Arkaba Wild Bush Luxury
Wilpena Road, Flinders Ranges
1300 790 561
Red dirt, blinding sunshine and the smell of eucalyptus in the air is an image so many associate with Australia. These classic connotations encompass the very heart of Arkaba Homestead, a one-time sheep farm turned luxury accommodation in South Australia’s iconic Flinders Ranges.
An oasis of style that is rich with history, Arkaba offers guests an exclusive experience that embraces all the beauty of the Australian outback. You may think that this iconic outback experience means dirt, flies and stifling heat but how wrong you would be. Attention has been paid to every detail to ensure that guests receive not only an immersive experience but one of indulgence.
Tucked away in the Flinders Ranges, Arkaba is surrounded by what is best described as epic scenery. Arkaba means land of abundance in the local indigenous dialect, perfectly describing this place. With kangaroos bouncing across the horizon, great salt lakes and rugged landscapes dotting the backdrop of your stay, there are very few experiences that could be considered more quintessentially Australian.
The appreciation for the local area does not stop at the accommodation. Arkaba guests are also treated to a taste of the very best of South Australian produce, much of which is gathered on Arkaba’s doorstep. Dinners are a hosted affair with all the guests of the homestead seated around an old wool-classing table on Arkaba’s spectacular outdoor terrace. This intimate yet casual experience feels like you are staying with friends rather than at another hotel. An evening filled with beautiful South Australian produce such as Berkshire pork or Barossa Valley prosciutto is made all the more special when dining under the stars in the heart of the Australian outback and sharing the stories with newfound friends.
Arkaba’s private chef not only looks to the wide expanse of South Australia for his inspiration but also much closer to home across Arkaba’s impressive 59,305 acres. Bush tomatoes, quandongs, acacia pods, native pears and a wealth of other native Australian ingredients are foraged from all around the property, bringing a unique flair to food and a local twist to every dish.
To match seamlessly with this purely South Australian experience is a wine cellar that perfectly mimics the food offering. Drops from all around the state are showcased in the extensive wine cellars. Presenting a beautiful cross-section of the state’s famous wine regions, guests can taste a selection of wines from the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa Valley, the Fleurieu Peninsula, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and more. Situated a short drive from the famous Clare Valley riesling trail, it is almost compulsory to treat yourself to a glass of what is often considered some of the country’s best white wine.
An experience like that offered at Arkaba Homestead is so unique that it is very hard to ignore. Witnessing the Australian outback in all its glory and tasting the wealth of native flavours and ingredients that grow there, is extremely special for both Australians looking to explore their home on a new level and international visitors looking to get a true taste of our sunburnt country.