Flight: Lake Eyre & William Creek
Points of Interest
Price $995 pp (min 2 people)
* Council Airport Surcharge additional $20 per person during Birdsville Races Week.
Duration: approx 5.5 - 6 hours
approx 4 hours flight time and 1.5 hours ground time
Flight Route Details
This popular and comprehensive flight from Birdsville takes you west over Big Red and the QAA line before tracking to the south over the Eyre Creek and onwards through the Simpson Desert. We cross the Kallakoopah Creek before joining the Warburton River which we then follow to arrive at the Warburton Inlet which enters the northern end of Lake Eyre. The continuation of the Warburton River flows through the centre of Lake Eyre when it fills via a natural channel known as the Warburton Groove. We follow this groove to the southern end of the lake to Belt Bay which is the deepest point and lowest point below sea level in Australia.
From here we depart the Lake via the beautifully patterned ABC Bay and head west to the quirky little town of William Creek on the Oodnadatta Track and Old Ghan Railway Line. We land here for a short break and park right behind the iconic William Creek Hotel where your sit down lunch will be supplied. After a little stroll through the town which is situated in the middle of Anna Creek Station, the largest station in the world, we board your airconditioned aircraft again for departure. From here we track to the North East back over Lake Eyre to the eastern shoreline where the Cooper Creek enters the Lake.
We then traverse the Tirari Desert, overfly the Kalamurina Wildlife Sanctuary, and take up the Warburton River again, further upstream this time. We follow the Warburton River past Clifton Hills Station and up into the channel country of the Goyder Lagoon where thousands of finger-like channels breathe life into a vast area that is an oasis for an abundance of wildlife. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Camels, Cattle, Dingos, and large flocks of migratory birds as we continue north west to pick up the southern delta of the Diamantina River wedged between the contrasting Simpson Desert and Sturt Stony Desert. The Diamantina River originates north west of Longreach and carries the floodwater from surrounding ranges all the way to the Goyder Lagoon in wet years.
From here we follow the Diamantina River past Pandie Pandie Station and back to Birdsville via the Birdsville Racecourse, home of the famous Birdsville Races before landing and taxiing back to the Birdsville Hotel for a complementary beverage to celebrate the day trip.
Birdsville Aviation operate 2 aircraft including a Cessna Grand Caravan which features high wing, air-conditioning, 14 seats and turbine engine reliability. It also operates a Cessna 210 which is a 5 seater, high wing aircraft utilised for smaller parties.