Australian Outback Adventure


For an iconic Australian adventure, you can't beat Arkaba hotel in the Flinders Ranges, an elegant 1850s homestead and private wildlife sanctuary set in 60,000 awe-inspiring acres.


Design details pay homage to the property's hard-working heritage, from wool sack-wrapped bedside tables to sheepskin hot-water bottles.

All-inclusive dining, with world-beating wines, makes for convivial times indoors; outside kangaroo- and emu-watching awaits, or team a stay with Arkaba's fab swag-camp glamping trek.

You can almost see the waistlines expanding at Arkaba, where New Zealand chef Richard Cocoran whips up fabulous all-inclusive meals, drawing on local South Australian food and wines, and starring seasonal, organic and home-grown produce (such as wild limes and quandongs). The good life kicks off at breakfast, when guests help themselves to house-made bircher muesli and yoghurt, home-baked breads and jams, fruit salad and Nespresso coffees, enjoyed around the convivial wooden table in the country-style dining room. Richard will knock you up eggs, any way, if you prefer. Delicious lunch and dinner dishes, such as salmon and polenta or saffron-infused spaghetti with vegetables, mix modern influences with native twists.

Cool off in Arkaba's outdoor pool, a compact, linear number with serene views out to Arkaba Creek, hills and bush and there are a few loungers beckoning on the deck for sunset cocktails. As it's unheated, it may get nippy in winter.

Arkaba is involved with conservation efforts across its 60,000-acre property, including protecting native species and plants, eliminating introduced feral animals such as foxes, cats and goats, reducing the impact of sheep farming on the bush, supporting a colony of rare Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies and spreading eco-awareness. Hot water is solar-generated at the Homestead, with no TVs, electric kettles, minibars or phones in rooms, and food and wine is mainly locally sourced, organic and home-grown. A decanter of rainwater is refilled on bedside tables each night, with no plastic bottles on-site. Extreme care is taken at swag camps and on walks to minimise impact on the environment, and although still a working sheep station, Arkaba has created a wildlife sanctuary on its grounds.

You're unlikely to get mobile phone reception out here, but there's a landline and computer at the Homestead for guests' use in emergencies, and guides on the walk carry radios so you can completely unplug from the world during your stay.

Arkaba - Finder Range - Australia -  Rates per night from £1,168.59 - Mr & Mrs Smith (More Information & Booking)








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