Great Southern Aircruise 2018

Spend 12 days exploring the Great Southern region of Australia with Bill Peach Journeys. On this Aircruise, you will travel by private aircraft visiting Coober Pedy, Kalgoorlie, Perth, Margaret River, Albany, Esperance, Port Lincoln and the high country in Victoria. Also experience tremendous aerial flight-seeing over the stunning West Coast and the Great Australian Bight.

This journey is a wonderful combination of wildflowers and wildlife, following a huge arc across the continent, from East to West, highlighting Australia’s many varied and beautiful landscapes. As always the journey is fully inclusive of all accommodation, touring and meals and escorted by a Journey Director. Join us on this fascinating tour of our Great Southern Lands.

Highlights

  • Explore outback towns, Broken Hill, Coober Pedy and Kalgoorlie
  • Cruise down the Swan River in Perth
  • Experience spectacular aerial ightseeing of the Great Australian Bight
  • Visit the historic whaling port of Albany
  • Explore the acclaimed Margaret River region, including a picturesque coastal drive through Yallingup and Canal Rock
  • Enjoy exceptional seafood at Port Lincoln
  • View spectacular wild owers throughout
  • Spend 2 nights at the acclaimed Lindenwarrah and explore Beechworth, Bright and Myrtleford
  • All touring, transfers and meals included
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director
Day
1

Sydney - Broken Hill - Coober Pedy

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 34 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.

On arrival in Broken Hill we embark on a tour of this historic mining town which was established over a century ago. The fine old buildings of the main street are typical examples of colonial architecture, while the mine itself looms in the background. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and learn about the incredible work they do in the outback. After lunch we make our way to the opal mining town of Coober Pedy. This afternoon you will enjoy a tour of the opal fields, an opal mine and the town. There will also be an opportunity to visit an underground home and church, mine museum and underground potteries.

Overnight: Desert Cave Hotel or similar
Day
2

Coober Pedy - Kalgoorlie

Continuing westward today we fly over some of the most desolate landscapes in Australia, across the incredible vastness of the Great Victorian Desert and the Nullarbor Plain. Kalgoorlie’s glory days began in 1893 when gold was found near Mt. Charlotte, and prospectors soon discovered the immense deposits of the Golden Mile, the richest square mile of gold-bearing land on earth. After lunch spend some time exploring this fascinating town and have an opportunity to visit the Australian Prospectors and Miners Hall of Fame.

Overnight: Rydges Kalgoorlie or similar
Day
3

Kalgoorlie - Perth

We reboard our private aircraft and continue our journey westward to the city of Perth. Today explore this fascinating city, including Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens. Continuing on to Fremantle we take a scenic tour of the city on our journey back to Perth. Fremantle, is a vibrant port city you can’t miss. Fremantle has world-famous heritage buildings and a fascinating maritime and convict history.

Overnight: Duxton Hotel Perth or similar
Day
4

Sandalford Estate & the Swan River

Today enjoy a tour of the historic Sandalford Estate. The establishment of Sandalford Wines in the Swan Valley in 1840 coincided with both the first European settlement at the Colony of Perth and the birth of Western Australia’s world famous wine industry. Your tour of Sandalford Estate commences with the history of estate. Then journey behind the scenes and tour the operational winery from suspended overhead walkways. You will discover Sandalford’s winemaking process from vine to bottle. Lunch today will be at Sandalfords famous restaurant. Return to Perth by cruising the Swan River.

Overnight: Duxton Hotel Perth or similar
Day
5

Perth - Busselton

After breakfast this morning reboard our private aircraft for a scenic flight down the southern coastline of Western Australia arriving into Busselton, which is on the shores of picturesque Geographe Bay. The town’s distinctive pier was the longest timber jetty in Australia until part of it was destroyed by a cyclone in 1978. Continuing on we visit the Cape Naturaliste lighthouse with its spectacular coastal views. Situated on a rugged promontory, the surrounding environment is host to a diverse range of flora and fauna. A climb to the top of the lighthouse offers panoramic 360 degree views across Geographe Bay, the Indian Ocean and Cape Naturaliste.

