A Weekend in the Outback by Private Plane From Brisbane
A journey overview
- Broken Hill
- Coober Pedy
- Lake Eyre
2 Days Interlude
- 25 Sep 2021 Sold Out
- 9 Apr 2022 New release
- 3 Sep 2022 New release
In this reimagined era of travel, there is no better way to embrace rediscovered freedoms than by taking to the skies by private plane. On a weekend like no other, we take in views of the Marree Man and Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, bypassing boundaries with our fellow guests and carefully chosen crew.
Our private Economy Class ATR72-500 plane proves ideal for outback sightseeing. Normally seating 70, only 48 Captain's Choice guests will fly between far-flung destinations, taking advantage of direct routes not offered on commercial airline schedules.
Marree Man and Lake Eyre Flyovers
We fly over the mysterious Marree Man, viewed best from the air, and the vast beauty of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. Nature will dictate whether the latter will be in flood, though the views of Australia’s largest river basin impress regardless.
Photos: Grant Hunt Photography & South Australian Tourism Commission
Breeze Into Broken Hill
Our brief foray in this frontier mining town includes a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, before we visit the Line of Lode Lookout and Miners Memorial, dedicated to those who lost their lives in Broken Hill’s mines.
Photo: Destination NSW
Unearth The Gems Of Coober Pedy
In the opal mining capital of the world, our party experiences an exclusive dinner deep within a mine, before retiring to our rooms at the Desert Cave Hotel. Perhaps choose to sleep underground in a dug-out-style room.
Fly In For Lunch at the Birdsville Hotel
The Birdsville Hotel is renowned the world over as the quintessential Australian outback pub. Our private plane touches down nearby, allowing us to celebrate our outback adventure with a barbecue lunch – and to enjoy a beer at the bar, of course.
Photo: Tourism & Events Qld
Desert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy
Offering guests a taste of life underground, the mining town’s only International Class hotel has proved a drawcard for over 30 years. Cool, calm and comfortable, the Desert Cave Hotel is a magnet for miners and outback travellers alike.
Tour Manager - Gordon Higman
Tour Doctor - Dr. Andrew Zdenkowskei
Brisbane, Broken Hill, Marree Man, Coober Pedy
25 September 2021: As your Tour Manager, Gordon Higman welcomes you on this journey
25 September 2021: Your accompanying Tour Doctor for this journey is Dr Andrew Zdenkowskei
Our luggage is light, and so are our spirits, as we board our private aircraft and set off for a weekend sojourn. Touching down in Broken Hill, we discover what makes this frontier town’s heart tick with visits to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the Line of Lode Lookout and Miners Memorial. Next is lunch at a place inextricably linked with an unlikely outback icon – the Palace Hotel, where scenes from the hit film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert were filmed. We then take to the skies once more, flying over the mysterious Marree Man figure before landing in Coober Pedy. Here we’re granted entrée to the town’s subterranean lifestyle, with visits to places of work and worship, before toasting our return to the surface with a sunset drink at Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park. Back underground, an exclusive dinner is served at Opal Quest Mine, before we bed down at the Desert Cave Hotel.
Lake Eyre, Birdsville Hotel, Brisbane
Bidding adieu to the world’s opal mining capital, we once again board our private aircraft and ponder the magnitude of Australia’s largest salt lake from above. If in flood, the area will be teeming with life, but if not, the overview of the ancient desert river basin is equally wondrous. Continuing across outback skies, we touch down in Birdsville and make our way to the iconic Birdsville Hotel, where the locals fire up the barbecue in welcome. Following a relaxed lunch, and an accompanying beer or two, we farewell our new-found friends and prepare for our journey home.