• Pricing From $21,995 pp
  • Single Supplement $1,920
  • From Sydney
  • Duration 15 Days
  • Max Group Size 27
  • Activity Level Easy Going
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This is the ultimate Australian journey! Join us for a private aircraft adventure which makes its way around the entire continent’s magnificent coastline. Departing from Sydney we head north to Byron Bay, Rockhampton and Cairns aircruising above the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. We continue to the tip at Cape York and beyond to Horn and Thursday Islands with plenty of time to explore this remarkable destination. We begin our journey west in strategically important and visually spectacular Gove then on to Darwin. We continue further west to Kununurra aircrusing above the breathtaking Buccaneer Archipelago arriving in the pearling town of Broome with time to relax. Heading south we enjoy the inspiring sights of Yardie Creek Gorge, Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef, Monkey Mia, Bunbury and Esperance. Heading east we stop at seaside Ceduna, Blue Lake and Mt Gambier. We round out this incredible journey in Hobart before arriving back in Sydney!

Hightlights

  • Spectacular aerial sightseeing of the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait, Buccaneer Archipelago, the North-West Coastline, Ningaloo Reef, Esperance, Great Australian Bight and The Twelve Apostles
  • Visit the furthest points North, South, East and West of Australia
  • Explore difficult to access parts of Australia such as Cape York, Gove, Monkey Mia and Blue Lake
  • Discover the remarkable history and stunning views of Thursday & Horn Islands in the Torres Strait
  • Cruise through Yardie Creek Gorge to view the natural beauty of this rugged environment
  • Experience the varied landscapes of the continent, from the tropics of far North Queensland to the ochre red soil of Western Australia
  • All touring, transfers and meals included
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code CA1900
Departs 14 May 2019
Returns 28 May 2019
Price From $21,995 pp
Single Supplement $1,920

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. Terms & Conditions (PDF)

Day 1: Sydney - Byron Bay - Rockhampton

Today our journey begins in Sydney. Boarding our private aircraft, we fly north to Byron Bay, Australia’s easternmost destination where we visit the renowned lighthouse and enjoy lunch. Continuing north to Rockhampton flying over the spectacular Great Barrier Reef en route, marvelling at the myriad blues and greens below. This evening, join our Journey Director and fellow travellers at a welcome dinner.

Overnight: Empire Hotel or similar

Day 2: Rockhampton - Cairns

We tour the central Queensland town of Rockhampton this morning and stand on the Tropic of Capricorn. We reboard our
private aircraft and head to the capital of the tropical north – Cairns. After a tour where we learn about this gateway to World
Heritage wonders, we transfer to the newly opened luxury of the Riley Crystalbrook Cairns.

Overnight: Riley Crystalbrook Cairns or similar

Day 3: Cairns - Bamaga - Horn Island

Reboard the aircraft today for an exploration of the very tip of the continent – Cape York. Spectacular flightseeing over the Gulf of Carpentaria awaits – the northernmost point of the continent. Landing in Bamaga, a 4WD takes you to the tip of Australia – the largest unspoilt wilderness in Northern Australia and one of the last remaining wilderness areas on earth. This afternoon we fly to Horn Island, known as ‘Noerupai’ to the Kaurareg people. We learn about the island’s inhabitants and history including the gold mining of the 1890’s.

Overnight: Wongai Beach Hotel or similar

Day 4: Thursday Island

This morning we take a ferry across the stunning blue water of the Torres Strait for a full day exploration of Thursday Island,
inhabited by Melanesian and Polynesian people for over 2000 years. We visit Green Hill Fort – built between 1891-1893 as part of Australia’s defence against a possible Russian invasion. Also explore Gab Titui, the Torres Strait’s first keeping place for historical artefacts and contemporary Indigenous art before returning to Horn Island.

Overnight: Wongai Beach Hotel or similar

Day 5: Horn Island - Gove

Departing Horn Island we fly east to Gove which is located on the most north eastern part of Arnhem Land. The Gove Peninsula is scenic with long white sandy beaches, azure waters and green vegetation. This vast tract of nearly 100,000 sq km of land is one of Australia’s last strongholds of traditional Aboriginal culture which we will explore today.

