Be part of the Ultimate Air Safari including Lake Eyre and other iconic Outback destinations

Introduction

The Tailor has created an amazing trip to iconic outback locations offering guests a rare opportunity to explore many magnificent Outback destinations, such as the Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre, enjoying traditional country hospitality and eating delicious regional cuisine. Guests travel in ultimate luxury aboard a Swiss-built Pilatus PC12 aircraft. Numbers are strictly limited to no more than 8 passengers, plus a private guide, to ensure that each trip is truly memorable.

Your itinerary begins in Adelaide with a visit to the famous R.M Williams factory for a private tour of the workshop, factory and museum, plus a chance to be fitted with your own boots, clothing and other bush apparel. Guests receive a complimentary pair of Craftsman Boots. There is no better way to commence an outback adventure than learning about the legend of R.M. Williams and being fitted out in the right gear.

The following day you will board your Pilatus PC12 aircraft for a flight north to the iconic Flinders Ranges. Here you will be greeted by a local private guide and taken to your accommodation at the Prairie Hotel. En route stop for morning tea at Angorichina Station and then visit Parachilna Gorge. In the afternoon you will travel through the stunning Brachina Gorge, a great place to see many native wildlife species, such as Wedge Tail Eagles and the rare Yellow Footed Wallaby.

On Day Three fly to Balcanoona and visit Italowie Gorge, to view the place where RM Williams handcrafted his first pair of boots. Then it’s off to Lake Eyre, a vast saltpan covering 9,500 square kilometres (3,668 square miles), the aerial views of Lake Eyre are spectacular. Afterwards, your plane lands at the Outback town of Birdsville. Highlights include a cold beer at the Birdsville pub.

The final day of this extraordinary journey involves a visit to the historic Nilpena Station, a tour of the nearby red desert dunes and a rare visit to the heritage listed Ediacara fossils made famous by the likes of Sir David Attenborough. Guests enjoy a relaxed lunch at the Woolshed before travelling to the ‘Claypan’ situated in the midst of ochre sandhills where their private Pilatus PC12 aircraft will whisk them back to Adelaide.

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Highlights:

  • Fly in a brand new state of art Pilatus PC12 valued at over $7 million
  • Hosted by fourth generation station owners
  • Exclusive access and private tour of R.M.Williams factory
  • Choose your own pair R.M.Williams craftsmen boots and have them fitted at the famous Percy Street store
  • Stay at The Prairie Hotel, the famous Outback pub
  • Tour of Nilpena Station and heritage-listed Ediacara fossils
  • See where RM made his first boots in the Gammon Ranges
  • Incredible scenic flight over Lake Eyre
  • Sipping a cold beer in the front bar of the Birdsville pub

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For bookings please phone us on our Free Phone 1300 652 095, or 08 8354 2719.


Detailed Itinerary

Guests arrive in Adelaide the day before the scheduled departure date and stay at the five-star Mayfair Hotel, giving them ample time to explore the city at their own leisure. That evening everyone gathers at the hotel’s Hennessy Lounge to meet their personal guide, enjoy a drink or two and learn more about the itinerary.

Day 1
Today begins with breakfast at the Mayfair Hotel before meeting your driver at the concierge desk. Board a private coach for the short drive to the R.M.Williams factory. On arrival you will receive a personal welcome by a senior company employee who will then escort you through the factory floor, explaining the technicalities involved in making each pair of R.M.Williams boots.

Morning tea is served. Guests are encouraged to ask questions as their expert guide leads them along the production line. Although each pair of boots is made from a single piece of leather, they undergo 80 separate processes, all done by hand, before becoming the finished item.

At then end of the tour, you will be transferred to North Adelaide for a delightful lunch at one of the city’s leading restaurants. After lunch, you will be transferred to Percy Street, Prospect, where R.M.Williams first advertised handcrafted elastic sided boots for sale to the public in the 1930s. Here you will have chance to visit the R.M.Williams museum, tour the retail outlet and choose your own pair of expertly fitted Craftsman boots – these can be personalised in time for your return to Adelaide.

Afterwards, your driver will transfer you to the Mayfair Hotel. The remainder of the afternoon and evening have been left free. Please make your own arrangements.

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Day 2
The day starts with a delicious, freshly made breakfast at the Mayfair Hotel before your private transfer to the Pilatus Private terminal at Adelaide Airport.

