Always wondered where charter flight can take you?
This is just three days with Airspeed Aviation, based at Scone.
Day 1: Leaving behind a frosty Orange, NSW we flew to Hay in the western Riverina to pick up passengers.
From Hay we flew over Menindee and the Darling River, and on to Broken Hill for lunch, including an excellent town tour guided by Clark Barrett of Tri State Safaris.
Departing Broken Hill after lunch, we flew over the Mundi Mundi Plain at Silverton, and on to Rawnsley Park Station, nestled beside Wilpena Pound in South Australia.
The Junction Mine, Broken Hill
The Flinders Ranges
Sunset drinks overlooking the Flinders Ranges was followed by an excellent dinner in Rawnsley Park’s Woolshed Restaurant.
Day 2: Saying goodbye to Rawnsley Park behind after a superb breakfast, we were treated to low-level flying over the Flinders Ranges and Leigh Creek, before landing at Marree for fuel and morning tea at the historic Marree Hotel. Taking off from Marree, we were able to see the infamous Marree Man, before flying over the spectacular Painted Hills on Anna Creek Station. Lunch was at tiny William Creek, where the William Creek Hotel was bustling with visitors.
The Painted Hills at Anna Creek Station
The afternoon flight was low level over Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, the Cooper Creek, the Warburton Inlet and River, Goyder Lagoon, the Diamantina River and the Queensland Channel Country, still holding water from the floods in northern Queensland earlier this year.
After flying over the Simpson Desert with its iconic parallel sand dunes, our destination for the night, Birdsville, came into view. Here we were treated to yet more sunset drinks, this time on the 40m high ‘Big Red’, the largest of the 1140 parallel sand dunes. A three-course dinner followed our sunset drinks, at the famous Birdsville Hotel.
Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre
Day 3: Taking off after breakfast at the Birdsville Hotel, we were treated to further low-level flying along the Diamantina River and Goyder Lagoon, over the Birdsville Track and Strzelecki Desert, before landing at the Dig Tree, Nappa Merrie, for morning tea on the banks of the Cooper Creek.
A quick refuel at outback Tibooburra, before heading to White Cliffs for lunch and a town tour to learn about the history of the famed opal mining town.
Finally, it was time to head home, dropping passengers back to Hay before heading home to Orange. After only three days, everyone felt like we’d been away for three weeks, having seen so much of our amazing country.
For the full trip, take a look at this gallery.
And start planning a trip of your own. Where are you going to go?