Outback Tours and Private Charter Testimonials

We take great pride in helping you create memorable experiences that last a life time from our air tours to outback Australia. Below you’ll see testimonials and reviews from previous satisfied clients. These testimonials are real and reprinted with the client’s permission.

Taste of the Outback July 2017
Jumping on Lake Eyre

Thank you, Keith, for an absolutely wonderful ‘Taste of the Outback’ Tour last weekend and for all the trouble you went to, in making it such an enjoyable experience. I know what goes into the ‘behind the scenes’ organisation for these types of trips and I appreciate your efforts in ensuring that everyone had a very special four days.

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting places I had not been to for some thirty years and experiencing again the beauty of the outback landscapes and the hospitality of the wonderful people who live there. All this and to have had the privilege to do this in a light aircraft flown by a very competent pilot.

Kind regards – Doug

 

 

 

 

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White Cliffs Music Festival May 2017
Testimonial - Whitecliffs music festival group trip

Hello Nick and Rob,

Thank you for an excellent weekend at White Cliffs.  Sally and I really enjoyed the whole experience at the White Cliffs music festival beginning with an exciting flight.

Must say we felt very spoilt with all the attention we were given including the lolly and snack packs in the back for when the “hungry” hit.  The commentary also gave us an interesting flight where you pointed out features not to be missed.  I would like to receive your newsletter to see future trips offered.

Many thanks for excellent service. Regards Deann

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Taste of the Outback 3 April 2017
Taste of the Outback tour

Dear Keith,

Just wanted to be sure to Thank You and Rob (before we get to traveling again) for a fantastic experience: we couldn’t be happier!

Thank you and thank you again,

Yours, Gail & Matt

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Taste of the Outback 4 Day Tour March 2017
Testimonial - 4 Day Taste of the Outback incl Lake Eyre

Just a brief note to say how much we enjoyed our recent Air Tour, piloted and hosted by Tony Wood.

It was a thrill to see outback sights that we hadn’t had the opportunity to experience before. The whole itinerary, including the ground tours, was excellent. Tony – you were great company and good fun, and made the whole trip so enjoyable.
We are very satisfied customers. – Max and Ann

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Barnbougle / King Island March 2017
Barnbougle Dunes

I was part of the recent group to Barnbougle/King Island last week & would like to thank the pilots who retrieved my missing bag & delivered it to the Melbourne hotel. Above & beyond the call of duty & much appreciated. Please pass on my thanks. – Neil, New Zealand.

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King Island Day Tour December 30 2016
Calcified Forest King Island

Thank you for another fantastic trip.  We have completed three tours with Kirkhope Aviation.  Each has been a delight with outstanding organisation, scenic flying and great company.  Our latest trip to King Island was no exception.  The flight, tour and catering were all spot on.  We had a most enjoyable day with great photos.  We wish you well and will be back for more…. Kindest regards, Chris & Greg

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Business Charter to Northern Victoria November 2016
Kirkhope Chieftain at Airstrip

From my perspective, you were a pleasure to deal with and with a tight deadline, you made it a stress free experience. I understand from Richard who sat up the pointy end, it was a pleasant flight. I would have no hesitation using Kirkhope in the future…. Kellie

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Lord Howe Island November 2016
Bicycle Ride Neds Beach We really appreciated your warm friendliness as host, and professionalism as pilot. We felt weary on Thursday, as I am sure you did also. I didn’t pick the winner of the Melbourne Cup, alas!!!… Patricia Save Save Save Save Save Save Save Save
Yarra Valley Tour October 2016
Testimonial - Yarra Valley Tour I totally loved the day, Nicks easy manner and humour, skilled flying and my other travellers company. You fitted a lot of nice stuff into the day, and Stu as Coach Driver was charming and competent. I’ll recommend you to friends. Well done! … Rosco Save Save Save Save Save
Priviate Charter Bairnsdale September 22, 2016
Corporate Aircraft CharterAll good. Nick was great. We were all kept well informed of the flight details, any delays and the reason, etc. Plane was comfortable and the in-house snacks well received after our meeting. Thanks again, and Kirkhope Aviation will certainly be my choice in the future if I require corporate travel…. Richard Save Save Save Save Save Save
4 Day Taste of the Outback / Lake Eyre September 18, 2016
Maree Man is still there - 2016

Maree Man

Dear Kirkhope Aviation. I was really impressed with the way everything happened just as it was promised and overall the trip really exceeded my expectations, so on the level of professionalism and hospitality I think you deserve full marks.