Please note that luggage restrictions apply. However we are able to work with you to store excess luggage safely and privately in the Pilatus Hanger at Adelaide Airport.

Depart Adelaide bound for The Flinders Ranges. Fly via Wilpena Pound for aerial views of the Ranges. On arrival at Blinman you will be met by your guide Ross Fargher and transferred to Angorichina Station for morning tea in Australia’s oldest native pine Woolshed that is still in use.

Blinman, nestled in the central Flinders Ranges, is the highest town in South Australia. The town dates back to the discovery of copper in 1859. At its peak the population of Blinman was over 1500. Today this peaceful outback town has a population of just 22 permanent residents.

Transfer to The Prairie Hotel in the tiny settlement of Parachilna. The journey takes you via Parachilna Gorge where you will enjoy spectacular scenic views, including the sight of the gorge’s towering and photogenic river gums.

Parachilna is home to Australia’s most awarded – and coolest – Outback gourmet pub. The Prairie Hotel offers an eco-luxury experience, providing guests with an authentic taste of Outback life but without sacrificing the comforts of modern city living.

Depart Parachilna for Brachina Gorge, one of the region’s most spectacular attractions. The gorge is an important refuge for the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby, as well as many species of birds and reptiles. Brachina Gorge provides a window through 130 million years of the Earth’s history and offers insight into past climates, the formation of the ranges and the evolution of early life forms.

After the tour of the Brachina Gorge, return to The Prairie Hotel and enjoy sundowners (evening drinks and nibbles) on the hotel veranda as you watch the sun set over the western plain. Perhaps toast your good fortune with a Fargher Lager, the Prairie’s own brew.

The one of a kind Prairie Hotel bar offers the opportunity for guests to meet outback characters and travellers from all over the world – you never know who you might meet.

Dinner is at The Prairie Hotel – savour The Prairie’s signature Tastings Banquet in one of the private dining rooms. Renowned for its ‘feral food experiences’ the food at The Prairie Hotel was recently voted ‘1 of 20 unmissable Outback experiences’.

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Day 3
An early start this morning. After a hearty breakfast at The Prairie Hotel, you will be driven to the Leigh Creek airstrip to board your Pilatus PC12 aircraft.

Arrive at Balcanoona and transfer close to the nearby town of Nepabunna, which RM Williams called home when he was younger, helping local Indigenous Australians at the Nepabunna Aboriginal Mission in the Gammon Ranges.

Living with bush folk out in the remote parts of the Flinders Ranges, RM learned many leather skills. He also recognised the need for equipment and tools to be stronger, durable and practical – values which remain at the core of the R.M.Williams brand today.

It is here in Italowie Gorge that RM handcrafted his first pair of boots under the guidance of Dollar Mick. Your guide and local Aboriginal park ranger will provide further details about the early life of RM Williams. You will even see the exact spot that it happened.

Depart Balcanoona, taking off in a north westerly direction and passing the dry salt lake of Lake Frome, desert plains, magnificent land forms and meandering ancient creek beds.

Then fly over Lake Eyre, Australia’s largest inland lake and the lowest point in Australia. Although usually dry, Lake Eyre does occasionally experience dramatic floods – but it has only completely filled three times in the past 160 years.

Continue flying towards Birdsville. The amazing channel country will astound you with its beauty. The plane will then track over the Big Red before landing at Birdsville for ‘smoko’ (lunch) and a tour of the hotel.

After leaving Birdsville, your scenic aerial journey continues before we land at Leigh Creek. Once on the ground you will be transferred to The Prairie Hotel for a hearty dinner and a good night’s sleep.

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Day 4
After a hearty breakfast at The Prairie Hotel, you will be driven to Nilpena Station.

Arrive at Nilpena Station.

Between 540 & 570 million years ago most of Eastern Australia lay under warm, shallow waters inhabited by soft-bodied organisms, similar to jelly fish. Some of the organisms became trapped in fine silt in tidal flats and were fossilised as the silt turned to stone. Edicara fossils are found nearby and you will be able to learn about their origins.

Nilpena Station is a working sheep station situated approximately 44 kilometres north of Parachilna in the Flinders Ranges region neighbouring Lake Torrens. The property currently occupies 800 square kilometres.

