Scenic Outback Adventure with Lake Eyre by Private Air
3 Day Guided Air Holiday departing the Gold Coast
From AU$3,899* per person, twin share
Head west into the heart of Australia
Cruise west at 350km/hr, leaving the busy east coast behind as you adventure into true outback country. The tour route takes guests through Charleville to an overnight stop at Birdsville, before continuing south-west towards Lake Eyre and William Creek. Landing at Innamincka for the second night, the final day begins setting back toward the coast, stopping in Cunnamulla on the way, before landing back on the Gold Coast in the late afternoon.
|Price are Per Person|
|Departure Date||From Price|
|Saturday 22 May 2021||AU$3,899*|
|Saturday 19 June 2021||AU$3,899*|
|Saturday 10 July 2021||AU$3,899*|
|Saturday 24 July 2021||AU$3,899*|
|Bookings subject to availability. Valid for sale until 31 March 2021, unless sold out prior. Single travellers welcome, no single supplement applicable.|
- All flights, departing from and returning to Gold Coast (Coolangatta)
- One night’s stay at The Birdsville Hotel
- One night’s stay at The Innamincka Hotel
- All touring and entry fees
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks while on tour
Day 1: Gold Coast → Charleville → Birdsville
Checking into the Seair hangar at 6:45 am, your adventure begins with a meet and greet with the other guests, before an early briefing and our departure sees the sun rising over the Gold Coast as you head west for a 2hr 30min flight to Charleville during which a light breakfast will be supplied. On departure from Charleville, we continue west, further into the Outback. Arriving into Birdsville at approximately 1:00 pm we overfly the iconic Birdsville Racecourse just before landing and then taxi the aircraft up and park out the front of the Birdsville Hotel (just across the road). Spend the afternoon exploring Birdsville before regrouping at 4:30 pm, to climb aboard the air-conditioned 4WD tour vehicle and head west into the Simpson Desert to enjoy sunset drinks on Big Red, the first major dune as you enter the desert. After sunset, return to the Birdsville Hotel at 7:30 pm for dinner and drinks at their heritage-listed front bar.
Day 2: Birdsville → Lake Eyre → William Creek → Dig Tree → Innamincka
Day two starts with a cooked breakfast, before departing Birdsville at 8:30 am, you’ll get an opportunity to see Big Red and the Simpson Desert from the air. Flying south and leaving Queensland into South Australia we pick up and follow the Diamantina River at low level through the Goyder Lagoon and then along the Warburton River into the northern tip of Lake Eyre (North). While tracking south over Lake Eyre (North) we will climb up to allow you to see the sheer size of the 9,500 square km lake from your vantage point overhead. Heading west from Lake Eyre you’ll arrive in William Creek at 11:30 am and learn how this unique town operates, generating its own power and water before sitting down to lunch and a cold beer at the only pub in town, the William Creek Hotel. After lunch, fly back east toward Lake Eyre (South) and the infamous ‘Marree Man’ before continuing north over Lake Eyre to pick up the Cooper Creek and follow it to Innamincka. Conditions permitting, we overfly Innamincka to visit the historic Dig tree and learn about the Burke & Wills story. The third and final flight for the afternoon is a short 10 minutes, low level back to Innamincka along the Cooper Creek. Settle into the Innamincka Hotel and have a look around town, before heading out for an afternoon Grave Tour to see Burke’s final resting place along the Cooper Creek. The Cooper Creek is the other major waterway that feeds Lake Eyre in flood years and it brings life to the barren landscape. Watch wildlife come to drink from the creek as the sunsets before heading back to the hotel. Dinner will be at the Innamincka Hotel and a few more drinks before retiring to your room for a good night’s rest.
Day 3: Innamincka → Cunnamulla → Charlotte Plains → Gold Coast
After breakfast, take to the air and head east, returning into Queensland following Cooper Creek stopping briefly in Cunnamulla to refuel and then another short hop sees you landing at Charlotte Plains Station in the late morning. Met on arrival by Robyn Russell, our host and station manager, spend the day exploring an authentic piece of the Australian Outback. This property has been in Robyn’s family for generations and she shares its rich farming history on guided tours of the station. Visit the cattle yards and shearing sheds before sitting down to a ploughman’s lunch looking out over the landscape. After lunch head out to the station’s artesian water bore and relaxing in one of the bath tub’s, full of warm water you’ll gain an appreciation for station life and the culture that it has developed. At 3:45 pm it’s time to depart our final sector together as a group, flying east, heading back to the Gold Coast and returning to civilisation in the early evening. Wish your fellow travellers farewell, as the tour official concludes.
*Terms & Conditions:
- Bookings subject to availability.
- Prices are per person twin share, in Australian Dollars.
- Pricing correct as of 29 October 2020 and may fluctuate due to changes in availability, surcharges, fees or taxes.
- Standard Travel Club Terms and Conditions apply.
- This tour is offered and managed by Sea Air and their terms and conditions apply.
- Travel is via light aircraft (Cessna Caravan) and luggage limits apply.
- A 15% deposit is required to secure booking and final payment is due at least 60 days prior to departure.
- Cancellation and change fees apply. Bookings are non-transferable.
- Travel insurance is not included in the package. Please ensure you have valid Travel Insurance, or request a quotation.