Kimberley & Top End Air Safari (15 days)
The ultimate in outback touring, Kirkhope Aviation’s Kimberley Air Safari is a sensational 15-day luxury small-group air tour, incorporating the jewels of Australia’s Top End, for you to experience the unique and timeless wonders of our contrasting ancient land.
The Magical Kimberley and Northern Territory
This memorable Kimberley and Northern Territory tour takes to you to remote and incredible places including the Kimberley in Western Australia, Arnhem Land and the Gulf, and Australia’s Red Centre.
There is simply no other way to experience so many remote sights and experiences in a short period of time. We were greeted by guides and treated to a diverse range of experiences – bush walks, swimming in pristine water holes, river and wetland cruises, helicopter ride, dining in the desert, etc.
- Spectacular flightseeing over Buccaneer Archipelago, Montgomery Reef, Horizontal Falls, Wolfe Creek Crater, Bungle Bungles & Flinders Ranges
- Iconic Birdsville and Innamincka Hotels
- Big Red sand dune in the Simpson Desert
- Desert Oasis Adel’s Grove
- Stunning Arnhem land Safari Lodge
- Historic Bullo River Station
- Wilderness Berkeley River Lodge
- Cruise Lawn Hill Gorge, Mt Borradaile Billabong and Berkeley River
- Bountiful Broome
- ‘Must do’ Bungle Bungles Savanna Lodge
- Monolithic Uluru and Kata Tjuta
- Fascinating Coober Pedy
- Fishing, birdlife, wildlife, swimming
- Incredible photographic opportunities
Itinerary: Kimberley Air Safari (15 days)
Day 1: Melbourne to Birdsville
Your 15-day Kimberley Outback Air Safari leaves from Moorabbin Airport at 8 am for Innamincka, on the famous Cooper Creek, where you’ll enjoy a sumptuous lunch in the Innamincka Hotel’s ‘Outamincka’ bar and visit the historic Inland Mission.
Then, it’s on to Birdsville via the spectacular Coongie Lakes area arriving in time for a short town tour. Then it’s out to the Big Red sand dune on the Simpson Desert for the most stunning sunset drinks. Dinner and accommodation is back in Birdsville at one of Australia’s most iconic pubs — the Birdsville Hotel.
Day 2: Birdsville to Lawn Hill
This morning, we depart early for Mt Isa for a quick refuel, before flying down to the Lawn Hill National Park. Your aircraft will land a short walk from your tent or cabin accommodation at Adels Grove, overlooking the stunning Lawn Hill Creek.
In the early afternoon, a 20-minute drive will have you at Lawn Hill Gorge — one of the most spectacular gorges in the Gulf Country, with luscious tropical vegetation, sheer red cliffs and enchanting green water.
An electric powered boat will take you on a 2 hour cruise through the gorge to it’s summit, where you’ll find yourself in a small oasis with a beautiful waterfall. A swim at the falls and nearby bubbling spa is sometimes available. Then it’s back to Adels Grove for pre-dinner drinks in the open-air restaurant and bar before dinner.
Absolutely fabulous experience. A private tour like this is the only way to see the outback properly. Six of us on the tour, with plenty of room, and the windows of the plane were so large we didn't miss anything. Can't recommend Kirkhope highly enough.