Great Australian Aircruise 2017

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The original Great Australian Aircruise by Bill Peach Journeys combines the best of outback Australia with a taste of the tropics. From the remote majesty of Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock) to the wetland splendour of Kakadu National Park, this is a journey of a lifetime.

Air-cruise to the quintessential outback locations of Longreach, Katherine, Kakadu, the Kimberley, Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), Uluru (Ayers Rock), Alice Springs and Birdsville. Aerial views of the stunning MacDonnell Ranges and the spectacular Buccaneer Archipelago will amaze. The Great Australian Aircruise is a unique experience that showcases the history, landscapes and backbone of Australia.

BONUS ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT - Internationally recognised artist Bruce Munro’s immersive installation, Field of Light Uluru, at Ayers Rock Resort in the spiritual heart of Australia is on exhibition for a limited time only. Fortunately, travellers on this upcoming 18 July and 15 August 2017 departure of the Great Australian Aircruise, will have the opportunity to partake in this once in a lifetime event.

Highlights

  • Cruise the mighty chasms of Katherine Gorge
  • Explore a collection of famed outback towns - Longreach, Kununurra and Alice Springs
  • Experience spectacular aerial sightseeing of the ancient Bungle Bungle Range, remote Mitchell Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago on Australia’s far northwest coast
  • Watch the sun set on the Indian Ocean at Cable Beach Resort & Spa, Broome
  • In Kakadu National Park marvel at ancient rock art and cruise the Yellow Waters Lagoon
  • Dine under the stars at Uluru
  • Walk through the boulders of Kata Tjuta
Day
1

Sydney - Longreach

From the moment you first check in for your Bill Peach Journeys Aircruise you will discover why we are the leaders in private luxury aircraft travel in Australia for over 33 years. Your friendly, professional and experienced Flight Crew and Journey Director will ensure that you will experience the journey of a lifetime from the moment you arrive at the private executive departure lounge. Here, you will meet your fellow travellers.

After your initial check in, you will not need to check in again for each flight nor be troubled with luggage until your return at the conclusion of the Aircruise; all will be taken care of for you so that when you arrive into each new destination, your luggage will be waiting for you in your hotel room.

Your knowledgeable and professional Journey Director will ensure that all arrangements for your Bill Peach Journeys Aircruise will be taken care of throughout the entire tour so that your complete travel experience with us is seamless.

Now it’s time to relax and allow Bill Peach Journeys to show you why we are the leaders in luxury private aircraft travel for over 30 years. Leaving the city behind, your journey begins in the heart of the outback at Longreach – named after the “long reach” of the Thomson River. This evening a welcome dinner will be served, surrounded by Australian aviation history at the Qantas Museum.

Overnight: Albert Park Motel or similar
Day
2

Longreach - Katherine

This morning visit the historic Stockman’s Hall of Fame, where the legends, explorers and pioneers of the outback come to life. Reboarding our private aircraft, the journey continues to the Northern Territory and the township of Katherine or “Nitmuluk”. Sweeping from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian border, the vast Katherine region is full of hidden secrets. Katherine Gorge itself is made up of thirteen beautiful gorges, with rapids and falls, and follows the path of the Katherine River.

This afternoon, enjoy a Nabilil Dreaming sunset dinner cruise of the stunning Katherine Gorge. The Katherine River carved this deep gorge out of sandstone thousands of years ago. Now, in the dry, it boasts quietly flowing creeks and still deep rock pools. Experience the spectacular beauty of the Gorge as the setting sun turns the ancient sandstone walls to a deep ochre. As the stars begin to appear, the bush comes alive with bright eyes, as our native nocturnal creatures start their day.

Accommodation: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine or similar
Day
3

Kakadu National Park

This morning experience a unique Aboriginal cultural tour with a local Jawoyn elder. As you walk in the footsteps of the traditional owners of the Katherine region, you will experience Welcome to Country', and become immersed in the culture, heritage and dreamtime legends in this magical location.

After, transfer from Katherine to Cooinda, the gateway to magnificent World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park. Here, billabongs burst with wildlife, rock paintings date back 25,000 years, and waterfalls tumble over ancient sandstone.

