THE ARKABA WALK, FLINDERS RANGES
The Arkaba Walk is redefining the classic Aussie 'bush walk', adding luxury touches to a four-day hike in the Flinders Ranges. Traversing an ancient landscape and private wildlife conservancy, you'll be immersed in the story of the land. Framed by the rugged wall of Wilpena Pound and the red-hued ridges of the Elder Range, Arkaba is one of Australia's most accessible outback experiences. The Arkaba Walk (maximum 10 guests) is inclusive of two night's camping in deluxe swags on one of the signature star beds and one night in the 1850s Arkaba Homestead.
As you arrive hot and dusty into camp, you are offered chilled hand towels; as the night cools, warm "bush showers" come with an unmatched view of the surrounding landscape and you'll find a hot water bottle in your swag. Every dinner is a three-course, chef-prepared feast, served at tables spread with white linen, glassware and bottles of South Australian wines, under lanterns hung in the trees. Remarkably, sleeping turns out to be the highlight of the trip for many and your bed is a 'swag' - the bedding of choice for generations of Australian pioneers, a canvas envelope that is comfortable and waterproof, and also protects from the elements. Sleeping under the stars wrapped up in a cosy swag surrounded by raw, open landscape ....well you could hardly be more Australian.
Early in the morning on day three you don't have to leave your swag to enjoy the sunrise. Could there be a more peaceful way to greet the day than this? - sipping English Breakfast tea (brought to you by a guide), still in your PJs, while the sun's first rays shine on the red-rock face of the Elder Range, seemingly just beyond the foot of your swag.
The final night is spent in the comfort of historic Arkaba homestead where another Australian life and story is shared by all.
The Arkaba Walk runs from mid-March to mid-October each year. Departures every Thursday (and every Friday during March, April, August and September).