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Nestled within the Flinders Ranges in South Australia and flanked by the strikingly beautiful Elder and Chase Ranges and Rawnsley Bluff, Arkaba is recognized as one of the most beautiful outback properties in the country. Set on a private wildlife sanctuary with 60,000 awe-inspiring acres, this restored 1850s homestead features a beautiful rustic design, all-inclusive fine dining with enviable wines, and an Aboriginal history dating back thousands of years and a geological history that dates back hundreds of millions of years.

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

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 the head chef utilizes the very best of South Australia’s fresh 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); pan-fried scallops served with pea puree, champagne sabayon, Yarra Valley caviar and Barossa valley prosciutto; or butternut pumpkin and goats chevre 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.

On the Map: Flinders Ranges, sometimes referred to as just “the Flinders” is the largest mountain range in South Australia. Stretching for over 430 km, the park comprises approximately 95,000 hectares of rugged, colourful outback landscape. It includes the Heysen Range, Brachina and Bunyeroo gorges, and its most characteristic landmark, Wilpena Pound – a large, sickle-shaped, natural amphitheater covering nearly 80 square kilometers and containing the range’s highest peak, St Mary Peak.

Here, magnificent mountains glow red in the sunset, emus and kangaroos pass by your campsite, and true darkness sets in at night in the bush, away from the light pollution of cities and towns. Experience the native wildlife, rich cultural heritage, impressive geological features, camping opportunities and a range of activities including bushwalking, four-wheel driving, birdwatching, photography and mountain biking.

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