Available Scenic Flights over Lake Eyre / Kati Thanda

Wilpena Pound scenic flight

Photo: View from the office – Madigan Gulf, Lake Eyre North. Seen on every one or two-day tour to Lake Eyre from Rawnsley Park Station in the Flinders Ranges. Credit: Chinta Air/Felicity Brown (Pilot)

One Day Tour, ex Rawnsley Park / Flinders Ranges

Full Day Tour

Departs: 9.30am.

Please be at the Rawnsley Park Station airstrip at 9am.

Returns: 5pm (approximately)

Price from 1 April, 2024:
$995 per person for 4 passengers,
$1085per person for 3 passengers,
$1445 per person for 2 passengers.

Family rate: $3255 for 2 adults & 2 children (aged 3 – 13 years).

Private tour: $1305 per person for 3 people / $1935 per person for 2 people.

Includes:
After departure, the morning flight takes you over:

  • Wilpena Pound & Ikara / Flinders Ranges National Park.
  • Leigh Creek, both the town and coalfields.
  • Marree Man, the largest geoglyph in Australia.
  • Lake Eyre South and North.
  • Lunch at William Creek Hotel (included).
  • Includes lunch from menu, and a choice of tea / coffee, water / juice / soft drinks

After lunch, the afternoon flight includes:

    • Anna Creek, the largest cattle station in the world.
    • Andamooka
    • Lake Torrens

Optional Extras:

Warburton Inlet: Fly to the Northern tip of the Lake for the best chance of seeing birdlife and to see if any water is flowing in to Lake Eyre / Kati Thanda from the Warburton Creek. Extra – $150 per person.

Painted Hills: Fly over the Painted Hills on Anna Creek Station (the Hills are not accessible by road).
Extra – $210 per person.

Note:
We are unable to welcome on board any passenger who weighs 130kgs or more.

Lake Eyre scenic flight

Photo: In 2018, the views in 2018 from a Lake Eyre / Kati Thanda scenic flight were stunning. Credit: SA Tourism Commission / Lachlan Swan, 2018

Three Day Tour, ex Rawnsley Park / Flinders Ranges

Tour dates:
17 / 18 / 19 May, 2024
14 / 15 / 16 June, 2024
12 / 13 / 14 July, 2024
16 / 17 / 18 August, 2024.

Departs: 8.30am, day one – Please be at the airstrip at 8.00am.
Returns: 4.30pm, day three.

2024 Rate:
$2995 per person (minimum numbers apply)

Day One Includes:

Morning flight over:

  • Wilpena Pound & Ikara / Flinders Ranges National Park
  • Northern Flinders Ranges
  • The Birdsville Track crossing the Cooper Creek
  • Cooper Creek, East of Lake Eyre / Kati Thanda to Innamincka.
  • Lunch stop at Innamincka (lunch included).

After lunch:

  • Flight from Innamincka over Coongie Lake System to Birdsville.

Accommodation:  dinner (two courses, from menu), bed (double or twin share rooms) at the Birdsville Hotel.

Day Two Includes:

Its an early start for a 4WD adventure (with guide) to the Big Red sand-dune on the edge of the Simpson Desert.  Enjoy a cuppa while watching the sunrise, before returning to the Birdsville Bakery for breakfast.

After breakfast (included):

  • Board the aircraft, to follow the Diamantina South to Goyders Lagoon.
  • From Goyders Lagoon, follow the Warburton Creek South to Lake Eyre / Kati Thanda.
  • Fly down the full length of Lake Eyre (North and South).
  • Track over the Marree Man for Marree. Lunch stop at Marree (lunch included). Includes lunch from menu, and a choice of tea / coffee, water / juice / soft drinks.

After lunch, fly over the Flinders Ranges to land at the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary.

