Lake Eyre In Style
Lake Eyre, the enormous salt lake in South Australia’s usually parched outback is slowly filling. Experts have said water levels could potentially reach the peaks recorded in 1974. There is no better way to see this rare natural phenomenon than from light aircraft and this 2 night itinerary has been handcrafted with a local station owner and pilot to show you the finest Lake Eyre and surrounds has to offer.
The Tailor has designed the ultimate flying adventure to view ‘Lake Eyre by air’. This two night journey has been created to experience the extraordinary natural phenomena of water flowing into Lake Eyre.
Desert areas that were not long ago ravaged by dust storms just are lush and green, with patches of brilliant wildflowers. The vast floodplains around Lake Eyre have been turned into wetlands brimming with life, and the birds have returned to breed.
Seldom do flooding rains reach Lake Eyre in the arid heart of the Australian continent, but it has now happened three years in a row, triggering a spectacular explosion of life in the region.
Departing Adelaide in your hire car, the first leg of your journey takes you on a scenic road trip to the Flinders Ranges. Here you will be greeted by your local guide for the journey, Ian Fargher, a 4th generation station owner who has been flying the region for over 30 years.
Ian and his wife Di own Angorichina Station where you will stay for two nights in their beautiful homestead. (Angorichina was one of the luxury homesteads featured in the Feb 2011 edition of Australian Gourmet Traveller). The homestead is an oasis in an otherwise severe, yet beautiful environment. Within its thick stone walls it is a world of calm and grace. Music, flowers, books and antique furnishings surround you, while mouth-watering cooking aromas issue from the kitchen. Dating from the 1860’s, this original homestead is a classic of Australian vernacular architecture – although no architect ever had a hand in its making. It simply grew as necessity dictated and wealth allowed.
On the second morning rise early and board your flight over diverse outback landscapes to Lake Eyre. The aerial sight of Lake Eyre is spectacular and even better viewed from your low flying single engine plane, you can even stop for lunch at the iconic Birdsville Hotel, before making your return journey to Angorichina Station.
Your final morning in the outback at Angorichina Station is at your leisure before your return drive to Adelaide in the early afternoon.
Adelaide to Flinders Ranges by road
- Travel in your hire car to Angorichina Station
- 2 nights’ accommodation in the homestead at Angorichina Station
- All meals & drinks are included on your tour
Your Lake Eyre outback adventure begins at Adelaide airport, where you pick up your hire car and drive to the Flinders Ranges. Stretching north from Port Augusta into the sun-seared wilderness of South Australia’s deserts, the Flinders Ranges is one of the country’s most extraordinary outback regions.
You will be met on arrival by your local guide for the journey, Ian Fargher. Ian owns Angorichina Station with his wife Di, who is the fourth generation in his family to run sheep on the station, covering some 554 square kilometres.
After a brief orientation and late lunch at the station, you will be able to explore the station and surrounds. Take a rugged four wheel drive tour, or guided walk of the ancient Flinders Ranges. Observe the wildlife: emus, kangaroos, Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies and the abundant birdlife. Witness station activities such as mustering, sheep shearing and bore runs (seasonal) and become completely absorbed into the life of a working outback sheep station.
In the evening relax at the station and get ready for a splendid station dinner.
Flinders Ranges to Lake Eyre return
- Flight over Lake Eyre, to discover the unique beauty of this rare natural phenomenon
- Escorted and flown by Ian Fargher; 4th generation Flinders Ranges station owner
- Accommodation in the homestead at Angorichina Station
- Breakfast and dinner included at Angorichina Station
- Lunch at Birdsville Hotel included on your tour if you do the full day tour
After a hearty breakfast, you will depart Angorichina Station and fly with Ian or one of his hand picked pilots in a North Westerly direction over the dry salt lake of Lake Torrens, encounter landscapes of desert plains, magnificent land forms and meandering creek beds. Land at Muloorinna Station and see the flowing artesian bore, which spits out hot water into the wetlands of the Frome River. Depart Muloorinna and then continue on to Lake Eyre.
Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest inland lake is situated in north east South Australia and is the lowest point in Australia. It rarely has water flowing into it. The lake has had complete fills only three times in the past 160 years with the last significant fill being back in 1974. Partial fills occurring every five to ten years. Water bird and fish life abound at Lake Eyre when significant volumes of water arrive. When the lake is 80% full of water, there are up to 85 different varieties of bird life and millions of birds to look at.
Continue your journey to Birdsville where you are able to enjoy an Aussie pub lunch at the iconic outback Hotel. If time permits you may like to walk over to the Birdsville Museum which provides an interesting perspective on outback life and a look into yesteryear.
On return to Angorichina Station, fly over Coongie Lakes to view the prolific birdlife that flocks to the region with the arrival of water. From here you will fly to the famous Dig Tree where you are able to land. Proceed with your aerial journey over Innamincka, the Strzelecki Creek and the rugged Northern Flinders Ranges including Freeling Heights, the Mawson Plateau and Arkaroola.
In the evening enjoy the outback hospitality of your hosts over dinner.
Flinders Ranges to Adelaide
- Breakfast at Angorichina Station
- Travel in your hire vehicle back to Adelaide by road
This morning after a leisurely lie in and breakfast, spend some time exploring the life on the station and its surrounds with Ian before departing.
Return to Adelaide Airport in your hire car and return.
- End of Arrangements –
- Please note landings at each destination en-route cannot be guaranteed and are dependent on local (strip) conditions on the day.
- As this is a totally unique natural phenomenon water levels into Lake Eyre cannot be guaranteed – we recommend travelling soon to ensure good water levels are present.
- Departures are subject to weather conditions
- Weight restrictions of 450kg per aircraft apply on Cessna 206 or 210
- Aircraft is single engine
- As the natural environment is unpredictable we cannot guarantee seeing masses of birdlife however your pilot will make all safe endeavours to do so
For a full detailed Itinerary please contact our Travel Designers.
Full day flight over Lake Eyre
4 guests = AUD$2,699.00 per person (double/twin share)
(Includes flowing bores and wetlands at Muloorinna Station, Warburton Groove, lunch at Birdsville, Coongie Lakes and Innamincka)
You may wish to amend the itinerary to not drive to the Flinders Ranges, but include return air charters (in a Cessna 206 or 210) between Adelaide and Angorichina Station for an additional cost of $1,175.00 per person (based on 4 passengers travelling.
Note air travel is subject to weather and strip conditions on the day
Price is valid for travel until 31 March 2012 and is subject to availability at the time of booking request. Price may be subject to seasonal fluctuations.
2 nights stay in a homestead, double/twin share basis including beverages (beer & wine with meals), activities including scenic 4WD tours, guided walks, observing wildlife, station activities & guiding, dinner on days 1 & 2, lunch on day 1, breakfast on days 2 & 3
Lunch on day 2
3 days car hire of Toyota Kluger or similar
Note: Images of Lake Eyre are used with permission from the South Australian Tourism Commission.