The immersion you’ll have with this landscape is well worth the effort of every step. We’re sure you’ll find a slew of your own things to love about your Wild Bush Luxury experience on the Arkaba Walk.

From 2,770
Per person
4 Nights | 5 Days
10 – 15km per day for 3 walking days
Full board including trail snacks, beverages & local South Australian wine
3 night’s Arkaba Homestead (member of Luxury Lodges of Australia)
Additional pre-walk night at Arkaba Homestead including guided lay of the land safari experience, dinner, bed & breakfast

The new lodge-based Arkaba Walk experience compliments our original Arkaba Walk and includes immersive day trips on foot basing you entirely out of the Arkaba Homestead (as opposed to combining the Homestead with swag camping at our signature walking camps). Allowing you the option of a more relaxed and comfortable exploration of the Flinders Ranges. Long piping-hot showers, air conditioning, and a bottomless South Australian wine cellar come with the territory.

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Getting There

 

DAY ONE
WELCOME TO ARKABA
Make your way to Arkaba Homestead from 2pm for check-in to your
Homestead Guest room. There will be time to freshen up before your
guided lay of the land safari experience.
DAY TWO
ARKBA CREEK
Explore Arkaba Creek on foot and immerse yourself in ancient creek lines
that carve their way through Arkaba’s private wilderness alive with glorious
diversity.
DAY THREE
THE STORY OF ARKABA
Stretch out in one of the world’s oldest landscapes, learn about Arkaba’s
500-million-year journey and how we are protecting and allowing natural
processes to reassert themselves in this country.
DAY FOUR
BUNYEROO GORGE
Walk through geological millennia of history while discovering Bunyeroo
Gorge, keeping your eyes peeled for the beautifully decorated and near threatened Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby.
DAY FIVE
ARKABA AT LEISURE
Morning at leisure to relax in the library or by the pool with a book, take an
optional scenic flight over the ancient ramparts of Wilpena Pound or
perhaps retreat into nature from Arkaba’s wildlife viewing hide.

THE ARKABA WALK

The Arkaba Walk is a Wild Bush Luxury experience in an iconic outback South Australian
setting. By joining this fully hosted all-inclusive experience you’re not only witnessing an
environment in recovery, you’re actively participating in its revival. You’ll see and hear the
results of active conservation as you walk through the landscape and meet the wildlife in the
company of passionate field guides. Explore 60,000 acres of privately-owned and carefully
protected outback with a maximum of ten walkers.
From dry creek beds, isolated waterholes lined
with 1,000 year-old River Red gums to craggy
ridge lines and rolling hills covered in cypress
pines to the ancient ramparts of Wilpena Pound,
this is some of the most stunning walking country
in Australia. While everyone loves to have a
comfortable bed and great food, it is the time
spent with people on the ground that leaves a
lasting impact. Of course, a really good glass of
wine at the end of the day always helps! The true
value of a Wild Bush Luxury experience on the
Arkaba Walk is the vastness of space, the feeling
of exclusivity and the opportunity to retreat into
nature.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
Expert field guides
Four nights Arkaba Homestead
accommodation, member of Luxury Lodges of
Australia
Guided lay of the land safari experience
All meals & beverages including trail snacks
Backpack with hydration reservoir & plenty of
room for personal items
Sock protectors
Light Wild Rambler walking poles
Toiletries
National Park entry fees
Arkaba Conservation Levy

DAY ONE
GUIDED LAY OF THE LAND SAFARI EXPERIENCE

Arrive Arkaba Homestead between 2 – 3pm and enjoy a Wild Bush Luxury welcome and
orientation in good time ahead of your guided safari experience a taking you deep into Arkaba’s
conservancy. You’ll explore high ranges, rolling hill country, gorges and valleys revealing a
huge variety of habitat providing the opportunity to immerse yourself in the story of the bush –
its ancient geology and all of its glorious diversity. Your guided lay of the land safari experience
is usually capped off with a sundowner drink on top of the ranges with the scale and grandeur
of outback South Australia laid out for miles around. Dinner is hosted by one of Arkaba’s field
guides and is shared with fellow guests providing an atmosphere more akin to staying with
friends in the country, or a private safari lodge than a typical luxury hotel.

