departure dates

19 May 2021

The Iconic Explorer

From Kakadu to The Kimberley, sunset cruises, campfire bush dinners and riding camels along the world famous Cable Beach - these are just some of the experiences to enjoy on this Outback adventure. Your private aircraft will transport you to a new exciting destination daily so you can travel in comfort while covering great distances. An Outback safari not to be missed.

Tour Highlights

Captivating Kakadu

Giant crocodiles, amazing bird life and some of the world's finest aboriginal rock art are just some of the wonders to behold in this world heritage listed national park.

Travel to the famous Kakadu in the Top End. Cruise the billabongs, rivers and wetlands while our indigenous guide provides us with insight into the local aboriginal culture and mythology.

Unique Uluru

Admire the many changing colours of Australia's iconic rock as you immerse yourself into this spiritual place in the heart of Australia.

Indulge in canapés and sparkling wine overlooking Kata-Tjuta National Park at sunset before enjoying the Field of Light Dinner under the stars. The following day you can take the 11km self guided walk around Uluru's perimeter or visit the nearby Olgas.

The Magnificent Kimberley

Watch the landscape transform as your private aircraft flies into Western Australia's Kimberley region. This rugged wilderness is home to dramatic gorges, semi-arid savanna and a largely isolated coastline.

Cruise and be amazed at the expanse of Lake Argyle, ride camels along the world renowned white sands of stunning cable beach.

Map and Itinerary

Starting point Sydney

DAY 1

Sydney to Longreach

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DAY 2

Longreach & Winton by coach

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DAY 3

Longreach to Katherine

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DAY 4

Katherine to Kakadu

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DAY 5

Kakadu to Kakadu

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DAY 6

kakadu to Darwin

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DAY 7

Darwin to Kununurra

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DAY 8

Kununurra to Lake Argyle

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DAY 9

Kununurra to Broome

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DAY 10

Broome to Uluru

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DAY 11

Uluru To William Creek

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DAY 12

William Creek To Birdsville

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DAY 13

Birdsville To mungo Lodge

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DAY 14

Mungo Lodge To Sydney

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Starting point Sydney

day 1

Sydney to Longreach

Be welcomed by our crew at Bankstown Airport (Sydney) before boarding our private aircraft for this unforgettable Outback adventure. Enjoy morning tea in the agricultural centre of Moree and lunch in the Queensland Outback town of Charleville before arriving at our destination, the pioneering town of Longreach. Take in the stunning Outback views from your private deck at the Mitchell Grass Retreat. Unwind as we glide down The Thomson River at Sunset. There are endless photo opportunities of water colour skies and wildlife, before we go ashore for a traditional campfire dinner with live entertainment.

Accommodation: Mitchell Grass Retreat, Longreach – Luxury Outback Glamping Experience

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day 2

Longreach

Enjoy an Outback sunrise on the surrounding Mitchell Grass Plains. This morning we will be surrounded by aviation history as we visit the Qantas Founders Museum. An afternoon of discovery awaits at the legendary Stockman’s Hall of Fame, which showcases the history and culture of rural Australia.
Accommodation: Mitchell Grass Retreat, Longreach

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day 3

Longreach to Katherine

This morning our private aircraft takes us to Katherine in the Northern Territory. This region is renowned for its magnificent gorges and we will enjoy an afternoon cruise of exploration. Along the way cultural guides will share their knowledge about the surrounding landscape and its inhabitants, dreamtime stories and culture. Our evening will be highlighted by a very unique dining and entertainment experience – an authentic stockman’s bush camp tucker evening under the stars. Dine by the campfire in tranquil surroundings listening to the sounds of the wildlife. A variety of Indigenous herbs, spices and fruits are used in this original menu.

Accommodation: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine

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day 4

Katherine to Kakadu

Today we fly to the world heritage listed national park, Kakadu. The best way to see this magnificent country is to get out on the water. Our local Indigenous guides will be showcasing the rich wildlife of the wetlands as we cruise leisurely along The Yellow Water Billabong. Look out for giant crocs, water buffalo and the amazing bird life as we enjoy a stunning sunset over the wetlands.

Accommodation: Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu

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day 5

Kakadu Immersion Experience

Waking up in Kakadu National Park is the unforgettable Australian experience. Hundreds of species of wildlife exist within the park, making it one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness as we gently cruise up stream on the East Alligator River. Our Indigenous guide provides us with an insight into the local aboriginal culture and mythology. Back on land, marvel at some of the world’s finest examples of aboriginal rock art – gunbim, dating back 20,000 years.

Accommodation: Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu

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day 6

Kakadu to Darwin

Today we explore more of the Kakadu National Park, before making our way back to Darwin in the afternoon. This evening our group will meet up for fine dining on the Darwin waterfront.

Accommodation: Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel

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day 7

Darwin to Kununurra

Explore this tropical capital at your leisure before flying to Kununurra, the gateway to The Kimberley, in far northern Western Australia.
At noon we board our private coach to the vast freshwater, Lake Argyle, known as paradise in the Outback. On the way we will stop to visit an historic homestead built by the famous pioneering Durack family. Experience the true diversity of the ever changing landscape as we explore the vast lake (21 times the size of Sydney Harbour) by boat. Don’t forget to bring your camera and swimmers.

