Beyond the cosmopolitan cities and iconic surf beaches, Australia is a continent rich in cultural and geological history spanning millions of years. An authentic experience in Australia’s spiritual heartland, discovering the secrets hidden among ancient rock formations and native bush land, is a life-affirming adventure and one that can now be undertaken with expert guidance and in first class comfort.
Arkaba, South Australia
Set amongst a 60,000acre private wildlife conservancy, an escape to Wild Bush Luxury’s Arkaba Homestead provides warm hospitality and supreme comfort in an intimate and homely setting.
Against the arresting backdrop of the Elder Range and Wilpena Pound in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges, this exclusive eco-lodge is truly in tune with its environment. From here guests can take advantage of expert guides, eager to share stories of the regions 600-million year history.
The Arkaba Walk is a four-day private hike in the Flinders Ranges. This walk is an experience that offers the opportunity to truly engage in the story of the land while still enjoying luxurious comfort in Arkaba’s signature ‘star beds’ under crystal clear night skies or in the shelter of their bush huts. This incredible area has evolved through millions of years of geological history and the ancient landscape provide breathtaking scenery as the guides regale walkers with tales of the early pioneers who tried and often failed to make this beautiful but unforgiving environment home. Today, the Flinders Ranges is still home to the large numbers of Red and Western Grey kangaroos, wallaroos and emus that are spotted frequently along the walk.
Longitude 131°, Uluru, Northern Territory
For those who desire true immersion in Australia’s most famous desert landscape, rich in cultural heritage and history, the luxurious tented pavilions of Longitude 131° have much to offer among the dunes of Australia’s ‘Red Centre’.
Beyond admiring the unparalleled views of Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) from the resort, guests at Longitude 131° can choose to spend time learning of the ancient stories of the traditional owners or exploring the stunning flora and fauna with expert guides.
Among numerous activities available a walk to peaceful Mutitjulu Waterhole provides a unique insight into the scale and spiritual significance of Uluru. During the walk, the Longitude 131° expert guide points out cave paintings and other relevant sites.
Guests can also enjoy an evening drive around the base of Uluru, learning about the World Heritage values and geology of the region before walking to Kantju Gorge to witness the changing colours of sunset. Alternatively, dining at Table 131 under a glittering canopy of stars is an experience to last a lifetime.
Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort, Northern Territory
The 223km long Larapinta Trail the Northern Territory is one of Australia’s most rewarding and spectacular bushwalking experiences. Ideal for the more ambitious walker, the Classic Larapinta Trek in Comfort has some challenging stages, passing over remote ridges and canyons, walking up to 72km over six days.
Led by expert guides, walkers follow in the footsteps of the land’s traditional owners, early explorers and modern adventurers, as the stories of the incredible outback region are brought to life.
Accommodation in semi-permanent safari-style tents enhances the outback experience with floor to ceiling windows that bring the outdoors in. All meals are included and prepared by the guides using only the highest quality Australian produce.
Bamarru Plains, Northern Territory
Bamarru Plains is located to the west of Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplains, a short distance from the coast and about three hours by road from Darwin. Kakadu has been declared a World Heritage Site for both its natural and cultural significance. This land is over 2,000 million years old and is rich in biological diversity while rock art galleries record 50,000 years of Aborginal occupation.
The Bamarru Plains ten camp safari lodge epitomizes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ with incredibly comfortable beds, first-class Australian cuisine and premium wines. In keeping with the untouched surrounds, the camp is a haven away from all modern distractions.
From the safari lodge guests can travel to the rock art galleries of Kakadu as well as the ancient ravines and escarpments of Arnhem Land, steeped in indigenous culture. Day trips can be taken by road, small aircraft or helicopter.
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