10 Day Helicopter Safari from DARWIN City to the stunning Whitsundays. Flying from Darwin we head to the Sweets Lagoon for the experience of a lifetime. Your flight takes you over the Finniss floodplains before landing at Outback Floatplane Adventures. Enjoy the airboat fast lap and an Aussie Breakfast before departing on a trip of a lifetime. Fly over gorges, lava tubes, ancient rivers, Crocodiles and more…Land on a beach for lunch at Montes Restaurant, Fishing and more…Check out the itinerary below.
River Cruise through the rainforest, Airboat rides, Crocodile encounters, Kakadu, Birdlife, wildlife, Ranges, gorges, rivers and beaches, waterfalls and so much more…
Welcome to Darwin. Free time in the afternoon before a welcome dinner. Prepare to start a journey of a lifetime. Early start tomorrow for an adventure on matt Wrights outback floatplanes.
Today we have an early start (approx 7am) to head out to the Helicopter to depart to the South for Matt Wright’s Outback Float Plane Adventures Tour includes: A relaxing cruise on the pristine Sweets Lagoon, exhilarating airboat fast lap, scenic Helicopter flight over the Finniss flood plains. Airboat Tour over wetlands and through the monsoonal wetlands. BBQ breakfast. Opportunity to encounter some of the NTs most unique wildlife including salt water Crocs with the option to cool of in there croc safe pool. After the excitement filled morning we board our luxury helicopter again and head for Cooinda (Yellow waters) in Kakadu overflying some stunning NT landscape. Before arriving at Cooinda we will enjoy a lunch stop at an Outback Resort. Stay | Cooinda Lodge Kakadu
Today you will enjoy a famous Yellow Waters Sunrise Cruise, stunning wildlife with over 60 species of birds, crocodiles, turtles and barramundi. Full buffet breakfast on completion of the tour before we depart for Jabiru and refuel. On our departure from Jabiru we will fly over some of the most scenic country you will ever see on our way to Roper Bar for Lunch. The afternoon flight will include more stunning country keep a look out for buffalo, wild pigs and of course more crocodiles. Our accommodation tonight will be Heartbreak Hotel at Cape Crawford Cape Crawford, at the junction of the Carpentaria and Tablelands Highways, is home to the famous Heartbreak Hotel. Cape Crawford is situated approximately 120 kilometres from the ocean and is so named because it is situated at the northern extremity or ‘cape’ of the Abner Ranges, first ‘discovered’ in 1880 by drover Lindsay Crawford. The Abner Ranges are home to an impressive site known as the Lost City covering an area of some eight square kilometres and dotted with towering sandstone formations. These natural pillars conjure up images of skyscrapers, Stay | Cape Crawford, Heartbreak Hotel
Once we depart Cape Crawford we will fly to the Lost City to view the towering sandstone formations before continuing for the Stunning Adels Grove and Lawn Hill Gorge. Very easy day today. Enjoy lunch on the Deck at Adels grove and then a relaxing cruise up the river.
No flying today. Boodjamulla National Park, breathtaking Lawn Hill Gorge paddle or cruise. Option 1: Self paddle up Lawn Hill Gorge in Canoes, spend as long as you want up the Gorge as this is truly a magnificent place. Option 2: If the self paddle isn’t for you then take the electric boat and sit back and do nothing raking in the amazing Gorge.
Where the outback meets the sea. We will head for Karumba Point situated in the south east corner of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Today we try our luck with the fishing rod and try to catch the elusive Barramundi. Flying above the bottom of the gulf coast line on the waters edge before arriving at Karumba Point for the night where we will enjoy a stunning sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria, on the mouth of the Norman River. Stay | Karumba Point
Departing Karumba we will head for Normantan for refuelling before arriving at Cobbald Gorge for lunch and the simply GORGE-OUS afternoon tour with your Savannah Guide. 3 Hour guided tour walking to the escarpment looking down over the gorge, followed by electric boat tour in the gorge, keep an eye out for fresh water crocs. Stay | Either Cobbold Gorge or Forsayth
Georgetown will be our first stop for refuelling and tour of the township before flying to Undara Lava Tubes. Afternoon guided tour, hosted by world class Savannah Guides exploring the fascinating geological marvel of the underground lava tubes. Stay | tonight can be your choice of the famous Undara Train carriages or conventional cabins.
A very scenic days flying today, from Undara we will head for the Herbert River, following the river seeing several waterfalls and some magnificent landscape before arriving overhead Wallaman Falls which is the largest Single drop waterfall in Australia falling some 268 metres. From the Falls we drop over the escarpment and on to the sugar cane farmlands of Ingham, truly a beautiful flight. Refuel at Ingham before tracking along the East Coast passing Townsville and Bowen before a beach side landing at Montes Resort for Lunch. Montes is a fantastic spot overlooking Edgecumbe Bay and Gloucester Island, share a seafood platter or something just as delicious. After lunch we board the Helicopter for our final flight of the Safari following the beautiful Whitsunday coastline into Schute Harbour Airport. Enjoy a farewell dinner tonight in Airlie Beach reflecting on the last 9 days of Safari…It’s a trip of a lifetime
End of Safari. Depart Airlie Beach either by Proserpine or Hamilton Island for your home or choose to stay in the Whitsundays for a few days to wind down from the amazing last 10 days on Safari. Spending your time thinking which Safari you want to do next time
- Airport Transfers on arrival and departure
- All meals and accommodation for the duration of the tour
- Tours as per trip itinerary
- On board First Aid Medical Kit and Survival Kit
Price Excludes Excludes
- Domestic and International Airfares
- Your travel and medical insurance
- Personal Expenses such as shopping, alcohol etc
- Services not mentioned or not promised by Compass Helicopters
- Emergency expenses
Frequently asked Questions
Pack casual and comfortable clothing. The Helicopter Safaris can involve a lot of walking over uneven ground please bring comfortable closed in walking shoes. Casual light weight clothing for every day. Pack a light weight water resistant jacket, long pants for night time (for insect protection in some areas), a long sleeved thermal top is handy for cool changes in weather . Swimwear and a sun shirt or rash shirt and hat.
We have a satellite phone for emergencies and to contact our office each day. Depending on the Safari you are on your itinerary will have phone range and access to phones noted for each destination. All Accommodation on this Helicopter Safari provide either mobile phone coverage or access to a phone. There will be long periods throughout the days you will not have mobile coverage.
On most Safaris we ask that you bring a soft carry on size bag that weighs no more than 10 kilograms.
We recommend to bring extras with you, they are difficult to obtain in remote ares and are expensive.
All Helicopter Safaris are tailored to suit different people and fitness levels. If you are booking a Kimberley Helicopter Safari with us, you will be in remote areas of the country. We advise you have an average level of fitness with the ability to walk on uneven ground for some tours. Compass Helicopters include many tours throughout the Safari and it is up to the individual customer to take part in the tours or to enjoy a relaxing few hours. You must advise us at the time of booking of any disability, medical condition or dietary requirements. Please note we will endeavour to cater to your needs but there will be some tours you may not be able to participate in for your health and safety or the health and safety of others on the tour.
Yes a single supplement applies, however if there is another customer prepared to twin share you could choose to share.
See our terms and conditions regarding cancellations and refunds. Contact us for more information