Nestled in the heart of one of Australia’s most ancient landscapes, the Arkaba Station offers up wild bush luxury on 60,000 acres of serene and peaceful landscape: this couldn’t be further from the rush of city life. You’ll get a real taste of Australian country hospitality while you stay in one of the four bedrooms in the 1850s homestead, or in the garden cottage. Wake up every morning to pink sunrises and the chatter of Galahs by Arkaba Creek before heading out on a bushwalk or, for an authentic Aussie country experience, you can even learn how to shear a sheep at Arkaba. This is an authentic Australian experience which we think you’ll love.
The Flinders Ranges are one of Australia’s oldest landscapes, shaped over millions of years into what is now one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Sandstone bluffs and dry creek beds lined with River Red Gum trees make a quintessential outback picture. No camera can capture this the way it should be (trust us, we’ve tried), so you’ll have to come and see it with your own eyes. A few hours north of Adelaide, Arkaba is definitely in the bush, but don’t worry, this is certainly not what we call ‘roughing it.’ In fact it’s the exact opposite.
The Arkaba Homestead is an earthy 19th century building with thick stone walls, corrugated roofing and big, shady verandas. Four traditional bedrooms, each with an ensuite bathroom, really make you feel like a house guest, not just another tourist. In the garden is the Coachman’s Cottage: a private retreat to completely hide away from the world. With no phones, televisions, or other modern distractions, you’ll have plenty of time to properly soak up this experience in traditional Australian style.
Why we like it
We love the quiet, pastoral atmosphere of Arkaba Station. It may only have newly opened, but it’s already the ideal place to get in touch with the outback roots you never knew you had. And every stay includes all meals, drinks, and scheduled activities (4WD safari, mountain biking, wildlife viewing and daily guiding). So, sink into your leather armchair by the fireplace in the library or soak in the pool by the creek before you dine on the terrace overlooking the ranges. The chef here cooks up delicious traditional station cuisine updated with modern and native twists daily. And to top it off, you can head down to the cellar to pick out your choice of premium South Australian wines. Countryside bliss.