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Day 1. Gold Coast, Charleville, Birdsville

Check-in to the Gold Coast Seair hangar at 6:15am, departure sees the sun rising to the east. From here you’ll fly west over stunning farmlands, rivers and channel country for Charleville. This central Queensland town is home to the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and museum, you’ll have a chance to visit it after landing at around 10:00am. After refueling, your tour will continue into the Outback, crossing over the famous Cooper Creek and its remarkable channel country arriving at the historic town of Birdsville around 1:40pm, where lunch will be waiting at the iconic Hotel. Regrouping at 4:30pm, climb into an air-conditioned vehicle and head west into the Simpson Desert to enjoy drinks on Big Red, the first major dune as you enter the desert. After sunset, return to the Birdsville Hotel for dinner and drinks at their heritage listed front bar. Overnight accommodation: Motel units at the Birdsville Hotel

Day 2. Birdsville, Overfly Lake Eyre, Longreach

Day two starts with breakfast at the Birdsville Hotel at 7:00am, before departing for your spectacular scenic flight over Lake Eyre. Tracking south along the Diamantina River into the Goyder Lagoon you’ll fly along the Warburton River over Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary and the Tirari Desert. Climbing high you’ll catch your first glimpse at the expansive size of Lake Eyre. Taking in the sheer size, your aircraft will then descend for a low-level flight along the Warburton River mouth before flying back towards Birdsville. Take in the views of the Simpson Desert before overflying the Kallakoopah, Eyre Creek and Big Red. Land back at Birdsville for Lunch at 11:00am. After lunch your tour will depart Birdsville for Longreach. Fly north following the Diamantina and Thomson Rivers before arriving at Longreach at 2:30pm. Spend the afternoon soaking in the terrace baths at Saltbush Retreat before regrouping at 4:30pm for the Starlight Cruise Experience on the Thomson River. There are endless photo opportunities and insightful commentary before you head ashore for a traditional stockman’s campfire dinner. Overnight accommodation: Stables or Huts at Saltbush Retreat, Longreach

Day 3. Longreach

After an in-room continental breakfast, your morning begins with a transfer to the Qantas Founders Museum at 9:00am. Here you will learn the story of Australia’s national airline. Join a private guided tour of the airpark, home to a Boeing 707, Boeing 747, Super Constellation and DC-3 followed by an early lunch at the museum. After lunch head over to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame for a leisurely stroll through the museum taking in the pioneering history of Australia before walking back to Saltbush Retreat for afternoon nibbles and drinks at 5:00pm. In the evening, watch in awe as the Luminescent Longreach show comes to life. A 20-minute spectacular nighttime light and sound experience at the Qantas Founders Museum designed to delight and entertain. At 7:30pm you’ll be transferred to the Bird Cage for dinner before heading back to the Saltbush retreat where you’ll spend the night. Overnight accommodation: Stables or Huts at Saltbush Retreat, Longreach

Day 4. Longreach, Lady Elliot Island, Gold Coast

After an in-room continental breakfast, you’ll depart Longreach at 7:30am and fly east over the Central Highlands and Coalfields. Looking down at rich farming lands contrasted against open cut coal mines towards Gladstone for a quick fuel stop. Your journey continues south for a spectacular scenic flight over the amazing Southern Great Barrier Reef taking in the spectacular Heron Island and Lady Musgrave Island. Swap your boots for reef shoes as you land on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, arriving at Lady Elliot Island at 11:40am. Enjoy lunch with Lagoon views at the Beachfront Dining Room before getting ready to join an afternoon private glass bottom boat/guided snorkelling tour where you may snorkel with turtles, reef sharks and over 1,200 different species of fish. Spend the afternoon exploring the Islands surrounds or take a reef walk at low tide (tide dependent) before departing at 4:00pm. The trip home concludes with a beautiful scenic flight over Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Island. Watch as the high-rise lights illuminate the sky over Brisbane City and the Gold Coast before your tour concludes in the early evening.

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Departs 2021
$4950 $4950 Tuesday 28 Sept – SOLD OUT
  • Single travelers welcome, no single supplement applicable
  • Non refundable deposit of $495 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
    ADD ON: Sleep on the Southern Great Barrier Reef – From $599pp add an additional night to your adventure at Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort. Includes 1 night in an Eco Cabin (shared bathroom facilities), breakfast, lunch and dinner with Lagoon views, snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel & fins), glass bottom boat/guided snorkel tour and your return scenic flight to the Gold Coast *subject to availability, additional nights and accommodation types available
    A minimal level of fitness is required to gain maximum enjoyment for this tour. Travellers must be able to: Participate in guided small walking tours at a relaxed pace & get on/off transportation including aircraft and buses unaided

Highlights & inclusions

  • Royal Flying Doctor Service, Charleville
  • Big Red Sunset Tour
  • 1 night Birdsville at the Birdsville Hote
  • Scenic flight over Lake Eyre, Warburton River, Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary and the Tirari Desert
  • Stockman’s Hall of Fame
  • Thomson River Cruise and traditional stockman’s campfire dinner
  • 2 nights Longreach at Saltbush Retreat
  • Spectacular scenic flight over the amazing Southern Great Barrier Reef taking in the spectacular Heron Island and Lady Musgrave Island
  • Lady Elliot Island and private glass bottom boat/guided snorkel tour
  • Scenic flight over Fraser Island, the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Island
  • Scenic flights on a Seair Touring aircraft from the Gold Coast
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks during tour
  • All tours & transfers

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