333 Rarkang Road, Deep Creek, South Australia


Located on the coastline of South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, Naiko Retreat is a refuge from the everyday. Time at Naiko will allow you to disconnect from the world and let what truly matters come into focus.

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Welcome to Naiko Retreat

Eco-luxe design, with all the modern comforts. Panoramic views of hilltops and the ocean. A secluded beach, with private access. Naiko is a refuge from the every day.


Located on the coastline of South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, Naiko Retreat is situated within Rarkang, a 2000 acre operating sheep farm.

The Retreat is a refuge from the everyday. Time at Naiko will allow you to disconnect from the world and let what truly matters come into focus.


Floor to ceiling double-glazed windows boast panoramic views of rugged cliffs and turquoise seas, stretching across to Kangaroo Island.

The deck overlooks a secluded cove which is only accessible to Naiko guests. A gentle stroll to this private beach and you will find pristine waters, perfect for swimming and fishing.


As you enter Rarkang you will notice the giant native Grass Trees (Xanthorrhoea) lining the way (there are some on the property that are 1500 years old!).

From waterfalls to wildflowers, Rarkang is home to some of Australia’s most iconic animals – kangaroos, echidnas and a variety of bird life


Rest easy knowing that conservation is always front of mind.

Architect Max Pritchard designed Naiko to complement the surrounding environment, working in harmony with the natural elements of the land. Solar panels, recycled infrastructure, worm farms, water conservation methods and 60,000 litre rainwater tank systems have been set up so guests can tread lightly.



Created by Finnish designer Matti Suuronen as a ’portable ski chalet’ in the 1960’s, the Futuro home is an architectural icon; one of only 60 in the world.

Shaped like a flying saucer, this stand-alone futuristic space is a place where Naiko guests can enjoy relaxing massage treatments, available upon request.



Naiko means ‘mother’ in Ramindjeri, a dialect of indigenous Australian people and the property is a sacred part of the Aboriginal Dreamtime.

Rich with history, seafaring communities have been using the area for generations. In the mid nineteenth century, the property was part of the Silverton Silver mine, the ruins of which can still be explored today.

The French, British and American cultures have strong ties to the Fleurieu Peninsula, adding to its rich history.

Rarkang is also home to a WW2 radar hut, which was manned by the RAAF.


Positioned atop a hill and overlooking Backstairs Passage, Naiko Retreat is a front row seat to the glory of nature. As the seasons change Naiko changes with them; in Summer you will find sunlit hilltops and turquoise seas, Autumn a vista of gold, contrasting against bold blues. As the weather gets wild, wintery skies border green pastures before wildflowers burst to life in Spring.


Whatever the weather, guests can still appreciate the outside elements while enjoying every modern convenience inside. Three King size bedrooms, each with their own ensuite and free-standing bath, can sleep up to six guests. Contemporary design and luxe appliances are throughout, from the Danish Aeno Rocket pendant lights, polished concrete floors, to the French Invicta fireplace, Ligne Rosset Togo lounges and luxury beauty products.


At Naiko, you will find quietness and space. A place to declutter your mind; permission to turn the volume down and let distractions fade out. You will not find televisions here – guests are encouraged to switch off and connect with each other and their surrounds. Mobile network, complimentary wifi and Bluetooth sound are provided so that you can decide how ‘off the grid’ you would like to be.


Things to know

Being surrounded by conservation parks is one of the best things about Naiko; not only are we remote but the property is brimming with wildlife. In the interest of guest safety on the roads at dusk, and accordingly we recommend you arrive during daylight hours

About us

The Johnson family first purchased Rarkang in 1998, their mission being to protect and preserve the land. It is also home to two permanent streams – Campbell Creek and Rarkang Creek which come from springs within Deep Creek. The Johnsons have worked hard to restore local vegetation so that its natural beauty can be enjoyed by many generations to come.

Accommodation at Naiko

Three King size bedrooms, each with their own ensuite and free-standing bath, can accommodate a maximum of six guests.

Contemporary design and luxe appliances are throughout, from the Danish Aeno Rocket pendant lights, polished concrete floors, to the French Invicta fireplace, Ligne Rosset Togo lounges and luxury bathroom products.

A fully equipped kitchen and Weber Pulse electric barbecue are at your disposal.

