Immerse yourself in the rustic charm of Arkaba Station, a private oasis of Aboriginal origin situated in 60,000 acres of wildlife conservancy. The historic 1850’s homestead, which was once a sheep station, has been tastefully remodeled with five luxurious and modern suites, where guests can dine and rest after a day of exploring the Australian bush. Arkaba’s internationally-recognized conservation efforts have resulted in an area that is teeming with local flora and fauna—and guests are always invited to participate in these efforts.
Experience Arkaba by taking an open top four-wheel-drive safari, a guided bush walk, or a scenic flight—a complimentary three-hour helicopter tour is included in your package. With all-inclusive meals on the terrace or in the dining room, a stay at Arkaba feels more like a visit to old friends in the quiet splendor of Southern Australia.
At Arkaba Station, dining traditionally takes place out on the terrace, where guests can enjoy their meals surrounded by the natural beauty of the Flinders Ranges. A commitment to locally sourced ingredients with a touch of native flare results in unique dishes prepared by Arkaba’s head chefs, shared in an intimate setting with fellow guests. The perfect complement to this culinary experience is a hand-selected wine from Arkaba’s cellar, with regional selections to give guests a taste of South Australia.
Adventure is in no short supply at Arkaba. In fact, a variety of experiences are built in to your room rate at no extra charge. These include a complimentary scenic helicopter flight and up to seven hours a day of guided tours, including open-top safari rides and bushwalking with plenty of chances to spot local wildlife such as red kangaroos and yellow-footed wallabies. Led by experts of the region, these experiences are personally tailored to each group’s special interests. Arkaba offers family-friendly fun as well, with outing created specially for children 8 and older to enjoy. For an experience that is mentally and spiritually transformative, inquire about a Mindfulness Retreat at Arkaba, with an itinerary that inspires meditation and connectedness.
*Available for an additional fee.
As a private wildlife conservancy, Arkaba maintains a commitment to sustainable practices, eradicating feral species and helping the local flora and fauna to thrive. The main project at Arkaba is to reverse 150 years of overgrazing in hopes of restoring 60,000 acres of land to its pre-European settlement state. As supporters of the non-profit Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC), Arkaba aims to honor Australia’s natural diversity through its conservation efforts. In 2016, Arkaba was named a finalist of the National Geographic World Legacy Award, in recognition of outstanding preservation methods.
Major gains in conservation include complete removal of sheep from the property in 2013, allowing for species of kangaroos to flourish; the successful removal of non-native animal species, such as foxes, rabbits, goats, and feral cats; and millions of liters of water, millions of kilograms of vegetation, and countless animal saved that would have otherwise been consumed by these species. Since then, new species of birds and other animal have been sighted on the property.
Guests of Arkaba are invited to partake in these conservation efforts, from the way the lodge is designed—solar energy, reduced waste, eco-certified linens and cleaning materials, no plastic water bottles—to activities such as tracking feral cats or setting up camera to monitor parts of the property.