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Aeroplane Flight Options - departing from Hawker

Our Full Day Lake Eyre Safaris

TRIP 1

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(flight time ~3.7 hours)

Depart Hawker airstrip at around 9.30 am.

Track north up the east side of Lake Torrens (longest salt lake in Australia at 220 km long).

At the outset, experience a very remote part of the journey, off all the commonly flown light plane flight routes.
Track north bound up over the Ediacara Hills along the east side of Lake Torrens. At 220 kilometres long it is a longer salt lake than Lake Eyre.
Ediacara has the oldest known fossils of multicellular organisms on the face of the earth dating back 575 million years. It has had a large amount of international recognition from the geological society with visits by non-other than Sir David Attenborough. Worth pondering as we fly directly overhead this place enroute to The Marree Man, Lake Eyre South and Lake Eyre North. Although faded now, Marree Man is the world’s largest geoglyph and controversy currently surrounds its re-instatement.

Our flight path will take us half way up the main lake (Lake Eyre North)  around the head of the bays and peninsulas with the pilot pointing out the various features, geology and history of the lake.

After turning south head back to Marree via the mouth of Jackboot Bay, Madigan’s Gulf (site of the successful world land speed record attempt by Donald Campbell in 1963 and 1964) before our southbound leg over the moonscape of Muloorina Station, crossing ‘The Dingo Fence’ on this sector.

After a welcome stop-over in Marree, previously a remote trading post with abundant aboriginal and Afghan history. (For your reference please Google ‘Marree Man’, ‘Afghan Cameleers, Marree’ and legendary outback mailman ‘Tom Kruise’ for background information) where you can stretch the legs and have lunch at either the Marree Hotel or The Oasis Café.
After lunch head south west to the spectacular low range called Willouran (similar to Albert Namitijira type landscape) then to ‘Termination Hill’ ( named by explorer, John Eyre for obvious reasons) then over the Leigh Creek open cut coal mine (supplies 13,000 ton of coal daily and 40 % of SA’s power) and then south over the towns of Leigh Creek and Beltana (home of Flynn Of The Inland) before our final but no less spectacular leg flying down the west side of the Heysen Range to Parachilna (site of many Australian classics such as 'Gallipoli' and 'Rabbit Proof Fence') and then last but not least the iconic ageless monoliths of both The Wilpena Pound and The Elder Range before landing back at Hawker.
A popular choice of flight our, it is totally representative of all the main geography that Lake Eyre and its local environment offers.

Call for bookings and availability. (08) 8648 4444

(flight time ~3.7 hours)
$1,260 per person - 2 to 3 passengers.
$990 per person - minimum 4, maximum 5.
(Feel free to register your details with us and we will team you up with other travellers.)

TRIP 2

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(flight time ~4.7 hours)

As for Trip 1 above (see map), track via Ediacara, Marree Man, Belt Bay then continue north to follow along the very unique Warburton Groove to the very north end of Lake Eyre North.
This trip covers the whole of Lake Eyre and it’s geography up to The Warburton River Mouth and slightly beyond into to the southern edge of The Simpson Desert.
Home via The Tirari Desert and The Cooper Creek Mouth.
Some of the most remote country on earth.
Track south as and join with flight route for Trip 1 before landing at Marree.
Continue south to Wilpena Pound and Hawker from Marree as in Trip 1.

Call for bookings and availability. (08) 8648 4444

(flight time ~4.7 hours)
$1,590 per person - 2 to 3 passengers.
$1,280 per person - minimum 4, maximum 5.
(Feel free to register your details with us and we will team you up with other travellers.)

TRIP 3

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Trip 3 is an extension of the above tours but landing at The Mungeranie Hotel midway along The Birdsville Track.
(flight time ~5.2 hours)

As for Trip 1 and2 above, track via Ediacara, Marree Man, Belt Bay then continue north to follow along the very unique Warburton Groove to the very north end of Lake Eyre North.
This trip also covers the whole of Lake Eyre and it’s geography up to The Warburton River Mouth and beyond into to the southern edge of The Simpson Desert except at this point we continue along the Warburton River (Tirari Desert to the south) and then track direct to The Mungeranie hotel where we land.
The option of lunch (not included in price) and a swim at the Mungeranie Hotel hot springs.
Home via The Tirari Desert and the famous Birdsville Track.
Some of the most remote country on earth.
Track south as and join with flight route for Trip 1 before landing at Marree.
Continue south to Wilpena Pound and Hawker from Marree as in Trip 1.

Call for bookings and availability. (08) 8648 4444

(flight time ~5.2 hours)
$1,790 per person - 2 to 3 passengers.
$1,490 per person - minimum 4, maximum 5.
(Feel free to register your details with us and we will team you up with other travellers.)