See Lake Eyre in Flood 2019 - Photo
Air tours from Queensland to Lake Eyre and Birdsville 2019 - Photo
Tours to Lake Eyre from the Gold Coast 2019 - Photo
Flying tours to Lake Eyre from Gold Coast Queensland 2019 - Photo

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Day 1. Gold Coast – Charleville – Birdsville

Checking in at 6:15am, your adventure begins with a scenic departure from the east coast for a 2hr 30min flight to Charleville, Central Queensland cruising at 350km/hr. A light breakfast is provided. Drop in to the RFDS visitor centre for an inside look into the organisation. A vital lifeline for remote Australians, it continues to provide medical services to the farthest corners of the country. Continuing west, depart Charleville for Birdsville, arriving at approximately 1:00pm for lunch. The best and only bakery in town, sit down for lunch at the Birdsville Bakery. Rumoured to bring great fortune to those who eat them, the bakery’s signature Curried Camel Pie was consumed by Malcolm Turnbull himself only two weeks prior to becoming the Prime Minister. What fortune will it bring you? Spend the afternoon exploring Birdsville before heading by 4WD into the Simpson Desert to Big Red in the early evening for sunset drinks. Sitting atop one of the tallest of the 1100 dunes in the Simpson Desert, watch the sun go down with good company and a beer or wine in hand. Return to the Birdsville Hotel for dinner at 7:30pm. The Birdsville Hotel holds a reputation as being one of the best in the country. Enjoy a drink at the front bar and converse with other travellers, some of whom will have been driving for days just to get there. Overnight accommodation: Motel units at the Birdsville Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 2. Birdsville- Lake Eyre – William Creek – Dig Tree – Innamincka

After a cooked breakfast at the Birdsville Hotel, we reboard at 8:30am and head west to overfly Big Red. From there, fly south and follow the Warburton River as it snakes down to Lake Eyre North. Heading out into the Lake Eyre basin, overfly Channel Country and the Goyder Lagoon as you follow the river systems down to Lake Eyre. These creeks and rivers breathe life into an often barren landscape. Covering over 9,500 square kilometres, Lake Eyre is the largest lake in Australia. Renown for the amazing and changing colours of its surface, the only way to appreciate the scale of Lake Eyre is from above. Heading west from Lake Eyre, fly to William Creek, a small station on the Oodnadatta Track, arriving at 10:30am.
A true outback destination, pull up next to the William Creek Hotel before exploring the town. Located next to the Woomera testing range, the town has amassed a collection of landed rockets and missiles. Learn about how this remote station operates, generating its own power and water, before sitting down to lunch at the hotel. After lunch, depart east to overfly Lake Eyre South before continuing on to visit the Dig Tree. A piece of Australian history, the Dig Tree was the site of a vital supply cache for pioneering explorers Burke and Wills. The final flight for the afternoon, fly the 10-minutes along the Cooper Creek to land at Innamincka, South Australia. Innamincka sits on the other major river system draining into the Lake Eyre basin, the Cooper Creek. Although this creek rarely completes a flow through to Lake Eyre, it brings life to the local area as well as drawing wildlife to its banks (tour water height and weather dependent). Explore the township before heading out for a sunset cruise on the Cooper Creek, enjoying a drink while night falls over the country. Retire to the Innamincka Hotel for dinner and a few more drinks around the bar. Overnight accommodation: Ensuited rooms at the Innamincka Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 3. Innamincka – Cunnamulla – Charlotte Plains – Gold Coast

The final day of the tour begins after breakfast, heading east into Queensland towards Cunnamulla for a refuelling stop. Continuing from Cunnamulla, fly to Charlotte Plains Station, just east of Cunnamulla. Arriving on the station’s airstrip, we’re met by station owner Robyn Russell, who leads us on a tour of Charlotte Plains and its history. Still a working cattle station, Charlotte Plains Station remains home to several thousand head of sheep. Robyn introduces guests to the unique lifestyle and challenges of an outback station. Explore the station on a guided tour, visiting the historic woolsheds and cattle yards before sitting down to a ploughman’s lunch looking out over the landscape. After lunch, head out to the station bore, with the opportunity for a swim or hot bath surrounded by the outback. Flowing from over a kilometre underground, artesian bore water fills bathtubs for guests to relax in. Our final activity before departing, reflect on your time away in comfort and style looking out over the Charlotte Plains property. At 3:45pm it’s time to depart, flying directly back to the Gold Coast. Arriving at between 6:15pm and 7:15pm, see the sun low on the horizon cast shadows over Surfer’s Paradise as you arrive home. (B,L)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Departs 2019
$3285 $3285 Sat Sep 21 – AVAILABLE
Sat Sep 28 – SOLD OUT
  • Single travelers welcome, no single supplement applicable
  • Non refundable deposit of $350 per person required to secure booking
  • Final payment due 35 days prior to departure
  • 100% cancellation fees apply within 30 days of departure
  • Passenger weights required

Highlights & inclusions

  • All flights, departing from and returning to Gold Coast (Coolangatta) from the Seair Hangar
  • Visit to RFDS Charleville
  • Big Red Sunset tour
  • 1 night Birdsville Hotel
  • Flight over Lake Eyre North and South plus a stop at William Creek
  • Visit the Burke and Wills ‘Dig Tree’
  • Enjoy a cruise on the Cooper Creek at Innamincka
  • 1 night Innamincka Hotel
  • Visit Charlotte Plains Station for a working tour and ploughman’s lunch
  • All accommodation, tours & entry fees
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks while on tour
  • Travelling in a Cessna Caravan aircraft featuring easy air-stair access along with air conditioning and panoramic views
  • Pilots will make sure you have a safe and comfortable trip, as well as being your personal guide. Local knowledge of each destination ensures a seamless journey and insight you wouldn’t get anywhere else.
  • Free unsecured outdoor parking at Seair hangar
  • Maximum 10-11 passengers

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