See these beautiful areas on an eleven day scenic flight, with vehicles at all our stopping places. An excellent coverage of remote and rugged Australia with its stunning gorges and scenery.
ADELAIDE – COOBER PEDY – ALICE SPRINGS – WESTERN DESERT COMMUNITY – KAKADU – ARNHEM LAND – MOUNT BORRADAILE – TIWI ISLANDS – KUNUNURRA – LAKE ARGYLE – BUNGLE BUNGLES – GEIKIE GORGE – DERBY – THOUSAND ISLANDS – HORIZONTAL WATERFALL – YAMPI SOUND – WINDJANA GORGE – TUNNEL CREEK – BROOME – PARABURDOO – TOM PRICE – KARIJINI N.P. – MEEKATHARRA – KALGOORLIE – FORREST – CEDUNA – ADELAIDE.
11 DAYS OF NEW AREAS AND NEW ADVENTURE IN SPEED, COMFORT AND SAFETY.
DAY 1 ADELAIDE – ALICE SPRINGS
Depart Adelaide at 9.00 am, flying over Spencer Gulf, Port Augusta, abeam Woomera to Coober Pedy for fuel. A small bus will take you on a town tour of Coober Pedy to see this vibrant cosmopolitan outback township – now a far cry from the early days of dugouts and mullock heaps. Fly over the extended moonscape of the opal fields. Cross the mighty rivers of Central Australian legends – the Finke and Palmer. See the MacDonnell Ranges as we land in Alice Springs. An hour to view the Todd Mall in Alice. Overnight Alice Springs.
DAY 2 ALICE SPRINGS – KAKADU
An early start for the airport. Fly over the rugged ranges of the Centre, to land at an aboriginal community, centre of the famous Dot Paintings. An opportunity to purchase a painting of the Warlpiri Aboriginal desert people. This art work is produced under the management of their own appointed curator, who will provide provenance and authentication. Paintings vary in cost from $80 to $8,000 and are prepared for travel for you. Fly near Central Mt Stuart landing at Tindal Air Force Base for fuel. We are soon over Kakadu with the beautiful Arnhem Land escarpment beside the aircraft. Land in the heart of Kakadu at Jabiru and transfer to the world-famous Crocodile Hotel. A short tour of the mining township of Jabiru.
DAY 3 KAKADU – MT BORRADAILE
An early breakfast and fly across Kakadu into the northern Arnhem Land escarpment country. Land at a remote bush airstrip, transfer by open safari vehicles to the isolated deluxe Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari Lodge at Mt Borradaile. This is a very special day, as very few people are ever allowed in. The day is spent travelling in safari vehicles to remote locations where you walk short distances into hidden rock escarpment country. The Aboriginal rock art is outstanding. There is also an extended boat safari across the tropical lagoons, festooned with lilies and ti-tree with hundreds of exotic birds wheeling above and around you. There are opportunities for distant views of large but shy saltwater crocodiles. Overnight in small self-contained hut/large tent facilities, which are quite deluxe and comfortable. It is a special day.
DAY 4 MT BORRADAILE – OFFSHORE TIWI ISLANDS – REMOTE KIMBERLEY HOME VALLEY CATTLE STATION
Depart Borradaile early, flying north past Darwin to Bathurst Island. An air-conditioned bus and guide will meet us and we have arranged for a special welcome dance from members of the local indigenous people. Tea, coffee and damper follow. A quick visit to a local museum and Art store. This is a difficult to reach location and is a different culture altogether from the mainland people. Depart, flying past Darwin, over the Victoria River Valley, the edge of the Timor Sea and the mighty estuaries of the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf. Fly into the remote Kimberley – Cockburn Range area. Thirty eight years ago, we pioneered 4WD safaris into this remote and rugged area and today we take you back in comfort and style. Land at the bush strip of Home Valley Station. There are short walks in the area before settling into your deluxe accommodation. This property was used as a location for the film “Australia”, starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman and it is easy to see why.
DAY 5 HOME VALLEY STATION – KUNUNURRA – LAKE ARGYLE – KUNUNURRA
Fly from Home Valley Station to land at Kununurra, transfer to our small bus for our leisurely drive out through the mountains that circle Lake Argyle for some outstanding views. See the vast expanse of the mighty Ord River and Lake Argyle Dam. It is a huge undertaking and is a most impressive and picturesque sight. Picnic lunch in a shady spot, high above the roaring Ord River, often where cheeky bower birds and butcher birds enjoy our visit. See the historic Lake Argyle Homestead of Durack fame, with its gardens, bird-life and native fauna. Overnight back at our motel in Kununurra.
