About Kirkhope Aviation

Kirkhope Aviation Charters are the perfect form of transportation for those needing to get to their destination quickly in comfort and style. We have more than 40 years experience flying VIPs, Government Officials, and senior executives to their destinations throughout Australia.

Chartering an aircraft allows you to get to any location that may prove difficult to reach commercially. Instead of landing in a capital city and driving the long distance, our twin engine aircraft can get you to your destination in a fraction of the time.

Each flight leaves from Moorabbin Airport, a 30-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD. Departures from Essendon Airport or other locations can also be arranged. No need to stick to commercial airline schedules, as Kirkhope Aviation allows you to travel in your own time, and in great comfort. You can even travel to multiple destinations in one day depending on your requirements. You might consider conducting a business meeting in our plane en-route — it’s comfortable enough to be used as a mini boardroom!

Our Story

A fair amount of time has passed since I bought my first aircraft and flew my first air tour back in 1974.

The Bungle Bungle in the Kimberley had not yet been rediscovered. Adel’s Grove had no proper visitor amenities, just one caravan and an outside BBQ, so we slept under the stars on wooden benches.

Since then, Keith, myself and Kirkhope Aviation have run more than 2000 departures and flown more than 3.5 million kilometres across the country.

In recent years, the business has grown to cater to more Australians who are eager to discover our vast country. As our experience has deepened, more pilots and tourism professionals have joined the business to service the demand and lead it into the future.

With many decades of experience behind us, Keith and I will continue to mentor our pilots and staff who have the drive and passion to continue what we love doing - delivering an enriching Australian touring experience in the joy of travelling by private aircraft.

Over the past few years, Kirkhope Aviation's Australian Air Safaris has grown to be the largest air tour operator in the country, with departures from Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast. We offer the broadest range of tours with the most departures, while maintaining our small groups, personalised experience and excellent service. Our constant 5-star Tripadvisor reviews are a testament to the high level of service and quality of experience we offer on tour. if you are thinking of travelling with us for the first time in 2023, I invite you to check out our customer reviews.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you on an Australian Air Safari in 2023.

- Tony Kirkhope

Founder and Owner of Kirkhope Aviation and Australian Air Safaris

Air Charters, Australia-wide

Kirkhope Aviation offers private and corporate air charters throughout Australia. Utilising our fleet, travellers can select their own flight schedules to travel when they want. We also offer a turbine pressurised ten-seat King Air aircraft that allows executives to travel in style to their next business meeting.

Packaged Air Tours

We know the outback, and currently offer packaged outback air tours to diverse destinations. Fly with us to Cape York, the Northern Territory’s Top End, Tasmania and the Bass Strait Isles, coastal and outback South Australia, and Western Australia’s Pilbara and Kimberley region. We also offer a range of one day tours and are specialists in creating custom air tours.