Much of Australia's development has come off the back of sheep and Arkaba Station is still one of its, if not biggest, then most beautiful contributors. Built in 1851, this homestead has been restored with an eye carefully focused on updating classic outback. Stone walls, deep verandahs and a corrugated iron roof feature, while rooms are a hand-picked mix of cream and wooden furniture with contemporary lamps. The homestead contains four bedrooms each with ensuite and access onto the verandah. A Coachman's Cottage in the garden provides a separate fifth bedroom with ensuite. Still a working sheep station, the original woolshed hosts sheering season every August (trips to other stations can be arranged in other months), but time is best spent in exploring the ranges and wildlife that includes kangaroos and emus. Guides are available to give you a deeper understanding of indigenous life, while guided walking safaris take you deeper into the landscape filled with dry creek beds lined with 1,000 year old River Red Gums and cavernous gorges. Campsites allow you to comfortably sleep out under an ocean of stars in traditional swags. Meanwhile back at the homestead, lying by the infinity edge pool is a lounge lizard's haven.
The open bar policy at Arkaba Station also allows guests each night to select their own wines from some of South Australia's premium labels. McLaren Vale reds and Clare Valley reislings are some of the best in the world.