Enjoy a stunning cruise of the beautiful Yellow Waters Billabong, Kakadu’s most famous wetland, located at the end of Jim Jim Creek. A complete contrast to the Katherine River, this area is teeming with native Australian wildlife including one third of Australia’s bird species – such as Jabiru and Kingfisher. Buffalos wander the flood plains and Brolga’s dance on the riverbanks, while saltwater crocodiles snap as they bask in the sun. This is a wonderful adventure through a finely balanced natural ecosystem, that boasts floodplains and backwater swamps in its extensive wetlands.

Accommodation: Mercure Gagudju Crocodile Hotel or similar
Day
4

Kakadu National Park

This morning, examine some of the finest examples of Aboriginal art at Ubirr Rock. Located in the East Alligator region of Kakadu National Park, Ubirr consists of a group of rocky outcrops on the edge of the Nadab floodplain.

The rock art in Kakadu is among the finest in the world, and represents a close personal and spiritual relationship between the Aborigines and the environment. The rock art at Ubirr depicts traditional foods and tells stories about cultural law and creation ancestors. From the top of Ubirr, panoramic views of the floodplains and the escarpment are waiting beautifully for you.

This afternoon we farewell Kakadu and enjoy breathtaking views of the Arnhem Land escarpment before landing in Darwin.

Accommodation: Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin or similar
Day
5

Darwin

A full day at leisure to explore the fascinating and turbulent history of Darwin. On Christmas Day 1974, Cyclone Tracy devastated the city. After the disaster the population fell from 47,000 to 12,000 and many did not return. It is a tribute to those who stayed and those who came to live in Darwin “after Tracy”, that the rebuilt city now thrives as an administrative and commercial centre for Northern Australia.

In Darwin, the history of the city comes alive at Fannie Bay Gaol, the Darwin Museum and the WWll Storage Tunnels – these and more can be enjoyed at your leisure aboard your personal hop-on, hop-off luxury vehicle. This afternoon enjoy a breathtaking sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour aboard a traditional Pearl Lugger.

Accommodation: Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin or similar
Day
6

The Kimberley

Departing Darwin this morning, your journey continues, as we fly over the fascinating World Heritage listed Bungle Bungle Range, located in Purnululu National Park. The imposing and striking tiger-striped, beehive shaped domes are made of sandstone and conglomerates moulded by rainfall over millions of years. Their stripes are the result of oxidised iron compounds and algae. Although the range has elevations as high as 578 metres above sea level, the range was only discovered in the 1980’s.

Landing in Kununurra - Miriwoong country – marvel at how the Ord River irrigation scheme has completely altered the landscape, creating a lush oasis of farmland and sandalwood plantations. On arrival in Kununurra, embark on a cruise of the Ord River, through the inspiring scenery of the Kimberley region. The cruise continues to the impressive Dam Wall. Completed in 1971, the wall holds back the waters of Lake Argyle. After the cruise, a chance to step back in time by exploring the historic Argyle Homestead, home of the famous pioneering family, the Duracks.

Accommodation: Kimberley Grande or similar
Day
7

Kununurra - Buccaneer Archipelago - Broome

This morning re-board our exclusive private aircraft and once again experience spectacular aerial views, this time over the remote far northwest coastline and the exquisite Buccaneer Archipelago. This isolated part of Australia is rarely seen, as it is virtually impossible to access from the ground. A truly spectacular region, you may be lucky enough to experience the stunning two tiered Mitchell Falls and Prince Regent River.

See the unique horizontal falls – described by David Attenborough as "one of the greatest natural wonders of the world". Located deep within Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago the falls are massive tidal movements that create a waterfall effect as water banks up against one side of the narrow cliff passage, to be repeated again on the turning tide.

Arriving at the historic pearling port of Broome, a chance to explore the notable Japanese and Chinese cemeteries, and courthouse, as well as dinosaur footprints at famous Gantheaume Point.

Accommodation: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa or similar
Day
8

Broome

A full day at leisure to sit back, and be immersed in the lifestyle and ambiance of beautiful Broome. Take the shuttle into town and amble through Chinatown, see a movie in the world’s oldest alfresco picture theatre – Sun Pictures – and explore a historic Pearl Lugger. While here, be immersed in the history of the pearl industry, and perhaps even take home a souvenir pearl, as you meander through the famous pearl shops.

For true relaxation, stroll the grand expanse of the famous white sandy Cable Beach, take a camel ride, and then watch one of the world’s most famous sunsets over the famous low tide.

