• Pricing From $24,495pp*
  • Single Supplement $2,095
  • From Sydney
  • Duration 12 Days
  • Max Group Size 26
  • Activity Level Easy Going

~$1,000 Early Bird Saving available on Sep departure if booked & paid by 12 Jun, 2024 ~

Following the enormous success of the May departure of the Great Southern Aircruise, we are excited to announce an extra special offer for the September departure.  If you have ever wanted to experience this incredible Air Tour, there is no better time than now as a 2025 Departure is unlikely.  Take advantage of this exceptional offer! Join Bill Peach Journeys, the leader in private aircraft travel for over 40 years and see an Australia you have only dreamt about.

Comments from travellers on the March 2024 Departure of this remarkable Air Tour.

“All in all, everything was great and we thoroughly enjoyed all of it.”  Mr & Mrs Whittle, Cashmere QLD

“Highlights were flying low over the country and the Coober Pedy Open Mine.”  Mrs J Korporaal, Cremorne NSW

“We considered all destinations were highlights.”  Mr & Mrs K Roberts, Oatley NSW

“The highlights of the journey were spectacular country and cities. The accommodations and food reflected the best available!”  Dr Leeda Marting, New York USA

Spend 12 days exploring the Great Southern region of Australia with Bill Peach Journeys. On this Aircruise, you will travel by private aircraft touring Coober Pedy, Kalgoorlie, Perth, Margaret River, Albany, Esperance, Port Lincoln and the Mornington Peninsula. Experience tremendous aerial flight-seeing over the vast desert landscapes of Western New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia. ‘Flightsee’ the breathtaking South West Coast, the Great Australian Bight, stunning Lake Hillier and the iconic Twelve Apostles, sights of this great coast that defy description and will leave you breathless.

This journey is an incredible combination of outback Australiana and coastal splendour, following a huge arc across the continent, from east to west, highlighting Australia’s many varied and spectacular landscapes. Join us on this fascinating tour of our Great Southern Land as we marvel at it from the air and the ground. In comfort and style, you will appreciate its immense beauty as you have never done before.

Highlights

  • Explore the iconic Outback towns of Broken Hill, Coober Pedy and Kalgoorlie and the delightful coastal region of the Mornington Peninsula
  • Experience spectacular aerial 'flightseeing' of the breathtaking South West Coast, Recherche Archipelago (Bay of Isles), stunning Lake Hillier, the Great Australian Bight and the iconic Twelve Apostles
  • Explore the historic whaling port of Albany and the acclaimed Margaret River region
  • Discover breathtaking Esperance during a picturesque coastal drive and on board a scenic Bay of Isles wildlife cruise
  • Enjoy exceptional seafood at Port Lincoln
  • Stay in luxurious accommodation including the InterContinental Perth, Pullman Bunker Bay Resort and the newly opened InterContinental Sorrento
  • All touring, transfers and meals included
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code GS2401EB*
Departs 8 Sep 2024
Returns 19 Sep 2024
Price From $24,495 pp*
Single Supplement $2,095
Tour Code GS2401BP
Departs 8 Sep 2024
Returns 19 Sep 2024
Price From $25,495 pp
Single Supplement $2,095

Hotels

Bill Peach Journeys understands the importance of selecting the right accommodation to complement each journey. In this case, a selection of exceptional properties have been chosen to showcase the incredible destinations visited throughout this journey.

           

 

  • InterContinental Perth

    The luxurious Intercontinental Hotel Perth is centrally located in the vibrant capital of the West.
  • Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

    The multi award-winning world class Pullman Bunker Bay Resort is nestled alongside the crystal clear waters of beautiful Bunker Bay in the Margaret River Wine Region.
  • InterContinental Sorrento

    Discover luxury accommodation of timeless elegance and refined coastal glamour at the recently opened The InterContinental Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula
Day 1: Sydney - Broken Hill - Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy - Underground church in the outback - luxury short breaks on private aircraftFrom the moment you check-in for your Bill Peach Journeys Air Tour you will discover why we are the leaders in private luxury aircraft travel in Australia for over 40 years. Your friendly, professional and experienced flight crew and Journey Director will ensure that you experience the journey of a lifetime from the moment you arrive at the private executive departure lounge. 

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 you can relax and enjoy your holiday. 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 for the adventure to begin! 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 fly on to the opal mining town of Coober Pedy. This afternoon we enjoy a tour of the opal fields, an opal mine and the town. There will also be an opportunity to visit an underground home, church, mine museum and underground potteries. 

Overnight: Desert Cave Hotel or similar

Day 2: Coober Pedy - Kalgoorlie

Continuing westward we fly over some of the most desolate landscapes in Australia, across the 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 significant deposits of the Golden Mile, the richest square mile of gold-bearing land on earth. Explore the fascinating towns of Kalgoorlie and Boulder and be awed by a visit to the incredible and immense Super Pit. 

Overnight: Rydges Kalgoorlie or similar

Day 3: Kalgoorlie - Perth

Perth - State War Memorial at Kings park - Luxury short breaks AustraliaWe reboard our private aircraft and continue our journey westward to the city of Perth. Discover this fascinating city, including Kings Park and the Botanic Gardens. This afternoon we drive to the port city of Fremantle and explore its fascinating prison and the city’s world-famous heritage buildings steeped in maritime and convict history.