I really liked the way Tony took into account peoples separate wants and preferences, and I appreciated how he and all the land guides were the source of interesting and valuable information but at the same time didn’t over-do it. It was so peaceful and quiet in all those remote places and I never felt that the group was intruding, there was just the right balance of communication and privacy. I cant imagine that anybody wouldn’t have a great trip with you. Best regards, Pam Save Save

Taste of the Outback August 4, 2016
Keith Siler, Pilot Kirkhope Aviation

Keith Siler

It was one of the more memorable mini holidays that we have ever taken. Keith is a delightful man, generous and hospitable host and great pilot. He made us all feel very comfortable and safe. Good food, good accommodation and pleasant company. Two big hits were Ernie Mitchell at Lake Mungo and the hospitality of Cindy at Muloorina Station. Overall, in my opinion you have a very good business going and we will continue to spread the word. Kind regards, Alan. Save Save

Private Charter August 2016
Macoma Football Club G’day, thanks for taking the boys back from Macorna on Saturday – they loved it. Even got some handy pictures while in the air. They said Nick was a great pilot and felt very safe. Will use your team again. Thanks, Craig Campbell, Macorna Football Club
Private Charter August 2016
Nick Stobie, Pilot Kirkhope Aviation

Nick Stobie

A special thank you to Nick for taking me to Mt Buller, the city and the bay area. I had a fantastic time. I’m glad I got to meet Tony to give my appreciation of Nick. He made it all so worthwhile and accommodated my every need and made it all very special. Susan

3 day Taste of the Outback / Lake Eyre 15th July 2016
A huge thank you for a truly marvelous three days. So well looked after by Tony, nothing was too much trouble, accommodation and meals first class plus the company of a great group of people. Amazing views of our beautiful country and a further insight into the lives of the people who live in remote places. Flying into Moorabbin with the city lights and a gorgeous sunset a fitting finale. Kind Regards, Marjorie.
4 day Taste of the Outback / Lake Eyre Tour 8th July 2016
Testimonial Arkaroola ridgetop tourWe really enjoyed the trip. Your systems are really good and we thought the experience was marvelous fun and professional in every way. I’ll save up for another shot! Cheers, Tim
4 day Taste of the Outback / Lake Eyre 30th June 2016
Photo from Tast of the Outback tour June 2016 The trip was all that we expected and a lot more, absolutely amazing. Please thank Darron again as he was an excellent pilot, tour guide, friend and timekeeper for us all. I was most impressed with all of the services provided and the advantages of a small aircraft tour. I will certainly be planning other such trips with our friends. Thank you again, Ron. See Ron’s magnificent story-telling of his trip to Lake Eyre and Outback. Lake Eyre Tour June 30 2016
We returned last evening from a most marvelous trip. Judy and I are delighted. It is one of those holidays which are forever remembered. Excellent care taken throughout to make sure that we had the best time possible. Good company from the other passengers, good accommodation and good food. The pilot Darren is a special person who took very good care of us. I cannot think of one aspect of the trip which wasn’t ‘top notch’. So, thank you very much for organising our great trip!… Best regards, Lorrie
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4 day Taste of the Outback/Lake Eyre 27th June 2016
Hi Keith, Thanks you so much for a wonderful few days away. So many positives; sights, activities, people, food & planning were all fantastic. Well be back! Peter was much refreshed after his return. He hasnt stopped telling folks about the trip (as youve probably seen on his FB page). Big thanks again. Warm regards – Juliet & Peter
3 day Taste of the Outback 5th June 2016
Aerial Lake Eyre June 2016 We were members of the group which flew with Kirkhope Aviation on the 3 day Lake Eyre tour. We both enjoyed ourselves immensely and wish to thank Keith for being such a good pilot, guide and host; he did a great job and took very good care of us all. The tour was everything that we could wish for – there was plenty of water in Lake Eyre (the main reason for our journey) and throughout the surrounding area, Cooper Creek at Innamincka was flowing and Arkaroola was just amazing. We enjoyed every minute of our tour and thank you both for our wonderful experience. Pam and Stan
Lake Eyre Tour June 2016Your Outback Tour was marvellous, packed with adventure and the highlights at all the iconic locations in outback Australia were superb. Yvonne and I have never flown in a light aircraft before, but we certainly will be doing so again soon and with Kirkhope Aviation. The flight was smooth, informative and Keith and our fellow travellers were an absolute delight to travel with. Innaminka, Birdsville, William Creek and Lake Eyre and particularly Arkaroola were all wonderful stop overs. Meeting with Doug and Vikki Sprigg at Arkaroola was indeed a highlight of the trip, his knowledge of both the geographical features and history of the area and the planets was extraordinary.
Every hour of the day whether flying or exploring on the ground was rewarding, informative and our time on the ground was a wonderful look back on our past and how our history has shaped the Australian people of the outback. Their cheerful and welcoming attitude was delightful. Guides such as Wayne at William Creek and Rick at Arkaroola further added to our adventure. We will be certainly recommending your company to our friends and hopefully catching up with our travel companions on one of your other flights. Thanks again for such a fabulous trip. John and Yvonne
3 day Taste of the Outback / Lake Eyre April 2016
Hi guys, Just wanted to say we had an awesome time on our trip. It was worth the wait, and Hans was awesome. An absolute pleasure… Many thanks, Rod and Emma Looking up Warburton Groove Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre North 24 June 2016
Dear Tony Wood, First of all, many thanks for taking such good care of us during our recent tour of Birdsville, Lake Eyre and Arkaroola.
On our first light plane flight we were able to just relax and enjoy, knowing you were experienced and capable in your job as pilot. The whole experience was amazing – the colours and design shapes from the air had me glued to the window. No photo can capture it. – the peaceful quiet of the outback is rejuvenating – the sunset at Birdsville was stunning. – Lake Eyre is beyond description. – the cattle station visit an education into outback life. – the William Creek pub, full of unique character. – Arkaroola exceeded all expectation and is an inspiring credit to the Sprigg family. The rugged environment, bird life and the first experience of four wheel driving gave us a taste of a place we vowed to return to for a longer stay.
The outback adventure tour offered by Kirkhope exceeded all our expectations and our only regret was that it was over too soon. We recommend this holiday to anyone wanting see all our amazing country has to offer. Thanks again, Meg and Chris
4 day Taste of the Outback / Lake Eyre April 2016
Hi Tony & Keith & Hans, WOW – what a wonderful and amazing adventure!

