AIRLIE BEACH TO DARWIN HELICOPTER SAFARI
This once in a lifetime experience will have you exploring some of Australia’s greatest and most diverse destinations.
Taking you from Airlie Beach in the stunning Whitsundays heading North along the eastern coast, then travelling inland to many iconic outback Queensland destinations….Covering over 1300NM you will enjoy pristine beaches, towering escarpments, plunging waterfalls and unparalleled scenic views. Witness some of this majestic countryside whilst enjoying the luxury of travelling by helicopter.
“Our most popular Helicopter Safari”
Welcome to the Whitsundays! Soak up the relaxed tropical atmosphere of Airlie Beach. This evening, welcome dinner at one of the popular alfresco restaurants. Meet your fellow travellers and pilots. Enjoy the first night on Safari with a meet and greet dinner…
Stay | Heart Hotel Airlie Beach or similar accommodation
Transfers | from Hamilton Island or Proserpine included
Extras | Optional helicopter flight over Great Barrier Reef prior to dinner can be arranged at additional cost.
Fly the pristine coastline from Airlie Beach to Montes Reef Resort where you will enjoy a seafood lunch overlooking the magnificent coast at the beachfront bar and restaurant. After lunch fly over some of the most spectacular scenery and coastline, before arriving in Ingham for a short stop. En route to Undara you will fly through the gateway to the Wet Tropics through the Herbert Valley and over Wallaman Falls, Australia’s highest permanent single drop waterfall, located in Girringun national park. The falls stand a majestic 268 metres and are positioned between forest ridges and rainforest. Also be one of the few people to see the breathtaking Blencoe falls from the air. Arriving at Undara for the night Undara Lava Tubes
Stay | Undara – Your choice of Train Carriages or cabins
Early morning this morning with a Bush breakfast before a tour of the Lava Tubes. Board your luxury helicopter again and head to the Outback town of Georgetown for refuel and lunch followed by a tour of the gem museum. After lunch we head for Cobbold Gorge or Forsayth for the night.
Forsayth is located in the Savannah Gulf region, set amongst picturesque granite, volcanic, and sandstone hills and ranges… Forsayth is a great Australian outback town…
Stay | Cobbold Gorge or Forsayth
Discover Cobbold Gorge with a guided tour. This includes a walking visit to the grave of pioneer John Corbett and an overview of the geological history that has created the rugged sandstone formations. A walk to the top of the escarpment for freshwater crocodile viewing, along with a boat cruise through this unique waterway to experience the eerie silence and spectacular beauty of Cobbold Gorge.
We head for Normanton for refuel and Karumba Point for the night to enjoy the stunning sunset overlooking the Gulf of Carpenteria
Stay | Karumba Point
Nice easy day today from Karumba to Adels Grove, today we can try our luck to catch an elusive Barramundi. On arrival at Adels Grove enjoy lunch on the Deck and then a relaxing cruise up the river or maybe just a swim in the crystal clear creek. Recreational Fishers will enjoy wetting a line to try their skills against the likes of Barramundi, Bream, Grunters, Perch, Cod, Catfish and more.
Stay | Adels Grove air conditioned rooms or pre-erected tents.
Options today will include a self-paddle up Lawn Hill Gorge in Canoes with snacks & drinks along the way, spend as long as you want exploring the Gorges and waterfalls, this is truly a magnificent destination. Alternatively if the self-paddle isn’t for you then take the electric boat and sit back and relax taking in the amazing scenery of Lawn Hill Gorge.
Walks | Explore the area on one of the short walks in the immediate vicinity of Adel’s Grove. Adel’s Grove offers a quite different environment to that of the Park due to the planting of many exotic tree species here by a French Botanist in the 1930’s.
Stay | Adels Grove Air conditioned rooms or pre- erected tents
Depart Adels Grove for Cape Crawford and visiting the magnificent lost City on the way. 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 | Heartbreak Hotel
Stunning flight today with more lost cities, buffalo, crocodiles and wild pigs all before lunch at Roper Bar.
After lunch the scenery just keeps getting better as you start to enter Kakadu which is truly stunning and something that can only be really appreciated from the air as we head for Cooinda (Yellow Waters) for your afternoon cruise on the Yellow Waters Billabong
Stay | Cooinda Lodge Kakadu
Today is your last action packed day on Safari. Early start for Matt Wright’s, Top End Safari Camp for lunch and tour including;
#Exhilarating airboat fast lap
#Airboat tour over the wetlands and through the monsoonal rainforest
#Relaxing cruise on the pristine Sweet’s Lagoon
#Opportunity to encounter some of the NT’s most unique wildlife.
After this adventure you board your helicopter for the last flight on Safari into Darwin for the night. Farewell dinner where you can try to reflect on some of the things you and your other Passengers have done and seen over the last 9 days
Stay | Darwin
Return home or stay on in Darwin for a few more days or continue on your travels.
Whatever your choice I’m sure you will never forget your Compass Helicopter Safari.