It takes the best part of a day to get to, but it is well worth the drive. Located just under 700 km north of Adelaide is the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. It is a magical place with spectacular views and fantastic hiking.
We spent the weekend with our children who easily completed an 8 km trek with only a few stops for water. There are plenty of trails to pick from and you can take advantage of the breathtaking aerial or 4WD ridgetop tours. You can also just get away from it all, read a book, go for a swim, visit the camels or simply take in the almost surreal surroundings.
The accommodation choices are varied, ranging from camping to lovely motel units. We spent the weekend in a comfortable family unit large enough for 8 people and fully self contained. The restaurant has a limited menu but the servings are generous and the food delicious. The wild lime vinaigrette which accompanied the warm chicken salad was delightful and all items are available in child sized portions.
There was more to do than we had time for and we will have to return and experience the Ochre Wall, where you can collect and paint with the ochre, pan for gold at the deserted gold mine and log in another hike or two.
My husband is extremely interested in astronomy and Arkaroola is definitely the place for him. The skies are so dark that on a clear moonless night, even the stars cast a shadow.