Arkaba is a 60,000 acre private conservancy, its craggy sandstone bluffs and dry creek beds lined with River Red Gums are a quintessential Australian scene, while the geological amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound lies on the northern boundary of the property.
At Arkaba a five bedroom 1850's homestead offers a select few guests a taste of classic Australian country hospitality while a few Wild Bush Luxury' touches ensure comfort, style and a truly memorable experience.
On the southern edge of South Australia's Flinders Ranges National Park and the remarkable bastions of Wilpena Pound.
Access to the property:
4Â½ hours' drive from central Adelaide or 1Â¾ hours' flight by private charter aircraft from Adelaide or 1Â¼ hours' drive from Port Augusta (scheduled flights operate between Adelaide and Port Augusta with Sharp Airlines from Monday to Friday).
Transfers hosted by a local guides pass through the Barossa an Clare Valleys and can include wine tastings and lunch.
~~ 01-Apr-2018 to 31-Mar-2020~~Valid for 01APR18-31MAR20:
Make your way to the Adelaide General Aviation Terminal (Sir Richard Williams Avenue, Adelaide Airport by 07.30am for your private charter flight departing at 08.00am. Land at Hawker Airstrip at 08.50am where you will be met by an Arkaba field guide for the 45 minute road transfer to Wilpena Pound. Please arrive dressed to walk, as your walking guide will provide an informative briefing of what to expect over the coming days and nights, with a light breakfast provided, on your way to Wilpena Pound. Set off on foot on the first leg of the trail. The distance today is approximately 13km, from Wilpena Resort into Wilpena Pound, crossing the flat interior and a gradual 1.5km ascent to the rim of the Pound, climbing about 200m, before a steeper descent of about 1km into the Arkaba Wilderness and Black's Gap Signature Swag Camp. Expect to walk into camp at around 5.30pm in time to settle in; take a hot bush shower and enjoy a drink and canapes service, while enjoying the evening light on the Pound. The signature camp is located between Bunbinyana Range and Wilpena Pound, on a site previously occupied by a shepherd in the late 1850s. His stone chimney still stands to this day and you camp overlooking the creek where he used to take his water. Your guides and camp assistant will prepare a three-course camp dinner, taken al fresco under the evening sky and accompanied by fine wine and some interesting tales about Arkaba and the Ikara-Flinders area. Retire to your deluxe swag, and enjoy a night under a canopy of stars.
Today is arguably the most scenic, as you move out from Black's Gap meandering riverbeds into the rolling hills more suited to the sheep farming activities previously carried out across the property. The first 2km will follow the famous Heysen Trail through Black's Gap itself revealing a fascinating insight into the pastoral history of the region, pausing at old shepherds' camps and mustering yards, with Red and Grey Kangaroos and Emus all regular sightings. The last leg of the day will take you slightly west into rolling hills culminating in a sharp 1km climb of about 100m in elevation to the summit of the Red Range where we'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges before moving on to the foot of Elder Range passing through beautiful stands of native Cypress trees. Your luggage and swags will have been transported by vehicle to your new signature swag camp, the Elder Camp. You can expect to arrive around 5.30pm in time for a hot bush shower with a view, a 3 course dinner and another beautiful night under the stars.
Wake to the glorious morning light on the Elder Range directly ahead and above you. The pace will be unhurried, with plenty of time to stop for photographs, bird watching, botanizing and discussion. You will traverse multiple habitats today, and as you move south east, the first few kilometers will be amongst hill country at the foot of the Elder Range. Walking through Mallee and Native Pine forests, you cross Slaty Creek, which holds water well into the dry season, sometimes even offering the opportunity to drink from crystal clear, ice cold springs. Ascending up to the ridge top of the beautiful Red Range and down to the banks of the Arkaba Creek, you'll have an opportunity to see the home to hundreds of magnificent River Red Gums. You will enjoy strategic stops along the way for rests and a relaxing lunch, and can expect to arrive at your final destination, the tastefully restored Arkaba Homestead, in early to mid afternoon. Experience Wild Bush Luxury, a beautifully chef prepared meal and some excellent South Australian wines in a quintessentially Australian outback setting before retiring for your final night.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Arkaba Homestead before meeting your driver and departing at 08.30am for your scenic transfer to Adelaide via the Clare Valley wine country. Drive through the historic outback towns of Quorn, Wilmington, Mount Remarkable and Melrose, all famous for their nature filled valleys and riverbeds. Lined with massive River Red Gum trees, the land around these towns is home to a multitude of native Australian animals and birds. Head from Melrose into the beautiful Clare Valley, a region famous for its wines. You will have the opportunity to visit a winery and enjoy a wine tasting before enjoying a two course lunch. From the Clare Valley you continue to travel south through the Adelaide Hills, arriving at Adelaide Airport at approximately 5.00pm. Please arrange your departing flights from 6.00pm, to allow enough time for check-in. Alternatively, if you are staying on in Adelaide, you can arrange to be dropped off at your city hotel.~~~~
~~ 01-Apr-2018 to 31-Mar-2019~~Valid for 01APR18-31MAR19:
APR-MAY: Thursday, Friday.
AUG-SEP: Thursday, Friday.
~~ 01-Apr-2019 to 31-Mar-2020~~Valid for 01APR19-31MAR20:
01APR-31MAY: Thursday, Friday.
01AUG-30SEP: Thursday, Friday.
08OCT-18MAR: not operating.
19MAR-31MAR: Thursday, Friday.~~~~
4 Days / 3 Nights.
- All meals.
- Items of personal nature.
- Expert guide.
- 2 nights swag camping on the famous star bed set up in spectacular location on the property.
- 1 night in Arkaba Homestead.
- Hydration backpack.
- Support vehicle for transporting main luggage.
What to Bring:
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