07 May 2022

Ancient Wilderness Escape

Take a journey back in time and discover the ancient tales of Australia. Explore natural landscapes formed over billions of years from the Flinders Ranges to Uluru. Learn about pre-historic creatures at the Age of Dinosaurs museum and witness the vibrant night sky like never before from your glamping accommodation in the Outback. This tour is truly a natural wanderer's delight.

Tour Highlights

Unique Uluru

Admire the many changing colours of Australia's iconic rock

Indulge in canapés and sparkling wine overlooking Kata-Tjuta National Park at sunset before enjoying the Sounds of Silence dinner under the stars.

Lake Mungo's Ancient Dreamtime

Explore the home of the Mungo Man, a place rich in aboriginal history

Make tracks to the iconic Walls of China with a local ranger who can guide you through one of the most spectacular Outback landscapes with immense cultural significance. Human footprints dating back 20,000 years have been found at this national park. Be amazed at the star-filled skies, unlike anything you have experienced before. You will definitely feel like you have arrived in Australia's Outback.

Arkaroola

Visit the ruggedly spectacular northern Flinders Ranges, this 610sq km multi award-winning Wilderness Sanctuary

With a Geological History reaching back almost 2 billion years, this ancient landscape also has an extraordinary human history. Arkaroola features many unique geological monuments, rugged mountains, towering granite peaks, magnificent gorges and mysterious waterholes. Winner of South Australia's Ecotourism Hall of Fame 2007, Sustainable Tourism 2007, Arkaroola is South Australia's premier ecotourism destination.

Map and Itinerary

Starting point Sydney

DAY 1

Sydney to Trilby (Louth)

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DAY 2

Trilby Station (Louth) to Longreach

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DAY 3

Longreach and Age of Dinosaurs

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DAY 4

Longreach to Birdsville

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DAY 5

Birdsville to Kings Creek Station

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DAY 6

Kings Creek Station to Uluru

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DAY 7

Uluru to William Creek

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DAY 8

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DAY 9

Arkaroola to Mungo National Park via Broken Hill

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DAY 10

Mungo National Park to Sydney

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Starting point Sydney

day 1

Sydney to Trilby Station

Our crew welcome you at Bankstown Airport (Sydney) before departing on this exciting Outback adventure.

Take in the aerial views from our private aircraft as we head west towards Cobar and Louth. On landing at Louth, enjoy a drink at Shindy’s Inn, overlooking The Darling River. We take an Outback dirt track to Trilby Station, a family owned 320,000 acre sheep station. This overnight stop focuses on offering the true Australian Outback station experience, gaining insight into life on a remote sheep property. Immerse yourself in the landscape, appreciating a bush sunset with drinks and canapés. Over a home cooked dinner under the stars you will hear about life on the station from fifth generation farmers, The Murray Family.

Accommodation: Trilby Station, Louth (the renovated Shearers’ Quarters or Station Cottages with shared bathroom facilities)

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day 2

Trilby to Longreach

This morning we board our private aircraft for Longreach – the town where Qantas commenced operations over 100 years ago. Flying north through Queensland’s Channel Country, with endless horizons filled with deep red sand hills and orange escarpments. Tonight we spend the evening amongst nature watching the sunset as we cruise the Thomson River.  There are endless photo opportunities on this gentle sunset cruise before we go ashore for a traditional Outback dinner and show, under the stars – a night to remember.

Accommodation: Mitchell Grass Retreat – luxury glamping experience.

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day 3

Longreach and Age of Dinosaurs

Today we swap our wings for wheels and set off in our private transport for a day of exploring. Enjoy Outback big sky scenery as we head to the Age of Dinosaurs experience, painting a picture of what this area looked like 90 million years ago. Witness the monumental March of the Titanosaurs exhibition that was recently opened to the public.

Accommodation: Mitchell Grass Retreat – luxury glamping experience.

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day 4

Longreach to Birdsville

An exciting day to witness more mesmerising images as our private aircraft takes us on a journey through Channel Country and the Diamantina to the iconic Outback town of Birdsville. On arrival we can taxi right up to the front door of the pub, where else in the world can you do this? Experience the stunning sunset over “Big Red”, the tallest sand dune in The Simpson Desert, while enjoying a beer or wine.

Accommodation: The Birdsville Hotel

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day 5

Birdsville to Alice Springs and Kings Creek Station

Today we make our way further towards the centre of Australia as we fly west into the Northern Territory. Our flight path takes us over the expansive Simpson Desert, a unique landscape of sand dunes, desert grass and bush. Our destination for this evening is Kings Creek Station, a beautiful property nestled amongst the bush with our own private glamping site. This evening we enjoy the serenity surrounding our glamping site and spend an evening under the stars.

