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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. 

HAS COVID-19 AFFECTED YOUR ABILITY TO OPERATE?

As COVID-19 impacts our world in rapid and unforgiving ways, we all face new challenges, and need to think laterally. In order to weather the accumulating storm and emerge to reopen and reconnect you with our Flinders Ranges landscape, we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily close our Arkaba Homestead to guest arrivals until 1 April 2021.

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?

When booking a stay of three nights or more, you have the option of arranging a Heli-Swag experience during your stay. This includes a 30 minute scenic helicopter flight as well as an evening at one of our deluxe swag camps with a delicious bush dinner served under the stars (weather permitting).

DO YOU OFFER SPA SERVICES?

Not in the traditional sense, however we do have the option of a Creekside Massage with a twist of wild! Throw in birdsong, a truly magnificent setting and connection to Flinders Ranges country through signature oil blends alive with quandong seed, juniper berry, and native lemongrass. You’re in very good hands with Ani, owner and local operator of Desert Elements. While advance booking is not required, it’s recommended to ensure availability and avoid disappointment. Payment is settled together with your balance or by credit card if booked locally subject to availability.

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.