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March 17, 2014 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Arkaba image by Richard I'AnsonLeading Australian travel photographer, Richard I’Anson, will host a Luxury Photographic Retreat at the visually striking Arkaba Station in South Australia’s spectacular Flinders Ranges, from October 3 to 7, 2014.

Available to a maximum of ten aspiring photographers the exclusive four night/four day retreat costs $2,895 per person, based on twin-share, with a single supplement $870. Wild Bush Luxury, owner operator of some of Australia’s most inspirational bush experiences, is offering the unique photo safari following the success of Richard’s first sell-out photographic retreat at Arkaba Station in October, 2012.

Richard I’Anson, author of the best-selling Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography and founder of Lonely Planet Images, will provide keen snappers with hands-on photographic tuition against the backdrop of Australia’s most stunning and rugged outback scenery. Photographers will enjoy exclusive access to the privately-owned Arkaba Station, set amongst 60,000 acres on a private wildlife conservancy, and framed by the red-hued ridges of the Elder Range and the rugged wall of Wilpena Pound.

Richard is excited to be returning to Arkaba Station for the second time, having already enjoyed the property’s many unique photo opportunities and exceptional hospitality. Image taken at Arkaba by Richard

“As a quintessentially Australian outback experience, Arkaba Station presents amazing photo opportunities that can be captured by everyone from beginners to professional photographers.  Spectacular landscapes and wilderness, the historic Arkaba Homestead and the property’s resident wildlife, like emus and kangaroos, are all readily available to capture on camera,” said Richard.

“I’m looking forward to visiting Arkaba for a second time to create beautiful images and enjoy the property’s exceptional lodgings, from the charming Arkaba Homestead to sleeping under the stars in swag decks,” continued Richard.

The guest experience will be elevated through ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ touches with exceptional food, supremely comfortable camping under the stars in deluxe swags and classic homestead hospitality in the Arkaba Homestead. Guests will spend two nights sleeping outdoors on swag decks and two nights at the Arkaba Homestead, which dates back to 1851. Sharing his creative expertise, Richard will guide participants on a photographic journey at Arkaba Station with morning and afternoon photography sessions in various locations.

Day one of the itinerary will take place at the beautifully restored Arkaba Homestead, a classic Flinders building with thick stone walls and shady verandahs. Guests will have the opportunity to capture the afternoon light and property’s spectacular panoramas during their first photography session with Richard. In the evening photographers will be treated to a delicious, chef-prepared welcoming dinner with matching wines on the terrace overlooking the ranges. A comfortable library, pool and self-service bar allow guests to unwind after a day behind the lens.

Arkaba’s topography offers breathtaking scenery, ranging from knife edge ridge tops through cypress pine country to red gum lined creek beds. Days two and three of the retreat will immerse guests in these stunning scenarios, enabling them to capture the incredible landscapes, wildlife and pastoral heritage of the region as they follow Richard’s guidance. Encountering various wildlife residents of Arkaba Station, like Western Grey and Red Kangaroos, prolific birdlife and emus, participants will experience distinct and unforgettable photographic opportunities.

Treated to three course dinners with matching wines, guests will sleep under a canopy of stars in Arkaba’s Signature Swag Camps as they absorb the sights and sounds of the bush. Arkaba’s deluxe swag decks are slightly elevated to offer stunning views of the surrounding environment and promise a supremely comfortable sleep, featuring a luxury mattress and high quality linen, with an option to also sleep under cover.

The fourth day of the Luxury Photographic Safari will see guests return to the Arkaba Homestead to capture the morning light as the outback springs to life. Participants will have an opportunity to photograph the rare Yellow-Footed Rock Wallaby at Brachina Gorge before enjoying a farewell dinner at the Arkaba Homestead. A leisurely morning on day five of the retreat will give participants a chance to enjoy the Arkaba Homestead’s facilities and put their new photography skills to the test before departing in the morning.

Just five hours drive (or a one-hour charter flight) from Adelaide via South Australia’s wine regions, Wild Bush Luxury’s iconic Arkaba Station is one of Australia’s most accessible outback experiences. The exclusive four night/four day retreat costs $2,895 per person, based on twin-share, with a single supplement $870. The itinerary includes two nights’ homestead accommodation, two nights’ swag camp accommodation, four day interactive photography program with Richard I’Anson, naturalist guides and meals and beverages as outlined in the itinerary.

For further information or to make a booking please call Wild Bush Luxury on +61 2 9571 6399 or email

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