8 Outback pubs, 4000 kms, 5 Days
This iconic yet completely unique Great Aussie Pub Crawl will see you travelling more than 4000km by air and visiting 8 Outback pubs in just five days. Taking off from Bankstown Airport, Sydney you’ll head first to Bourke. Continuing to Tibooburra, Innamincka, the Simpson Desert and Lake Eyre you’ll witness some of the world’s most extraordinary landscapes, taking in the Marree Man and ‘Big Red’ (sand dune) en route. You’ll stop off at iconic watering holes including the Tibooburra Hotel, dating back to the gold rush era of 1882, and the famous Birdsville Hotel where your plane will taxi you right to the front door!
Through the safari you’ll enjoy the top class service of a proudly Australian outfit, along with the comfort of a private aircraft with no security lines, boarding delays or baggage carousels at airports. Travelling this way you can maximise your holiday time, seeing what might take up to a month in a car in just five days.
See Australia from a whole new aerial perspective and drink in the proud nostalgia of the Outback’s true blue Australiana.
Please note: This itinerary is exclusive to The Classic Safari Company – you won’t find it anywhere else!
Places are strictly limited and we expect high levels of interest. Enquire today.
You will love
- The exclusivity of private plane travel
- 5 days – short & sweet
- Good old fashioned Outback hospitality
- Vast, epic landscapes
- Your operated & host, aviator Phil Hines
- Only available through The Classic Safari Company
5 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS
Day 1 | SYDNEY TO BOURKE & TIBOOBURRA
Arrive at Bankstown Airport, Sydney, and prepare to depart on this unique flying safari. Board your private aircraft flying west to Dubbo to briefly refuel and stretch your legs. Back in the air, fly to the Outback town of Bourke, the former inland port where wool was exported from the area on paddle steamers down the Darling River. Enjoy drinks and lunch at the Port Of Bourke Pub.
Next stop is Tibooburra in Corner Country, surrounded by an arid landscape and remarkable granite rocky outcrops. You cannot miss the extraordinary Clifton Pugh mural in the bar of the popular watering hole of The Family Hotel. This evening you will dine across the road in the sandstone Tibooburra Hotel, dating back to the gold rush era of 1882.
Accommodation: The Tibooburra Hotel
Flight times: 3h40 – 2 flights – Flying from Bankstown to Dubbo (1h05) to refuel, then onto Louth (1h25) and finally Tibooburra (1h10).
Day 2 | TIBOOBURRA TO INNAMINKA & BIRDSVILLE
After breakfast board your private plane flying to Innamincka, a surprising oasis in South Australia’s rugged Outback, and stop at the pub for lunch. Back in the air unwind and enjoy infinite skies as you fly towards the historic town of Birdsville. Upon landing, the plane will taxi right up to the front door of the famous Birdsville Hotel! Where else in the world can you do this?! Enjoy a beer and the view from the verandah until you climb into a four wheel drive to see “Big Red” – the Simpson Desert’s largest sand dune. Share the experience of a stunning golden sunset from the top of the dune with drinks and nibbles. This evening enjoy traditional Outback hospitality back at the pub.
Accommodation: The Birdsville Hotel
Flight times: 1h45 – 2 flights – Flying from Tibooburra to Innamincka (50 mins) and then onto Birdsville (55 mins).
Day 3 | BIRDSVILLE TO OODNADATTA & WILLIAM CREEK
Sweep across the magnificent Simpson Desert, flying at an altitude where we have a bird’s eye view of more than 1100 sand dunes. Witness this spectacular landscape before landing “in the middle of nowhere” at the licenced Pink Roadhouse in Ooodnadatta, for a well earned beer and lunch. Back in the air the plane will follow the famous Oodnadatta Track to the remote Outback post of William Creek. This evening you will dine at the authentic bush pub, The William Creek Hotel. This pub is loved by travellers from all around the world, with a front bar decorated by hundreds of notes, memorabilia and mementos.
Accommodation: The William Creek Hotel
Flight times: 2h40 – 1 flight – Flying from Birdsville to William Creek with a Lake Eyre fly-over.
Day 4 | WILLIAM CREEK TO MARREE WITH LAKE EYRE FLY-OVER
Begin the day with a hearty pub breaky before a day of exploration. This morning swap wings for wheels and a guided tour to the world’s largest salt lake, the wondrous Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. Back in the air, fly to the Southern end of the Lake, then track north to understand just how large Lake Eyre really is. You’ll then fly over the modern geoglyph of Marree Man on your way into Marree. Enjoy a night at the magnificent heritage listed Marree Hotel, regarded as the most impressive in the Outback.
Accommodation: The Marree Hotel
Flight times: 2h50 – 1 flight – Flying from William Creek to Broken Hill.
Day 5 | MARREE TO BROKEN HILL & TILPA TO SYDNEY
Enjoy the stunning Flinders Ranges from the air as the private aircraft takes you to the mining town of Broken Hill. Visit the interactive Flying Doctors Museum in the Silver City before flying to The Tilpa Hotel. Established in 1894 to service the river boat trade, the pub is a classic, character-filled Outback pub made of corrugated iron and timber – the perfect place to enjoy a farewell lunch in the Outback. Enjoy the scenery and relax as you cruise back to Sydney.
Flight times: 3h35 – 3 flights – Flying from Broken Hill to Tilpa (1h05) to refuel, then onto Dubbo (1h30) before the final leg into Bankstown (1h00).
N.B. This itinerary may vary slightly should factors beyond our control arise.
This itinerary is based on the 5 day set departure and provides the perfect inspiration for a spectacular journey that can be tailored to suit your preferred style and pace. Contact us to design a bespoke flying safari for you, your friends and family.
NEED TO KNOW
4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS | 25 - 29 March 2021 | 17 - 21 June 2021 | 07 - 11 October 2021
4 NIGHTS / 5 DAYS
25 - 29 March 2021
AUD $7,750 PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE | SINGLE SUPPLEMENT AUD $750
AUD $7,750 PER PERSON, TWIN SHARE | SINGLE SUPPLEMENT AUD $750
START: Bankstown Airport, Sydney | Finish: Bankstown Airport, Sydney
Destinations: Tibooburra | Birdsville | William Creek | Lake Eyre | Marree | Broken Hill
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day
- 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
- Transport to and from Bankstown Airport
- Additional food other than specified
- All alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- 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
COVID19 : A FULL REFUND WILL BE PROVIDED IF THE TRIP IS UNABLE TO PROCEED DUE TO COVID19 GOVERNMENT IMPOSED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED IN YOUR ITINERARY :
SPECIAL DINNERS : Welcome Dinner at the 1882 Two Storey Tibooburra Hotel, lunch date at the Innamincka Hotel, 2 course authentic Outback pub dinner at the iconic Birdsville Hotel, a lunch to remember at the licensed Pink Roadhouse on the famous Oodnadatta Track, drinks and dining with the locals at the William Creek Hotel, dinner at the heritage-listed sandstone Marree Hotel and lunch on the Darling River at the Tilpa Hotel.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES : Fly across the Simpson Desert at an altitude providing the best views, and fastest way of seeing the thousands of sand dunes, Private fully escorted ground tour to Lake Eyre from William Creek, Fly over Lake Eyre and the Marree Man in the comfort of your private air conditioned aircraft, visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and museum at Broken Hill, after having flown over the Flinders Ranges and Lake Frome.
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.
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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