Probably the best trekking experience I have ever had. We were greeted on arrival by our hosts Brendan and Kat who made us feel welcome immediately. We had the use of our bedroom for the whole of the trek so we could leave extraneous items for our return from the trek. We joined some wonderful people for the three day trek. Ages ranged from honeymooners to near retirees but everyone had a story to tell and it was a pleasure to be in their company. The trek itself was aptly described as moderate to challenging but as there are two guides it can be modified to suit all forms of fitness. The Flinders Ranges have an Australian beauty which defies description. The play of light on the rock, the vegetation struggling to survive in such a harsh ecosystem and the kangaroos jumping around make you feel a million miles away from civilisation. The Bush camps are wonderful. Hot showers, camp fires, excellent cuisine and a swag under the stars make it an indescribable experience. The Arkaba station homestead is also lovely with beautifully decorated rooms and bathrooms. Well equipped with every modern luxury though the current drought conditions made one sensitive to wasting too much precious H2O. The homestead itself is a delightful residence with an open bar, hot drinks on tap and a comfortable library and dining room. It all ended far too soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arkaba is a 60,000 acre private conservancy set in the heart of the Flinders Ranges. With just five rooms the Arkaba homestead is an oasis of comfort and style amidst a harsh and rugged landscape, where guests enjoy a taste of classic Australian country hospitality. The Flinders Ranges is in a class of its own for taking in the sheer size and scale of Australia's outback offering the chance to immerse oneself in 600 million years of geological history. Arkaba's conservation management program has seen a transformation in bird and mammal species on the property and offers guests a unique insight to the challenges that Australia faces in saving its unique and diverse natural heritage. Activities include bush walking, photography, safari drives, visiting ancient Aboriginal sites, or just soaking up the sights and sounds of the bush. Enjoy bush picnics underneath magnificent River Red gums, track native wildlife, learn the stories of early European settlement or take a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound and the salt pans of Lake Torrens. The real luxury at Arkaba comes in sharing this spectacular conservancy with just a handful of other guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arkaba Flinders Ranges National Park, Australia - South Australia