Arkarra is an aboriginal word meaning "place of many ducks" and was so named by the local Aboriginal tribe of the Fraser Coast Region. Arkarra's melaleuca wetlands, covering a substantial part of the original 200 acre freehold property, were first identified as "swamp" in 1880. Today it is a great place to picnic and visit. There are numerous signed tracks and is home to over 170 species of birds, goannas, echidnas, wallabies, and in the water ducks, turtles, eels and fish species thrive in the wetlands. Situated in the precincit is the Arkarra Tea Gardens cafe. Its hours are 8.30am and 4.00pm from Wednesday to Friday, and 8.00am and 4.00pm on the weekend.