Outback Art & Ode to Wildlife at Arkaba

Jun 18, 2018

Rosemary Woodford-Ganf is a South Australian based wildlife artist, whose skills flourished while living in Africa, where her father was a vet and spent his time researching wildlife diseases in Uganda.  Since the early 1970s Rosie has lived in Australia and devoted her skills to the painting and sculpting of Australia’s native wildlife.  Her artwork adorns many of the walls at Arkaba and her creative mind is behind the recycled and bush inspired décor at the Arkaba Homestead. 

In 1974 Rosie migrated to Australia and settled in Adelaide where her skills in wildlife drawing found her commissioned in 1976 to illustrate a three volume set of limited edition books called "The Marsupials of Australia" the third volume of which contained the Kangaroos, Wallabies and Rat-Kangaroos with text written by the late John Henry Calaby. Limited edition prints of this volume now hang on the walls of the guestrooms at the Arkaba Homestead. The three volume project would ultimately take more than 15 years to publish, with Tim Flannery stepping in to take over as author of the final volume, after Calaby’s passing.

On completion of the book Rosie holds the exclusive title of being the only person to illustrate every living Australian marsupial, an unprecedented achievement unlikely to be repeated by anyone, much less in the same extraordinary detail. These illustrations have since been published as a single volume with a new text by Dr. Christopher Dickman, called "A Fragile Balance, the extraordinary story of Australian marsupials". This book won the Whitley Award for the best publication on the natural history of Australian animals, in 2008.

When the heritage homestead on Arkaba was restored, updating to modern conveniences, keeping a sense of history and connection to the land was of the essence. Who better to assist in providing the quintessential Australian charm than Rosie, who has lovingly crafted bedheads fashioned from recycled fence posts and fleeces, Gumnut tassel curtain ties and floor lamps made from early explorer’s tripod theodolites. A wonderful selection of her wildlife paintings and prints take pride of place on the walls throughout the homestead and are admired by Wild Bush Luxury guests from all over the world.  

For further information on Arkaba, visit


More updates from Arkaba

Apr 24, 2020 | In 2021 sharpen your photographic skills in the Flinders Ranges and bring home unforgettable memories of the South Australian outback. More »

Apr 24, 2020 | In 2021 sharpen your photographic skills in the Flinders Ranges and bring home unforgettable memories … More »

Apr 24, 2020 | In 2021 sharpen your photographic skills in the Flinders Ranges and bring home unforgettable memories of the South Australian outback. More »

Aug 04, 2020 | Walk in the great outdoors of South Australia's Ikara-Flinders ranges in style and comfort at Arkaba Conservancy. More »

Aug 04, 2020 | Walk in the great outdoors of South Australia's Ikara-Flinders ranges in style and comfort at … More »

Aug 04, 2020 | Walk in the great outdoors of South Australia's Ikara-Flinders ranges in style and comfort at Arkaba Conservancy. More »

Nov 02, 2018 | The South Australian Tourism Commission has named The Arkaba Walk as its latest Tourism Champion More »

Nov 02, 2018 | The South Australian Tourism Commission has named The Arkaba Walk as its latest Tourism Champion More »

Nov 02, 2018 | The South Australian Tourism Commission has named The Arkaba Walk as its latest Tourism Champion More »

Jan 05, 2018 | A rare find at Arkaba, marking a new stage in the conservation effort of the near endangered, western quoll. More »

Jan 05, 2018 | A rare find at Arkaba, marking a new stage in the conservation effort of the … More »

Jan 05, 2018 | A rare find at Arkaba, marking a new stage in the conservation effort of the near endangered, western quoll. More »

Jan 07, 2019 | It's big-spending luxury travellers who are delivering the biggest rewards for tourism operators More »

Jan 07, 2019 | It's big-spending luxury travellers who are delivering the biggest rewards for tourism operators More »

Jan 07, 2019 | It's big-spending luxury travellers who are delivering the biggest rewards for tourism operators More »

Feb 14, 2020 | A visit to South Australia offers much more than expected. More »

