Thursday, 29 June 2017
  • Plane Sunset
  • Lake Eyre

    Lake Eyre - Kati Thanda South Australia

  • The Grampians / Gariwerd

    The Grampians / Gariwerd - Vic

  • The Flinders Ranges - SA

    The Flinders Ranges - SA

  • The Wimmera plains - Vic

    The Wimmera plains - Vic

  • Goyder Lagoon

    Goyder Lagoon - South Australia

  • Ayers Rock

    Uluru NT

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Outback air tour - The Kimberley & the North West Coast

– one recent adventure

Birdsville Goyder Lagoon

Claire & Helen wanted to see the Kimberely and Western Australia.
Their trip started In Tintinara SA.

DAY 1 Tintinara - Birdsville

Departing winter in South Australia we flew through cold grey clouds and over wet ground. Before long we were marvelling at the beautiful red colours of the interior. After just 90mins we were inland and enjoying a short refuelling stop in sunny Broken Hill. A stretch of the legs and a realisation the amazing journey was really happening!
The next leg - 2.5 hours - over the Strzelecki desert with its colours and patterns appearing under the high wing of the aeroplane. Innamincka, Cooper Creek and the ever-present water in the Coongie Lakes soon were spotted then shortly the amazing patterns of the Goyder Lagoon – green and textured.

Birdsville is on the edge of the Simpson Desert and after settling into our accommodation we enjoyed a guided tour of the town, the 1000-year-old Waddi trees, the geothermal power station, the iconic racetrack and finishing with wine and cheese on ‘Big Red’ sand dune.

Highlights

  • Victoria’s Big  & Little Deserts
  • The Murray River
  • Broken Hill
  • The vast Strzelecki Desert
  • The Birdsville Track
  • The Simpson desert
  • Goyder Lagoon
  • The famous Birdsville hotel and township

 

 

 

Canoeing on the gorge Lawn Hill gorge

DAY 2 - Birdsville – Adel’s Grove

After an early start, we flew over the Diamantina and Georgina Rivers winding their way south towards Lake Eyre. The landscape becomes rockier as we approached the Selwyn Ranges around Mount Isa – a flight of just 2 hours. In this famous mining town we could have enjoyed a tour of the School of the Air, the Royal Flying Doctors and the underground mine.  Instead coffee and cake was just the pickup needed.
Another short flight of 1 hour and we arrived at the stunning Lawn Hill Gorge National Park – staying on the parks edge at Adel’s Grove. It is hard to explain the beauty of this place – pure running spring water, deep red palm lined gorges, a permanent waterfall, walking tracks, fresh water crocodiles, wallabies and abundant birdlife. Our accommodation was in luxury tents within earshot of Lawn Hill Creek. With the option of sunset tours, swimming in the balmy water, canoeing the river, sitting on the deck with a cold drink it was a matter of trying to squeeze in everything! This place is an unforgettable paradise!

Highlights:

  • SW Queensland’s Channel Country
  • The Simpson desert sand dunes
  • The Georgina River catchment (feeding Lake Eyre)
  • Mount Isa – iconic mining town and outback regional centre
  • School Of The Air and Royal Flying Doctor Service base visits
  • The rugged Selwyn Ranges
  • The Gulf of Carpentaria catchment area (Gulf Savannah)
  • Luxury outback camping at Adel's Grove on Lawn Hill creek
  • Tour by canoe of Lawn Hill Gorge

 

Kakadu yellow water

DAY 3 - Adel’s Grove  - Cooinda (Kakadu National Park)

After a leisurely start today’s journey took us over the stunning coastal scenery of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The serpentine rivers, coastal flats, azure waters take your breath away.
A short refueling stop at Borroloola broke the journey before arriving at Yellow Water, with enough time to relax then join an evening cruise taking in the incredible wildlife of Kakadu National Park. 3.5 hours of flying over remarkable scenery.
We are now in the top end – the weather is warm, the colors are vivid, it’s hard to believe three days ago you were keeping warm in front of a heater

Highlights

  • Stunning Gulf of Carpentaria Coastal flight
  • Kakadu escarpments
  • ‘Yellow Water’ evening cruise
  • Resort accommodation at Yellow Water
  • Teeming wildlife & tranquil waters

 

Katherine gorge Travelling

DAY 4 - Cooinda – Katherine

Today’s short flight down to Katherine covered some spectacular scenery and in less than an hour we were viewing Katherine Gorge from the air. We joined an afternoon cruise on the gorge marveling at the sheer cliffs and spectacular colors. After seeing the gorges from the air it was interesting to get down on the water amongst the cliffs. We completed the Two Gorges Cruise which involved a short walk from the first to the second gorge. We also spotted some crocodiles basking in the sun.

Highlights

  • Overfly Kakadu National Park & Katherine Gorge
  • Afternoon cruise or canoe on the spectacular Katherine Gorge
  • Relaxing evening in Katherine at your accommodation / pool or seeing the sights

 

Bungle bungles Lake Argyle

DAY 5 - Katherine – Lake Argyle

Nothing could prepare us for what we saw over the next two days. After departing form Tindal airport our journey turned west. We headed into the infamous Kimberley region flying over the vast Kimberley Ranges. The Victoria River snaking its way through deep gorges, the Bungle Bungles looking colourful and unique in the afternoon light, Lake Argyle appearing more like an ocean and Kununurra surrounded by irrigation farming. Sandalwood, mangoes and all sorts of exotic fruits abound in this region.
The size of Lake Argyle, the colours of the ranges and the texture of the Bungle Bungles were all awe-inspiring. We stayed in Kununurra and then drove out through the picturesque hills to Lake Argyle staying in luxury accommodation on the escarpment overlooking this vast inland sea.
There is so much to take in.

