• Pricing From $15,750 pp
  • Single Supplement $1,100
  • From Adelaide
  • Duration 11 Days
  • Max Group Size 8
  • Activity Level Moderate

Visit parts of Australia that most people will never have the opportunity to see, such as Innamincka, Birdsville, Mt Isa, Lawn Hill National Park and Groote Eylandt. With only eight passengers on-board, this is set to be a truly remarkable Air Tour into the heart and soul of South Australia, Outback Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Visit the famous Dig Tree one of Australia’s national icons and an enduring reminder of our pioneering spirit. Have a beer in the famous Birdsville Pub – one of the most remote hotels in Australia. See first-hand Riversleigh Fossil site – one of the world’s most important and abundant fossil deposits. Explore the emerald waters and lush vegetation of Lawn Hill Gorge, a beautiful oasis in the outback. Land on the remote Groote Eylandt and learn about the rich Indigenous culture of this island. Experience exceptional aerial sightseeing of Central Australia and Lake Eyre before landing at Wilpena Pound and exploring the Flinders Ranges.

Highlights

  • Spend 2 nights in the magnificent Flinders Ranges staying at Wilpena Pound Resort
  • Spend 2 nights at Groote Eylandt Lodge spectacularly located in the Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Stay a night at the famous Birdsville Hotel
  • Traverse the centre of Australia by private aircraft landing in places few get to see
  • Visit the Riversleigh Fossil and Mammal Field
  • Discover a unique underground lifestyle in Coober Pedy
  • Enjoy awe inspiring ‘flightseeing’ over South Australia’s breathtaking Lake Eyre
  • Explore ancient landscapes in the Flinders Ranges including the magnificent Wilpena Pound
  • All touring, transfers and meals included
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code GG2200
Departs 11 Jun 2022
Returns 21 Jun 2022
Price From $15,750 pp
Single Supplement $1,100
Tour Code GG2202
Departs 31 Jul 2022
Returns 10 Aug 2022
Price From $15,750 pp
Single Supplement $1,100
Tour Code GG2203
Departs 27 Aug 2022
Returns 6 Sep 2022
Price From $15,750 pp
Single Supplement $1,100
Day 1: Arrive Adelaide

Private transfer to Oval Hotel Adelaide. This evening, join our Journey Director and fellow travellers at a welcome dinner.

Overnight: Oval Hotel or similar

Day 2: Adelaide - Innamincka - Birdsville

Depart Adelaide this morning and travel across the Flinders Ranges to land at Innamincka for lunch and a chance to view this remote outback town. Re-board our private aircraft for a brief stop at the Dig Tree and then experience from the air the dramatic landscapes below providing a birds eye perspective of these barren lands.

Proclaimed a town in 1887, Birdsville was located at the border of South Australia and Queensland to collect tolls from the droves of cattle being moved interstate. Many of Australia’s pioneering European explorers travelled through the Birdsville district. Tonight enjoy the unique opportunity of staying at the famous Birdsville Hotel.

Overnight: Birdsville Hotel

Day 3: Birdsville - Mount Isa

Continuing on today, fly across western Queensland before landing at Mt Isa. Described as the Oasis of the Outback – a gleaming mirage on the horizon for travellers from all directions – Mount Isa nestles among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges on the banks of the Leichhardt River.

On arrival take a tour of the massive above ground mine followed by a fascinating visit to the Underground Hospital, Beth Anderson Museum and the Outback at Isa Museum which reveals the history and riches of the Mt Isa region.

Overnight: RedEarth Hotel or similar

Day 4: Mount Isa - Adels Grove

This morning depart for the Gulf country. On arrival into Adels Grove we enjoy lunch before departing on a spectacular guided cruise along Lawn Hill Gorge which cuts through the sandstone plateau of the Constance Range in Boodjamulla National Park. Take in views of the soaring gorge walls and the natural spa bath at the Indarri Falls. You will have an option to explore this breathtaking park further with a canoe excursion or walk. Enjoy sunset drinks this evening at Harry’s Hill, reflecting on this extraordinary remote part of Australia.

