Does the thought of an outback Australian honeymoon appeal to you? Well then the historical Arkaba Station may be just what you’re looking for! This homestead, located on the edge of South Australia’s picturesque Flinder’s Ranges national park was first settled way back in 1851 and the cottage built in 1856. You can drive there in 41/2 hours from Adelaide or if you’re wanting to do it in high flying style, you can charter a plane which will get you there in 65 minutes!
The homestead overlooks the Elder Range which is said to glow a hue of pink in the early morning, and houses four bedrooms each with it’s own ensuite bathroom. If you would like a little more privacy, their is a fifth residence, the Coachman’s Cottage in the edge of the garden. Relax in the 500 thread count sheets while imagining how different life in the 1800’s would have been! There are no televisions, phones or computers here to distract you so you literally have nothing else to do than take in the rugged Australian landscape.
When the South Australian heat gets too much, you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoor pool. Imagine taking a dip in amidst all this beautiful countryside!
If you’re more of the adventurous type, you are able to take a 4WD ride with your own expert tour guide to show you the amazing terrain ranging from knife edge ridge tops to cypress pine country. Of course, you’ll have the extra treat of experiencing the wildlife of the area including the native kangaroo! Extra activities include day trips to the Flinders Ranges National Park, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and hot air balloon rides.
Walking safaris are also available where local tour guides show you all the best spots to explore. After a full day of spotting wildlife, exploring waterholes and dry creek beds, camp out under the stars in your own “swag”. Camping at it’s finest!
Back at Arkaba Station, help yourself to a selection of wines from the cellar before dinner is served on the terrace in order to admire the amazing view. As Arkaba Station can only accommodate a small group of guests at any one time, the friendly and casual atmoshpere will ensure that you truly relax.
Arkaba Station offers an appealing combination of outback ruggedness and modern luxury that is sure to appeal to the “glamper” in you! For more information and rates, visit the Arkaba Station website.
All images from Arkaba Station
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