Outback's big sky
Experience travelling the Australian Outback in the safety and comfort of our own private aircraft. Your every need will be met by our experienced pilots. The Aircraft types we use are the Cessna Caravan, or Beechcraft King Air. Enjoy seeing Australia from an aerial perspective, with no security lines, boarding delays or crowded baggage carousels at airports. Maximum time spent in the air is two and a half hours per flight. Move fast with no time wasted. The aircraft type and seating configuration will be matched to the tour group size. A maximum of 12 passengers and two crew on all flights.
You will love
- Explore iconic outback towns
- Trilby Station Hospitality
- Longreach & Winton
- The Birdsville Pub & Big Red Dune
- Charlotte Plains Sheep Station
Air Safari - Queensland Big Sky
DAY 1 | SYDNEY - TIBOOBURRA | 1 night
Our crew welcome you at Bankstown Airport (Sydney) before departing on this exciting Outback adventure. Take in the aerial views from our private aircraft as we head west towards the bush town of Bourke, where we enjoy a welcome 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 we are dining at this iconic pub and enjoying the local hospitality. We are now 1,187km from Sydney.
Accommodation: Granite Suites Motel
Flight times: 3h40 – 2 flights Flying from Bankstown to Dubbo (1h05) to refuel, then onto Louth (1h25) and finally Tibooburra (1h10).
DAY 2 | TIBOOBURRA - BIRDSVILLE | 1 NIGHT
An exciting day to witness more mesmerising images as our flight in our private aircraft takes us through Channel Country as we fly over edge of the Simpson Desert to the iconic Outback town of Birdsvillle. On arrival we can taxi right up to the front door of the pub, where else in the world can you do this? Experience the stunning sunset over “Big Red”, the tallest sand dune in The Simpson Desert, while enjoying a beer or wine.
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 - LONGREACH | 2 NIGHTS
This morning we board our private aircraft for Longreach – the town where Qantas commenced operations over 100 years ago. Enjoy lunch surrounded by aviation history at the world class Qantas Founders Museum followed by a visit to the legendary Stockman’s Hall Of Fame. Tonight we spend the evening amongst nature watching the sunset as we cruise the Thomson River. There are endless photo opportunities on this gentle sunset cruise before we go ashore for a traditional Outback dinner and show, under the stars – a night to remember.
Accommodation: Mitchell Grass Retreat, Longreach
Flight times: 2h00 – 1 flight – Flying from Birdsville to Longreach (2hrs).
DAY 4 | LONGREACH & WINTON
Today we swap our wings for wheels and set off in our private transport 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.
Accommodation: Mitchell Grass Retreat, Longreach
DAY 5 | LONGREACH - CUNNAMULLA | 1 NIGHT
Take in the aerial views from our private aircraft as we head south towards Charlotte Plains, a working sheep and cattle station located 60km east of the town of Cunnamulla. We land at the property’s private airstrip to spend the afternoon relaxing. Take a bath in the picturesque bathtubs beside the river and enjoy the 42 degrees Celsius water, sourced from the Great Artesian Basin. After an afternoon unwinding, our host and current custodian of the property, Robyn Russell, will take us touring to learn about life on the station. Surrounded by the serenity of the bush, enjoy a hearty Outback dinner and take in the vivid night sky.
Accommodation: Charlotte Plains Station
Flight times: 2h18 – 2 flights Flying from Longreach to Cunnamulla (2h05) and then onto Charlotte Plains (13min).
DAY 6 | CUNNAMULLA to SYDNEY
We re-join our private aircraft, flying south towards Lightning Ridge for a quick fuel stop. Our journey continues with endless horizons filled rugged escarpments as we fly over the Warrumbungle Range. As our Outback adventure comes to a close sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as the Cessna takes you home to Sydney.
Flight times: 3h25 – 2 flights Flying from Charlotte Plains to Lightning Ridge (55min) and then onto Bankstown (2h30).
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.
NEED TO KNOW
Queensland Big Sky Air Safari
5 nights/6 days
7 - 12 September 2023
5 nights/6 days
7 - 12 September 2023
AUD $8,990 pp twin share | AUD $810 single supplement
AUD $8,990 pp twin share
AUD $810 single supplement
START: Bankstown, NSW | Finish: Bankstown, NSW
Destinations: Bourke, Tibooburra (Day 1), Birdsville (Day 2), Longreach (Day 3 and 4), Cunnamulla – Charlotte Plains (Day 5), Bankstown (Day 6)
- 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
- 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
CANCELLATION DUE TO COVID-19: If the air safari is cancelled due to Covid-19 Government imposed border restrictions, you have the option to receive a full refund or transfer your reservation to a future departure date. If you have to cancel your participation on an air safari due to your inability to enter NSW due to Government imposed travel restrictions, or you reside in a ‘locked down hotspot’, no refund is available; however 70% of the value of your confirmed air safari can be allocated toward a future air safari departure.
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.
YOUR PILOTS & GUIDES
The Owners - Phil Hines & Glenn McGrath
Phil Hines (Founder & director) - Phil 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 aero plane 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!
Glenn McGrath (Partner) - Former international cricketer star and McGrath Foundation co-founder and president, Glenn McGrath is born and bred in country NSW and has always had a passion for the Australian Outback. By joining the team at Outback by Air, Glenn can combine his passion for flying and travel throughout The Australian Outback. He believes the iconic destinations we offer on our trips should be on everyone’s bucket list.
Outback By Air tours are operated by two experienced pilots who are there to take care of your entire journey through the Outback. From flying you to your destinations, to providing commentary, to taking you on ground tours, the crew provide the highest level of safety and customer service.
The team includes Phil Hines, Andrew Hines, Natalie Tierney, James Branch and Joseph Hallam. The crew have a combined total of over 50,000 flying hours and extensive experience flying throughout the Outback and across the globe, having flown a large range of aircraft and worked at major Airlines. They pride themselves on providing a professional, safe and enjoyable experience for the guests.
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