departure dates

03 September 2021

Birdsville Races 2021

The annual Birdsville Races is an event that captures the unique and vibrant culture of Outback Australia. Fly with us on our private aircraft from Sydney to Birdsville, on a scenic flight across the country for an experience like no other.

Tour Highlights

The Birdsville Races

Join the locals at the Birdsville Hotel for a drink and then immerse yourself in the full Outback experience of the Birdsville Races.

Considered to be a bucket list item, the historic Birdsville Races displays the unique Outback culture of Australia. Experience the thrill of the Birdsville Cup race , the fashions on the field and the quintessential Outback Queensland atmosphere.

Innamincka

One of the most remote towns in Australia, this town in South Australia has a vibrant natural beauty and many great tales to tell. The towns name comes from the Yandruwandhana words 'Yini' and 'Mingka' meaning your watering hole.

The town sits on the Cooper Creek lined with river gum trees, with masses of native birds. The Callyamurra Waterhole, another famous landmark also surrounded by beautiful river gums, is home to ancient carvings and rich in history. Innamincka was also a pit stop for the legendary Burke and Wills on their journey through the Outback.

Visit the Mudgee Wine Region

Stop by Mudgee on our way back to Sydney for a gourmet 5 course meal with matching wines.

Mudgee is one of the most beautiful towns in NSW, with its unique architecture, natural beauty and culinary delights. The area is home to over 60 wineries and 35 cellar doors with the history of the wine region dating back to 1845 when the first vines were planted. Experience the fresh produce and organic wine at Lowe Wines Zin House for lunch.

Map and Itinerary

Starting point Sydney

DAY 1

Sydney to Bourke

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Bourke to Tibooburra

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DAY 2

Tibooburra to Birdsville

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DAY 2

Birdsville to Innamincka

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DAY 3

Innamincka to Mudgee

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DAY 3

Mudgee to Sydney

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Starting point Sydney

day 1

Sydney to Tibooburra via Bourke

We look forward to welcoming you in Sydney at Bankstown Airport, as we prepare to depart on this fun filled weekend adventure to the Outback on The Birdsville Races Tour. We board our private aircraft flying west to Bourke where we will stop for lunch and to visit the Back ‘O Bourke exhibition centre

to discover the indigenous beginnings of this town and learn about the legendary Australians that have been part of this town including Nancy Bird Walton, Charles Sturt and Major Mitchell and Fred Hollows. We will then have an Outback Pub lunch at the Port of Bourke pub.

We then prepare for our next leg of the journey onto Tibooburra in Corner Country, surrounded by an arid landscape and remarkable granite rocky outcrops. You cannot miss the extraordinary Clifton Pugh mural in the bar of the popular watering hole of The Family Hotel. This evening we are staying and dining across the road in the sandstone Tibooburra Hotel, dating back to the gold rush era of 1882. We are now 1,187km from Sydney.

 

Accomodation: The Tibooburra Hotel

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day 2

Tibooburra to Birdsville & Innamincka

After breakfast we board our private plane to start Day 2 of our adventure, unwind and enjoy infinite skies as we fly towards the historic town of Birdsville. Upon landing, we will head to the Pub to enjoy a beer and the view from the verandah before we launch into the big Race Day. The Race day begins with the gates opening at 10:30am followed by Fashions on the Field nominations, come prepared with your best Outback Style to have a chance to win best dressed – not just most stylish, but in a variety of categories!

The Birdsville Cup race starts at 3:45pm, with excitement over the culmination of the day erupting across the field. After an exciting day at the races we depart Birdsville on a sunset flight to Innamincka, a surprising oasis in South Australia’s rugged Outback. This small town is located along the Cooper Creek and is a gateway to the Strzelecki and Sturt Stony desert.

Accomodation: Innamincka Hotel

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day 3

Innamincka to Mudgee and Sydney

Enjoy a relaxing final day of your Outback weekend adventure as we head to Mudgee via Bourke and then home to Sydney.

After Breakfast at Innamincka we depart for Bourke for a quick Morning tea, refuel and stretch of the legs. We then set course for Mudgee for some wine and fine dining at the Zin House at Lowe Wines, a certified organic & biodynamic farm.

Upon arrival we will be guided through the Zin House herb and vegetable garden, before sitting down to enjoy our meal made from local and fresh produce from that very garden! Experience a 5 course meal with matching wines, selected by chief winemaker David Lowe and unwind amongst the rolling hills and expansive vineyards.

The experience you will have in Mudgee is the perfect end to our tour as we head back towards Sydney for a sunset flight home. We then bid you a fond farewell at Bankstown Airport.

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Tour Inclusions

meals

Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner included in tour cost.

For this tour, the meal highlights are:

– Traditional Pub lunch at Port Of Bourke Pub .

– Welcome Dinner at the 1882 Two Storey Tibooburra Hotel

– Fantastic day and atmosphere at the Birdsville Races

– Dinner at the Innamincka Hotel

– 5 course Lunch with Matching wines at the Zin House by Lowe Wines

excursions

The included excursions on this tour are:

– Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre

– Fly across the Strzelecki Desert at an altitude providing the best views, and fastest way of seeing the thousands of sand dunes.

– Birdsville Races Transport and race tickets

– Fly over the Mudgee Wine Region

– Sunset flight over the Blue Mountains to Sydney

transportation

Transportation: Our Cessna 208B Grand Caravan fits up to 14 passengers and allows for comfort and viewing vantage points for all of our passengers. We are able to land at remote and private airfields which means that you are closer to the Outback Action. Most of the places we visit are in very close proximity to the airport and ground transport from the airport to accommodation and excursion locations is included. Several destinations allow us to taxi virtually right to the Hotel. We try to make the most of your time whilst on tour by flying direct to our destinations and minimising ground transport time where possible, so you can enjoy the views and the serenity that the Outback offers.

general

Accommodation: Guests are accommodated in twin share rooms.

A limited number of single rooms are also available. All rooms have a private ensuite, unless stated otherwise.

Accommodation is the best available where we are staying.

Guests are responsible for drinks at each destination.

Throughout this Outback By Air Tour, guests will be accompanied by two experienced pilots.

Price and Availability

Limited Availability

Birdsville Races 2021
Trip Starts

3 Sep 2021

Trip Ends

5 Sep 2021

Price Per Person from

$5350 PP

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