“As we trundle along in a topless jeep on the rugged South Australian mountainsides covering 60,000 acres of the property, I frantically tick off species on my checklist pamphlet—shingleback lizards, emus, wedge-tailed eagles, wallabies, echidnas and, of course, oodles and oodles of Australia’s signature species, the kangaroo.”
Your immersive stay at Arkaba includes approximately 7-hours of daily guided exploration across the 60,000 acre property. Our field guides pull together the incredible geological history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of this region with a range of activities that gives you a chance to take in the sights and sounds of the bush.
All activities maximise wildlife viewing potential in the varying terrains, take in some massive vistas, and encourage being out at the best times of day for beautiful light shows – early morning & late afternoon (throughout the year).
Please note: Unless private experiences are arranged in advance, activities will be with other Homestead guests and therefore we may have a schedule in place prior to arrival. Private experiences ensures full attention to individual interests and is highly recommended for serious birders and photographers.
Get the African experience in Australia as you explore the vastness of Arkaba’s 60,000 acres on an open-top 4WD safari. Arkaba’s picturesque high ranges, plateaus, gorges, valleys and creek lines provide a huge variety of habitat for wildlife and on any given day a game drive will reveal Arkaba’s hidden treasures. Find out more >
Get a completely different perspective of Arkaba’s magnificent wilderness on an included walking safari. Our expert field guides pull together the incredible geological history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of this region that will deepen your connection with the land. Find out more >
Learn about the challenges Australia faces in saving its biodiversity and join one of Arkaba’s field guides on a conservation activity. Wildlife conservation on the property is an ever changing and ever improving endeavour which has immensely enhanced the wilderness experience. Find out more >
We have long been welcoming families who seek to share quality family time in beautiful surrounds of nature and wildlife. Our family-focused itineraries include special activities that will appeal to the younger family members offering the opportunity for exploring and learning in this incredible landscape. Find out more >
With the removal of sheep stock and Arkaba’s conservation initiatives, the wildlife has returned en mass to Arkaba including species not seen for decades that are now regularly spotted. Find out more >
From mobs of emus, Australia’s largest flightless bird, to wedgie-tailed eagles soaring high, to the tiny Horsfields Bronze Cuckoo perched in the trees, spotting birds at Arkaba will delight any serious birders. We can arrange for private experiences with ornithologists who specialise in this region of Australia. Please enquire >
Arkaba’s abundance of wildlife, sweeping vistas and stunning sunrises and sunsets offer both the novice and experienced photographers first-class opportunities to take magical photographs. At certain times of the year we run specific photography courses. Please enquire for more details >
Take a trip to the exterior Wilpena Pound foothills to some Adnyamathanha rock art. Cave paintings, rock engravings and other artifacts indicate the Flinders Ranges were originally inhabited by the Adnyamathanha (Hill People) who lived in the region for tens of thousands of years. Find out more >
This half to full day experience includes the ‘Geological Trail’ which crosses rocks 525 to 640-million years old. Fossils of the unique Ediacaran fauna can be seen in the Rawnsley Quartzite formation and Brachina Gorge is the best location to look for the Endangered Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby – the poster marsupial of the region. A full day trip includes a stop at the famous Prairie Hotel for lunch.
The fossils preserved in the ancient sea-floor at Ediacara in the Flinders Ranges record the first known multicellular animal life on Earth that predates the Cambrian. This diverse and exquisitely preserved community of ancient organisms represents a significant snapshot of our geological heritage.
Directly east of Wilpena Pound, the view of the pound from here shows the bowl shape accurately. Pugilist Hill is one of the foothills of the Chace Range and in front of Mt Havlock – the highest point on the Chace Range.
This 7km walk follows a return track into Wilpena Pound and up to a look-out, rewarding the hiker with great views of the bowl shape of the Pound.
The Prairie Hotel is infamous for its innovative dishes with Australian native and ‘Flinders Feral Food’ twists and for those with extra time in the area it’s worth a visit. Dishes include smoked kangaroo, camel sausage and emu pate.
For some of the best birds-eye views in Australia you can’t miss an air safari over Arkaba and surrounds. It’s one of the best ways to get a real sense of place and the scenery is spectacular. Whether it’s a heli safari of Wilpena Pound or a small aircraft flight over Lake Eyre, this opportunity is not to be missed. Find out more >