Accommodation: Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments, Kununurra

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day 8

Kununurra

This morning is yours to either relax or take an optional flight to the magnificent El Questro Station or the amazing landform of the Bungles Bungles (Please note these optional trips are not part of the Outback By Air itinerary and are at guests’ own cost).
This evening we are delighted to invite you to dine at the renowned Pump House restaurant which has a culinary philosophy that focuses  strongly on fresh local produce of the Kimberley region.

Accommodation: Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments, Kununurra

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day 9

Kununurra to Broome

As our aircraft departs Kununurra marvel at the incredible landscape as we fly over the Bungle Bungles in Purnululu National Park before heading down the west coast to the tropical town of Broome. We have the opportunity to explore this unique port, steeped in pearling history, or take a stroll along the world famous Cable Beach to Gantheaume Point, home of dinosaur footprints. A camel safari along the beach is not to be missed, before experiencing the spectacular sunset overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Accommodation: Oaks Cable Beach Resort, Broome

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day 10

Broome To Uluru

We farewell The Kimberley to fly to the heart of Australia’s red centre, Uluru.
We will check into our five star hotel with free time to unwind or start exploring this unique location. We will regroup to witness the ever changing colours of the world famous landmark, Uluru, as the sun sets. Luxuriate with canapés and chilled sparkling wine served on a viewing platform overlooking the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Tonight we enjoy the acclaimed Field of Light Dinner under the stars – a night to remember.

Accommodation: Sails In The Desert, Uluru, Five Star Hotel

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day 11

Uluru To William Creek

A morning to experience Uluru and the nearby soaring rock domes of the Olgas/Kata Tjuta up close. Feeling energetic? Enjoy the beautiful 11km walk around the rock’s perimeter. Back on our private plane we witness more mesmerising images as we fly towards William Creek.
Here we have the opportunity to explore the history of this remote Outback post at the start of the Oodnadatta Track. This evening we enjoy true Outback hospitality with drinks and dinner at The William Creek Hotel.

Accommodation: William Creek Hotel

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day 12

William Creek To Birdsville

Today we fly over Australia’s largest inland lake, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, to the iconic Outback town of Birdsville. Our plane can taxi us right up the front door of the famous pub. Enjoy a refreshment on the veranda  and a traditional counter lunch. The afternoon is yours before our four wheel drive collects us for another golden hour. We will drive to “Big Red” – the largest sand dune in the Simpson Desert. On top of the dune we will enjoy nibbles and drinks while experiencing yet another stunning desert sunset. Enjoy dinner back at the atmospheric pub.

Accommodation: The Birdsville Hotel

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day 13

Birdsville To Mungo Lodge

Our day of exploration sees us flying over three states, Queensland, South Australia, and New South Wales. As we head south from Birdsville in our private aircraft, we pass over the famous Birdsville Track, through the extensive dunes of the Strzelecki Desert and The Moomba gas fields. We will stop in the mining Outback town of Broken Hill before reaching Lake Mungo. Our local guide will take us through one of the most spectacular Outback landscapes with immense cultural significance.

Accommodation: Mungo Lodge, Lake Mungo

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day 14

Mungo To Sydney

Our last day in The Outback and more time to explore this world heritage national park, rich in Aboriginal history. We will enjoy our farewell lunch in this ancient landscape before a relaxing last leg in the air on our return to Sydney.

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Tour Inclusions

meals

* Daily Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner  (Including drinks. Wine is served with dinner)
For this tour, the evening meal highlights are:
– Zanders, Cable Beach, Broome
– Field of Light Dinner, Uluru
– Camp fire dinner under the stars, Thomson River, Longreach
– Traditional Stockman’s camp oven dinner under the stars, featuring native bush flavours, Katherine
– Fine dining on the waterfront, Darwin
– Pump House Restaurant, Kununurra

excursions

* Excursions: The included excursions on this tour are;
– Tour of Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
– Sunset Cruise on Thomson River
– Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame tour, Longreach
– Top Didj Cultural Experience, Katherine
– Traditional stockman’s dinner and show under the stars, Katherine
– Katherine River Gorge Cruise
– Yellow Water Billabong adventure, Kakadu
– Indigenous guided tour of the East Alligator River, Kakadu
– Rock Art tour, Kakadu
– Visit Argyle Homestead Museum
– Lake Argyle cruise with drinks and canapés
– Camel Safari along Cable Beach, Broome
– Sunset drinks and canapes at Big Red, Birdsville
– Royal Flying Doctor Base visit Broken Hill
-Mungo National park tour

 

transportation

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

– Bus transportation is provided to and from daily excursions.

 

general

* Accommodation:

Accommodation venues are listed in the itinerary.

Guests are accommodated in twin share rooms (bedding subject to request).

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

Mitchell Grass Retreat, Longreach is a luxury glamping venue, each canvas tent complete with electricity, air conditioning and private ensuite.
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* Taxes & National Park Passes: All Air Transport taxes and National Park Passes are included for daily excursions.
* General: Throughout this tour, guests will be accompanied by two experienced Outback by Air pilots ,dedicated to look after every detail.

Price and Availability

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The Iconic Explorer
Trip Starts

19 May 2021

Trip Ends

1 Jun 2021

Price Per Person from

$19,900 AUD

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