At the southern edge of the Flinder’s Ranges is Arkaba, a working sheep station with five rooms set in a traditional homestead and Coachman’s Cottage. Free from telephones and televisions, this is a place where emus roam and wallabies walk the parched earth.
The Arkaba homestead, dating back to 1851, is a classic Flinders building, with thick stone walls, deep shady verandas and corrugated roofing all set against the backdrop of the rugged Elder Range. A pool overlooks the Arkaba Creek and provides areas for relaxing in summer months, while a luxuriant library with deep leather armchairs and a large stone fireplace provides seclusion in the cooler months.
Arkaba is an exclusive use property with four traditional style bedrooms located in the homestead, each with an en-suite and access to the veranda. The Coachman’s Cottage in the corner of the garden provides a fifth guest room.
Dinner is hosted on the terrace overlooking the Flinder’s Ranges. An open bar with a selection of beverages is available to guests and the resident chef provides traditional station cuisine with some contemporary and native elements. Before dinner, you can choose your wines from a cellar of premium South Australian wines.
Arkaba Station also operates extended overnight walks through the Flinders Ranges staying in luxury swag camps under the stars.
The Flinders Ranges are the largest mountain range in South Australia, which starts approximately 235 miles (366 km) north of Adelaide. The discontinuous ranges stretch for over 280 miles (430 km) from Port Pirie to Lake Callabonna.
Wilpena Pound deserves to be World Heritage listed, in our opinion. A scenic flight over this is truly breathtaking.