ISLANDS & ICONS OF REMOTE QUEENSLAND BY PRIVATE JET
A journey overview
- Mount Isa
- Horn Island
- Thursday Island
- Hayman Island
9 Days By Private Jet
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Free to explore once more, we set our sights on the northern reaches of our great southern land; our privately chartered aircraft seamlessly transporting us across an otherwise vast and unforgiving terrain. Accompanied by our fellow guests and Captain’s Choice hosts, we go in search of these remote outposts, tamed by the hands of pioneers.
On a journey set aside for just 35 guests, and on a schedule determined by us, we take advantage of our privately chartered business class BAE-146 jet, touching down in remote regions largely unreachable by commercial airlines.
The Charms of Uniquely Australian Institutions
Immerse yourself in some of Australia’s formative cultural moments. While in Longreach, sit alongside landmark aircraft during a Welcome Dinner at the Qantas Founders Museum. At the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, learn about the origins of Banjo Paterson’s famous song.
Photo: Tourism & Events Qld
A Wealth of Choice at The Tip and Beyond
From Horn Island, choose to take the ferry across to the Australian mainland’s northernmost point at ‘The Tip’. Alternatively, head to Friday Island and meet one of Queensland’s last remaining pearl farmers.
Photos: Tourism & Events Qld
Taking Time to Appreciate Paradise In The Whitsundays
Our journey concludes before a backdrop of impossibly, crystal-clear waters on Hayman Island. Soak up this remote tropical paradise, where palm trees and soft sands present us with a delightful ending to our Queensland adventure.
Photo: Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort
Saltbush Retreat, Longreach
The rustic décor of Saltbush Retreat provides the ideal stage for the beginning of our outback adventure. A cosy and relaxed atmosphere is guaranteed staying in a Slab Hut or Homestead Stable.
Redearth Boutique Hotel, Mt Isa
Spacious, traditionally styled rooms are a feature of Mt Isa’s centrally located Redearth Boutique Hotel. It is situated close to the banks of the Leichhardt River in the heart of town.
Isa Hotel, Mt Isa
Isa Hotel is situated in the heart of Mount Isa. Our Deluxe Rooms are generously sized, modern and comfortable.
Wongai Beach Hotel, Horn Island
Just off the northernmost point of Australia, Horn Island is a remote tropical haven in the Torres Strait. The Wongai Beach Hotel is close to the beach in this small settlement, offering a warm welcome and comfortable rooms.
Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort
A luxurious haven in a tropical paradise, our spectacular resort’s location lets us fully absorb the stunning beauty of the Whitsundays. Our Lagoon Ocean View Rooms present us with private balconies looking out to Hayman Beach and the Coral Sea.
Photo: Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort
Sydney, Brisbane, Longreach
Our privately chartered, business class jet leaves Sydney, before momentarily pausing in Brisbane. We are then promptly delivered to Longreach, occupying its place in the heart of Queensland’s outback country. On arrival, we take in the sights of this iconic town, before checking in to our boutique outback lodge, Saltbush Retreat. Afterwards, delve into the history of our flag carrier at the Qantas Founders Outback Museum, where aviation enthusiasts will appreciate its historic collection of aircraft. It is here that we celebrate the commencement of our journey with a Welcome Dinner.
Our first stop today is the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame, which pays tribute to the hardy men and women who settled the Outback. This afternoon, we take our preferred positions aboard a twin-decked watercraft and head out on the Thomson River for a sunset cruise. As the sun’s rays disappear over the horizon, our vessel docks and we settle in at Smithy’s Outback Dinner & Show. While enjoying dinner under the stars, we are entertained by an evening of song, dance and the occasional bush yarn.
Winton, Mount Isa
Our private jet is at the ready and spirits us away to nearby Winton. After touching down, we visit the fascinating Australian Age of Dinosaurs museum for a tour and lunch, before making our way to the Waltzing Matilda Centre. Here, we go on an in-depth exploration of the song which embodies the Australian spirit. The centre incorporates the Qantilda Pioneer Place Museum, which celebrates the town’s founders. We then depart again on our private jet for Mount Isa, in Queensland’s Gulf Country region. Here, we spend our first of two nights at either the Red Earth Hotel or Isa Hotel.
Our travels bring us to Mount Isa’s Underground Hospital and Tent House. We then scan the landscape from atop the Mount Isa City Lookout, spying the region’s famous copper mines. Nearby Lake Moondarra provides a peaceful setting in which to observe various breeds of waterbird, including the Black-fronted Dotterel and the Black-necked Stork. We then discover how tunnels are formed deep beneath the earth’s surface, as we get up close to machinery in a former section of a working mine at Outback at Isa.
Horn Island, Thursday Island
Reaching beyond the mainland, our jet delivers us to Horn Island in the Torres Strait. Boarding a ferry, our travels take us to neighbouring Thursday Island. We explore its historic main street, which drew workers from all over Asia, seeking their fortune in the pearling industry. Returning to Horn Island, we check in to Wongai Beach Hotel, for the first of our two nights here.
Horn Island, Cape York or Friday Island
Choose to spend your day in one of two ways. From our base on Horn Island, climb aboard a chartered light plane and cross turquoise waters to Cape York. After taking in its tropical splendour, a convoy of 4WD vehicles will deliver you to ‘The Tip’, the northernmost part of mainland Australia. Alternatively, take the short journey to neighbouring Friday Island, home to one of Queensland’s last pearl farmers. From Friday Island, board a water taxi to Thursday Island and enjoy lunch at Torres Hotel, Australia’s most northerly pub. A ferry then returns you to Horn Island, where our group reconvenes this evening for dinner at our hotel.
Horn Island, Hamilton Island, Hayman Island
Horn Island was an operational airbase during World War II and we visit its aircraft wrecks, trenches and command posts. Commencing our gradual journey southward, we fly to Hamilton Island. On arrival, we transfer to our luxury vessel and cruise the Whitsundays to Hayman Island. The afternoon is yours to soak up this remote, tropical paradise. Following dinner at one of our resort’s restaurants, retire to Lagoon Ocean View Rooms at the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort.
With a full day to enjoy Hayman Island, choose your preferred way to spend the morning. Indulge yourself with a massage in our resort’s spa. Join a fishing charter and cruise the Whitsunday Islands. Or enjoy the sounds of cockatoos and kookaburras, as you meander along a path through the island’s native flora. After lunch, enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own schedule. This evening’s Farewell Dinner takes place at Amici Trattoria; its relaxed setting a perfect spot to relive memorable moments with new-found friends.
Hamilton Island, Brisbane, Sydney
Following breakfast, we cross the waters on our return to Hamilton Island. Re-joining our private jet, we continue our journey south and homeward bound. After saying our farewells to our friends in Brisbane, our final leg concludes late this afternoon in Sydney.