Feb 14, 2020 | A visit to South Australia offers much more than expected. More »

Feb 14, 2020 | A visit to South Australia offers much more than expected. More »

Feb 19, 2020 | Australian operators leading the efforts of sustainable, responsibile tourism accommodation, by implementing strategies and planet-friendly initiatives for the conscious traveller. … More »

Feb 19, 2020 | Australian operators leading the efforts of sustainable, responsibile tourism accommodation, by implementing strategies and planet-friendly … More »

Feb 19, 2020 | Australian operators leading the efforts of sustainable, responsibile tourism accommodation, by implementing strategies and planet-friendly initiatives for the conscious traveller. More »

Jul 29, 2019 | The South China Morning Post selects the best "Sustainable Luxury Down Under" More »

Jul 29, 2019 | The South China Morning Post selects the best "Sustainable Luxury Down Under" More »

Jul 29, 2019 | The South China Morning Post selects the best "Sustainable Luxury Down Under" More »

Aug 04, 2020 | Working together to contribute directly to protecting Australia’s biodiversity. More »

Aug 04, 2020 | Working together to contribute directly to protecting Australia’s biodiversity. More »

Aug 04, 2020 | Working together to contribute directly to protecting Australia’s biodiversity. More »

Sep 28, 2020 | From glorious vineyard views to the grand and ancient outback of Flinders Ranges. More »

Sep 28, 2020 | From glorious vineyard views to the grand and ancient outback of Flinders Ranges. More »

Sep 28, 2020 | From glorious vineyard views to the grand and ancient outback of Flinders Ranges. More »

Sep 29, 2020 | Australia is the perfect destination for sustainable and eco-conscious travel that doesn't compromise on luxury. More »

Sep 29, 2020 | Australia is the perfect destination for sustainable and eco-conscious travel that doesn't compromise on luxury. … More »

Sep 29, 2020 | Australia is the perfect destination for sustainable and eco-conscious travel that doesn't compromise on luxury. More »

Oct 12, 2020 | In Australia, the consciousness around sustainability is growing and low impact travel is on the rise. More »

Oct 12, 2020 | In Australia, the consciousness around sustainability is growing and low impact travel is on the … More »

Oct 12, 2020 | In Australia, the consciousness around sustainability is growing and low impact travel is on the rise. More »

Oct 03, 2019 | Epic Australian destinations to explore. More »

Oct 03, 2019 | Epic Australian destinations to explore. More »

Oct 03, 2019 | Epic Australian destinations to explore. More »

Oct 29, 2019 | Bushwhacking and kangaroo spotting through Arkaba in South Australia.  More »

Oct 29, 2019 | Bushwhacking and kangaroo spotting through Arkaba in South Australia.  More »

Oct 29, 2019 | Bushwhacking and kangaroo spotting through Arkaba in South Australia.  More »

Jul 17, 2019 | R.Gowri for the New Straits Times lists six life-enriching experiential stays that are uniquely Australian More »

Jul 17, 2019 | R.Gowri for the New Straits Times lists six life-enriching experiential stays that are uniquely Australian More »

Jul 17, 2019 | R.Gowri for the New Straits Times lists six life-enriching experiential stays that are uniquely Australian More »

May 31, 2019 | Discover nine of the best places to stay in South Australia with Travel + Leisure. More »

May 31, 2019 | Discover nine of the best places to stay in South Australia with Travel + Leisure. More »

May 31, 2019 | Discover nine of the best places to stay in South Australia with Travel + Leisure. More »

Dec 21, 2019 | The Telegraph UK explores the journeys, drives and outdoor experiences to be had in Australia's South. More »

Dec 21, 2019 | The Telegraph UK explores the journeys, drives and outdoor experiences to be had in Australia's … More »

Dec 21, 2019 | The Telegraph UK explores the journeys, drives and outdoor experiences to be had in Australia's South. More »

Mar 20, 2019 | The top Australian destinations to immerse yourself in nature and luxury, according to Your Money More »

