Lake Eyre & William Creek (2 days)
Lake Eyre deep in the outback of South Australia has almost a mythical status in the Australian physic. Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre is the largest Lake in Australia spanning 9,500 square kilometres and is an amazing sight to see at any time, however it is mostly bone dry characterised by its shimmering crystal white crust. The catchment area that drains into the Lake covers a staggering 1.2 million square kilometres (roughly one-sixth of Australia.)
As a result of the massive rains that devastated north-western Queensland in February 2019, a vast amount of water is currently making its way to Lake Eyre via the Diamantina River and is expected to reach Lake Eyre in late March. Water means life and the transformation of the region will be a sight to behold especially by air where the Lake becomes a gargantuan piece of abstract art. The flood waters into Lake Eyre are expected to be short lived, lasting around 3 months.
Kirkhope Aviation, the experts in outback touring including having operated over 100 tours to Lake Eyre, is pleased to offer (along with the 3 day and 4 day Taste of the Outback tours which also feature Lake Eyre), this 2 day weekend air tour to see the magnificence of Lake Eyre, overnighting at William Creek. Lake Eyre as the tour centrepiece will be supported by several more tour highlights including an air and land tour of the recently opened to the public, Anna Creek Painted Hills. Join Kirkhope Aviation and be one of the few Australians to see the phenomenon that is Lake Eyre with water.
NB. Images of Lake Eyre are from previous years. As the Lake constantly changes due to water amount, flow, wind, cycle and other climate conditions, no particular view can be guaranteed.
The trip is well named "Taste of the Outback" and left us wanting to see more, learn more and spend more time in these remote locations with the support of Kirkhope staff and their colleagues as they shared their passion for the places they know.
• Stunning Wilpena Pound scenic flight
• Award winning Rawnsley Park Station
• Remote William Creek Hotel
• Unique Painted Hills air and ground tour
• Spectacular Lake Eyre scenic flight
• Fascinating Muloorina Station
• Picturesque Broken Hill Outback Resort
Itinerary: Lake Eyre & William Creek (2 days)
Melbourne – Mildura – Flinders Ranges - William Creek
7.15am check in at the Kirkhope Aviation Departure Lounge, conveniently located at Moorabbin Airport with ample, unrestricted car parking right next to our hangar. An early 8.00am departure to make the most of the day.
Fly from Melbourne to Mildura for a short refuelling stop before we continue to the Flinders Ranges with a scenic flight over the spectacular Wilpena Pound. Enjoy friendly country hospitality and a mouth-watering lunch at Rawnsley Park Station in their authentic Woolshed restaurant overlooking the southern side of Wilpena Pound.
Following lunch, fly on to William Creek, famous for its pub (one of the most remote in Australia) and the closest town to Lake Eyre North. Check into your ensuite accommodation for the night before a magical experience to the Anna Creek Painted Hills. Board a Wrightsair aircraft with a local expert for the short flight to the Painted Hills which are only accessible by air and have only just opened up for ground touring. Covering an area of 10 by 30 kilometres the multi-coloured pristine sandstone hills of varying shapes and sizes emerge suddenly out of the flat desert landscape. View the dingo proof fence, fossils that are millions of years old and get up close to the sandstone hills of varying colours.
Return to William Creek for a refreshing ale at the hospitable William Creek Hotel and quality outback pub grub for dinner.
Meals Included: Lunch & Dinner
Everything one could hope for was covered in the schedule and at each stop we were guided by a local expert who gave us a most interesting and thorough background on what we were seeing. The pilot and co-pilot for our trip were also very professional men who never missed a beat.
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