Kirkhope Aviation featured in Luxury Travel Magazine’s Summer Issue (JAN/FEB/MAR).
Kirkhope Aviation’s 5 day ‘South Australia Discovered‘ tour includes two full days at Kangaroo Island then a swim with the Sea Lions at Baird Bay before flying onto Wudinna. Spend 2 days at Kangaluna Camp in the stunning Gawler Ranges including the magnificent Salt Lake Gairdner. Enjoy upmarket bush camp with magnificent food and touring.
Our passengers travelled in comfort relaxing in the club seating of the Super King Air which is able to get us to these difficult locations quickly. See more on our tour here. Read below on Kelly’s experience flying with Kirkhope Aviation.
We take an ultra luxe private plane tour through South Australia, staying at an eco friendly glampsite and the inimitable Southern Ocean Lodge, add explore some of the best new tours available. Words and images by Kelly Irving www.luxurytravelmag.com.au
There’s a feeling of isolation out here, of being the only one in the whole world. It’s heightened upon our arrival at Kangaluna Lodge. This is how exploring should be done – there’s a bed with uninterrupted views of the bush, cold beer behind the bar and a campfire to huddle around when the sun goes down.The lodge comprises three huge stand-alone tents, each with two bedrooms and an ensuite bathroom with a hot shower that uses rainwater collected from the roof. Everything’s run on solar power and all the furniture is built from recycled wood; this place sums up the true origins of the term eco. And if you want to take it one step further, try the swagon: a spruced-up wagon with a double swag and a roll-up roof for sleeping out under the stars. We’re treated to candlelit dinners of local steak, salmon, salads, shiraz and soft cheese. The nights are warm and comfortable, the days filled with calorie-worthy, sightseeing activities: visiting Lake Gairdner – a 160 kilometre long salt lake in the red, dusty desert – spotting so many emus and kangaroos it’s better than being on an African safari.
Just when I think it can’t get any better, we’re off on our private plane to our next destination: Kangaroo Island. For the next two nights at Southern Ocean Lodge, I lap up the lounge with heated floor, private outdoor deck with views of waves breaking on a beach as white as George Clooney’s teeth, six-course dinners made with whatever’s fresh that day, the plunge pool, sauna, spa and all- inclusive bar. If ever you think you’ve “made it” in terms of accommodation then this is it.
The next couple of days pass more than just comfortably. Our local guides, Peter and Speedy, regale us with yarns about island life (people leave their houses unlocked when they go on holiday) as we spend long, languid lunches in Flinders Chase National Park; visit Admirals Arch, Seal Bay Conservation Park, the Remarkable Rocks and the state’s only square lighthouse; and look for more wildlife, most of which I’ve never seen outside of a zoo: echidnas, koalas, tiger snakes and goannas. It’s incredible, beautiful. But it’s not what has made this journey memorable…… To find out what has made this journey memorable, download the pdf version of the review.