning of the region’s rich Aboriginal culture. On guided 4WD drives visit historic towns, enjoy an outback pub lunch and search for wildlife – Red and Grey Kangaroos, Euros, the rare Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby and more.

Location

The Flinders Ranges offer one of the most accessible outback destinations in Australia – just 4.5 hours drive or 1 hour’s flight from Adelaide. Arkaba Station is situated on the southern edge of Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges National Park.

Notes on getting there

  • 4 ½ hours’ drive from central Adelaide
  • 65 minute flight by private charter aircraft from Adelaide
  • 1 ¼ hours’ drive from Port Augusta (scheduled flights operate between Adelaide and Port Augusta with Sharp Airlines from Monday to Friday)
  • Private guided road transfer hosted by a local guides passing through the Clare Valley and can include wine tastings and lunch.
  • Private air and road transfers are available on request.

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