Australia Air Safari: Luxury Air Vacation

Get a unique view of Australia’s natural wonders—including great beaches, Kakadu National Park, and the Outback—while traveling on a private luxury aircraft.

From $16,999
per person
12 days
Airfare not included
Based on
2 travelers

This luxury Australia Air Safari vacation combines the best of Outback Australia with a taste of the tropics. We planned this vacation for a couple celebrating their 25th anniversary with a bucket list trip to Australia. They wanted something different, but didn’t want to sacrifice luxury. From the remote majesty of Uluru to the wetland splendor of Kakadu, they saw Australia’s best natural wonders in style on a private, small-group aircraft.

They started their Australia Air Safari with an overnight in cosmopolitan Sydney and then journeyed up to the Northern Territory to cruise the mighty chasms of Katherine Gorge. Then, they had a scenic flight to stunning Kakadu National Park, known for its diverse ecosystems, abundant wildlife, and ancient aboriginal rock paintings. From there, they flew to Darwin for a few days to soak up the culture and sights. They also enjoyed a sunset cruise in Darwin.

Continuing their Australia Air Safari, they experienced spectacular aerial sightseeing of the ancient Bungle Bungle Range, remote Mitchell Falls, and Buccaneer Archipelago on Australia’s far northwest coastline. These areas are difficult to reach by land, and are therefore rarely seen. From there, they watched the sun set on the Indian Ocean at Cable Beach, Broome. During their day of leisure in Broome, they went to town for some shopping and rode camels on the beach.

Next on their Australia Air Safari, they traveled to the remote Outback town of Alice Springs. The next day, they took an unforgettable flight to the Red Centre. The lands at Uluru and Kata Tjuta are sacred to the Anangu people, the original owners of the land. They rose early to see the famous changing colors of Uluru at sunrise, had a cultural tour to discover the significance of the area, and ended their trip with a scrumptious farewell dinner under the stars.

 

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Day 1
Upon arrival in Sydney, meet your Journey Director and board your luxury aircraft to Longreach, a frontier township which embodies the true characters of the Australian outback. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner surrounded by Australian aviation history at the Qantas Museum.
4-star hotel in Longreach

Day 2
This morning, visit the historic Stockman’s Hall of Fame, where the legends, explorers and pioneers of the Outback come to life. Your journey continues to the Northern Territory and the township of Katherine, home to sweeping vistas and hidden secrets. This afternoon, enjoy a sunset dinner cruise of the stunning Katherine Gorge, with its quietly flowing creeks and still deep rock pools. Experience the spectacular beauty of the gorge as the setting sun turns the ancient sandstone walls to a deep ochre. As the stars begin to appear, watch the bush come alive with bright eyes as nocturnal creatures start their day.
3-star resort in Katherine

Day 3
This morning, experience a unique aboriginal cultural tour with a local Jawoyn elder. After your immersive tour, enjoy a transfer from Katherine to Cooinda, the gateway to magnificent Kakadu National Park. Here, billabongs burst with wildlife, rock paintings date back 25,000 years, and waterfalls tumble over ancient sandstone. Enjoy a stunning cruise of Kakadu’s most famous wetland and spot the abundant wildlife, including buffalo, crocodiles, and a third of Australia’s bird species.
4-star hotel in Kakadu National Park

Day 4
This morning, examine some of the finest examples of aboriginal art in the world at Ubirr Rock. From the top of Ubirr, you can take in panoramic views of the floodplains and the escarpment. This afternoon, enjoy a scenic flight over the Arnhem Land escarpment before landing in Darwin.
4-star hotel in Darwin

Day 5
Darwin has had a fascinating and turbulent history. Explore the various sights in Darwin City with an exclusive mini-coach that will be running throughout the day. This afternoon, enjoy a sunset cruise in Darwin Harbour aboard a traditional Pearl Lugger.
4-star hotel in Darwin

Day 6
Departing Darwin this morning, enjoy spectacular aerial sightseeing over Lake Argyle and the fascinating Bungle Bungle Range—keep an eye out for the tiger-striped, beehive shaped domes. On arrival in Kununurra, embark on a boat ride up the Ord River, through the inspiring scenery of the Kimberley region.
4-star resort in Kununurra

Day 7
This morning, your exclusive aircraft will once again provide spectacular views—this time over the remote far northwest coastline and the exquisite Buccaneer Archipelago. This isolated part of Australia is rarely seen, as it is virtually impossible to access from the ground. Enjoy a birds-eye view of this remote and stunning area that so few get the privilege to see. Then, arrive at the historic pearling port of Broome and explore its unique Japanese and Chinese architecture.
4-star resort in Broome

Day 8
Today is free to spend at your leisure. You can sit back and enjoy the relaxing ambience of your resort, or take the shuttle bus into Broome for shopping. For true relaxation, stroll the grand expanse of the famous white sandy Cable Beach, take a camel ride, and then watch one of the world’s most famous sunsets over the low tide.
4-star resort in Broome

Day 9
This morning, your luxury aircraft will take you to Alice Springs. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how this unique concept provides medical services to the furthest regions of outback Australia. Continue on to Standley Chasm, where surging flood waters have cut through the tough quartzite over thousands of years to form a picturesque natural alleyway. Visit the Telegraph Station, which was for many years the sole reason for the existence of a handful of people in this remote area.
4-star hotel in Alice Springs

Day 10
This morning, take an unforgettable flight to the Red Centre. Experience the impact of watching Uluru, the world’s largest monolith, appear on the horizon. The Red Centre of Australia is a land of vivid color and striking contrasts. Uluru and Kata Tjuta have great cultural significance for the Anang, the traditional owners of the land. See the magnificent changing colors of Uluru, and spend tonight’s dinner at leisure.
5-star hotel in Yulara

Day 11
Rise early today to experience the sublime sunrise at the rock. Watch as the giant monolith emerges from the inky landscape, changing from purple through to rusty browns and red in the golden sunlight. Return to your hotel for breakfast before continuing to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). Join a local guide to learn about the cultural significance of Kata Tjuta and gain insight into aboriginal culture. Tonight, enjoy a feast under the stars at a magnificent farewell dinner.
5-star hotel in Yulara

Day 12
This morning we set off on our return journey to Sydney, however, it is not over yet! Stop in the quaint Outback town of Birdsville. There is nothing else like it anywhere! Enjoy lunch at the Birdsville Hotel, Australia’s most remote Outback pub. After lunch, your luxury aircraft will bring you back to Sydney, where you’ll catch your connecting flight home.

  • All accommodation – 11 nights including Sails in the Desert and Cable Beach Club Resort
  • All meals – 11 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Exclusive travel by private aircraft
  • All touring including: cruising, aerial sightseeing flights, entrance fees, porterage, taxes and luggage
  • Services of experienced Journey Directors and flight crew
  • Warm hospitality of local hosts at every destination

Most of Kakadu National Park is virtually inaccessible during the wet season, so I recommend going during the dry season (May to September). As the dry season progresses, billabongs (water holes) become increasingly important to the more than 280 species of birds that inhabit the park. Make sure you visit Yellow Water, South Alligator River, and Magela Creek. This is where huge flocks gather. Scenic flights over the wetlands and Arnhem Land escarpment provide unforgettable moments in any season.
-Emily, Down Under Endeavours