With just five ensuite rooms, the restored Arkaba Homestead is an oasis of comfort and style amidst a harsh and rugged landscape, where guests enjoy a taste of classic Australian country hospitality. Proudly without wifi, telephones, televisions, minibars or any of the typical features of a hotel to distract, the focus is on the experience and one of the most beautiful properties in Australia.
In true Wild Bush Luxury understated Australian style, the homestead pays homage to its rich pastoral and exploration heritage in a manner that is both rustically chic and utterly exclusive. The hosts will ensure a friendly and personal level of service that is typically ‘down to earth’ but does not lose sight of the attention to the small details that are so important in delivering an outstanding outback experience. The real luxury at Arkaba comes in sharing this spectacular conservancy with just a handful of other guests.
A comfortable library with deep leather armchairs and a large stone fireplace provides seclusion for enjoying a quiet drink and a good book, while dinner is hosted on the terrace overlooking the ranges. In the heat of summer, the swimming pool overlooking the Arkaba Creek is a welcome retreat after a morning or day spent exploring the bush.
The original layout of 1850’s homestead has been retained, delightfully making all of the five guestrooms unique. Each has its own character, designed with the homestead’s heritage in mind, and has been named after an early settler, explorer or property owner. All have ensuite bathrooms and open out onto a shaded verandah with individual views of the surrounding ranges. Four are located in the homestead, while the Coachman’s Cottage in the corner of the garden provides a fifth guestroom and is ideal for honeymooners.
The rooms are air conditioned / heated and the mix of king and twin beds have premium mattresses, organic cotton sheets, and a choice of pillows to ensure a great night’s sleep.
With decor by wildlife artist, Rosie Woodford-Ganf – think bedheads fashioned from recycled fence posts and fleeces, curtains tied back by gumnut tassles, lights perched on explorers’ tripod theodolites – the guestrooms retain a sense of history.
Bush Camps (Arkaba Walk Accommodation)
Located in some of the most scenic spots on Arkaba, the camp sites have been built to blend as seamlessly as possible with the surrounding vegetation, while providing guests with stunning views from every corner of the camp. In tune with the sustainability principles, each camp has two waterless composting toilets strategically located to enjoy the best of the views, whilst remaining discrete. Walkers will enjoy two ‘bush showers’ – essentially buckets that camp assistants will fill by hand with water warmed over the fire, ready as you walk into camp, and equipped with taps to regulate the flow. Some special Wild Bush Luxury touches ensure these showers will be a feature of your trip!
One of five timber swag decks will be bed for the night. Each is slightly elevated with a half metre corrugated iron screen around three sides to give privacy, the fourth side is left open to the views over the countryside, while above you is the night sky and a canopy of stars. Each deck has been fitted with a sheltered area towards the back, where your swag beds will be placed in the event of wind or rain. Your bed itself is a ‘swag’ – the bedding of choice for generations of Australian pioneers, a canvas envelope that is comfortable and waterproof, protecting you from the elements. Inside each swag will be an all seasons sleeping bag with liner.