australian outback 3 day adventure
from $4,150 per person
Departing from the Gold Coast, fly west over 2,000km into the real Outback dropping into Birdsville, Lake Eyre, William Creek, Innamincka and Cunnamulla. These iconic Australian towns give guests a true taste of the Australian outback.
- All flights departing and returning to Gold Coast
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- Entry Fees
- Snacks when on tour
Friday 01 April
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Thursday 26 August
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Gold Coast → Charleville → Birdsville
Checking into the Seair hangar at 6:45am, your adventure begins with a meet and greet with the other guests, before an early briefing and our departure sees the sun rising over the Gold Coast as you head west for a 2hr 30min flight to Charleville during which a light breakfast will be supplied.
This Central Queensland town is home to a Royal Flying Doctor Services base, a vital lifeline for remote Australians, the RFDS continues to provide medical services to the farthest corners of the country. While in Charleville you drop into the RFDS visitor centre for an inside look into the organisation.
On departure from Charleville we continue west, further into the Outback. Arriving into Birdsville at approximately 1:00pm we overfly the iconic Birdsville Racecourse just before landing and then taxi the aircraft up and park out the front of the Birdsville Hotel (just across the road).
Ever since William Blair first built the Birdsville Hotel in 1884, it’s weathered sandstone walls have been a welcome refuge to travellers from across the globe for more than 130 years. A destination in its own right, the pub has endured floods, fires and even cyclones to stand as a symbol of the spirit and character of the outback.
Spend the afternoon exploring Birdsville before regrouping at 4:30pm, to climb aboard the air conditioned 4WD tour vehicle and head west into the Simpson Desert to enjoy sunset drinks on Big Red, the first major dune as you enter the desert.
Watching the sun go down while sitting on top one of the tallest of the 1100 vivid red sand dunes in the Simpson Desert is truly a sight to see with some amazing photo opportunities.
After sunset, return to the Birdsville Hotel at 7:30pm for dinner and drinks at their heritage listed front bar.
The Birdsville Hotel holds a reputation as being one of the best in the country. Enjoy a drink at the front bar and converse with other travellers, some of whom will have been driving for days just to get there.
Overnight accommodation: Motel units at the Birdsville Hotel
Birdsville → Lake Eyre → William Creek → Dig Tree → Innamincka
Day two starts with a cooked breakfast, before departing Birdsville at 8:30am, you’ll get an opportunity to see Big Red and the Simpson Dessert from the air. Flying south and leaving Queensland into South Australia we pick up and follow the Diamantina River at low level through the Goyder Lagoon and then along the Warrburton River into the northern tip of Lake Eyre (North). While tracking south over Lake Eyre (North) we will climb up to allow you to see the sheer size of the 9,500 square km lake from your vantage point overhead.
Heading out into the Lake Eyre basin, overfly Channel Country and the Goyder Lagoon as you follow the river systems down to Lake Eyre. These creeks and rivers breathe life into an often barren landscape.
Lake Eyre is the largest lake in Australia. Renown for the amazing and changing colours of its surface, the only way to appreciate the scale of Lake Eyre is from above.
Heading west from Lake Eyre you’ll arrive in William Creek at 11:30am and learn how this unique town operates, generating its own power and water before sitting down to lunch and a cold beer at the only pub in town, the William Creek Hotel.
A true outback destination, pull up next to the William Creek Hotel before exploring the town. Located next to the Woomera testing range, the town has amassed a collection of landed rockets and missiles.
After lunch, fly back east toward Lake Eyre (South) and the infamous ‘Marree Man’ before continuing north over Lake Eyre to pick up the Cooper Creek and follow it to Innamincka. Conditions permitting, we overfly Innamincka to visit the historic Dig tree and learn about the Burke & Wills story.
A piece of Australian history, the Dig Tree was the site of a vital supply cache for pioneering explorers Burke and Wills.
The third and final flight for the afternoon is a short 10 minutes, low level back to Innamincka along the Cooper Creek.
Innamincka sits on the other major river system draining into the Lake Eyre basin, the Cooper Creek.
Settle into the Innamincka Hotel and have a look around town, before heading out for an afternoon Grave Tour to see Burks final resting place along the Cooper Creek. The Cooper Creek is the other major waterway that feeds Lake Eyre in flood years and it brings life to the barren landscape. Watch wildlife come to drink from the creek as the sunsets before heading back to the hotel.
Dinner will be at the Innamincka Hotel and a few more drinks before retiring to your room for a good night’s rest.
The main bar at the Innamincka Hotel
Overnight accommodation: Ensuited rooms at the Innamincka Hotel
Innamincka → Cunnamulla → Charlotte Plains → Gold Coast
After breakfast, take to the air and head east, returning into Queensland following Cooper Creek stopping briefly in Cunnamulla to refuel and then another short hop sees you landing at Charlotte Plains Station in the late morning.
Still a working cattle station, Charlotte Plains Station remains home to several thousand head of sheep. Robyn introduces guests to the unique lifestyle and challenges of an outback station.
Met on arrival by Robyn Russell, our host and station manager, spend the day exploring an authentic piece of the Australian Outback. This property has been in Robyn’s family for generations and she shares its rich farming history on guided tours of the station. Visit the cattle yards and shearing sheds before sitting down to a ploughmans lunch looking out over the landscape. After lunch head out to the stations artesian water bore and relaxing in one of the bath tub’s, full of warm water you’ll gain an appreciation for station life and the culture that it has developed.
Flowing from over a kilometre underground, artesian bore water fills bathtubs for guests to relax in. Our final activity before departing, reflect on your time away in comfort and style looking out over the Charlotte Plains property.
At 3:45pm it’s time to depart our final sector together as a group, flying east, heading back to the Gold Coast and returning to civilisation in the early evening. Wish your fellow travellers farewell, as the tour official concludes.