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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Planning your Flinders Ranges adventure made easy with responses to some common questions here. We’d love to help you further if you don’t find what you need. 

WHAT ABOUT COVID-19?

We are committed to protecting the safety of our guests, staff, and the remote local community. To this end, we are mandating covid vaccination and making Rapid Antigen Self-Tests available to all incoming guests to minimise the risk of a COVID-19 case at Arkaba. On arrival, we will ask that you complete the ‘easy to use’ nasal swab test before checking in at the homestead. It should not take more than fifteen minutes of your time, and a staff member will be on hand to assist should you need guidance. We feel the extra precautionary measure will help put minds at ease, leaving you to immerse yourself in the magic of Arkaba and the time-honoured Flinders Ranges. 

We understand now more than ever that, sometimes, plans change. We are pleased to set your mind at ease with our Covid Assurance Policy

Is lunch included on arrival or departure day?

As a small five bedroom Homestead we are unable to welcome early arrivals or guests for lunch on arrival or departure day. Our check in time is 14:00, with check-out on departure day at 11:00. If you are driving from Adelaide we recommend taking your time exploring the scenic route and perhaps stopping for lunch in the Clare Valley along the way.

Can I sleep at your signature swag camp for a night?

We are now offering a Stay Two, Swag Free Stay two Swag Free experience each Friday for those guests looking to join us on a three night stay between 1 November 2021 and 28 February 2022.  On top of your two-night stay in the comfort of Arkaba’s beautifully restored 1850s Homestead, member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, you enjoy a magical evening dining and sleeping out under outback starry skies at Arkaba Wilderness Camp. Entirely with our compliments! 

I’m not up to the entire three-day Arkaba Walk. Can I do part of it and stay at the Homestead instead?

It is not possible to do only segments of the walk. If you do not feel up to the full Arkaba Walk experience, a stay in the homestead will include 7 hours of guided activities each day which will feature walks through similar landscapes with the added bonus of returning to the comfort of the homestead.

What does a typical day on safari look like at Arkaba?

Included in a stay at Arkaba are up to 7 hours of guided experiences each day which will incorporate walks and 4WD safaris. Our new wildlife hide is a wonderful way to view native wildlife undisturbed, and is often included earlier in the morning when wildlife is more active. For guests on stays of three nights or more, some experiences may take place off-Arkaba – in Wilpena Pound, visiting Arkaroo Rock or perhaps a day spent exploring Brachina Gorge and enjoying lunch at the iconic Prairie Hotel.

When you are not out on Safari your downtime is spent at your leisure, whether that be relaxing in the Homestead’s library playing some board games, cooling off by the pool, or even out in the garden trying your hand at painting the incredible landscape, the choice is yours.

Optional scenic flights can be arranged in a fixed wing aircraft or a helicopter.

How long should I stay?

We recommend stays of three nights or more. This will allow you to relax and settle in as well as making the most of your time in the Ikaara-Flinders Ranges. Longer stays allow time for exploration further afield or the opportunity for a full day Lake Eyre or Heli-Hike experience. 

Can I access the internet?

Proudly without Wi-Fi or phone signal, we aim to reconnect you to the bush, without distraction and the constant ‘buzz’ of today’s world. It is incredible how easily and quickly you will adjust to life without the beep of a phone or a multiplying email inbox. Arkaba provides a true escape from the busy world, however we do have a land line that can be reached for emergencies.