AT HOME IN THE RANGES
ARKAROOLA’S remoteness — it is 600km north of Adelaide — endows night skies free of light and airborne pollutants. That makes it ideal for professional and amateur astronomers and the resort, sitting in a 610-square-kilometre wilderness sanctuary, has three observatories.
An “Arkaroola blow job” is a must-have when visiting the area in a 4WD. The risque name refers to the compressed air cleaning of undercarriages to prevent weeds from being transferred around the region. It’s a good deal for the environment and you get the sticker to prove you did the deed.
In the northern Flinders Ranges, there are high concentrations of uranium and the unstable element heats the water in several hot springs. Arkaroola co-owner Doug Sprigg says researchers have recently identified a uranium-munching microbe found in those springs that is being developed to help bio-remediate waters contaminated by industrial radiation.