• Pricing From $11,495 pp
  • Single Supplement $1,600
  • From Adelaide
  • Duration 10 Days
  • Max Group Size 8
  • Activity Level Moderate
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The Flinders Ranges and Beyond Aircruise is a spectacular discovery of South Australia’s iconic landmarks and beautifully diverse natural landscapes. Enjoy magnificent aerial sightseeing of South Australia’s breathtaking salt lakes including the largest, Lake Eyre. Travelling by private aircraft, experience both amazing ground touring of these ancient land formations and incredible flightseeing of Coober Pedy, Flinders Ranges and the Barossa Valley.

Discover endless horizons staying 2 nights at the award winning Rawnsley Park Station in the heart of the Flinders Ranges. Relax and unwind as we spend two nights at the luxurious Barossa Valley accommodation, The Louise set amongst the vineyards. Enjoy world class accommodation staying 2 nights at Adelaide’s luxury accommodation, The Mayfair Hotel.

 

Hightlights

  • Discover endless horizons staying 2 nights at the award winning Rawnsley Park Station in the heart of the Flinders Ranges
  • Spend 2 nights at the luxurious Barossa Valley accommodation, The Louise and 2 nights at Adelaide’s newest 5 star boutique Mayfair Hotel
  • Discover a unique underground lifestyle in Coober Pedy
  • Enjoy awe inspiring ‘flightseeing’ over South Australia’s breathtaking salt lakes including Lake Eyre
  • Explore ancient landscapes in the Flinders Ranges including the magnificent Wilpena Pound
  • Sample award winning wines in the Barossa Valley
  • All touring, transfers and meals included
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code FL1800
Departs 17 May 2018
Returns 26 May 2018
Price From $11,495 pp
Single Supplement $1,600
Tour Code FL1801
Departs 31 Aug 2018
Returns 9 Sep 2018
Price From $11,495 pp
Single Supplement $1,600
Day 1: ARRIVE ADELAIDE

Arrive into Adelaide and transfer to the Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide’s newest 5 star boutique hotel. Meet your Journey Director and fellow travellers at a welcome dinner tonight.

Overnight: Mayfair Hotel or similar

 

Day 2: ADELAIDE - COOBER PEDY

After a city tour of Adelaide board a private light aircraft for a spectacular flight north to land at Coober Pedy. Explore this colourful frontier township and learn of its interesting origins and lifestyle, as most of the locals have built their homes underground to escape the scorching summer temperatures. This afternoon we will enjoy a tour of Coober Pedy including an underground home and church, the opal fields and an opal mine. Tonight’s accommodation is at the famous Desert Cave Hotel.

Overnight: Desert Cave Hotel or similar

Day 3: COOBER PEDY - PARACHILNA

Truly appreciate the unique landscape of this region as we board our small charter aircraft for spectacular aerial sightseeing over Coober Pedy and the majesty of Lake Eyre after a lunch stop at William Creek. The private aircraft awaits for another remarkable flight landing at Leigh Creek then transferring to Parachilna and the well known Prairie Hotel, location for many famous movies including Gallipoli, The Lighthorseman and Rabbit Proof Fence.

Overnight: Prairie Hotel or similar

Day 4: PARACHILNA

After breakfast we learn why the area around Parachilna is so remarkable and important to the history of life on Earth. The local Ediacara fossils preserve an entire ecosystem, enabling scientists to understand what life on Earth was truly like in some of its earliest forms. Some fossils in the Ediacara deposits are unlike any creature alive today and led to the naming of the first new geological era in 120 years, the Ediacaran, from 630 to 542 million years ago, declared in 2004.

Accommodation: Prairie Hotel or similar

Day 5: PARACHILNA - RAWNSLEY PARK

The journey continues by air from Leigh Creek to the majesty of the Flinders Ranges. The Flinders are an insight into the depth of Australia’s geological history, extending back more than a billion years, with long-disappeared mountain ranges, beaches, tidal flats, reefs and glacial moraines – the evidence remains in the rocks to this day.

A highlight of today’s touring includes Wilpena Pound. The Pound rises as an immense, crater-like fusion of stark purple ridges and overhanging blues, strewn with tough and colourful vegetation, in jarring contrast to the flatness of the surrounding plains. We check in to Rawnsley Park, overlooking the southern side of Wilpena Pound. Rawnsley Park Station provides the perfect base for exploring South Australia’s beautiful Flinders Ranges.

Overnight: Rawnsley Park or similar

Day 6: RAWNSLEY PARK

Spend the day exploring the beautiful sights of the Flinders Ranges National Park. Home to some of the most fascinating ancient landforms on earth, it is also famous for its many and varied wildflowers which sees native plant life carpeting the semiarid landscape of the Ranges. Relax on the deck at your beautiful accommodation this evening and toast the magnificent sunset in this incredible corner of South Australia.

Overnight: Rawnsley Park or similar

Day 7: RAWNSLEY PARK - BAROSSA VALLEY

This morning we enjoy a tour of Rawnsley Park including the working shearing shed where 2,000 South Australian Merino are run. More spectacular flightseeing this afternoon as we fly to Gawler in the Barossa Valley. We transfer to our multi- award winning luxury accommodation for two nights, The Louise, set amongst the vineyards. A lovely dinner this evening celebrating the region’s finest produce.

Overnight: The Louise or similar

Day 8: BAROSSA VALLEY

The wineries of the Barossa have received world acclaim. A visit to the area would not be complete without visiting some wineries to sample the local produce and for those who aren’t interested in wines, the gardens at each of the wineries are a delight to explore.

Overnight: The Louise or similar

Day 9: BAROSSA VALLEY - ADELAIDE

Today we return to Adelaide via the charming town of Hahndorf, the jewel of the Adelaide Hills. Considered one of South Australia’s most popular towns to visit, Hahndorf was originally a farming village of Lutheran settlers and is classified as the oldest surviving German settlement. We head to Adelaide for an afternoon at leisure before our farewell dinner this evening.

Overnight: Mayfair Hotel or similar

Day 10: DEPART ADELAIDE

After a leisurely breakfast this morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. We say a fond farewell to new friends and take away memories of an unforgettable South Australian adventure.


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 will utilise aircraft which are perfect for landing in the remote destinations throughout this journey. To ensure a variety of viewing for everyone, we change seat allocation each day. The aircraft is operated by an experienced pilot and accompanied by a Journey Director.

Coaches

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

4WD Vehicles

There wil be a number of 4WD vehicles used on this journey. The journey will involve travelling over unsealed roads.

Airfares and pre & post accommodation

Please speak to your travel agent or Bill Peach Journeys about flights to and from Adelaide from your homeport. We can also arrange additional pre and post accommodation in Adelaide.

Level of fitness required – Moderate

This journey is  designed for the more active traveller who is looking to venture off the beaten path. To fully participate in all activities, the traveller must be able to walk up to 1km on even surfaces unaided, walk up steps unassisted and be able to get on and off the ship onto smaller launches.

In keeping with the locations, some of the accommodation is spread out and at some distance from facilities.  As always, we use the best available accommodation.

Given the locations, only limited medical supplies are available in some of the areas visited, therefore, all required medications will need to be brought from home by you.

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)