Air Safari | Australia

Ultimate
Outback Crusade

Australia from East to West via the Red Centre

This epic air adventure covers a massive region of Australia stretching from New South Wales across Queensland, into the Northern Territory, Western Australia, the Red Centre and South Australia. There are few greater ways to understand the vastness of the Australian interior than by small aircraft; and when your aircraft is exclusive to just 11 people the experience is nothing short of magic.

There is just SO MUCH to love about this Ultimate Outback Crusade, and very few points of interest that are not included. Travelling by air, boat, four wheel drive and even on four legged creatures your experiences will be fabulous and your memories inumerable.

Soar over the Simpson Desert, Lake Eyre and the breathtaking Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park. Glide serenely on the Thomson River, through Katherine Gorge and the Yellow Water Billabong. Visit fascinating museums that showcase the history of Outback Australia from the Age of Dinosaurs to the story of the beginning of Qantas in Outback Queensland. Enjoy fine dining overlooking Uluru, Stockman’s ‘smoko’ and fireside tucker and some of the best ‘pub grub’ available across our vast land. Ride camels on the world renowned white sands of Cable Beach, toast the sunset on the tallest sand dune in The Simpson Desert and delve into Dreamtime as our indigenous guides provide us with insight into the local aboriginal culture and mythology. Every day brings a new adventure and will create memories to last a lifetime.

You will love

  • Ultimate Australia from above
  • The exclusivity of private plane travel
  • Incredible list of highlights: Longreach, Katherine’s Gorge, Kakadu, Kimberley, Broome, Uluru, Lake Eyre and much more
  • Cross 5 States of vast, epic landscapes
  • Good old fashioned Outback hospitality
  • Fabulous activities – from camel rides to river cruises
  • Only available through The Classic Safari Company

TWO WEEKS OF EPIC TOURING
ACROSS AUSTRALIA

DAY 1 | SYDNEY - LONGREACH | 2 NIGHTS

Be welcomed by our crew at Bankstown Airport (Sydney) before boarding 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. Enjoy dinner surrounded by aviation history at The Qantas Founders Museum.

Accommodation: Mitchell Grass Retreat, Longreach – Luxury Glamping in The Outback

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 & WINTON EXCURSIONS

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, which will paint a picture of what this area looked like 90 million years ago. At the historic town of Winton we will visit the newly rebuilt Waltzing Matilda Museum, after it was destroyed by fire in 2015. There will be endless photo opportunities as we take a gentle sunset cruise along the Thomson River. Over dinner we will be treated to a night of entertainment with bush poetry and Starlight’s Spectacular Sound & Light Show – a night to remember.

Accommodation: Mitchell Grass Retreat, Longreach

DAY 3 | LONGREACH - KATHERINE | 2 NIGHTS

This morning our private aircraft takes us to Katherine in the Northern Territory. Our cultural interaction in Katherine sees us visiting an art gallery where Top End Aboriginal artist Manuel Pamkal will demonstrate his Indigenous painting style and pass on his traditions from tribal life. Animal lovers will be able to get up close to the local wildlife. The night in Katherine will be highlighted by a very unique dining and entertainment experience – an authentic stockman’s bush camp tucker evening under the stars. Dine by the campfire in tranquil surroundings listening to the sounds of the wildlife. A variety of Indigenous herbs, spices and fruits are used in this original menu.

Accommodation: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine

Flight Times: 6h45 – 3 flights – Flying from Longreach Mt Isa (2h15) then Tennant Creek or Brunette Downs (2h10) and finally onto Tindal in Katherine (2h20).

 

DAY 4 | KATHERINE EXCURSIONS

Wake up in Katherine to experience real life outback action as we watch Australian cowboy Tom Curtain work his dogs and horses, entwined with live music and bush yarns. Get ready to relax as we float along the river at sunset, admiring the majestic Katherine River Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park, taking in the dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches. This cruise has its own chef so enjoy a three course candlelit dinner on the boat.

Accommodation: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine

 

DAY 5 | KATHERINE - KAKADU | 2 NIGHTS

Back in the sky we fly to the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Take in the sights and sounds of Kakadu as we cruise along The Yellow Water Billabong. Look out for giant crocs and the amazing bird life of the wetlands, including sea eagles, brolgas and kingfishers.

Accommodation: Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu

Flight Times: 40 mins – 1 flight – Flying from Katherine to Cooinda, Kakadu.

 

DAY 6 | KAKADU IMMERSION DAY

Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of Kakadu as you leisurely cruise up stream on the East Alligator River. An Indigenous guide provides us with an insight into the local aboriginal culture and mythology.

Accommodation: Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu

 

DAY 7 | KAKADU - DARWIN | 1 NIGHT

Kakadu is renowned for its indigenous rock art and today we visit Ubirr Rock which hosts some of the world’s most outstanding examples. Revel in the stunning natural surroundings before boarding our private aircraft to the Territory’s capital, Darwin. Our group will meet up for some fine dining on the waterfront in the evening.

Accommodation: The Oaks Elan, Darwin

Flight Times: 45 mins – 1 flight – Flying from Cooinda, Kakadu to Darwin.

DAY 8 | DARWIN - KUNUNURRA | 2 NIGHTS

Explore the city at your leisure before flying to Kununurra (name means Meeting of The Big Waters) in far northern Western Australia. We will visit the picturesque Emma Gorge where you can swim in this natural landscape. This evening we are pleased to invite you to dine at The Pump House Restaurant which has a culinary philosophy that focuses strongly on the fresh local produce of the Kimberley region.