Overnight: Walkabout Hotel or similar

Day 6: Gove - Darwin

We explore more of fascinating Gove this morning and learn how the peninsula became strategically important during World War II when a Royal Australian Air Force base was constructed. Heading east again, we fly to Darwin, the Northern Territory’s unhurried capital. An afternoon at leisure to relax or perhaps stroll along the nearby Esplanade perched on the cliffs of Darwin Harbour or explore the WWII walking trail stretching along the seafront.

Overnight: Mantra on the Esplanade

Day 7: Darwin - Kununnurra - Broome

We travel further west today as we depart Darwin and lunch in Kununurra, the heart of the Kimberley. A flightseeing highlight next as we enjoy spectacular views over the far northwest coastline and the Buccaneer Archipelago on our way to the historic pearling port of Broome on the breathtaking Kimberley coast.

Overnight: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa or similar

Day 8: Broome

Today enjoy a day at leisure. Either relax in the resort or explore the township of Broome established in the days of the flourishing pearling industry at the turn of the century.

Overnight: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa or similar

Day 9: Broome - Exmouth

This morning we fly to Exmouth and experience a true highlight as we embark on a private boat tour viewing the shear limestone cliffs of Yardie Creek Gorge and enjoy a gourmet picnic under the shade of Tamarisk Trees. A remarkable sunset this evening accompanied by cheese and wine as we marvel at the view from the lookout by Vlamingh Head Lighthouse.

Overnight: Mantarays Ningaloo Reef or similar

Day 10: Ningaloo Reef

This morning we explore Ningaloo Reef which meets the beach of northwest cape and is virtually an untouched barrier reef 260km in length protecting a shallow brilliant white sandy lagoon of clear tropical waters. It is home to more than 500 species of tropical fish and 220 species of coral. You can venture into the waters for a first hand exploration of this tropical wonderland or view the prolific marine life from a glass bottom boat. This afternoon, visit the dramatic Charle’s Knife Canyon in the Cape Range National Park – a photographers delight!

Overnight: Mantarays Ningaloo Reef or similar

Day 11: Exmouth - Shark Bay

Departing Exmouth we enjoy breathtaking sights of Ningaloo reef from the air before arriving in Shark Bay. Upon arrival visit the Shark Bay Interpretive & Discovery Centre where the remarkable wild dolphins come in to the beach every day of their own free will.

Overnight: RAC Monkey Mia Resort or similar

Day 12: Shark Bay - Bunbury - Esperance

This morning we marvel at breathtaking ‘flightseeing’ over the Shark Bay region, including wonderful views over Useless Loop, Steep Point and Cape Inscription. Upon arrival in Bunbury, we take a tour of the town which became the main port for the
wider South West region. This afternoon we fly to Esperance and enjoy spectacular aerial flightseeing over the Rescherche
Archipelago famed for its pure white sandy beaches that run into the brilliant blue waters of the Southern Ocean.

Overnight: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles or similar

Day 13: Esperance - Ceduna

One of the highlights of this extraordinary journey will be today’s dramatic aerial sights of Australia’s rugged coastline. We will enjoy unsurpassed views of the majestic Great Australian Bight on our flight to the seaside town of Ceduna. The oyster capital of Australia, Ceduna is located on the shores of Murat Bay on the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula.

Overnight: Ceduna Hotel or similar

Day 14: Ceduna - Mt Gambier - Hobart

After breakfast, we head further east to Mt Gambier known for its limestone, volcanic landscape and crater lakes. We will visit
the renowned Blue Lake before reboarding the private aircraft to fly over the famous Twelve Apostles, on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria. Rising up from the Southern Ocean, the massive limestone structures that tower above the tempestuous Southern Ocean will leave you awe-struck.

Overnight: Henry Jones Art Hotel or similar

Day 15: Hobart - Sydney

Today we tour Tasmania’s capital city and discover an unsurpassed natural setting interwoven with a tangible sense of history. After lunch, we reboard the aircraft for the flight to Sydney where your Circumnavigate odyssey concludes. Say a fond farewell to new friends taking with you memories of the ultimate Australian Aircruise!


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

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 are 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.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)