Monday – Thursday: $1320 per night

Friday – Sunday: $1590 per night

Rates include

  • Exclusive use of Naiko Retreat
  • Three King-size bedrooms, which can sleep a maximum of 6 guests in either king size or king single configurations
  • Full breakfast provisions
  • Children of any age are welcome, however, we believe the Retreat may not be suitable for children under the age of 12 given the nature of the furnishings and the activities available
  • The Retreat is part of a working sheep farm situated between two conservation parks and pets are strictly prohibited 
  • A two night minimum stay applies

Naiko is an intimate Retreat. The boutique lodgings have been designed to provide maximum comfort and enjoyment for its guests. As a result, no more than 6 guests at a time can be accommodated within the Retreat.

Activities at Naiko

If your way of relaxing involves being active, there is plenty to do at Naiko. Try yoga on the deck at sunrise, exploring the Rarkang property or walking any or all of Naiko’s four exclusive-use trails or the Heysen Trail.

You can also enjoy the pristine waters at your own secluded beach which is only a moments walk away.

Massages and yoga are also available and can be booked directly with our preferred therapists. Other experiences can be enjoyed including, cooking classes, stargazing, 4wd tours and helicopter flights.

Or, leave Rarkang altogether and see the local natural beauty of Deep Creek, Second Valley, Victor Harbor, Goolwa and McLaren Vale which are also right on your doorstep.

Ordering in is also very popular, and 21 Junk Street can provide platters, pre-prepared meals or cater a special dinner party at the Retreat.

Our preferred partners are listed in the Activities Directory.

Naiko Retreat has to be life’s ultimate paradox – the place to completely disconnect from your ‘every day,’ for the sole purpose of engaging in a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ world. Our time was a blur yet everything about Naiko had its own relaxed pace about it. Looking forward to another once-in-a-lifetime stay.

Jowell Amores, New York

Absolutely love Naiko Retreat. The solitude, the nature and the sheer remoteness. Couldn’t think of a better place to escape and unwind, while still enjoying all the fine things.

Terry, Prahran

You’d think Max Pritchard’s hand in the architecture, ocean views and a private beach but no, there’s also rolling hills, babbling brooks, wildlife, wildflowers and butterflies. And a spaceship!

Hayley, Stirling

The owners vision for Naiko Retreat should be applauded. We look forward to returning and experiencing how Naiko evolves.

Mark & Rita, Adelaide

We loved our amazing experience at Naiko last year. The luxury accommodation and facilities allowed relaxation and easy entertaining in a location that was ideal for a cliff and bush walking, private beach activities and enjoying breathtaking views towards rolling hills, iconic rockfaces and an expansive sea. The wildlife is abundant in such a secluded setting and the unique Futuro is the perfect location for a massage surrounded by fragrant gum trees.  It was a magnificent way to experience the beautiful  South Australian coast in a high quality, well appointed and well designed retreat.

Sallie Emmett

Myself and my two sisters just spent 4 days at Naiko Retreat. We were gobsmacked right from the beginning of the road leading to the property and then the property itself. Wow!!

I have done extensive travelling worldwide and I can honestly say that this is by far one of the most beautiful and well presented property’s that I have stayed in, right at our doorstep.

The cleanliness was also second to none.

The added bonuses were our own private beach and the use of “the spaceship”, that’s what we named it, this is where we were having our daily massages.

The wildlife at your doorstop and greeting us daily, also whilst having a bath, the sheep and kangaroos were by our window, this was a lovely experience.

Thank you Tony for your assistance on the couple of occasions we had some questions, which you helped us out immediately.

I rate this retreat a 6*.

Marina Segredos

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Getting to Naiko

We are 114km from Adelaide CBD, which will take less than two hours (allowing for a stop at the Yankalilla Bakery!).

Alternate travel arrangements can be made, including arrival by helicopter or bespoke 4×4 experience which can include a tour of the greater region. These tours can incorporate catering or a stop at one of many eateries in the area.

By making a booking at Naiko Retreat you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions.

Who can stay here

A maximum of six guests are permitted to stay at Naiko Retreat in three King-sized beds, each of which can also be separated into two king singles. Please let us know of your desired configuration at least 72 hours before your arrival.

Camping on the property is prohibited.  Motorhomes and caravans are also prohibited.  Trailers are not recommended coming down the access track.

Naiko Retreat is part of a working sheep farm which is situated between to national parks.  Pets are strictly prohibited for their own safety and that of sheep and wildlife.

The Retreat is not generally suitable for children under 12 years of age due to the nature of the activities available.

The Futuro (spaceship) is only accessible to guests who have booked massages with any of the Naiko Retreat recommended therapists.


Check-in is 3pm. Check-out is strictly 11am. We recommend that all guests plan to arrive during daylight hours.

A two-night minimum stay applies to all bookings, except long weekends and peak periods where longer minimum stays will apply.

