Discover the true Australian Outback
Australia is a wide, brown land – something most coast-clingers tend to forget – until they try to make their way across it. Exploring the Australian outback is a truly amazing adventure, leading the intrepid traveller to some of the most phenomenal features and landscapes this planet has to offer. The trouble is the tyranny of distance. Distance is the enemy of the outback traveller. But those who have neither the time nor the stamina to tackle endless stretches of highway can take to the air with luxury outback tours on board Bill Peach Journeys.
If you haven’t got the freedom to spend six months travelling through the heart of our continent, and you haven’t got the disposition for canvas tents, backpacks and bush bugs, then perhaps you should consider luxury outback tours will Bill Peach Journeys.
Bill Peach Journeys allows you to traverse Australia’s vast distances in the most comfortable and time-efficient way. Formed in 1984, under the direction of former television presenter Bill Peach, Bill Peach Journeys allows travellers to visit a host of remote and otherwise inaccessible places, with maximum time for exploring on the ground.
Travelling in specially designed aircraft (ranging from a 10 seat Beechcraft Super King Air, a 15-seater Jetstream or a 34 seater SAAB) has its infinite merits. These private aircraft are carefully selected to ensure maximum comfort while flying on these luxury outback tours and to provide access into many remote and otherwise inaccessible regions. Not only are you spared the horror and discomfort of a really long bus journey but also the awesome birds-eye views of places like Uluru (Ayers Rock), Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge), or the Bungle Bungles make ‘flightseeing’ worth it in themselves.
One of the highlights of travelling on these luxury tours around Australia is the opportunity to experience spectacular aerial “flightseeing” of Australia’s natural treasures at close range.
On terra firma, the luxury outback tours offer five star luxury accommodation and, in those remote outback areas, cosy hotels with a warm country feel. Local tour guides give expert commentary on the places you visit which enhances the quality of your holiday and leaves you with a whole new perspective on Australia’s natural and cultural treasures.
Bill Peach wrote “These luxury outback tours dramatise the richness and the variety of our country and our culture. It says Australia has a unique story to tell and wonderful places to travel. Dipping above the Ord River in the Kimberley, Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory and over Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef proves much easier for our travellers than it would have been for the famous explorer Flinders. The entire journey is one of luxury, comparative not only to the early explorers but also in today’s terms. It’s really about tasting the quality of life in all those places and they are all different but they all make up Australia.”
The flagship 12 day Great Australian Air Tour sees you soaring over the Gibson Desert, or hugging the wild coast down to Broome as the setting sun paints the rocks orange and red. Katherine Gorge, which actually towers to 100m, appears only fingernail-deep from the air, its sandstone switchbacks reminiscent, as one observer notes, of the grooves in a chocolate block. The familiar shapes of Uluru and the Olgas are accentuated from the air in their weird isolation, crouched in the desert.
The 11 day Gulf to Gulf Air Tour was designed after CEO Allison Portus read an article about Jeff Johnson who walked from the Spencer Gulf to the Gulf of Carpentaria to raise money for the Deaf & Blind Society. It was also inspired by reading the stories of our early explorers such as Burke & Wills. “Jeff’s story really amazed me and I thought what an incredible challenge that it must have been for him and also for the early explorers that perished trying to uncover inland Australia” wrote Allison. The tour visits the Dig Tree, Birdsville, Mt Isa, Adels Grove, Groote Eylandt, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs and finishes at Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges.
The 12 day Flinders Ranges & Beyond Air tour is the quintessential tour discovering all that the South Australian Outback has to offer. Beginning and ending in Adelaide the journey has you flying into the heart of the Flinders Ranges with stays at Rawnsley Park Station & the famous Prairie Hotel. There is also a spectacular flight over Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre and a night underground in Coober Pedy. The tour finishes in spectacular style at “The Louise” in the Barossa Valley
These luxury outback tours are all fully inclusive of all meals, accommodation, touring and a journey director to look after you every step of the way.