It is here that you will enjoy a lavish lunch in the woolshed and a tour of the property before departing from a nearby Claypan to Adelaide. This amazing natural claypan, a dense and compact layer of soil, mostly clay, is surrounded by a row of dramatic red dunes.

You will arrive in the General Aviation Terminal at approximately 5pm. If you are booking onward flights from Adelaide, we strongly recommend booking something that leaves no earlier than 6.30pm. (Times are indicative only)

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For bookings please phone us on our Free Phone 1300 652 095, or 08 8354 2719.



Important Information:

  • Please note landings at each destination en-route cannot be guaranteed and are dependent on local airstrip conditions on the day.
  • As Lake Eyre is a totally unique and natural phenomenon, water in the region cannot be guaranteed.
  • Departures are subject to weather conditions and minimum numbers being booked.
  • Luggage restrictions apply. However we are able to work with you to store excess luggage safely and privately in the Pilatus Hanger at Adelaide Airport.
  • Pilatus PC12 is a single engine aircraft.



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Aircraft

The PC12 is made by Pilatus, the world market leader in the manufacture of single engine turboprop aircraft. Pilatus has used the most modern design techniques, precision engineering and cutting edge manufacturing processes to produce this high performance PC12 aircraft.

Integrating a 1200 horsepower single turboprop engine into an aerodynamically advanced airframe, the PC12 combines excellent economy. The PC12 has a unique adaptability to perform a wide range of missions from charter, business, leisure as well as aero medical work.

The normal configuration of our PC12 enables up to 8 passengers plus the guide to be seated in air-conditioned comfort.

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Costing

  • $5995 per person on a twin share / double share basis
  • $250 per person single supplement applies for accommodation
  • Price on application for private group departures
  • **Applicable costs are noted above unless otherwise advised.

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Departures

Next departure is Monday 10th October to Friday 14th October 2016

The tour starts on a Monday evening at the Mayfair Hotel and finishes on a Friday at the Adelaide airport at 5pm from June – October in 2016.

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For bookings please phone us on our Free Phone 1300 652 095, or 08 8354 2719.


Inclusions

Accommodation
2 night stay in a Superior Queen Room at the Mayfair, Adelaide on a double/twin/single basis.
2 night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Prairie Hotel on a double/twin/single basis.

Meals
Day 1 – Breakfast at the Mayfair, Adelaide. Lunch at North Adelaide. Evening at leisure.
Day 2 – Breakfast at the Mayfair, Adelaide. Lunch and dinner at the Prairie Hotel.
Day 3 – Breakfast at the Prairie Hotel. Lunch at the Birdsville Pub. Dinner at the Prairie Hotel.
Day 4 – Breakfast at the Prairie Hotel. Lunch at the Nilpena Woolshed.

A welcome beer, wine, sparkling or soft drink on arrival pre-lunch and the same for pre-dinner.

Travel
Transfers to R.M.Williams factory to shop and museum and return. Transfers from the Mayfair to the General Aviation Terminal, Adelaide Airport.
Return private air charters and for the duration between Adelaide Airport, Prairie Hotel, Balcanoona, Lake Eyre, Claypan in a Pilatus PC12 (Turbo Prop Single Engine Aircraft).

Other Inclusions
Tea, coffee, bottled water, activities including scenic guided tours of the Northern Flinders Ranges, Brachina Gorge, Nepabunna, Italowie Gorge, Birdsville and Nilpena Station.

One pair of R.M.Williams’s craftsman boots are included to the value of $495.00 AUD which will be collected at the Percy Street store during the trip.

Exclusions

Dinner on night 1 meals and alcoholic beverages with dinner at Prairie Hotel on nights 3 and 4
Extra activities
International and Domestic airfares
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities
Travel Insurance**

**Travel Insurance is highly recommended to ensure that you are covered in the unlikely event that your arrangements are disrupted.
**Conditions apply – minimum passenger requirement of 6 people for trip to run

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FAQs

How many people will be on this trip?
Does everyone get a window seat?
Are children allowed on this trip?
Is there a different cost for children 12 years and older?
What if I want to extend the itinerary and book pre and post travel arrangements?
Is there a toilet on board the aircraft?
How much luggage am I allowed to bring?
What type of luggage can I use?
What do I pack?
Will I have phone or internet reception?
Can I make my own departure?
Do you cater for dietary/allergy/special requirements?
What happens if the scheduled departure does not go ahead?
What are the deposit and balance payment terms and conditions?
What should I do if my questions have still not been answered?

