A Wild Bush Luxury experience at Arkaba goes beyond an outback Australian safari It’s not only witnessing an ancient environment in recovery, by joining this fully hosted all-inclusive experience you’re actively participating in its revival. 600 million years of geological history echo through the stratified layers of Wilpena Pound and the Elder Range, providing spectacular backdrops throughout your safari experience. You have 60,000 acres of privately owned and carefully protected outback to explore in the company of no more than 10 guests. You’re treading land where Adnyamathanha people, the first Australians of the Flinders Ranges have walked for tens of thousands of years. A place where sandstone bluffs mingle with ancient creek beds dotted with monumental River Red Gums watching your every move. The supremely comfortable five room Arkaba Homestead is your base. Hosted dinners while sharing stories with field guides and fellow guests provides an atmosphere more akin to staying with friends in the country or a private safari lodge than a typical luxury hotel. Rates include gourmet meals, beverages and a twice-daily guided safaris.
Where the Outback Meets the Reef Sal Salis is an exclusive bush camp offering comfort and style in the Cape Range National Park, overlooking the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. There are just sixteen spacious tents, each with eco-bathroom. Drinks from the bar and chef-prepared meals are served in the main lodge. The focus of your stay is the environment and a team of passionate guides are on hand to show you the reef on guided snorkel and kayak expeditions and guided gorge walks in the Ranges. Swim with whale sharks (April to July) and humpback whales (Aug to Oct) from cruises aboard Sal Salis’ motor launch. At night lie out on the beach to stare up at the Milky Way and canopy of stars stretching across the southern night skies.
Bullo River Station
Within the Australian context the words ‘cattle station’ conjure a very special image It involves hot thirsty plains, teeming wildlife, bronzed rivers, a vast sky and dusty stock camps, where horses and stock skills are very much alive – and Bullo River Station fits like a glove. Pristine landscape, carved with gorges, decorated with waterfalls and defined by the Victoria and Bullo rivers, make Bullo River Station one of the most breathtakingly beautiful cattle stations. Set on 202,343 hectares (500,000 acres) of privately owned countryside, this vast property is home to around 4,000 Brahman-cross cattle, as well as a stunning variety of local fauna species including wallabies, dingoes, buffalo, native and migratory birds, fish and crocodiles. With a spirit of outback hospitality, Bullo invites guests to experience life on a remote station. Generous and comfortable rooms, tasty, wholesome meals and a cold drink at sunset will revive guests who have spent the day enjoying the many activities available, such as cattle-work, fishing, horse riding, Aboriginal rock art, gorge cruises, swimming in waterholes, and helicopter touring.
“Outback to the Sea” showcases an amazing diversity and profusion of wildlife rarely seen elsewhere in Australia The Gawler Ranges region of South Australia is wildly beautiful outback country, boasting contrasting colors of red sands and rocky gorges, blue skies and the glistening white of massive Lake Gairdner. This is also one of the few places where three large species of macropod marsupials can be seen together. Emus are common and 140 species of birds inhabit the area, while spring is brilliant with wildflowers. With wild koalas at Mikkira Station and sea lions and dolphins at Baird Bay, almost all Australian wildlife is covered.
Sitting in its own vineyard in the heart of the Margaret River wine country is one of Australia’s finest gourmet establishments A member of Luxury Lodges of Australia, Cape Lodge features 22 luxury rooms and a four-bedroom private residence spread throughout 16 hectares (40 acres) of manicured parkland, along with an all-weather tennis court, a beautiful free-form swimming pool, a mini-spa, multi-award-winning restaurant and three-hectare (seven-acre) vineyard. A small, sophisticated vineyard retreat with a focus on food, wine and indulgence, Cape Lodge offers you the chance to relax and rejuvenate in exclusive luxury.