Mar 20, 2019 | The top Australian destinations to immerse yourself in nature and luxury, according to Your Money More »

Mar 20, 2019 | The top Australian destinations to immerse yourself in nature and luxury, according to Your Money More »

Mar 21, 2019 | Last week was an incredibly exciting one for the team at Arkaba with a confirmed sighting of what were once-extinct … More »

Mar 21, 2019 | Last week was an incredibly exciting one for the team at Arkaba with a confirmed … More »

Mar 21, 2019 | Last week was an incredibly exciting one for the team at Arkaba with a confirmed sighting of what were once-extinct Brushtail Possums More »

Nov 02, 2018 | Australia's best luxury outdoor experiences More »

Nov 02, 2018 | Australia's best luxury outdoor experiences More »

Nov 02, 2018 | Australia's best luxury outdoor experiences More »

Nov 02, 2018 | Expert advice for a break in South Australia from The Telegraph UK More »

Nov 02, 2018 | Expert advice for a break in South Australia from The Telegraph UK More »

Nov 02, 2018 | Expert advice for a break in South Australia from The Telegraph UK More »

Mar 02, 2018 | It's now easier than ever to swoop in for a stay at Arkaba and Southern Ocean Lodge More »

Mar 02, 2018 | It's now easier than ever to swoop in for a stay at Arkaba and Southern Ocean Lodge More »

Mar 02, 2018 | It's now easier than ever to swoop in for a stay at Arkaba and Southern Ocean Lodge More »

Jul 03, 2018 | From opulent tents to designer treehouses, these are some of the most exceptional luxury lodges in Australia. More »

Jul 03, 2018 | From opulent tents to designer treehouses, these are some of the most exceptional luxury lodges … More »

Jul 03, 2018 | From opulent tents to designer treehouses, these are some of the most exceptional luxury lodges in Australia. More »

Apr 21, 2020 | Exclusive by virtue of their remoteness, their special location and the small number of guests they accommodate at any one … More »

Apr 21, 2020 | Exclusive by virtue of their remoteness, their special location and the small number of guests … More »

Apr 21, 2020 | Exclusive by virtue of their remoteness, their special location and the small number of guests they accommodate at any one time. More »

Jul 15, 2017 | As hand selected by Gourmet Traveller... More »

Jul 15, 2017 | As hand selected by Gourmet Traveller... More »

Jul 15, 2017 | As hand selected by Gourmet Traveller... More »

Sep 05, 2019 | Luxury Escapes Magazine explores the Flinders Ranges from luxury lodge, Arkaba. More »

Sep 05, 2019 | Luxury Escapes Magazine explores the Flinders Ranges from luxury lodge, Arkaba. More »

Sep 05, 2019 | Luxury Escapes Magazine explores the Flinders Ranges from luxury lodge, Arkaba. More »

Feb 01, 2018 | "the majority of Australia’s most beautiful outlying limbs have been developed by Australian families, indeed almost as a hobby" More »

Feb 01, 2018 | "the majority of Australia’s most beautiful outlying limbs have been developed by Australian families, indeed … More »

Feb 01, 2018 | "the majority of Australia’s most beautiful outlying limbs have been developed by Australian families, indeed almost as a hobby" More »

Mar 11, 2018 | 为了以无比舒适的方式体验南澳的无限荒原 writes Helen Anderson. 连续在弗林德斯山脉和袋鼠岛的海边悬崖徒步。 More »

Mar 11, 2018 | 为了以无比舒适的方式体验南澳的无限荒原 writes Helen Anderson. 连续在弗林德斯山脉和袋鼠岛的海边悬崖徒步。 More »

Mar 11, 2018 | 为了以无比舒适的方式体验南澳的无限荒原 writes Helen Anderson. 连续在弗林德斯山脉和袋鼠岛的海边悬崖徒步。 More »

lloa-signuppopup-2xlloa-signuppopup-2x

Want to be the first to know?

All the latest lodge news, offers and event information curated by Luxury Lodges of Australia and delivered straight to your inbox. We won't bombard you with emails - just one every 6 weeks or so.