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COLOURS OF THE OUTBACK BY PRIVATE PLANE

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Adelaide
  • Coober Pedy
  • Painted Hills
  • Mt Eba Station
  • Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre
  • Big Red
  • Birdsville
  • Nappa Merrie
  • Innamincka
  • William Creek
  • Olympic Dam
  • Adelaide

4 Days Interlude
  • Departing:
  • 3 Oct 2022 Less than 5 places remain

Take to the skies in a convoy of privately chartered planes for unrivalled access to the most remote icons of our centre. Bypassing boundaries, in a small group of 28, we experience an abundance of momentous wonders and brilliant colours. We trace the steps of the great European explorers, and share a beer with local characters in renowned Outback pubs.

Map
Kanku breakaways
Serbian Orthodox Church

THE GEM OF THE OUTBACK

In the opal mining capital of the world, we contemplate subterranean life exploring a place of worship and an opal mine. Back above ground we toast the Coober Pedy sunset with drinks and canapes at the Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park.

Image: Elise Cook & Mark Bondarenko

Anna Creek
Breakaways

THE COLOURS OF THE LANDSCAPES

Be held spellbound by the Anna Creek Painted Hills, a fragile landscape of ochre red and mustard yellow rock weathered over millions of years. Bask in the tranquility as we marvel at the beauty by air and then land to take a closer look.

Image: Peter Fisher, South Australian Tourism Commission

Birdsville Hotel
Big Red

A TRULY ICONIC OUTBACK TOWN

Home of the annual Birdsville Races, Big Red Sand Dune and the quintessential outback pub, the Queensland town of Birdsville is renowned for good reason. Pull up a stool at the Birdsville Hotel and share a yarn with local characters over an ice-cold beer.

Wool Shearing
Anna Creek Cattle

LIFE ON THE LAND

We delve into the Outback grazier life with a visit to experience the grandeur of Mt Eba station where we sit down to lunch. We witness the prowess of jackaroos and jillaroos on a private tour of Anna Creek Station, the largest working cattle station in the world.

Accommodation


This journey touches remote parts of Australia.
While we always select the best available accommodation, some properties may not be to the same standard as city accommodation.

Itinerary

Tour Manager - Margie Colbeck

Tour Doctor - Dr Claudia Lee

As your Tour Manager, Margie Colbeck Welcomes You On This Journey

Your Accompanying Tour Doctor For This Journey Is Dr Claudia Lee


This morning we depart Adelaide on our private plane touching down in the subterranean opal mining town of Coober Pedy. There’s time to discover the new Big Winch 360, where an epic outback cinematic journey unfolds at Australia’s first surround sound Circlevision cinema. We venture underground enjoying lunch before exploring Umoona, a former working opal mine. We then visit the awe-inspiring subterranean Serbian Orthodox Church where the sandstone walls are decorated with intricate carvings of saints. Come sunset, we toast our return to the surface with drinks and canapes at Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park affording spectacular views over the Moon Plain, once an inland sea. Back underground, an exclusive dinner is served at Quest Mine, before bedding down at the Desert Cave Hotel.

Aboard our convoy of light aircraft, today we begin by charting a course for Painted Hills, a fragile lunar landscape of ochre red and mustard yellow rock weathered over millions of years. We then fly to Mt Eba Station, located in the geographical centre of South Australia, where we enjoy lunch before jetting off for a scenic flight to behold the wondrous colours and patterns of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest river basin. Continuing our adventure across outback skies, we flyover the striking Big Red in the Simpson Desert. Rising to 40-metres tall, the sand dune gets its deep hue from rusting iron particles. On arrival in the iconic Queensland outback town of Birdsville, we visit the home of the Birdsville Races, and experience Big Red from the ground. Over dinner at The Birdsville Hotel we revel in the ambience and stories told by characters as colourful as a painted desert landscape. Come morning, our convoy of planes await at the airstrip just steps away.

This morning we take to the skies for a scenic flight over the magnificent Malkumba-Coongie Lakes bound for Nappa Merrie. Through the panoramic windows lies a pristine waterworld; a breeding ground for an enormous number of migratory birds from around the world. The spectacular contrast of sun-scorched desert and life-filled wetlands make Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park truly unique. Upon touchdown we take a short stroll to the Dig Tree, the site where a member of the Burke and Wills expedition party buried a cache of provisions for Burke and Wills after parting ways. The word ‘dig’ was etched into the Coolibah tree, a godsend for the severely exhausted explorers.

We then take to the air again, touching down at another iconic outback pub, enjoying lunch at the Innamincka Hotel. We set off once again, flying over Marree Man, a remarkable giant geoglyph with mystifying origins, before arriving at William Creek where we visit Anna Creek Station, the world largest working cattle station and enjoy canapes upon a ridgetop at sunset. Tonight, we dine at one of the world’s most remote pubs, The William Creek Hotel, where we take rest for the night.

Today we farewell our new-found friends and embark on our journey home in comfort, and then once at Olympic Dam, a chartered flight back to Adelaide.

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