Certain holiday periods and days that fall between Monday – Thursday will attract the higher per night rate and will be highlighted in the booking calendar.

Dietary Requirements

Breakfast provisions along with basic pantry staples are supplied.  Please make us aware of dietary requirements at your earliest convenience, but no less than 72 hours before your stay so that we can accommodate you accordingly.  Should you have any potentially severe or life-threatening allergies please make us aware of them.  Any of the substantial pantry items may contain items such as nuts, sesame or extracts thereof etc.  Our eco bathroom products are all plant-based and natural but do contain almond oil.  In the case of bathroom products, we can remove those and replace them, BUT we respectfully suggest for your own safety and peace of mind that you bring your own products.  We will do our very best to accommodate you, but cannot guarantee complete removal of allergens.


Naiko Retreat is home to some of Australia’s iconic animals and boasts grass trees that are thought to be up to 1500 years old. To help us protect our precious wilderness and wildlife we ask that you abide by the following rules:

Additional Charges

The owners and staff accept no responsibility for loss or damage to guest property during the rental period.

Additional charges will be applied if there is damage to the house or if extra cleaning is required over and above the ordinary course of cleaning the property.

These will be charged within 30 days of your stay and you will be made aware of these charges via email.

Payment Policy

A 50% deposit for accommodation is required before the booking can be confirmed. The remaining 50% will be charged one month prior to your stay. In the instance where the booking is made less than thirty (30) days before the stay the full amount will be charged at the time of booking.

Current and valid credit card details are required when booking.  We do not charge a bond and as per the “Additional Charges” clause above, we will charge your credit card for any damage or extra house cleaning.

Please ensure your credit card has sufficient funds at the time of booking and again approximately 1 month prior to check in when the balance owing will be deducted.  Please also ensure your credit card is current and valid on each occasion.

CREDIT CARDS – We accept online payments by Visa, Amex and MasterCard (a 2% booking fee is payable on these).

Cancellation Policy

Any cancellations prior to 30 days of arrival date attract a $100 administrative fee.

Any cancellations within 29-15 days will attract a fee of 50% of your total booking. Any cancellations within 14 days and non-arrivals attract the full tariff being charged. We recommend purchasing travel insurance so that you can navigate any unforeseen circumstances.

COVID-19:  Should you  be unable to stay at Naiko due to any government restrictions in place at the time of your stay you may cancel your booking and receive a full refund less the booking fee OR you may defer your stay to another date.

You acknowledge that the Naiko Retreat property is unsupervised and that there are inherent risks in bushwalking, swimming, and being in the close proximity to native animals.

You will use all walking tracks at your own risk in the knowledge that there may be safety risks, and that tracks may not be suitable for ill prepared, unfit or inexperienced walkers.

You agree to take due care at all times for your own safety while using the facilities of Naiko Retreat (including proper clothing, footwear and appropriate equipment) and at all times while on the property, and to properly supervise any children and other guests requiring supervision or assistance.

You acknowledge that you and your guests will be staying at the Naiko Retreat property at your own risk. To the extent permitted by law, Naiko Retreat disclaims all liability for any loss or damage suffered (including physical injury and liability for negligence) while staying at the Naiko Retreat property.

To the extent permitted by law, you will indemnify Naiko Retreat for any loss or damage suffered by Naiko Retreat in relation to your stay and those of your guests at the Naiko Retreat property, except to the extent caused by the wilful default of Naiko Retreat.

Agreement to these terms and conditions is a condition of staying at the Naiko Retreat property.

By making a booking at Naiko Retreat you are deemed to agree these terms and conditions.

You acknowledge that certain products and services at Naiko Retreat property (including food services and massage services) are provided by independent contractors and that Naiko Retreat will have no liability to you or your guests in relation to the provision of those products and services by independent contractors.

From time to time Naiko staff, maintenance tradespeople and delivery services may attend at the Retreat to carry out essential services.

To the extent permitted by law, these terms and conditions apply to the exclusion of any implied terms including terms implied by law. However, these terms are to be read subject to any laws of mandatory application or terms implied by law that cannot be excluded, including any rights under the Australian Consumer Law.

You agree to these terms and conditions on your own behalf and on behalf of your guests including children.

For the purpose of these terms, “Naiko Retreat” includes Ralgnal Pty Ltd and its directors, employees and agents, and Ralgnal Pty Ltd holds the benefit of these terms and conditions on trust for its directors, employees and agents.

The Management of Naiko Retreat reserves the right to request guests to leave the retreat should they breach any of the above Terms and Conditions.