Accommodation: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa or similar
Day
9

Alice Springs

Transfer to the airport this morning where the private aircraft awaits to take you to Alice Springs. Be immersed in the resilience of the people of Alice, as we visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Learn how this unique concept, started by Dr John Flynn, continues to provide medical services to the furthest regions of outback Australia.

Continue to Standley Chasm, where surging flood waters have cut through the tough quartzite over thousands of years to form a picturesque natural alleyway. The reliable trickle of water has ensured the survival of species from a time when Central Australia was a more fertile place. Visit the Telegraph Station, site of the original Repeater Station, which was for many years the sole reason for the existence of a handful of people in this remote area. It was here that a supposed spring was found in the dry riverbed - the river was named Todd after the Postmaster General, and the spring, Alice, after his wife.

Accommodation: Lasseters Hotel or similar
Day
10

Uluru – Kata Tjuta

Your private aircraft journey continues this morning, heading for an unforgettable flight to the Red Centre. Experience the impact of watching Uluru, the world’s largest monolith, appear on the horizon.

The “Red Centre” of Australia is a land of vivid colour and striking contrasts. Uluru and Kata Tjuta have great cultural significance for the Anang, the traditional owners of the land. Here, the magnificent Uluru with its rich red tones of bare rock, and cliff faces which change colour according to light conditions and moisture, dominates the surrounding desert. Dinner tonight is at leisure.

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert or similar
Day
11

Uluru

An early start today, as we experience the sublime sunrise at the rock. Watch as the giant monolith emerges from the inky landscape, changing from purple through to rusty browns and red in the golden sunlight.

Return for breakfast, before continuing to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Kata Tjuta has great significance as a sacred area for the indigenous owners of the land, your local guide explaining the significance of important dreamtime legends to you. This impressive and imposing group of 36 conglomerate domes has a circumference of more than 22 kilometres.

Tonight there will be a feast under the stars at the magnificent ‘Sounds of Silence’ farewell dinner. Wonderfully placed between Uluru and Kata Tjuta, experience the subtle colour changes of the rock at sunset.

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert or similar
Day
12

Birdsville - Sydney

On your final day, the first stop is the quaint outback Queensland town of Birdsville. Proclaimed a town in 1887, Birdsville was established to collect tolls from the droves of cattle being moved interstate. Now the home to the famous Birdsville Races, this town - perched on the edge of the Simpson Desert - is as remote as it is captivating.

Here you will have a short exploration of this unique town, followed by lunch at the famous Birdsville Hotel. This is Australia’s most remote pub and you will experience true outback hospitality.

Re-board your private aircraft for your final flight to Sydney.

Dates & Prices

Tour Code Days Departs Returns Price $AUD  
GA1700 12 18th July 2017 29th July 2017 $SOLD OUT
GA1701 12 15th August 2017 26th August 2017 $SOLD OUT

This journey begins and ends in Sydney. A special transfer fare is available to guests joining this departure from other capital cities. Please refer to the T&C’s for more information.
The 18 July, 2017 departure for the Great Australian Aircruise 2017 has limited single supplement FREE seats available.

About Aircruising
An Aircruise with Bill Peach Journeys is the perfect way to explore these hard to reach destinations in the style, speed and comfort of your own private aircraft. The formula is simple – travelling by private aircraft means that we can land directly in each location ensuring time on the ground is spent discovering each region.

Fully Inclusive
When you travel on an Aircruise everything is included and arranged before you even leave home.  This means not only does your holiday include accommodation, dining and all excursions but every single one of these elements is the finest in its class.  Throughout the journey you will have a Journey Director on hand to look after you every step of the way.

Mode of Transport
This journey is taken either by a 30 seat SAAB 340B or similar

  • All seats feature comfortable legroom
  • The aircraft are flown by two experienced captains and crewed by a flight director
  • Full bar service is available onboard
  • The aircraft are pressurised and air-conditioned
  • There is a toilet onboard

Please note that from Kakadu to Darwin we will be using smaller aircraft - this can vary from an 8 to 15 seat aircraft.

Special transfer fare
A special transfer fare is available to guests joining this departure from other capital cities. Refer to the T&C's for more information.

Coaches
The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

Level of fitness required: Easy Going
These journeys are not physically demanding unless you want them to be. They include easy guided walks, which are mainly on flat ground. There will be times when you are required to board a launch for shore excursions. You must be able to walk up to 500 metres unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility is required by all.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers.  Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.