Want to see Australia's Red Centre in style? Have six days to spare? Here’s what to expect on the Outback Loop bespoke tour from the Classic Safari Company.
Seen from the air, the Australian outback’s vast dimensions and ancient landforms are captivating. The Classic Safari Company’s Outback Loop journey, a six-day sweep through three states in a Cessna Grand Caravan, captures the romance of the red centre from on high. Departing from and returning to Sydney’s Bankstown Airport, this custom tour for up to 10 guests visits many of the most remarkable and remote landscapes across NSW, Queensland and South Australia – including the Flinders Ranges, Channel Country, Lake Eyre and the Simpson Desert – and stays at legendary frontier pubs like the William Creek and Birdsville hotels (where the plane pulls up at the front door, rock-star style).
Pilot and host Phil Hines is a veteran of the Royal Flying Doctor Service Air Race and an experienced outback aviator. His considered itineraries include sunset drinks atop the Simpson Desert’s Big Red dune or cruising the Thomson River; visits to the Flying Doctor museum in Broken Hill and the Qantas Founders Museum at Longreach; and ends with a home-stay at the 130,000-hectare Trilby sheep station– out the back of Bourke – hosted by station owner (and Hines’ sister) Liz Murray. Set departures are in April and May or whenever suits your group.
Two more luxe journeys to consider...
Melbourne insiders Localing Tours design multi-day itineraries (for a maximum of 10 guests) of Victoria’s famous food and wine scene. The schedule might include barrel tastings at a boutique winery on the Mornington Peninsula, or a helicopter ride to the Yarra Valley for a private vineyard lunch followed by a curator-led tour of the TarraWarra Museum of Art. Or an immersive day in Melbourne packed with fine eating and drinking and even a street-art masterclass, with the chance to leave your mark on a city laneway.
Accessing the stark beauty of Tasmania’s World Heritage listed Southwest Wilderness is made easy and intimate on Tasmanian Boat Charters’ four-day Port Davey expedition cruise. A maximum of six guests fly from Hobart to Melaleuca and take their berths aboard the Odalisque, a custom-built 20-metre expedition cruiser. There’s no set itinerary – days are tailored to passengers’ desires – but activities range from bushwalks in wild forests to beachcombing barren shores and tracing the heritage of the Needwonnee people. The cruise operates from late January to May.
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