Mungo on Taste of the Outback Tour

Mungo National Park

Australia is such a magnificent country and what a privilege it was to experience ” A 4 Day Taste of the Outback ” with Kirkhope Air.

The Tour was filled to the brim with the amazing scenery of our beautiful country from the air and on the ground. The ground tours were informative and exciting. The comment made many times on arrival back to the aircraft ” We are so spoilt! So glad that we are not getting into a 4WD to travel these outback roads.” Many thanks Tony & Keith for your organisation of the tour to fit in with our dates, our upgraded accommodations, answering all our queries and all the information you provided, the snacks and lollies in the plane…..you have thought of everything.
The tour was perfect in every way, the aircraft fabulous, our travelling companions fun to be with and the April weather warm, sunny and not too hot. A huge thank you to Hans our very experienced and careful pilot. We felt comfortable and relaxed throughout the trip with the aircraft in your capable hands. Thanks also for your consideration and care during a bout of unfortunate motion sickness. We really enjoyed your company and that of your wife Helen. Lots of laughs and fun shared. We look forward to experiencing future tours and adventures in Australia with Kirkhope Air. Best wishes, Heather & Gordon
Testimonials - Taste of the Outback Lake Eyre Air Tour

The tour was fantastic and surpassed our expectations. We would like to stay in touch and would love to share and receive some of the photos from Hans & Helen. We really did enjoy their company and Helen was a mother hen looking after all of us. We were impressed with Hans skills as a pilot. He was very careful and except for some of the low altitude thermals it was a very smooth ride in the aircraft. Also impressed with your aircraft and your organisation of the tour thank you. Many thanks, Heather

The trip was awesome thank you. Hans is a great pilot, and he did a fantastic job. The trip surpassed our expectations, and we are all very grateful that you organised a trip like that. The dinners were superb, and the one we loved the most was the Prairie Hotel. Everyone enjoyed the trip, see you soon, thanks again. Cheers, Barb and DavidVic