Overnight: Pullman Resort Bunker Bay or similar
Day
6

Margaret River

This morning visit Margaret River’s most favourite Providore and Chocolate Company. Margaret River Providore combines vineyards, olive groves and organic vegetable gardens with finest take home foods and ingredients from the region. Continuing to one of Margaret River’s finest wineries the Leeuwin Estate for a wine tasting experience followed by lunch. One of the icons of the Australian wine industry, it has earned an international reputation for making wines that rank alongside the world’s finest.

Overnight: Pullman Resort Bunker Bay or similar
Day
7

Busselton - Albany

After breakfast this morning we transfer to Albany. The township is the third largest deep water port in the world with spectacular coastal scenery, charming reminders of its early days and history of whaling. On 1 November 1914, Albany was the final departure point for the first ANZAC troops on their way to the battlefields of the First World War. Today on this same small piece of paradise stands the award winning state-of-the-art National Anzac Centre that remembers the stories of the men and women who left from here. After a tour of this incredible centre we head to “The Gap” and Anzac Hill for a photo opportunity.

Overnight: Dog Rock Motel or similar
Day
8

Albany - Esperance

This morning visit Whale World located on the picturesque southern coast of King George Sound. The station ceased whaling operations and was decommissioned in 1978. Departing Albany fly east to Esperance and enjoy spectacular aerial flightseeing over the Rescherche Archipelago. This area is famed for its coastal scenery. Pure white sandy beaches run into the brilliant blue waters of the Southern Ocean, and massive pre-Cambrian granite outcrops break up the long beaches to form many sheltered bays and coves along hundreds of kilometres of coast. Offshore, the chain of more than a hundred islands make up the Archipelago just above the ocean’s surface.

Overnight: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles or similar
Day
9

Esperance - Port Lincoln

Enjoy a cruise of the Rescherche Archipelago this morning. The islands are a refuge for some unique wildlife including hair seals, mutton birds and Cape Barren geese. Departing Esperance enjoy one of the highlights of this journey - spectacular low flying over the Great Australian Bight. This afternoon arrive into Port Lincoln, the “Seafood Capital of Australia”, nestled on the beautiful, blue Boston Bay found almost at the end of the Eyre Peninsula in Nawu country. Boston Bay is three times the size of Sydney Harbour, and is the base for Australia’s largest tuna fleet and tuna-farming industry. This afternoon visit the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum.

Overnight: Port Lincoln Hotel or similar
Day
10

Port Lincoln - Milawa

This morning cruise the waterways of Port Lincoln including a visit to a tuna farm. After a delicious seafood lunch we reboard the aircraft for our flight to Wangarratta. On arrival we transfer to Milawa. Visit the Milawa Cheese Company, a small but highly regarded speciality cheese factory. All cheeses are handmade at the historic Milawa Butter Factory using traditional methods, without preservatives and using non- animal rennet.

Overnight: Lindenwarrah at Milawa or similar
Day
11

Bright & Myrtleford

Today we drive to Bright and along the way pass through the township of Glenrowan and the Mt Bu alo region. Spring in Bright is a veritable bouquet of colour! Everything comes to life with startling clarity. Snow fed creeks and rivers roar and the skies overhead are a brilliant blue. We return to Lindenwarrah via Myrtleford which is beautifully positioned in the northern foothills of the Mt Bu alo Range adjacent to the Ovens River, Happy Valley Creek and Barwidgee Creek. Tonight we celebrate a very special Farewell Dinner.

Overnight: Lindenwarrah at Milawa
Day
12

Beechworth - Sydney

This morning transfer by road to Beechworth. is historic town is respectfully known as the ‘Elegant Dame’, with all the sensibilities of a grand 19th century town, as you look down from the foothills of the Australian Alps onto the wide, tree-lined streets, with their deep granite gutters and shady, century-old verandahs. After a delicious lunch we transfer to Wangaratta Airport for our return ight to Sydney.

Dates & Prices

Tour Code Days Departs Returns Price $AUD  
GS1800 12 4th September 2018 15th September 2018 $16,250

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.

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 Beechcraft 1900D
All seats feature comfortable legroom
The aircraft are flown by two experienced captains
The aircraft are pressurised and air-conditioned
There is a toilet on-board

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.

Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.