Southern Wilderness & Gourmet Islands by Private Plane
A journey overview
- Flinders Island
- King Island
4 Days Interlude
- 22 Jan 2021
- 26 Nov 2021
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.
Take Flight With Ease
Take advantage of routes not used by commercial airlines aboard our privately chartered Saab 340B Turboprop. On a plane that normally seats 35, join a group of just 28 from Melbourne, flying to Australia’s southern islands, including north-west Tasmania.
Gourmet Wilderness Cruise
Explore the pristine beauty of the Gordon River aboard the whisper-quiet Spirit of the Wild. Enjoy delicious Tasmanian food and beverages in an exclusive viewing area while a knowledgeable guide shares local insights.
Rainforest Rail Journey
Following the old logging line from Strahan’s Macquarie Harbour, travel into the rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s west coast aboard a heritage locomotive.
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.
Perched on the town’s highest point, with views of the charming harbour and its surrounding mountains, lies Strahan Village. Drink in serene vistas from our Hilltop rooms and the View 42° Restaurant and Bar, which serves local produce paired with the region’s finest wines.
Tour Manager - Mandy Churchill
Tour Doctor - Dr Victoria Hayes
Melbourne, Flinders Island, Strahan
As your Tour Manager, Mandy Churchill welcomes you on this journey
Your accompanying Tour Doctor for this journey is Dr Victoria Hayes
Our private plane is bound for the Furneaux archipelago off Tasmania’s north-east coast. Alighting on Flinders Island, the largest of the group, and famous for its crayfish haul, we visit the island’s noteworthy lookouts, including Trousers Point and Vinegar Hill. After a lunch of fresh, local produce we take to the skies again for the short hop to Burnie and a scenic drive to the west-coast town of Strahan. Cocktails are served at our hilltop hotel, which overlooks the charming harbour town, after which we head out on a sunset stroll to dinner at a celebrated waterfront restaurant.
Strahan, Gordon River
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. 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 our hotel’s restaurant or at one of a selection of nearby establishments.
Strahan, King Island
This morning, we take to the rails aboard a heritage locomotive for a journey into Tasmania’s cool temperate rainforest. Along the old logging line from Macquarie Harbour, we follow the course of the King River, crossing historic bridges and passing former settlements. This afternoon, a short flight from Burnie aboard our private plane takes us to King Island, renowned for its dairy-friendly pastures and delicious produce. We raise our glasses to these culinary riches during a Farewell Dinner at the island’s finest restaurant. We seperate to our respective residences, Boomerang by the Sea or King Island Hotel.
King Island, Melbourne
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning before setting off for Cape Wickham on the island’s craggy west coast. Here we see Australia’s tallest lighthouse, which has been a guiding light for Southern Ocean seafarers for more than 150 years. We then make the gastronomic pilgrimage to the King Island Dairy for a much-anticipated cheese tasting at the altar of Australian cheese. Lunch is served, King Island style, before we board our private plane for our early afternoon flight back to Melbourne.