Accommodation: Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments, Kununurra

Flight Times: 1h40 – 1 flight – Flying from Darwin To Kunnurra.

 

DAY 9 | KUNUNURRA & LAKE ARGYLE EXCURSIONS

This morning is yours to either relax or take an optional scenic flight to the magnificent El Questro Station or the amazing landform of the Bungle Bungles. (Please note these optional scenic flights are not included in your Outback By Air tour and are at Guest’s own cost). At noon we will board our private coach for the vast freshwater, Lake Argyle, known as paradise in the Outback. On the way we will stop to visit the Argyle Homestead Museum, built by the famous pioneering Durack family. Enjoy drinks on our lake cruise experience with the opportunity for a swim.

Accommodation: Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments, Kununurra

 

DAY 10 | KUNUNURRA - BROOME | 1 NIGHT

As our aircraft departs Kununurra we will fly over the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park before heading down the west coast to Broome. Leisure time means we can explore this unique port, steeped in pearling history or take a stroll to Gantheaume Point – home of dinosaur footprints. A camel safari along the world famous Cable Beach is not to be missed, before experiencing the spectacular sunset over the brilliant turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Accommodation: Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary, Broome

Flight Times: 2h50 – 2 flights – Flying from Kununurra to Derby (2h10) to refuel, then onto Broome (40min).

 

DAY 11 | BROOME - ULURU | 1 NIGHT

We farewell Western Australia and head to the heart of the red centre – Uluru. Get set for an evening of delight at the breath taking 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

Flight Times: 5h20 – 3 flights – Flying from Broome to Balgo Hill (2h30) to refuel and then onto Ayers Rock – Uluru (2h30).

DAY 12 | ULURU - BIRDSVILLE | 1 NIGHT

A morning of choice; relax and unwind or choose an active walk around Uluru or visit the nearby Olgas/Kata Tjuta. Our private aircraft will then fly us to the iconic town of Birdsville, where our plane can taxi right up to the front door of the pub. Where else in the world can you do this? We will enjoy another amazing sunset at “Big Red” overlooking the Simpson Desert.

Accommodation: The Birdsville Hotel

Flight Times: 3h05 – 3 flights – Flying from Ayers Rock – Uluru to Mt Dare Station (1h40) to refuel and then onto Birdsville (1h35).

DAY 13 | BIRDSVILLE - WILLIAM CREEK | 1 NIGHT

This morning we will track south west through the bottom part of the Simpson Desert then take in the views of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre on our way to the remote town of William Creek. Enjoy true outback hospitality with drinks and dinner at the William Creek Hotel, on the famous Oodnadatta Track.

Accommodation: William Creek Hotel

Flight Times: 1h45 – 1 flight – Flying from Birdsville to William Creek.

DAY 14 | WILLIAM CREEK - SYDNEY

Enjoy more mesmerising images as we fly over Lake Eyre and The Marree Man. More stunning scenery as we pass over The Flinders Ranges and Lake Frome before arriving in the mining town of Broken Hill. We will enjoy our farewell lunch together in the “Silver City” before a relaxing last leg in the air on our return to Sydney.

Flight Times: 5h20 – 3 flights – Flying from William Creek over the Maree Man to Broken Hill (2h20) and then onto Griffith (1h54) and finally Bankstown (1h45)

PLEASE NOTE:

This itinerary is based on our 14 day set departure, however private tailormade adventures are also available. Celebate in style for a big birthday, bucks weekend, family adventure, boys trip, girls trip or just because you deserve it!

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

NEED TO KNOW

13 Nights / 14 Days | 03 - 16 June 2021

13 Nights / 14 Days
03 - 16 June 2021

AUD $19,990 PER PERSON SHARING | SINGLE SUPPLEMENT AUD $1,750

AUD $19,990 PER PERSON SHARING | SINGLE SUPPLEMENT AUD $1,750

START: BANKSTOWN AIRPORT, SYDNEY     |     Finish: BANKSTOWN AIRPORT, SYDNEY

Destinations: Longreach & Winton | Katherine | Kakadu | Darwin | Kununurra | Broome | Uluru | Birdsville | William Creek | Broken Hill

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 : Camp fire dinner under the stars on the banks of the Thomson River, Longreach | Starlight’s Spectacular Sound and Light Show, Longreach | Traditional Stockman’s camp oven dinner under the stars, Katherine | Waterfront Restaurant, Darwin | Pump House Restaurant, Kununurra | Zanders Restaurant, Cable Beach, Broome | Field of Light Dinner, Uluru | Traditional pub dining at William Creek and Birdsville

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES : Tour and private dinner at the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach | Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame tour, Longreach | Age of Dinosaurs Tour & Waltzing Matilda Museum tour, Winton | Top Didj Cultural Experience, Katherine | Katherine River Gorge Cruise | Yellow Water Billabong adventure, Kakadu | East Alligator River Cruise, Kakadu | Visit Emma Gorge | Visit Argyle Homestead Museum & cruise on Lake Argyle | Aerial views of the Bungle Bungles & Purnululu National Park | Camel Safari along Cable Beach, Broome | Toast the sunset at “Big Red”, the tallest sand dune in The Simpson Desert, with drinks and canapés, Birdsville | Spectacular aerial views of The Marree Man, Flinders Ranges and Lake Frome | Lunch in the ‘silver city’ of Broken Hill

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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