6 Day Channel Country Tour
- Coober Pedy, Olympic Dam or Alice Springs
- 6 Days
- Min Passengers:
6 DAY CHANNEL COUNTRY TOUR
Day 1: Pickup Location to William Creek
Pick up from your designated airport (Coober Pedy, Olympic Dam or Alice Springs). Fly to William Creek.
Working around your travel arrangements, your pilot will pick you up from your desired airport and fly you to William Creek. Here you will be checked into your en-suite accommodation and given a guided tour of the William Creek township. Dinner will be served at the iconic William Creek Hotel, where you’ll enjoy a delicious meal and complimentary drink with dinner.
The remainder of the evening is yours to spend as you wish, be it having a yarn with the folk at the bar, enjoying a game of pool or gazing into the beautiful desert sky. With minimum light pollution this is a fantastic opportunity to see the Milky Way in all its glory.
Day 2: William Creek to Innamincka
After a hearty breakfast at the William Creek Hotel, take a scenic flight to one of Australia’s best kept secrets, the Anna Creek Painted Hills. Here you will be awe struck by the sheer beauty of this landscape that seemingly appears suddenly from the arid Anna Creek Station. These hills are the results of thousands of years of erosion, coupled with oxidisation of the minerals inside. As these minerals are exposed to the oxygen in the air they begin to change colour, exposing the secrets hidden within. Now as if a flight over these hills wasn’t enough, you’ll touch down at the recently built air strip and walk the hills, which are only accessible by the airstrip. Take a guided tour through pristine land, where few humans have walked before. Discover the geological phenomenon beneath your feet as you find marine fossils within the rocks from the inland sea that existed many millennia ago.
After a brief return to William Creek, take off again for a spectacular flight over Kati-Thanda Lake Eyre National Park. One of the world’s largest lakes, this spectacle is a must see, whether full of water, completely dry or somewhere in between. Pass over Belt Bay, the lowest point in Australia at 15m below sea level, Dulhunty Island and Silcrete Island. You’ll explore the bottom of the northern lake, tracking around Jackboot Bay and Madigan Gulf where you are treated to the spectacular contrasting patterns on the earth as red dirt meets white salt and perhaps the water’s edge. When there is water in the lake there is also an influx of life, birds flock from all around to be part of the wonder. Banded Stilts and Pelicans often come to breed in these areas along with gulls and ducks, even the occasional emu has been spotted. The other fascination, and a personal favourite of avid photographers, is the colour change in the lake. In some sections algae will spread a stunning green across the water, while in others a pigmented microbe, which feeds on the salt, spreads a vibrant pink through the water.
Once you’ve seen the bottom, it is time to make your way up the Warburton Groove and over the Warburton River; this is where the water firsts enters the lake following heavy rains further north. Travelling along the river systems you’ll be awe struck by the beauty of this land and the intricate details that build this stunning landscape. Often a hub for birdlife, particularly pelicans, watch the gliding, swimming and basking in the sun that takes place below you, as you too glide through the sky.
Continuing north, you’ll begin to appreciate how much water actually passes through this land and how people who live on the land really rely on the water. One of these people is Margie and you’ll have a chance to sit down to morning tea with her at Clifton Hills Station. Sit around the homestead dining table and have a chat with Margie over a cuppa about life on one of Australia’s largest stations.
Depart Clifton Hills Station and head north over the Goyder Lagoon to Birdsville, where you’ll take a ground tour around the community, of course visiting the famous Birdsville Racecourse before settling into lunch at the Birdsville Hotel.
Departing Birdsville for Innamincka, fly over the breathtaking Coongie Lakes where again you’ll be mesmerised by the ever changing landscape. Another chance to watch for birds as you glide above this spectacular National Park. You’ll bring your action filled day to a relaxing end. A free evening to walk along the Cooper Creek, listening to the birds singing in the gentle breeze you can now immerse yourself in the intricate details of the land you’ve been admiring from above. An evening meal at the architecturally impressive Innamincka hotel will be followed by an outdoor cinema experience with camp fire and all.
Day 3: Innamincka to Longreach
Departing Innamincka mid morning, it's time to once again cross the border into Queensland and arrive at the Burke and Wills Dig Tree, of remarkable significance in terms of European exploration of Australia. Learn about the trials and tribulations Burke, Wills and their team encountered on their pioneering journey from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Perhaps the idyllic Cooper Creek will even entice you for a swim, or a dip of the toes. Relax under a Coolibah Tree for a picnic lunch before continuing on to Longreach.
Watch the land below change as you glide east towards Longreach and see the impact of where water meets soil compared to the dry harsh land so tantalisingly close. See firsthand inspiration for so much Indigenous Art as you sit back and simply absorb the wonder of this vast land.
Upon arrival into Longreach, you’ll be greeted by one of the locals who will take you to your accommodation and share some passion for the region. Take some time to go for a swim, explore the township or simply put your feet up before attending the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Dinner Show.
Day 4: Longreach
Today is an opportunity to really explore Longreach. You’ll be taken on a guided tour around QANTAS’ aircrafts and may even be able to take a seat in the cockpit! With access to both the QANTAS Museum and the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame you’ll be in absolute admiration of the resilience and persistence of the people from this isolated part of Australia.
Day 5: Longreach to Bedourie
Following breakfast, it is time to depart Longreach and fly to Bedourie, crossing the Diamantina River and the beautiful Lake Machattie on the way. During this flight you’ll again see how vast the Australian Outback truly is.
Upon arriving in Bedourie, meet Jimmy the Publican, an all-round genuine guy. Listen to him, as he shares his love for the beautiful remote town and hear about its recent and distant history over a light lunch and drink. After lunch, take a drive out of town and visit significant landmarks, such as the Afghan Crossing, where the cameleers crossed the King River. Pass Glengyle Station and make your way to Cuttaburra Waterhole, where again you may wish to cool off. If the temperature is not up to your standard, keep in mind that the Bedourie swimming pool is naturally heated by the Australian Artesian Basin and sits at a comfortable 28 degrees Celsius. If that’s still cold, jump in the local spa that’s sits at around 38 degrees Celsius.
Day 6: Bedourie - Departure
Today we say farewell and will leave Bedourie in time to get you to your departure point.