Overnight: Intercontinental Perth or similar

Day 4: Perth

 

Today, transfer to the historic Sandalford Wines Estate, where we will tour the winery before enjoying a sumptuous lunch. Returning to Perth, this afternoon is at leisure. 

Overnight: Intercontinental 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. After an afternoon at leisure, we check-in to the magnificently set Pullman Bunker Bay Resort.

Overnight: Pullman Resort Bunker Bay or similar

Day 6: Margaret River

Margaret River - aerial view of Canal Rocks - luxury short breaks on private aircraftToday we explore the Margaret River region and discover why it is famed for its produce including visits to Gabriel Chocolates and the Natural Olive Oil Soap factory. Continuing to one of Margaret River’s finest wineries for a wine tasting experience followed by lunch. One of the icons of the Australian wine industry, the region has earned an international reputation for making wines that rank alongside the world’s finest.

Continuing on we visit the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse with its sweeping 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 7: Busselton - Albany

After breakfast this morning we transfer to Albany. The third largest deep water port in the world Albany enjoys spectacular coastal scenery, charming reminders of its early days and history of whaling which we discover at the Whaling Station. On 1 November 1914, Albany was the final departure point for the first ANZAC troops on their way to the battlefields of World War I. 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

Esperance - beautiful white sand beach and turquoise waters - luxury short breaks on private aircraftDeparting Albany, fly east to Esperance and enjoy spectacular aerial flightseeing over Cape Leeuwin, an area famed for its coastal scenery. Pure white sandy beaches run into the brilliant blue waters of the Southern Ocean and massive Precambrian granite outcrops break up the long beaches to form many sheltered bays and coves along hundreds of kilometres of coast. After lunch, tour the town of Esperance and view its magnificent coast marvelling at nature’s splendour.

Overnight: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles or similar

Day 9: Esperance - Port Lincoln

Great Australian Bight - a large oceanic open bay off southern coastline of Australia - luxury short breaks on private aircraftEnjoy a scenic cruise of the Recherche Archipelago (Bay of Isles) 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 many highlights of this journey – spectacular ‘flightseeing’ of the breathtaking South West Coast, Recherche Archipelago, stunning Lake Hillier and 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. 

Overnight: Port Lincoln Hotel or similar

Day 10: Port Lincoln - Sorrento

This morning cruise the waterways of Port Lincoln including a visit to an aquaculture farm before visiting the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum. Reboard our private aircraft and fly east to Victoria enjoying incredible aerial viewing of the iconic Twelve Apostles. On arrival, transfer to the beautiful coastal village of Sorrento and check-in to the region’s newest luxury hotel, the InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula, an elegant blend of old-world charm and modern sophistication.

Overnight: InterContinental Sorrento or similar 

Day 11: Mornington Peninsula

Touring today has us exploring the scenic Mornington Peninsula. Visit Victoria’s second light station which was built at Cape Schanck in 1859, located on the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula. Indulge in some relaxation at the incredible and new Alba Thermal Springs before enjoying guided wine tasting and lunch at Montalto. 

Take in the scents and sights at Peony Estate (March departure only), resplendent in nature’s beauty. This afternoon explore the picturesque village of Sorrento, where gorgeous heritage limestone buildings line the main street. Tonight we celebrate a very special farewell dinner. 

Overnight: InterContinental Sorrento or similar 

Day 12: Sorrento - Sydney

View the stunning Portsea area – renowned for its views over the Bass Strait and Port Phillip Bay and Point Nepean which played a critical defence role from the 1880s through both World Wars. 

Breathtaking views across Port Phillip Bay will amaze as we ride Arthurs Seat Eagle, a spectacular gondola. Re-board our private aircraft for the return flight to Sydney bringing to a close a most magnificent Great Southern adventure.


About Bill Peach Journeys

Bill Peach Journeys Australian outback tours  are an exceptional and fascinating way to travel, allowing you to land directly in some of Australia’s most extraordinarily remote locations. Your time on the ground will be spent exploring the local region with your dedicated Journey Director, experiencing the finest accommodation available and dining in absolute splendour.

Fully Inclusive

All luxury outback tours offered by Bill Peach Journeys are fully inclusive. Our team of professional Journey Planners work meticulously with the Journey Directors to map out every step of the journey, and plan for every eventuality as well. The tour cost includes all accommodation, dining, travel, taxes, porterage fees, entrance fees and luggage. As the intrepid traveller, just like Bill, all you’ll have to worry about is making sure you relax and enjoy every moment.

Mode of Transport

This journey is operated by an aircraft that is perfect for landing in the isolated airstrips throughout this journey. To ensure a variety of viewing for everyone, we change seat allocation each day. The aircraft is operated by experienced pilots and accompanied by a Journey Director.

  • This journey is taken by a 19 seat British Aerospace Jetstream 32 
    or similar
  • All seats feature comfortable legroom
  • The aircraft is flown by two experienced captains and accompanied by a Journey Director
  • A drinks service is available onboard
  • The aircraft is pressurised and air-conditioned
  • There is a toilet onboard

The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned. There will also be  cruise vessels used in some areas.

Airfares and pre & post accommodation

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

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 1km 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 )

* Conditions Apply: The $1,000 per person Early Bird Offer applies if booked and paid in full by 12 Jun, 2024 and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. 

Please note: The itinerary is subject to change once finalised. Due to ongoing challenges still faced by some operators, certain services are still being rebuilt. Your patience is appreciated.

 

When the journey is as important as the destination.