Highlights

  • Heading into the vast Kimberley region
  • Overfly Lake Argyle & the Bungle Bungles
  • See the Ord River Gorge & irrigation scheme
  • View the Lake Argyle Diamond mine from the air
  • Drive through the Kimberley ranges into Lake Argyle resort

 

Infinity pool Argyle cruise

DAY 6 - Day at Lake Argyle

The next day started with a visit to the Durack Homestead, then a Lake Argyle cruise and finished with a river trip down the Ord River through the deep gorge and ending in Kununurra.
Everything is big in the Kimberley. The size of the lake (18 times the area of Sydney Harbour), the amount of water that flows in and out during the wet season, the large fresh water crocodiles, the construction effort, the potential of the irrigation system and on it goes.

Highlights:

  • Cruise the enormous, awe inspiring Lake Argyle
  • Relax around the pool, swimming, fishing or hiking
  • Ord River Gorge Cruise
  • The beautiful cliff edge accommodation

 

Wyndham Horizontal falls

DAY 7 - Lake Argyle – Broome

The flight around Australia’s remote northwest coast promises a lot and certainly delivers. This trip covers some of the wildest and most spectacular country Australia has to offer and we were spellbound by the sights. Deep gorges, colorful escarpments, patterned tidal flats with the Timor Sea always on our right as we made our way towards Broome. The Mitchell Falls, the Horizontal Falls (tidal) and many more sights were enjoyed. As we approached Broome the long empty sandy beaches beckoned.

Highlights:

  • Early morning drive through Kimberley Ranges
  • Shopping for diamonds and souveniers in Kununurra
  • Afternoon ‘flight of a lifetime’
    • Kimberley ranges
    • Mitchell Falls
    • Australia’s NW coast looking over to the Timor sea
    • Horizontal waterfalls
    • Buccaneer Archipelago
    • Cape Levique
    • Cable Beach

 

Cable Beach Broome

DAY 8 - Day in Broome

Broome has so much to offer. Its multicultural community is well established. After a week of being on the go a quiet day was what was needed. We relaxed by driving around seeing the sights, shopping and enjoying the sunset over Cable Beach. We could have chosen from:

Highlights:

  • Swimming and relaxing on Cable Beach
  • Visiting pearl farms
  • Shopping
  • Camel riding on Cable Beach
  • Schooner cruises
  • Fishing trips
  • Enjoying the many restaurants

 

Lake Amadeus Broome - Uluru

DAY 9 - Broome – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Today’s flight was over some very remote country in the Northwest of Australia. We started by viewing the southern Kimberely and landing at Hall’s Creek for a refueling break. Then we flew over the Wolf Creek crater and onwards to Uluru. From the air the crater is perfectly round and its easy to imagine the meteor making this hole. This flight took us over the vivid, red ‘Great Sandy Desert and Lake Amadeus before the glorious sight of Uluru and Kata Tjuta came into view. On arriving there was time to view the infamous sunset over Uluru.

Highlights:

  • Fitzroy River catchment
  • Southern Kimberley Ranges
  • Hall’s Creek
  • Wolfe Creek meteorite crater
  • Gibson Desert
  • Lake Amadeus
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta from the air
  • Sunset viewing of ‘The Rock’

 

Ayers Rock Kata Tjuta

DAY 10 - Day at Uluru & Kata Tjuta

Today’s adventure included a drive around the base of ‘the rock’, with stops at various locations to see rock art, small water holes and try to take in the enormity of this monolith. A trip to Kata Tjuta also known as the Olgas was just a 15 minute drive. Once there, these incredible formations offer scenic walks right amongst the deep red rocks.
The visitor centre has much information about the area, Aboriginal culture and a good café provided us with a tasty lunch.

Highlights:

  • Walk through Kata Tjuta (‘Valley of the Winds’)
  • Uluru Visitor Centre
  • Drive / walk around Uluru
  • Sunset over Kata Tjuta

 

Home Lake Eyre

DAY 11 - Uluru – Home

The trip today was over the remote parts of Northern South Australia. An early morning departure meant sublime views of Uluru in the early morning light.
Lake Eyre is worth a trip in its own right but we saw the enormous expanse as we flew past. At this time it was dry – so the patterns on the salt flats, the pastel colours and textures were intriguing.
After a lunch break we travelled back into the more benign southern climes. Cooler, greener views and the signal that the incredible journey was coming to an end.

Highlights:

  • Lunch stop at William Creek – famous outback pub
  • Viewing the expansive Lake Eyre
  • Viewing North of Spencer Gulf and Adelaide Hills

 

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“We had a wonderful trip and saw so much. I would have happily kept going for another two weeks!” Claire

“I never thought it would be possible for me to go on a tour like this. Right from the beginning Andrew helped us create a fantastic, personalised experience. Everything was taken care of, we just sat back and enjoyed this amazing journey.” Helen

 

All tours with ‘A Kube Aviation’ are tailor made for the people who are travelling. If 4 people did this trip - this year, it would cost around $7250pp. This includes all of the travel costs, accommodation and breakfasts and tours.
Remember – it’s ‘Your trip – your way’

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