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From an ancient seabed to mighty mountain range, tectonic upheavals and subsequent weathering processes have produced some of Australia’s most spectacular outback scenery. Sculpted by millions of years of rain and sun into a fractured landscape of rugged gorges, furrowed valleys with cypress pines, dry creek beds lined with river red gums and vistas from the high ground across miles of outback plain, the Flinders Ranges is an introduction to the sheer scale of the outback. 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 topography offers some of outback Australia's most breathtaking scenery, ranging from knife edge ridge tops through cypress pine country to red gum lined creek beds. Expert field guides pull together the incredible geological history, wildlife and pastoral heritage of this region with some spectacular four wheel drives and visits to some of the secret spots on the property and a chance to take in the sights and sounds of the bush.
For guests staying 3 nights or more at Arkaba Station it is possible to include a day trip into the neighbouring Flinders Ranges National Park including a drive through the likes of Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges or a visit to the old mining town of Blinman and lunch at an outback pub hotel.
The station is home to an extraordinary variety of birdlife and wildlife. Red and Grey Kangaroos, Euros (Common Wallaroos) and Emus are regular sightings on the property and, for the more intrepid walkers, a couple of colonies of Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies reside in the Elder Range.
Arkaba remains a working sheep station and offers an insight to life on a medium sized outback property and the vagaries that Australia’s climate imposes on farmers. The Arkaba woolshed was built in 1856 and is one of the finest of its kind anywhere in Australia. Shearing at Arkaba is usually in August each year.
The tracks and trails of the station are perfect country for mountain biking – from the more gentle inclines in the centre of the property to the steeper angles in the foothills of the Elder Range. Mountain bikes are available for use to further explore the property in your free time.
A scenic flight provides an all encompassing view of the topology of the ranges, particularly Wilpena Pound, and is an easy way to experience the massive salt pans of Lake Torrens to the west of the ranges. Lake Eyre is a full day’s expedition from Arkaba.
Between 1st April - 31st October 2011 it is possible to take a scenic hot air balloon flight. After the 60 minute balloon flight you will enjoy a light breakfast of exotic slices, museli, cheese and biscuits accompanied by sparkling Australian wine or fruit juice. $350 per adult and $280 per child. Flights will operate with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 10 passengers. Flights are subject to weather conditions.