4 day Taste of the Outback / Lake Eyre April 2016
Prairie Hotel Parachilna serving emu camel kangarooTony, I would like to say cheers, I really enjoyed the trip; a real taste of the outback. I especially liked the Innaminka River trip, Parachilna and Brachina Gorge, and hearing about the way stations work at Muloorina. Cindy had some great stories so much history. Ill be writing it up and making a photo book Regards HelenVic
Charter to Milawa Brown Bros and lunch ....Feb 2016
Testimonial Trip to Brown Bros Winery Milawa VICHi Gents, Hans was an absolutely terrific pilot, and we were very pleased by two wonderful flights! The journey back down to Melbourne today was particularly special, what a morning to fly!! Your service has been excellent, and I have no hesitation to use and recommend you in the future. Cheers Matt…..Victoria
Private Charter to Warnambool ....Feb 2016
Hi Tony, Very smooth and enjoyable flight. Punctual too which was important. Enjoyed the pilot Tonys company. Thanks again…Regards Noel…..Victoria
6 Day Lord Howe Island & Cessnock Wineries April 2015
Dear Tony You will have picked up from the high level of satisfaction on our return last night that everyone enjoyed it greatly. Kirsty is not only an excellent pilot but a very good and well organised tour leader. It was good to see that all of us on this trip had been with Kirkhope before..Ian and Sandra..Victoria
5 Day Kangaroo Island and Gawler Ranges April 2015
Dear Tony & Keith The Kangaroo Island and Gawler Ranges trip was great, and we all three enjoyed it tremendously. Thanks again, Keith, for being a great pilot and companion.Regards Janet..Victoria
4 Day Tasmania and Bass Strait Islands March 2015
Tony, We enjoyed our trip to Lake Eyre, 2 or 3 years ago, this encouraged us to fly with you again. We had a marvellous trip to Flinders and King Islands and Tasmania. Flying on a small plane is so much fun, on and off quickly. We all loved the birds eye view of Wilsons Prom and beyond, then Flinders Island, then north west Tasmania, then King Island, then flying over the heads and over Port Philip Bay on the way home. A wonderful way to travel..Michel and Andrew Victoria
4 day Taste of the Outback | Lake Eyre, Birdsville, Mungo and Parachilna April 2015
Hi Keith, We had a fabulous 4 days. Tony was a great pilot. We enjoyed his company. The gorge drive at Parachilna was beautiful on the first dayit would have been lovely to have had extra time at the hotel on the Monday morning as it was so delightful. Thanks again, Sandy & Peter..Victoria
3 Day Taste of the Outback | Lake Eyre April 2015
Hi Keith, Thank you so very much for a wonderful, enjoyable, relaxed and informative tour. The whole trip was great even with the lack of water, and both yours and Dougs explanations of various things were terrific. And also thanks for the enjoyable experience up front in a turbo-prop loved it ! Will have to see where we go next !! Bruce .Victoria
3 Day Taste of the Outback | Lake Eyre May 2015
Tony & Keith, I cannot wait to tell you what a fantastic trip I have had from Thursday to Saturday. Your pilot Tony Wood was so helpful to me throughout the tour. We had so many magical experiences and although I have travelled a great deal there is absolutely nothing that comes near to this tour. The outback gets right to ones heart. Thank you for this most enjoyable trip and I shall certainly recommend your company to anyone wishing to do a tour with you.Sincerely Margaret (84)..Victoria
13 Day Kimberley and Top End Tour Aug 2014
Kimberley Coast Bradshaw Aboriginal Art WADear Keith, THANK YOU for a wonderful holiday.
I cant begin to tell you what a great time I had. Walking into your office and meeting six strangers also on the trip was scary but what great people to go on holiday with. It has to be one of the best holidays I have had.
Tony, our pilot, was thoroughly professional in looking after our wellbeing and making sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed at all times.Lorraine..Victoria
Hi Keith and Tony, I have just returned home after the Top End Tour.The memories I now carry from this air tour with Kirkhope Aviation far exceed my dreams that I envisaged before I left. To see the colours of the desert, the mountains that rise up beneath the aircraft, the rivers and coastal areas and then to land on a gravel strip far out there. What a privilege, this is the ultimate for me.
I thank you for organizing this stimulating, varied and pack-filled trip to the north. Everyday was so different, and experienced in comfort as we saw much of Australia. My wish was to fly over the outback just one more time, but this trip included so much more. My special thanks goes to Tony Wood, our pilot who looked after us all, especially myself. The friendship and company of our group, cannot be described. It was such fun for the whole 13 days. Thank you to all concerned..Barbara Victoria
9 Day Bespoke Tour to Haggerstone Is, Mt Borradaile, Bullo River ..Aug 2014
Kimberley Bespoke Air TourThanks again to Tony for organising such an amazing trip and for looking after us along the journey, to Kirsty for her superb flying. I have enjoyed the friendship, the adventures and the laughs and will dine out on the many stories for a long time to come.Craig. Victoria Great trip guys.SimonVictoria It really was an amazing dream of a trip. Having a look through my pics now and we really packed heaps into 9 days. Some great memories to shareJanVictoria It was an amazing trip with a great group that made it all the more enjoyable. Look forward to the next adventure.StewartVictoria