Arlington started off as an important rail link between the towns of Lindley and Senekal, but it soon became an independent town serving a self-sufficient farming community.
Adventure And Sport
Angling and water sport: The Piekniekdraai Resort Dam is a popular water sport and angling venue.
Horse-riding: Horse-riding is a popular pastime and on 16 December each year, a 30-km horse trip is organised, in which all are welcome to participate.
Hunting: Hunting trips may be undertaken on private farms in the area during the hunting season.
Rafting: The town holds a day of raft racing on Spoorweg Dam in March every year.
Agricultural tours: If you are interested in life on the farm, take one of the two agricultural tours on offer in the area. One of these will introduce you to Simmentaler Stud farming and the other will take you to the Wilton Plough factory in town.