DAY TWO ARKABA CREEK

Breakfast will be accompanied with a briefing of the coming days highlights and will ensure you
are sufficiently fueled and ready to explore on foot. There’s time to arrange your provided
backpack with daily essentials, hydration packs and walking poles (if needed), before heading
out to the glorious Arkaba Creek. Shady and picturesque, the creek is lined with time-honoured
and rejuvenating River Red Gums, with plenty of opportunities to spot birds that commune in
the canopy, including healthy populations of galahs, parrots and honeyeater species. The
afternoon section of today’s walk will cross increasingly diverse acacia flats, undulating hills and
ancient alluvial soils as you edge closer to our very own Elder range and along open ridge tops,
enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding ranges. A perfect spot to keep an eye out for
Emus, Red Kangaroos and raptors while enjoying afternoon tea with a dramatic backdrop. The
day finishes with a calf warming 3km climb over Arkaba Hill, ascending 100 vertical metres
before descending 200m to the comfort of the Arkaba Homestead and a well-deserved pre dinner tipple poolside or recline by the stone fireplace depending on the time of year.
Day 2 is approximately 13 – 15km, 5 – 6 hours

DAY THREE
ARKABA CONSERVANCY

After breakfast you will begin walking to our historic Arkaba shearing shed before crossing
undulating plains dotted with recovering acacia species, bullock bush and she-oak groves.
Learn how Arkaba’s conservation programs have benefited and encouraged a growing web of
ecological networks that are essential to native recovery in the South Australia’s Flinders
Ranges. Look up and you’ll see the diversity of the outback’s wildlife in full view, with babblers,
native pigeons, thorn bills and Wedge-tailed Eagles all common sightings. The trail will pass
some of the most reliable and permanent water points on the property providing year-round life
support for kangaroos, parrots and emus.
Return to the Arkaba Homestead for a bush-inspired late lunch. Spend your afternoon relaxing,
or perhaps partake in some of our optional activities such as a massage or a scenic flight over
the ancient ramparts of Wilpena Pound. This evening enjoy a hosted feast and guided viewing
of the Southern Hemisphere’s clearest skies silhouetted against mountains half a billion(!)
years in the making.
Day 3 is approximately 13 – 15km, 5 – 6 hours

DAY FOUR
IKARA-FLINDERS RANGES NATIONAL PARK

After an early breakfast you will head out for a drive into the breathtaking ranges and valleys
of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. Along the way you will pass the natural
amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound, the jewel in the crown of the Flinders Ranges. Upon reaching
Bunyeroo Valley we’ll walk the Wilcolo track through remote parts of the National Park with the
incredible backdrop of Wilpena Pound, the ABC and Heysen Ranges along the way. See and
learn about a millennia of history in the beautiful shale and sedimentary rock bands. Lunch will
be packed from the Homestead to enjoy out in great South Australian nature today. A steady
ascent leads you up onto the ABC range with the surrounding vistas and peaks being the
inspiration for many a passing artist, including the famous Hans Heysen. Wildlife opportunities
are diverse today and may include the Grey-fronted Honeyeater, Black Kites, shingle backs
and other small semi-arid dragon species. As you exit Bunyeroo Gorge, keep an eye out for
arguably one of Australia’s most beautiful Kangaroo species, the endemic Yellow-footed Rock wallaby which is bouncing back from the brink of extinction.
Day 4 is approximately 10 – 12kms, 4 – 5 hours

DAY FIVE
ARKABA AT LEISURE

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the Arkaba Homestead and a few options to make the most of
your morning. There is time for an optional scenic flight over the ancient ramparts of Wilpena
Pound (we do recommend pre-booking this). Or you might like to retreat into nature from
Arkaba’s hide. Not only a place to see, but to watch wildlife and all the fascinating interactions
that occur between species. We know you’ll remember the beauty and scale of the outback
Australian landscape; and then the knowledge and passion of Arkaba’s field guides who
immerse you in the stories that lie behind it. This is what really makes the Wild Bush Luxury
experience at Arkaba so special. The Wild Bush Luxury team will bid farewell as you depart
Arkaba by 11am check-out today.