Air Safari | Australia

The Outback
Discovery

An immersion into iconic Outback life

Spend two days in central Queensland in Longreach. Unwind on the tranquil cruise of the Thomson River as you watch the sun turn golden surrounded by the sounds of the abundant wildlife, followed by dinner under the stars with bush poetry. Visit the Qantas Founders Museum and the legendary Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Fly to Birdsville and taxi to the front door of the iconic Birdsville pub. Venture into the underground world of Coober Pedy where more than half the population live below ground, where the average temperature is a pleasant 23-25C.  Explore this rugged town’s opal mines, churches, art galleries and dugouts; and spending the night in a unique underground hotel before flying to William Creek flying over the Painted Hills of Anna Creek Station. Continue to Louth to experience life on an Outback Sheep Station. In the company of your generous hosts, The Murray Family, explore their 320,000 acre home, tour their state of the art modern shearing sheds and aviation hanger and wander at leisure along the banks of The Darling River.

You will love

  • Sunset Cruise on the Thomson River
  • Qantas Founders Museum
  • Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Iconic Birdsville Pub
  • Visit ‘Big Red’ sand dunes in the Simpson Desert
  • Underground world of Coober Pedy
  • Fly over The Painted Hills of Anna Creek Station
  • Outback hospitality at William Creek
  • Experience the 320,000 acre Trilby Sheep Station

A week of forays on foot, by boat & flight in the Outback!

DAY 1 | SYDNEY - LONGREACH | 2 NIGHTS

Be welcomed by our crew at Bankstown Airport ( Sydney ) before departing in our private aircraft for this unforgettable Outback adventure. Enjoy morning tea in the agricultural centre of Moree and lunch in the Queensland Outback town of Charleville before arriving at our destination, the pioneering town of Longreach. Take in the stunning Outback views from your deluxe tent at the Mitchell Grass Retreat. There will be endless photo opportunities as we take a gentle sunset cruise along the Thomson River, before docking to enjoy a table service dinner under the stars, featuring a camp oven themed modern cuisine. Be entertained by musicians and bush poetry – a night to remember.

Accommodation: Mitchell Grass Retreat, Longreach – Luxury Outback Glamping Experience

Flight Times: 5h30 – 3 flights – Flying from Bankstown to Moree (2hrs) to refuel, then onto to Charleville (2hrs) for lunch and finally onto Longreach (1h30).

DAY 2 | LONGREACH

Enjoy an Outback sunrise on the surrounding Mitchell Grass Plains. This morning we will be surrounded by aviation history as we visit the Qantas Founders Museum. An afternoon of discovery awaits at the legendary Stockman’s Hall of Fame, which showcases the history and culture of rural Australia.

Accommodation: Mitchell Grass Retreat

DAY 3 | LONGREACH - BIRDSVILLE | 1 NIGHT

Our private aircraft flies south west to the renowned Outback town of Birdsville. On arrival, we will visit the iconic Birdsville Hotel, one of the only places in the world where our plane takes us right to the door of the pub. Sunset will be taken in over ‘Big Red’ the tallest sand dune in the Simpson desert, with canapés and drinks served.

Accommodation: The Birdsville Hotel

Flight Times: 2h05 – 1 flight – Flying from Longreach to Birdsville.

DAY 4 | BIRDSVILLE - COOBER PEDY | 1 NIGHT

We keep flying further south today, deep into central South Australia, to the world’s opal capital, the quirky town of Coober Pedy. Explore a working opal mine and visit underground museums, churches and dugouts (homes). Enjoy the once in a lifetime experience of staying in an underground motel.

Accommodation: The Underground Hotel, Coober Pedy

Flight Times: 2h05 – 1 flight – Flying from Birdsville to Cooper Pedy.

DAY 5 | COOBER PEDY - WILLIAM CREEK | 1 NIGHT

A short hop today, as far as distance goes, but we see some remarkable scenery as we fly over The Painted Hills of Anna Creek Station. This area is inaccessible by road so the only way to see this hidden icon is by air. Our night will be spent at The William Creek Hotel, which comes alive in the winter months. Enjoy drinks and dinner with the locals and fellow travellers exploring the great Australian Outback.

Accommodation: William Creek Hotel

Flight Times: 35 mins – 1 flight – Flying from Cooper Pedty to William Creek.

DAY 6 | WILLIAM CREEK - TRILBY STATION | 1 NIGHT

The next leg of our tour finds us at Shindy’s Inn, Louth, indulging in a drink overlooking The Darling River, before heading 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 a bush sunset with drinks before relaxing by a camp fire enjoying a home cooked dinner, under a star-lit sky.

Accommodation: Trilby Station, Louth (renovated shearers quarters or station cottages with shared bathrooms)

Flight Times: 3h10 – 2 flights – Flying from William Creek to Tibooburra (2h) and then onto Louth – Trilby Station (1h10).

DAY 7 | 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. We will enjoy our farewell lunch at Shindy’s Inn overlooking the Darling as our Outback adventure comes to a close before boarding our plane for the final flight back to Bankstown airport, Sydney.

Flight Times: 2h30 – 2 flights – Flying from Louth to Dubbo (1h20) to refuel and then to Bankstown (1h10).

PLEASE NOTE :

The content of this itinerary is based on a set departure, however, if it provides inspiration for your very own Outback by air adventure we can tailor a journey 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

6 nights / 7 days | 24 - 30 June 2021

6 nights / 7 days
24 - 30 June 2021

AUD $10,850 pp twin share | Single supplement AUD $875

AUD $10,850 pp twin share
Single supplement AUD $875

START: Bankstown, NSW     |     Finish: Bankstown, NSW

Destinations : Longreach | Birdsville | Coober Pedy | William Creek | 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


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 : Traditional stockman’s campfire dinner on banks of the Thomson River under the stars, Longreach | Pub dinners at the iconic Birdsville and William Creek hotels | Authentic outback station dinner under the stars, Trilby Station.

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES : Cruise Thomson River followed by dinner under the stars and an evening of poetry & music, Longreach | Tour the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach | Tour the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach | Fly into Birdsville and taxi to the front door of this iconic pub | Sunset drinks and canapes at ‘Big Red’, Simpson Desert | Underground opal mine tour, Coober Pedy | Scenic flight over The Painted Hills of Anna Creek Station to remote William Creek | Visit Shindy’s Inn on the Darling River, Louth | Tour the state of the art shearing sheds and aviation hanger on Trilby station, near Louth

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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