With just five elegant guest rooms, a stay at Arkaba is akin to staying with friends in the country. Expect a style which is true to the homestead’s traditional roots but with a modern twist. Rural details include cow skin rugs, sheepskin hot water bottles for cooler evenings, and quirky ostrich egg lampstands. All have en suite bathrooms and open out on the shady verandah with stunning views of the purple-hued Elder Ranges in the distance. The focus here is the experience and for guests to gain a real sense of place, so you won’t find mini-bars, telephones, or TVs in your room but with a setting a sensational as this you don’t won’t need them.
- Room View: Elder Ranges view
- Facilities: The beautifully appointed homestead rooms evoke a feeling that is reminiscent of a time gone by. King-size or twin beds are made up with soft, organic linens and the walls adorned with animal prints. Ensuite bathrooms feature expose stone walls, rainfalls showers and some have a clawfoot bath. All rooms are air-conditioned and open on to a shady veranda, where you can relax during the heat of the day.
Guests staying at Arkaba will enjoy meals from a menu boasting wonderful South Australian produce. The experience is uniquely Australian, whether you are dining around the old wool classing table on the outdoor veranda with the sounds of the bush as your backdrop as night falls, or in the dining room during the cooler evenings. The fire pit is a popular spot to relax with an after-dinner drink, as the night stars appear in the inky darkness above.
- Cuisine: Modern Australian cuisine with a native twist
- Setting: Homestead traditional
- Dress Code: Smart casual
- Children's Menu: No
- Vegetarian Option: Yes
- Reservation Required: No
Staying at Arkaba is an immersive experience and a range of included activities have been designed to enhance every stay. Included experiences include guided bushwalks, safari drives, wildlife viewing, conservation in action, bird watching and much more. Complementing this is a variety of additional activities including air safaris, helicopter flights and opportunities to learn more about the significant cultural heritage of the ranges.
The wildlife conservancy at Arkaba has played a huge part in the prolific species which can be seen on the station. Red kangaroo, Western grey kangaroos and the common wallaroo are all regularly sighted along with the Yellow-footed rock wallaby. Guests can spot wildlife from the wildlife hide or head out on a walking or 4WD safari with expert guides.
In addition to the superb walking trails available for guests, Arkaba is also home to one of Australia’s ‘Great Walks’. The Arkaba Walk offers the opportunity to explore this incredible landscape in real depth. If you like your creature comforts, there is a lodge-based walk, or you can ‘go bush’ and enjoy a little soft adventure and spend a few nights under the stars before returning to Arkaba for your final night in comfort.