DAY 6 KUNUNURRA – BUNGLE BUNGLES – GEIKIE GORGE – DERBY
An early departure from Kununurra as the sun rises, so that we get the very best of morning light and calm flying conditions for our air adventure ahead of us. We take off over the mighty Lake Argyle and fly across to the giant Argyle Diamond Mine for a quick overview. Then it is on to one of the highlights of our trip – flying around the Bungle Bungles with the beauty of early morning light. It is an impressive sight. Depart the Bungles over the inaccessible gorges of the King Leopold Range before landing at remote Fitzroy Crossing. A tour of this interesting town, including a closer look at the giant Fitzroy River. Then a short drive out for a cruise on the Fitzroy River at Geikie Gorge. This gorge has smooth, coloured limestone walls high above you, quite different from anywhere else. A short flight to Derby, an old and historic town of the North West. Overnight in a comfortable and relaxing motel.
DAY 7 THOUSAND ISLANDS – WINDJANA GORGE – BROOME
An early departure flying across King Sound, the mouth of the mighty Fitzroy River. Fly over the “Thousand Islands” Archipelago. This is Australia’s most outstanding coastal feature. Rocky pinnacles, submerged mountains, pearl farms, barramundi boats, Yampi Sound, Cockatoo Island and the amazing Horizontal Waterfall (if the tide is right). It is a very special flight and perhaps one of the flying highlights of any air safari in Australia. We then land at a remote red dirt airstrip in the Kimberley. Our vehicle is waiting for a short transfer to the mouth of Windjana Gorge. A walk down into the gorge itself, with its really interesting environment. There are a lot of tropical specials to see and talk about – fossils, Archer fish, baby barramundi, freshwater crocodiles and the sheer majesty of the gorge itself.
Fly into beautiful tropical Broome to our most pleasant Motel overlooking the waters of Roebuck Bay.
DAY 8 BROOME FOR THE DAY
After a relaxed start to the day, we visit the many interesting features of Broome, including the deep-water port, Gantheaume Point, Anastasia’s Pool, the Dinosaur footprints, the interesting Chinese cemetery, and Cable Beach. Return to our deluxe motel for lunch.We will drop people off in the central township of Broome for sightseeing amongst the pearl shops and general strolling and shopping around Broome.
DAY 9 BROOME – PARABURDOO – PILBARAS – KARIJINI GORGE
Fly out of Broome early along the Ninety Mile Beach, then cross-country, flying near such legendary places as Marble Bar, Wittenoom, Fortescue River, to Paraburdoo. This is the land of huge iron ore mines. Transfer to our own small mini-bus. On our one hour drive north, we are sometimes lucky enough to see one of the giant ore trains, the longest in the world. Drive out into the spectacularly coloured Pilbaras, often with a landscape of wild flowers – if the rains have been recent.
The Pilbaras are a deep blue in the distance with bright red rocks in the foreground. Enter the Karijini National Park. Travel on to Knox Gorge and other very impressive gorges and views in between. Drive a short distance to Oxer Lookout, which is perhaps the most spectacular gorge view in Australia. Dropping down 100 metres and 100 metres across, there are three huge gorges converging at this one point.It is very difficult to describe how magnificent these gorges are – however, in this case you may be assured that with life-long adventure travel and writing of them, these are the most spectacular in Australia. Return to our deluxe Tented Camp above the Joffre Falls.
DAY 10 KARIJINI GORGES – KALGOORLIE
Return to Paraburdoo Airport to fly over the huge mines that are exporting millions of tonnes of iron ore from the mountains around Paraburdoo. In the distance we may see Mount Augustus, the largest rock in the world, eclipsing Ayers Rock in size.
Over the vast flat goldfields country before landing at Kalgoorlie. A tour of the twin towns of Boulder and Kalgoorlie. There are large mine heaps and winches throughout. Detour to visit the “Big Pit”- amongst the deepest open cut mines in the world. Transfer to our deluxe motel in the heart of Kalgoorlie – allowing you time for a walk into the nearby town centre, with its beautiful, restored buildings.
DAY 11 KALGOORLIE – FORREST – HEAD OF THE BIGHT – CEDUNA – ADELAIDE
Across the huge expanse of the Nullarbor, passing over Rawlinna and Loongana, before landing to refuel at Forrest. Over the giant cliffs of the Nullarbor to the Head of the Bight, where in seasonal times we may see whales. Land at Ceduna to refuel, before crossing Eyre Peninsula for Adelaide, landing at 5.00 p.m.
2017 DEPARTURE: Thursday, July 6. FARE: $10,540 p.p. (twin share), $12,040 (single)
All inclusive – all meals & motel accommodation, all flights as stated in the itinerary, all tours, transfers, cruises, entry fees and gratuities. Please Note: We have not “padded” your fare, so your fare does not cover extra meals or accommodation in the event of flooding or delays of any type.
All inclusive – all meals & motel accommodation, all flights as stated in the itinerary, all tours, transfers, cruises, entry fees and gratuities.
Please note that your fare also covers fuel levies, remote fuel levy, airport landing charges, air navigation charges, etc,
Your fare does not cover extra meals or accommodation in the event of flooding or delays of any type.