- Pricing From $5,300pp
- Single Supplement FREE
- From Sydney
- Duration 4 Days
- Max Group Size 16
- Activity Level Easy Going
- Departs 7 Jun 2019
- Returns 10 Jun 2019
Join us for the opportunity to see the Channel Country and Lake Eyre as the recent destructive floods in western Queensland in recent weeks have rejuvenated the drought ridden floodplains of the Diamantina River and other channels in western Queensland.
The best way to see this magnificent transformation is by aerial sightseeing, as much of the land comes to life between Birdsville and Lake Eyre. The incredible colours and patterns of the land and wetlands become accentuated from the air. See the river systems, where they enter the lake and the graphic patterns that are made from the recent flooding. Photos that we have received from our contacts there are truly amazing as the land has transformed from desert into a bed of lush green.
This wonderful 4 day Sojourn departing from Sydney includes a two night stay at Wilpena Pound Resort and one night at the legendary Birdsville Pub. As always our journeys are fully inclusive with all accommodation, touring, all meals travel by private aircraft throughout and a Journey Director to look after you every step of the way.
Designated an easy programme this journey is ideal for those travellers wanting to experience this incredible opportunity to see Lake Eyre. Don’t delay seats are limited!
- Enjoy incredible ‘flightseeing’ of the rugged ancient landscapes across western New South Wales, Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound and flooding Lake Eyre
- Touring of Broken Hill, the Flinders Ranges, Birdsville and Munga-Thirri National Park
- Cruise the mighty Darling River leaning its fascinating history on the Paddle Vessel Jandra
- Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service which recently celebrated its 90th year of invaluable outback service
- Spend 3 nights in iconic Australian outback locations
- All meals – breakfast, lunch & dinner
- Enjoy this Lake Eyre discovery with new friends while enjoying your own room with no single supplement charge
- Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director
This morning check-in at the Execujet Centre at Sydney Airport for the start of our 4 day sojourn. Flying across central New South Wales we land in Broken Hill. We visit the new RFDS headquarters and also 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.
Mid afternoon we re-board our aircraft for our flight to the Ikara Flinders Ranges. On arrival we transfer to Wilpena Pound Resort, which is built on the banks of Wilpena Creek just outside an entrance to Wilpena Pound. In this natural bush setting, native flora and fauna abound. The Ikara Flinders Ranges National Park encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in South Australia. The park is world renowned for its geological history, including impressive fossil remains. There will be a Welcome group dinner tonight at the Resort.
Overnight: Wilpena Pound Resort
Today the group will 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.
After lunch join an Aboriginal guide for an informative stroll to Old Wilpena Station, one of South Australia’s oldest and best preserved pastoral settlements. Walk along Wilpena Creek past magnificent river red gums with stunning views of Wilpena Pound in the distance. Learn about the landscape and bio-diversity from the perspective of the Adnyamathanha people.
Later today we set off to Stokes Hill lookout overlooking the magnificent Ikara Flinders Rangers, which offers spectacular panoramas of Wilpena Pound, Mt Patawarta, and the Druid, Chace, Elder, Heysen and Bunker Ranges. There will be a group dinner tonight at the Resort.
Overnight: Wilpena Pound Resort
After breakfast we depart Wilpena Pound. Our flight today will include extensive flightseeing over Kati Thanda Lake Eyre to include South Lake Eyre National Park and North Lake Eyre National Park following Warburton Creek to Birdsville. Your private aircraft will provide breathtaking views of the remote landscape of Kati Thanda Lake Eyre. The massive Kati Thanda Lake Eyre system covers an area of 9,690 square kilometres, or roughly the size of Holland.
We land at Birdsville and enjoy lunch at Australia’s most remote outback bakery. 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. Birdsville is considered the gateway to the Simpson desert. Now known as Munga-Thirri National Park, it is Queensland’s largest protected area and covers nearly a million hectares.
You will understand why this desert has long held an allure to adventurers and explorers wanting to camp under the stars and immerse themselves in its harsh, rugged beauty Many of Australia’s pioneering European explorers travelled through the Birdsville district. Monuments to acknowledge the feats of Captain Charles Sturt, Burke & Wills, Madigan and others are located throughout the town.
This afternoon there will be a sunset tour of the Munga-Thirri National Park. Surprisingly, the desert teems with life and is home to rare mammals, reptiles, and more than 180 species of bird. There will be a farewell dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Birdsville Hotel
After breakfast we continue flightseeing on our way to Bourke to include Birdsville surrounds and parts of the Cooper Creek river system. Cooper Creek is one of the most famous and yet least visited rivers in Australia. It is one of three major Queensland river systems that flow into the Lake Eyre Basin.
The flow of the creek depends on monsoonal rains falling months earlier and many hundreds of kilometres away in eastern Queensland. At 1300 km in length it is the second longest inland river system in Australia after the Murray-Darling system.
We land in Bourke and transfer to the PV Jandra paddle boat for a cruise along the Darling River. The whole Murray-Darling river system, one of the largest in the world, drains all of New South Wales west of the Great Dividing Range, much of northern Victoria and southern Queensland and parts of South Australia. Its meandering course is three times longer than the direct distance it traverses.
We reboard our aircraft mid afternoon and our estimated time of arrival into Sydney is 5pm.