Air Safari | Australia

Journey
Into the Outback

QUINTESSENTIAL AUSTRALIA

A true ‘Journey Into The Outback’ this quintessential Australian air safari showcases iconic landmarks and beautifully diverse natural landscapes whilst sweeping you up in stories of the Dreamtime and spoiling you with heartfelt Outback hospitality. From Mungo National Park’s Great Wall of China – a geological show-pony made by wind and sand to the unmissable Olgas and Uluru you will travel through quirky outback towns, fly above ancient seabeds, salt lakes, rugged mountains, magnificent gorges and unforgettable expanses of ‘Outback Australia’. Coupled with fabulous food, great wine, spectacular sunsets, star studded nights and even a camel trek – take to the skies on this adventure and discover all that is on offer in our own backyard!

You will love

  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Mungo National Park
  • 1,600 million-year-old Flinders Ranges
  • ‘Flightseeing’ over Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre
  • View Australia’s most iconic rock
  • Rich exposure to Aboriginal culture
  • Explore iconic outback towns, William Creek, Birdsville and Louth

FOUR STATES OVER TEN INCREDIBLE DAYS

DAY 1 | SYDNEY - MUNGO | 1 NIGHT

Our Tour Director/Crew welcome you at Bankstown Airport (Sydney) as we board our private aircraft to start this unforgettable Outback adventure. Our plane will sweep us west across New South Wales to our first destination, the ancient Mungo National Park. A local guide will take us through one of the most spectacular Outback landscapes with immense cultural significance.

Accommodation: Mungo Lodge

Flight times: 2h40 – 2 flights – Flying from Bankstown to Griffith (1h40) to refuel and then onto Mungo (1h).

DAY 2 | MUNGO - ARKAROOLA | 1 NIGHT

Be mesmerised by the Outback sunrise in this unique wilderness of Mungo. Today we venture into South Australia to the heart of the magnificent Flinders Ranges. Enjoy our aerial perspective of this remarkable landscape before we touch down at the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary. Our local guide will take us through some of the most spectacularly rugged country on earth and share their knowledge of Arkaroola’s 1,600 million year geological history.

Accommodation: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

Flight times: 1h50 – 2 flights – Flying from Longreach to Quilpie (1h15) to refuel and then onto Louth – Trilby Station (1h40).

DAY 3 | ARKAROOLA - WILLIAM CREEK | 1 NIGHT

Witness more mesmerising images as we fly further west to the remote Outback post of William Creek. En-route we fly over the stunning natural beauty of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. This glistening salt pan spans hundreds of kilometres and the best way to see it is from above. This evening we enjoy true Outback hospitality with drinks and dinner at the authentic bush pub, The William Creek Hotel. This pub, on the famous Oodnadatta Track, is loved by travellers from all around the world.

Accommodation: William Creek Hotel

Flight times: 1h20 – 1 flight – Flying from Arkaroola to William Creek.

DAY 4 | WILLIAM CREEK - ULURU | 1 NIGHT

This morning our private aircraft takes us to the red centre – Uluru. Get set for an evening of delight at the breathtaking Field of Light dinner. Admire the ever changing colour of the rock as the sun sets upon it. Indulging in canapés and sparkling wine overlooking spectacular Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, this evening will be one to remember.

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert, Uluru, 5 star luxury in the desert

Flight times: 2h25 – 1 flight – Flying from William Creek to Ayers Rock – Uluru.

DAY 5 | ULURU - ALICE SPRINGS | 1 NIGHT

A morning to experience Uluru and the nearby soaring rock domes of the Olgas/Kata Tjuta up close. Feeling energetic? Enjoy the beautiful 11km walk around the rock’s perimeter.
We have a very short leg to Alice Springs, resting at the foothills of the craggy red-rocked MacDonnell Ranges. Check out the cafe and Indigenous art culture of this spirited Outback centre. Enjoy a camel trek through the ranges at sunset, an opportunity for some truly spectacular sightseeing.

Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Alice Springs

Flight times: 1h10 – 1 flight – Flying from Ayers Rock – Uluru to Alice Springs.

DAY 6 | ALICE SPRINGS - BIRDSVILLE | 1 NIGHT

See the desert come alive as we tour Alice Spring’s beautiful Desert Park. The free flying birds of prey show is not to be missed! Back in the air we fly over the vast expanse of rolling dunes of the Simpson Desert to the iconic town of Birdsville. Our plane can taxi us right up the front door of the famous pub. Enjoy an icy cold drink on the veranda. The afternoon is yours before our four wheel drive collects us for another golden hour. We will drive to “Big Red” – the largest sand dune in the Simpson Desert. On top of the dune we will enjoy nibbles and drinks while experiencing yet another stunning desert sunset. Enjoy dinner back at the atmospheric pub.

Accommodation: The Birdsville Hotel

Flight times: 2h10 – 1 flight – Flying from Alice Springs to Birdsville.

DAY 7 | BIRDSVILLE - LONGREACH | 2 NIGHTS

Today we cruise to the pioneering town of Longreach. On arrival our local tour guide will show us through the fascinating Qantas Founders Museum. Lunch will be enjoyed at a private room at the Museum, surrounded by aviation history. We will then check into our accommodation at the newly launched Mitchell Grass Retreat. We are excited to offer this exclusive luxury glamping experience. Take in the stunning views from your deluxe tent complete with ensuite and outdoor deck. Late afternoon we will take a sunset river cruise on The Thomson River. There are endless photo opportunities before we go ashore for a traditional stockman’s campfire dinner, under the stars.

Accommodation: Mitchell Grass Retreat – luxury glamping experience

Flight times: 2h – 1 flight – Flying from Birdsville to Longreach.

DAY 8 | LONGREACH & WINTON

Today we swap our wings for wheels and set off in our private coach for a day of exploring. Enjoy Outback big sky scenery as we head to the Age of Dinosaurs experience, painting a picture of what this area looked like 90 million years ago. At the historic charming town of Winton we will visit the newly rebuilt Waltzing Matilda Museum, celebrating Banjo Patterson’s famous ballad. Enjoy relaxing at our Retreat in the afternoon before our tour of the legendary Australian Stockman’s Hall Of Fame.

Accommodation: Mitchell Grass Retreat, Longreach

DAY 9 | LONGREACH - TRILBY STATION | 1 NIGHT

We rejoin our private aircraft, flying south through Queensland’s Channel Country, with endless horizons filled with deep red sand hills and orange escarpments. On landing at Louth, enjoy a drink at Shindy’s Inn, overlooking The Darling River. We then take an Outback dirt track to Trilby Station – a 320,000 acre working sheep property. We will be hosted by the owners of Trilby, Liz and Gary Murray, gaining insight into life on a remote sheep station. This overnight stop focuses on offering the true Australian outback station experience. Immerse yourself in the landscape, appreciating an outback sunset with drinks before relaxing by a camp fire enjoying a home cooked dinner, under a starlit sky.

Accommodation: Trilby Station – the renovated Shearers’ Quarters or Station Cottages with shared bathroom facilities

Flight times: 2h55 – 2 flights – Flying from Longreach to Quilpie (1h15) to refuel and then onto Louth – Trilby Station.

DAY 10 | TRILBY STATION - SYDNEY

Our last day in the Outback where those who wish to immerse themselves in nature and the peaceful surroundings can take advantage of Trilby’s 10kms of walking tracks along the banks of The Darling River. Guests will have an opportunity to ask questions about station life as Liz takes us on a walking tour encompassing the state of the art shearing shed and aircraft hanger. Next stop is the neighbouring historical Dunlop Station where we will sample a shearers’ traditional morning tea, Smoko, before touring the homestead and discovering the fascinating history of the area. We will enjoy our farewell lunch at Shindy’s Inn overlooking the Darling as our Outback adventure comes to a close. Relax, reflect and enjoy the scenery as we cruise back to Sydney.

