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Southern Wilderness & Gourmet Islands by Private Plane

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Melbourne
  • Flinders Island
  • Strahan
  • King Island
  • Melbourne

4 Days Interlude
  • Departing:
  • 7 Oct 2022 Sold Out
  • 2 Dec 2023 New release

In this new era of travel, there is no better way to explore our southern islands than by taking to the skies in a private plane. Savour a long weekend of gourmet produce, while leaving time to explore the rainforests, rivers and rich pastures of Flinders Island, western Tasmania and King Island.

Westcoast Wilderness Railway

Rainforest Rail Journey

Roll through ancient rainforest, mountains and gorges of Tasmania’s rugged west coast. Climb using a rack and pinion system on one of Australia’s steepest tracks, and take a short rainforest walk at Dubbil Barril.

Cape Wickham Lighthouse
King Island Dairy

King Island's Finest

On King Island, we discover Australia’s tallest lighthouse, rising from rocky shores, and we sample King Island’s famed cheeses at the King Island Dairy.


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.


Tour Manager - Gordon Higman

Tour Doctor - Dr Andrew Zdenkowski

Calving in the Serengeti from Cape Town to Cairo, Departs 14 Feb 2019

7 October 2022: As Your Tour Manager, Gordon Higman Welcomes You On This Journey

7 October 2022: Your Accompanying Tour Doctor For This Journey is Dr Andrew Zdenkowski

Calving in the Serengeti from Cape Town to Cairo, Departs 14 Feb 2019

Our private plane is bound for the Furneaux archipelago off Tasmania’s north-east coast. Alighting on Flinders Island, the largest of the group, we visit the island’s noteworthy lookouts, including Trousers Point and Walkers Lookout. After a welcome lunch of fresh, local produce at Mountain Seas Lodge, we take to the skies again for the short hop to Burnie. From here, a scenic drive brings us to the west-coast town of Strahan. Our hilltop hotel overlooks its charming harbour surrounds. Pre-dinner drinks are served here, before we savour a sumptuous seafood buffet dinner at View 42°, also conveniently located within our accommodation.

Aboard a heritage locomotive, we depart Queenstown for a journey through cool temperate rainforest. We ride through the spectacular King River Gorge, and climb steeply at Rinadeena Saddle using Australia’s only operating rack and pinion system. Back in Strahan, we take our seats in the Richard Davey Amphitheatre, where history is brought to life in the highly-acclaimed play The Ship That Never Was. Afterwards, dine at Risby Cove restaurant, a short walk from our hotel.

Today we cruise an exquisite stretch of the Franklin-Gordon Rivers National Park aboard Spirit of the Wild. As we take in the splendour from the vessel’s Premier Upper Deck, our personal guide shares their knowledge and passion for the world-famous region while we enjoy a lunch of local delicacies, accompanied by Tasmanian wines and beers.  Our plane then flies us from Burnie to King Island. Here we raise our glasses during a Farewell Dinner that heroes the produce of King Island, before retreating to our accommodation, Boomerang by the Sea.

After breakfast we tour Currie township, then make the gastronomic pilgrimage to the King Island Dairy for a cheese tasting at the altar of Australian cheese. Afterwards, we set off for Cape Wickham on the island’s craggy west coast to view Australia’s tallest lighthouse. Lunch is served at Cape Wickham before our early afternoon flight back to Melbourne.


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Solo Journey - Southern Wilderness & Gourmet Islands by Private Plane

With no more than 28 solo travellers savour a long weekend of gourmet produce, while leaving time to explore the rainforests, rivers and rich pastures of Tasmania.


Curating journeys for over 25 years, we know that sometimes travelling can be a chore. Enjoy each enriching experience, knowing we have considered every last detail.
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Safety & Flexibility

Learn about our new booking conditions and additional measures we are taking throughout our journeys.