Overnight: Adels Grove or similar

Day 5: Adels Grove - Riversleigh Fossil & Mammal Field - Groote Eylandt

We drive to the Riversleigh Fossil and Mammal Field for an exclusive tour of this prehistoric wonderland. Considered by UNESCO to be among the world’s 10 greatest fossil sites, it is a superb illustration of the key stages of evolution of Australia’s unique fauna.

This afternoon our private aircraft takes us across the Gulf of Carpentaria to Groote Eylandt, one of Australia’s last untouched wilderness areas. Located in East Arnhem Land, Groote Eylandt is known for its pristine natural and marine environment, spectacular scenery, Aboriginal art and culture and some of the best fishing in the world. Enjoy two nights at Groote Eylandt Lodge which is located on a stunning bay of glistening turquoise waters.

Overnight: Groote Eylandt Lodge or similar

Day 6: Groote Eylandt

Today we explore Groote Eylandt. Home to the Anindilyakwa people who have lived there for thousands of years, the island is rich in Aborignal culture. The island was also used by the RAAF as part of Australia’s Northern defence in WWII. As we drive around the island, view huge trucks filled with manganese bustle down the streets. Mining is clearly the lifeblood of this island and produces over two million tonnes of manganese each year, about 10 percent of the world’s total production.

Overnight: Groote Eylandt Lodge or similar

Day 7: Groote Eylandt - Tennant Creek - Alice Springs

Depart this morning for Tennant Creek. Upon arrival, visit Nyinkka Nyunyu Mana Art Gallery. Continuing on, we arrive in Alice Springs and visit the famous Desert Park, a vibrant botanic wonderland where the desert comes alive! Following is an afternoon tour of the township then a group dinner.

Overnight: Lasseters Crowne Plaza or similar

Day 8: Alice Springs - Coober Pedy - Wilpena Pound

We re-board our private aircraft this morning for a flight across the desert to Coober Pedy. Witness from above the Overland Telegraph, the Old Ghan railway line and finally the Oodnadatta Track. Stop for a town tour and lunch at Coober Pedy, renowned for its Opals and underground dwellings.

This afternoon enjoy aerial sightseeing of the southern parts of Lake Eyre before landing in the Flinders Ranges and transferring to Wilpena Pound Resort located in the Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park.

Overnight: Wilpena Pound Resort or similar

Day 9: Wilpena Pound

Today explore more than 800 million years of geological history in the “Corridor Through Time”. Marvel at the rugged beauty of Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges. Search for Yellow Footed Rock Wallabies and enjoy sweeping views of Bunyeroo Valley and the eastern wall of Wilpena Pound.

Overnight: Wilpena Pound Resort or similar

Day 10: Wilpena Pound - Adelaide

This morning join an Aboriginal guide for an informative tour of Old Wilpena Station, one of South Australia’s oldest and best preserved pastoral settlements. We will appreciate the magnificent river red gums with stunning views of Wilpena Pound in the distance. Learn about the landscape and biodiversity from the perspective of the Adnyamathanha people. We also visit the Cazneaux Tree, noted by the National Trust for its outstanding aesthetic beauty. Return to Adelaide this afternoon and tonight enjoy the farewell dinner.

Overnight: Oval Hotel or similar

Day 11: Depart Adelaide

Your tour concludes after breakfast this morning. Say farewell to a magical adventure through the Gulf Country and beyond.


About AIRCRUISING

An Air Tour 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. Travelling by private aircraft means that we can land directly in each location ensuring time on the ground is spent discovering each region. The style of aircraft is chosen to provide the best possible access into remote locations.

Fully Inclusive

When you travel on an Air Tour everything is included. This means not only does your holiday include accommodation, dining and all excursions but every one of these elements is the finest in its class. Throughout the journey you will have a Journey Director on hand to look after each detail.

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. The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned. There will 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 more challenging and 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, travel by four-wheel drive vehicles along ungraded roads and walk up steps unassisted.

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)

* Due to current travel restrictions, there may be operational / date changes required. We will continue to work with suppliers to monitor the situation.