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Nestled within the Flinders Ranges in South Australia and framed by the walls of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range, Arkaba offers some of Australia's most spectacular outback scenery. Here, surrounded by the arid wasteland of the great salt lakes, an ancient seabed has been sculpted by millions of years of rain and sun into a fractured, furrowed landscape of deep valleys covered with casuarinas and cypress pines which fall into creek beds lined with river red gums.
There are a huge variety of landforms in the area, including high ranges, plateaus, gorges, valleys and creek lines as well as floodplains. The intriguing blend of semi-arid to temperate habitats within these mountain ranges that cut into deserts of Outback South Australia has encouraged a huge diversity of wildlife and plant life, with about 1,200 species of plants and nearly 300 species of birds recorded within the ranges. For wildlife watching, bush-walking, photography or just soaking up the sights and sounds of outback Australia, the Flinders is in a class of its own.
Arkaba’s true luxury is delivered by the fact that its 60,000 acres (roughly five times the size of Sydney harbour) are shared by just ten guests, taking the definition of exclusivity to a new level in Australia.
Guided walks at Arkaba
Beautiful river red gums line the dry creek beds
The Flinders Ranges offer one of the most accessible outback destinations in Australia - just 5 hours drive or one hour's flight from Adelaide or Kangaroo Island, four hours drive from the hills and valleys of the Barossa, three hour's drive from the Clare Valley wine region and little over an hour from Port Augusta. Arkaba is situated on the southern edge of Wilpena Pound and the Flinders Ranges National Park. Find out how to get to Arkaba.