Day Three Includes:

Start the day with a buffet breakfast (included).
The morning is spent on Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary’s signature experience – the Ridgetop 4WD Tour. Guided by Sanctuary guides, the Ridgetop Tour includes some of the most spectacular scenery in the Northern Flinders Ranges. Enjoy a cuppa and the famous Sanctuary lamingtons while gazing out over the mesmerising landscapes.

Return for lunch (included), from the Arkaroola menu, with a choice of tea / coffee, water / juice / soft drinks.

After lunch, transfer to the airstrip for a final flight over Ikara / Central Flinders Ranges National Park and Wilpena Pound before landing back at Rawnsley Park Station.

Note:
Maximum of 6 passengers.
Every passenger gets a window seat, and a headset to hear the pilot’s commentary pointing out scenic highlights.
We are unable to welcome on board any individual who weighs 130kgs or more.

Terms:
10% deposit on booking.
Full and final payment 30 days prior to departure.

Photo: View from the office – Madigan Gulf, Lake Eyre North. Seen on every one or two-day tour to Lake Eyre from Rawnsley Park Station Credit: Chinta Air/Felicity Brown (Pilot)

Lake Eyre scenic flight

Photo: The views from a Lake Eyre / Kati Thanda scenic flight, in 2018. Credit: SA Tourism Commission / Lachlan Swan, 2018

One Day Tour, ex Ceduna

Full Day Tour

Departs: Ceduna Airport, 7.30am – please be at airport at 7am.
Returns: Ceduna Airport, 5.30pm.

2024 Rate:  $1075 per person, for 4 passengers.

Morning flight:

  • Depart Ceduna for Mount Finke, and onto Coober Pedy.
  • After a quick re-fuelling stop, depart Coober Pedy for the centre of Lake Eyre / Kati Thansa. Then turn South and fly down to Belt Bay.
  • Lunch at William Creek Hotel: Included
  • Includes lunch from menu, and a choice of tea / coffee, water / juice / soft drinks

Afternoon flight:

  • Depart William Creek and fly over the Marree Man, then turn for Ceduna
Lake Eyre scenic flight

Photo: View from the office – Madigan Gulf, Lake Eyre North. Seen on every one or two-day tour to Lake Eyre / Kati Thanda from Rawnsley Park Station Credit: Chinta Air/Felicity Brown (Pilot)

Two Day Tour, ex Ceduna

2024 Dates:
14 / 15 September, 2024

Departs: 8am, day one, Ceduna Airport – please be at airport at 7.30am.
Returns: 5.30pm, day two, Ceduna Airport.

2024 Rate:
$2350 per person.
Minimum numbers apply.

Day One Includes:

Depart Ceduna for Mount Finke, and onto Coober Pedy.

After a quick re-fuelling stop, depart Coober Pedy to fly the full width of Lake Eyre / Kati Thanda from West to East.

On the Eastern side of Lake Eyre / Kati Thanda, follow the Cooper Creek from the lake to Innamincka.

Lunch stop: Innamincka, (included). Lunch from menu, with a choice of tea / coffee, water / juice / soft drinks.

After lunch, flight from Innamincka over Coongie Lake System to Birdsville.

Overnight:

Dinner and Bed at Birdsville Hotel.

Day Two:

Start the day before sunrise with a 4WD tour to Big Red, on the edge of the Simpson Desert. Enjoy a cuppa while watching the sunrise.

Return to town for a Birdsville Bakery breakfast (included) before departing Birdsville to follow the Diamantina to Goyders Lagoon.

Follow Warburton Creek to Lake Eyre / Kati Thanda.

Fly down the full length of Lake Eyre / Kati Thanda to Belt Bay Turn West for William Creek.

Lunch stop: William Creek Hotel. Lunch included, with a choice of tea / coffee, water / juice / soft drinks.

Afternoon flight, depart William Creek over Marree Man, then turn for Ceduna.

Every passenger gets a window seat, and a headset to hear the pilot pointing out scenic highlights.

Terms:
10% deposit on confirmation.
Full and final payment 30 days prior to departure.