Flight times: 2h30 – 2 flights – Flying from Louth to Dubbo (1h20) to refuel and then onto Bankstown.

PLEASE NOTE:

The content of this itinerary is based on a set departure, however if it provides the perfect inspiration for your very own journey we can tailor the content to suit your preferred style and pace.  Please get in touch with us to design a bespoke flying safari for you, your friends or family.

This set departure itinerary may vary slightly should factors beyond our control arise.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

9 nights/10 days | 11 - 20 April 2021

9 nights/10 days
11 - 20 April 2021

AUD $15,500 pp twin share | AUD $1,250 single supplement

AUD $15,500 pp twin share
AUD $1,250 single supplement

START: Bankstown, NSW     |     Finish: Bankstown, NSW

Destinations: Mungo National Park | Arkaroola – Flinders Ranges | William Creek & Lake Eyre | Uluru | Alice Springs | Longreach & Winton | Outback NSW Trilby Station

Inclusions

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
  • Wine included with dinner (only)
  • Private chartered aircraft transportation, fuel & airport fees throughout
  • Services of a qualified pilot/s and tour director
  • All accommodation as listed in the itinerary – in twin share rooms (double beds on request and en suite is usually available, however cannot be guaranteed in all rooms in all properties)
  • Excursions & activities as per the itinerary (and as detailed below)
  • Services of qualified and/or indigenous guides on all excursions
  • Private transportation provided to and from daily excursions & accommodation
  • National Park Fees & Permits for daily excursions
  • Bottled water onboard the aircraft

Exclusions

  • Transport to and from Bankstown Airport
  • Additional food and beverages other than specified
  • Accommodation upgrades
  • Any additional or optional excursions and/or transfers other than specified
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
  • Items and/or purchases of a personal nature
  • Any item not specified

Minimum – 10 travellers

Maximum – 11 travellers


HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR ITINERARY INCLUDE :

SPECIAL DINNERS : Stockman’s campfire dinner under the stars, Longreach | The Field of Light Dinner, Uluru | Traditional pub dinners in Birdsville and William Creek | Dine on a delicious home cooked meal under the stars at Trilby Station

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES : Guided tour of Mungo National Park | Ridge Top tour at Arkaroola | Fly over Lake Eyre | Toast the sunset at “Big Red”, the tallest sand dune in The Simpson Desert, with drinks and canapés, Birdsville | Tour and private lunch at Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach | Sunset river cruise on the Thomson River, followed by a stockman’s campfire dinner under the stars, Longreach | Age of Dinosaurs Tour, Winton | Lunch & tour at Waltzing Matilda Museum, Winton | Tour the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach | Walking tour of Trilby Station | Tour and ‘Smoko’ (traditional shearers’ morning tea) at historic Dunlop Station.

YOUR AIRCRAFT : 

Travel is in a privately chartered Cessna Grand Caravan turboprop aircraft. Capable of landing on gravel and remote airfields, where other aircraft cannot, the Cessna Grand Caravan is a fast, reliable machine ideal for flying in the Australian Outback. The aircraft is operated by our trusted partners Outback by Air who hold an Air Operators Certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). All highly experienced Outback by Air pilots carry a Commercial Pilots License. The Cessna Grand Caravan is equipped with state-of-the-art avionics and impressive safety features. The interior is comfortable, climate controlled and has large windows, making inflight viewing a joy.

TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY 

YOUR GUIDE

PHIL HINES

Phil (pictured in plane) has been flying since 1990 and holds licences for both fixed wing and rotary aircraft as well as a commercial helicopter licence. He has flown multi engine charters, scheduled Regular Public Transport flights, and also has agricultural ratings in both aeroplane and helicopters. Outback and bush flying has been a big part of his aviation history and he has placed second in the Royal Flying Doctor Service Outback Air Race - twice! There’s barely a patch of our great land he hasn’t seen from the air. Safe to say he knows his stuff. On top of all that he’s just a bloody good bloke – a cheerful ‘salt of the Earth’ type from a farming background with plenty of tales to tell. A great host!

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