How many people will be on this trip?
The Pilatus PC12 has a capacity of 8 seats for passengers + 1 seat next to pilot in cockpit for the guide.

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Does everyone get a window seat?
Unfortunately not. There are 8 seats in the passenger cabin with 7 windows. All guests will need to rotate seats on the aircraft upon boarding at each location.

This will only need to happen with the trip is fully booked.

If there are 7 passengers on the air safari, every seat is the window seat and guests will not need to rotate at each location.

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Are children allowed on this trip?
Only children 12 years old and above are catered for on this trip.

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Is there a different cost for children 12 years and older?
No there is no separate child cost. The price remains the same for either twin share/double or single booking.

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What if I want to extend the itinerary and book pre and post travel arrangements?
If you would prefer to spend some more time in Adelaide or South Australia before or after your air safari, please contact The Tailor during the enquiry process on +61 (08) 8354 2719 or email at rm@thetailor.com.au during office hours of 8.30am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

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Is there a toilet on board the aircraft?
There is a small toilet on board which should be used for emergency situations only. Please be mindful to take toilet breaks before long flights.
The longest duration without access to a western toilet is on Day 3 of the trip for approximately 2 hours.

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How much luggage am I allowed to bring?
As the aircraft has a maximum payload restriction, we ask that you only bring 10kgs of luggage per person. If you wish to bring more than one bag, all bags must equal 10kgs.

Your luggage will be weighed in order to comply with weight restrictions of the aircraft.

If your luggage weighs more than this amount, there is a storage area at the Pilatus hangar for you to safely leave excess luggage. Upon your return to Adelaide, you will be able to pick up your excess luggage before departing for your onward flight or transfer.

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What type of luggage can I use?
You are required to use soft-sided luggage which can be easily manipulated if need be by the pilot upon loading the aircraft. As the luggage hold of the aircraft is quite small, some degree of manipulation of luggage must be done. Any sports bags or duffle type bags are accepted.

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What do I pack?
We suggest that you pack comfortable casual clothing suitable for all weather conditions. Consider if you are travelling in winter or summer months. In winter the outback can still get quite warm with cool nights, please make sure you pack appropriately.

A good pair of comfortable walking shoes are essential as the ground components of the trip require some exercise (not physically demanding) but you will be walking on uneven terrain. Other essential items include a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and camera.

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Will I have phone or internet reception?
Only Telstra customers will have some phone and internet reception at the Prairie and other locations outside of Adelaide. In more remote areas Telstra customers will have limited reception, if any at all.

Other carriers will have none if not limited phone or internet reception for the duration of the trip outside of Adelaide.

The Prairie Hotel has a landline for emergency calls only and there is a solar powered public telephone in Parachilna if needed.

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What happens if the scheduled departure does not go ahead?
A scheduled departure will commence when 6 or more passengers have booked. Any trip with 5 or less passengers will be cancelled and a 100% refund will be made for your air safari.

Please note The Tailor is not liable for refund of additional services booked (i.e. flights) should the trip not depart.

We recommend not to book any travel arrangements that are non-refundable i.e. flights until an authorised booking confirmation has been issued to you announcing the departure will definitely go ahead.

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What are the deposit and balance payment terms and conditions?
Reservations will be converted to bookings upon the Client paying:

  • A deposit of 25% of the tour cost for bookings made at least 90 days prior to the departure date. The deposit must be received by The Tailor within 7 days after notification of the reservation of the date 90 days prior to the departure date, whichever occurs first. The balance of the tour cost must be paid no later than 90 days prior to the departure date; or
  • The whole tour cost for bookings made less than 90 days from the departure date. Payment must be received by The Tailor within 72 hours of notification of the reservation.

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Can I make my own departure?
Yes you can. If you have a group of 6 or more guests please let us know and we can arrange dates to suit. The price per person will remain the same for private groups of 6 or more people.

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Do you cater for dietary/allergy/special requirements?
Yes we do. Please advise your requirements at the time of booking and we will pass this information onto our suppliers to cater for your needs.

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What should I do if my questions have still not been answered?
Please contact The Tailor on +61 (08) 8354 2719 or email at rm@thetailor.com.au during office hours of 8.30am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday. Your question will be answered momentarily.

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