• Pricing From $11,995 pp
  • Single Supplement FREE*
  • From Sydney
  • Duration 8 Days
  • Max Group Size 16
  • Activity Level Moderate

Join Bill Peach Journeys for a new adventure into the rugged outback of New South Wales and Queensland. Boarding our private aircraft, we will enjoy magnificent ‘flightseeing’ of the awe-inspiring expanses of this great land including the Simpson Desert, Corner Country and Diamantina Lakes. Explore the remote towns of Dubbo, Charleville, Longreach, Winton and Broken Hill to learn how the early pioneers, stockmen, aviators and miners shaped this country. The Flying Doctor Visitor Experience teaches us about this invaluable outback service, while the Stockman’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to early Australian tenacity. Discover the unique 95 million year old evidence of a dinosaur stampede at Lark Quarry and also visit the modern marvel of the Parkes radio telescope. Join us for a celebration of this magnificent country’s huge skies, red rocky earth, resilient trail blazers and fascinating history – this is the Australian Outback in all of its glory. Travel throughout on our private aircraft for an incredible Australiana journey.

Highlights

  • Spectacular aerial sightseeing of the vast landscapes of outback New South Wales and Queensland
  • Explore a collection of iconic outback towns including Dubbo, Charleville, Longreach, Winton and Broken Hill
  • Be inspired by nature’s vibrant tableau as we marvel at Menindee Lakes and the Simpson Desert
  • Stay and dine at an outback cultural icon, The Birdsville Pub
  • Visit quintessential Australian museums including the Waltzing Matilda Museum, the Qantas Museum, the Flying Doctor Visitor Experience and Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Visit the world-famous Parkes radio telescope
  • Your own room with no single supplement charge
  • All touring, transfers and meals included
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code IO2000
Departs 12 Jul 2020
Returns 19 Jul 2020
Price From $11,995 pp
Single Supplement FREE*
Day 1: Sydney - Dubbo

From the moment you check in for your Bill Peach Journeys Aircruise, you will discover why we are the leaders in private luxury aircraft travel in Australia for over 36 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.

Our journey begins in Sydney where we board our private aircraft and fly to Dubbo, a vibrant regional city by the majestic Macquarie River in the heart of the beautiful Macquarie Valley. Here we explore the Flying Doctor Visitor Experience and learn first-hand about the resilience, resourcefulness and innovation of the Flying Doctor Service. This is an interactive exploration of the world of heroic doctors, nurses, pilots and the outback communities who are delivered urgent medical care across a 7.69 million square km Australian outback. We then enjoy a town tour and learn how Dubbo has become a vital commercial, industrial and administrative hub for the New South Wales Central West. The area is known for its wheat and wool production, historic buildings and rapidly growing population. Next we move onto state heritage listed Old Dubbo Gaol. This remarkably complete and intact gaol operated for 119 years from 1847 to 1966 and is still nestled in the main street of Dubbo. This set of 19th and 20th century gaol buildings create a pocket in time and the experiences within bring history to life.

Overnight: Quest Dubbo or similar

Day 2: Dubbo - Charleville - Longreach

An early morning departure from Dubbo as we fly north to Charleville passing over the outback towns of Coonamble, Walgett and Lightning Ridge. We tour Charleville immortalised in Slim Dusty’s song by the same name. We will learn that Charleville is the largest town in Queensland’s south west in the heart of ‘mulga country’, which is rich in history, flora and fauna. After lunch we fly to Longreach, the heart of the outback named after the “long reach” of the Thomson River. Explore the historic Stockman’s Hall of Fame which pays tribute to the men and women of the outback; from the arrival of the Aborigines more than 40,000 years ago to the pioneers of the Australian outback and the courageous stockmen of the past. Dinner tonight is surrounded by Australian aviation history at the heritage listed Qantas Museum.

Overnight: Albert Park Motor Inn or similar

Day 3: Longreach - Winton

Today our private aircraft takes us to the town of Winton, where we explore the Waltzing Matilda Museum, which is filled with nostalgia celebrating the life of Winton’s pioneers. We will discover that the first museum in the world dedicated to a song is a new state of the art interpretation of this classic Australian tale. We then take a nostalgic trip into transport history with a visit to Winton’s Heritage Truck and Machinery Museum dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Australia’s unique road transport heritage. View fully-restored heritage trucks, tractors and machinery and a unique collection of workhorses from yesteryear.

Overnight: Boulder Opal Motor Inn or similar

Day 4: Winton - Lark Quarry

This morning we head south west and step back in time, in fact, back to 95 million years ago! We visit Lark Quarry Conservation Park, which holds the only evidence in the whole world of a dinosaur stampede. The evidence is 3,300 fossilised dinosaur footprints from a time when dinosaurs stomped through lush rainforests and the outback looked very different from the way it is today. These dinosaur tracks inspired the dinosaur stampede scene in Steven Spielberg’s movie Jurassic Park. The footprints consist of three different dinosaurs from the Cretaceous Period.

Overnight: Boulder Opal Motor Inn or similar

Day 5: Winton - Birdsville

This morning we board our private aircraft and fly to the quintessential outback town of Birsdville in the Channel Country of Central West Queensland. From our aircraft we will view the Diamantina Lakes and National Park below. Upon arrival at Birdsville, enjoy lunch at an outback cultural icon, the Birdsville Pub. Proclaimed a town in 1887, it was located at the border of South Australia and Queensland to collect tolls from the droves of cattle being moved interstate. This afternoon there will be a sunset tour of the Munga-Thirri National Park, home to rare mammals, reptiles, and more than 180 species of bird.

Overnight: Birdsville Hotel or similar

Day 6: Birdsville - Broken Hill

Your private aircraft will provide breathtaking views of the remote landscape as we fly over Cameron’s Corner. The juncture of the Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales borders, the region is known for its magnificent gorges and rippling red sandhills. We land at Broken Hill, a true outback town in every sense, a living, breathing time capsule where the great mining prosperity of yesteryear blends seamlessly with a rising modern art scene, all set amid a sprawling desert landscape. We enjoy a city tour and learn about the impact the enormous wealth of the ‘Silver City’ had on the development of Australia. We also see the Line of Lode Miner’s Memorial and wonderful heritage buildings, churches and hotels.

Overnight: Red Earth Motel or similar

Day 7: Broken Hill - Menindee Lakes

This morning we head southeast of Broken Hill to explore the Menindee Lakes Scheme, a chain of shallow ephemeral freshwater lakes connected to the Darling River. The town of Menindee is the oldest European settlement on the Darling River and was an important port during the mid-19th century. We will explore this visually striking region before returning to Broken Hill to enjoy our farewell dinner this evening.

Overnight: Red Earth Motel or similar

Day 8: Broken Hill - Parkes - Sydney

Today we fly to Parkes, an area rich in natural beauty and Gold Rush history. On arrival, we will visit the world-famous CSIRO Parkes radio telescope, which assisted in the broadcast of the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. On our return flight to Sydney, we say farewell to new friends and take away memories of a delightful Outback Aircruise.


About Aircruising

Aircruising is 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

Every tour offered by Bill Peach Journeys is 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 taken by a 19 seat BAE Jetstream32 or similar
  • Leather Seating with comfortable legroom
  • Is flown by two experienced captains
  • Turbo prop twin engine
  • Is pressurised and air-conditioned
  • Has a toilet on board

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 – 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)