Accommodation: Kings Creek Station – Exclusive access to the Mort Conway Camp

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day 6

Kings Creek Station to Uluru

This morning we have a chance to explore the area surrounding Kings Creek Station. Learn about the culture of the Lurit­ja and Per­tame (South­ern Aran­da) people on the Karrke Cultural Tour, as our guides share cul­tur­al knowl­edge on bush tuck­er and bush med­i­cines used for spir­i­tu­al and heal­ing. We also have a chance to visit Watarrka National Park, home to the mighty Kings Canyon; a majestic destination featuring 300 metre high sandstone walls and palm-filled crevices.

After a morning of exploring we make our way towards the Red Centre – Uluru. Get set for an evening of delight at the breath taking Sounds of Silence dinner. Admire the ever changing colour of the rock as the sun sets upon it. Indulging in canapés and sparkling wine overlooking spectacular Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, this evening will be one to remember.

Accommodation: Sails in the Desert, Uluru, 5 star luxury in the desert

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day 7

Uluru to William Creek

With Uluru basking in the light as a new day begins, experience the sunrise with a guided drive around the base of the rock. Our guide will show us the area and the Mutijulu Waterhole, Rock Art and Cultural Centre. We then make our way into South Australia, as we set course for the remote Outback town of William Creek. Our flight path takes us to the north of the Great Victorian Desert and over some of Australia’s most remote towns. This evening we enjoy true Outback hospitality with drinks and dinner at the authentic bush pub, The William Creek Hotel. This pub, on the famous Oodnadatta Track, is loved by travellers from all around the world.

Accommodation: William Creek Hotel

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day 8

William Creek to Arkaroola

Enjoy more mesmerising images as we fly over Lake Eyre and The Marree Man as we make our way towards the Flinders Ranges. This remarkable landscape is made up of ancient hills dramatically sculpted through seismic activity, accompanied by scattered watering holes. We land at Balcanoona Airstrip and then make our way to the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary.

Accommodation: Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary

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day 9

Arkaroola to Mungo National Park

Awaken to the peace and serenity surrounding us at the Wilderness lodge. Our local guide will take us through some of the most spectacularly rugged country on earth and share their knowledge of Arkaroola’s 1,600 million year geological history on the ‘Ridgetop Tour’. 

We then make our way to Mungo National Park via Broken Hill. Our flight path takes us over Lake Frome, a dessert-like melange of gold earth and swirling white salt pans, an amazing sight from above. This evening, our local guide at Mungo National Park will take us on a sunset tour walking the iconic Walls of China, where scientists have discovered artefacts dating back over 50,000 years.

Accommodation: Mungo Lodge – King deluxe cabins in unique surroundings

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day 10

Mungo National Park to Sydney

Back on board our aircraft we make our way east bound towards Sydney. We will stop briefly in Griffith on our journey back to Bankstown for a quick refuel. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery from this vantage point as we take you home.

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Price and Availability

New for 2022
May 2022
Trip Starts

7 May 2022

Trip Ends

16 May 2022

Price Per Person from

$14,800 pp

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Tour Inclusions

meals

Daily Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner are included with selected drinks
For this tour, the meal highlights are:

  • Stockman’s campfire dinner under the stars, Longreach
  • Sounds of Silence Dinner, Uluru
  • Traditional pub dinners at Birdsville and William Creek
  • Dine under the stars at Trilby Station

excursions

The included excursions on this tour are:

  • Tour and private lunch at the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
  • Sunset river cruise with stockman’s campfire dinner and show under the stars, Longreach
  • Age of Dinosaurs Tour – Includes guided tour of the Fossil Preparation Laboratory, Collection Room, the March of the Titanosaurs exhibition at Dinosaur Canyon and Dinosaur Stampede National Monument at Lark Quarry Conservation Park.
  • Toast the sunset at “Big Red”, the tallest sand dune in The Simpson Desert, with drinks and canapés
  • Scenic flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)
  • Scenic flight over Lake Eyre
  • Visiting the Painted Hills
  • Ridgetop tour at Arkaroola
  • This tour involves a small amount of walking as part of day tours as well as to some venues where transport is not available, please advise the crew if you have any mobility concerns with walking short distances.

transportation

As per the itinerary, air transport provided is to and from each nightly destination.

  • Coach transportation is provided to and from daily excursions.

general

* Accommodation: All guests are accommodated in twin share rooms. Single supplement is available on request. Accommodation venues are listed in the itinerary (bedding and room type requests may be requested) All rooms have private en-suite unless stated otherwise.

Mitchell Grass Retreat, Longreach is a Luxury glamping venue, each canvas tent complete with electricity, A/C, plumbing, & en-suite

Kings Creek Station, Luxury glamping with private ensuite.

* Taxes & National Park Passes: All Air Transport taxes and National Park Passes are included for daily excursions.
* General: Throughout this Outback By Air tour, guests will be accompanied by two experienced  pilots dedicated to look after every detail.