Enjoy the Australian Outback from the air. Opal Air go to many outback destinations. Choose from one of our tours below or personalise your own tour to your budget. Contact us or call us to make a booking. To view a tour simply click on each Tour Button below:
Half Day Lake Eyre and Painted Hills tour:- Orange route on map below:
Flight Time: Half Day Tour
Flights from:AU$620.00 per person (for 2 passengers) AU$580.00 per person (for 3 passengers) AU$530.00 per person (for 4 - 5 passengers) minimum of 2 passengers
This half day experience departs from Coober Pedy flying South-East to the breathtaking Painted Hills, a collection of sandstone hills which boasts an array of earthy outback colours and are only accessible by the air. On the way to Lake Eyre you will see the changing landscapes of the outback as we pass the Oodnadatta track and Old Ghan railway line on the way to Belt Bay. The patterns and textures of the gibber shelf change approaching the Western shoreline of Belt Bay - the lowest point in Australia. You will then fly over Silcrete Island and some eroded peninsulas that jut out into the salt bed. From Jackboot Bay fly north to Dalhunty Island which meets up with the Southern end of the Warburton Groove before flying to William Creek via the Halligan Bay viewing station.
At William Creek you will have the opportunity to purchase refreshments or a pub meal and have a look around the town before the return flight to Coober Pedy past Anna Creek station and Lake Cadibarrawirricanna.
**OPTIONAL extra!!: TOP OF LAKE EYRE - RIVER SYSTEMS AND BIRDLIFE (ADDITIONAL 30 MINUTES):
Flight Time: 30 minutes
Flights from:AU$700.00 per person (for 2 passengers) AU$660.00 per person (for 3 passengers) AU$610.00 per person (for 4 - 5 passengers) minimum of 2 passengers
GREEN ROUTE on MAP below:-Top and Bottom of Lake Eyre and the Painted Hills Deluxe Half Day Tour. This addition to the Half Day Lake Eyre and Painted Hills tour gives an in depth appreciation of the size and unique landscape of Lake Eyre north with a tour of the northern river systems, the birdlife that gather at the top of the lake, and then following the Warburton Groove down into Belt Bay. It incorporates all of the sights as the basic tour in the opposite direction: Departs Coober Pedy to the North-East past Lake Cadibarrawirracanna and on towards the Oodnadatta Track, Old Ghan railway line and Nilpinna Station. You will fly over the Davenport Ranges and Mount Margaret on the way to the Neales River inlet entering the North-Western corner of Lake Eyre. Follow the Warburton River inland to find pelicans, banded stilts, gulls, and other birdlife that gather when the lake fills and then track down the western side of Lake Eyre to Belt Bay where the majority of water is held. You will then stop off at William Creek before the return flight to Coober Pedy which will go via the spectacular Painted Hills. (Green route on map below):-
The Lake Eyre Tour
Flight Time: Half Day Tour
Flights from:AU$620.00 per person (for 2 passengers) AU$580.00 per person (for 3 passengers) AU$530.00 per person (for 4 - 5 passengers)
This flight departs north east from Coober Pedy to the southern edge of the Simpson Desert where water in the Warburton flows onto Lake Eyre.
The plane gradually descends to 500 feet and follows the flood 160kms to Belt Bay (lowest point in Aust. 15mt below sea level) and the vicinity of protected pelican breeding grounds on Hughes Island.
We then turn west and land in William Creek for drinks/food in the friendly famous outback pub which was part of the Old Ghan Rail and a station on the Overland Telegraph. These days it is just outside the Woomera Defence Missile Testing Range and exhibits items that have landed nearby. It is then 40minutes back over Kidman's Anna Creek Station and the moonscape of the opalfields.
Painted Desert Tour
Flight Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Flights from: AU$240.00 per person
The Painted Desert tour is an elaborate extension of the Breakaway's where your flight takes you along the edge of the escarpment for some 200 kilometres before flying over the Painted Desert, returning to Coober Pedy via the Moon Plain.
The edge of the escarpment is the coastline of the ancient Eromanga Sea, up until about 65 million years ago and is very spectacular because the erosion that has taken place since that time has exposed the beautiful colours which can be seen in many different formats along the way.
There are plenty of photo opportunities of the very weathered escarpment, as numbers of tree lined creek beds wind their way towards Lake Cadibarrawirracanna or Lake Eyre.
Recent Rains have highlighted this whole area with green creek beds, where the different varieties of wild flowers will highlight the creek beds come August and September.
Further on we fly over an area of hills shaped like an amphitheatre where there is 5 very distinct layers of different colours against the hills. Passengers are always amazed at the scenery leading up to and including the Painted Desert, then the vast contrast of the Moon Plain as your flight takes you back to Coober Pedy. A flight not to be missed.
Lake Eyre and Painted Desert Tour
Flight Time: 3 Hours
Flights from: AU$505.00 per person
Depart Coober Pedy following the ancient coastline of the inland sea that existed until 120 million years ago, you will be amazed at the colours of the hills and surrounding landscape and the moon plain.
From the Painted Desert, the flight takes you over the Algebuckinna Bridge, which was completed around 1880 for the Old Ghan to cross the Neales River.
On to the northern tip of Lake Eyre North to view the Warburton flowing out of the Simpson Desert and into the lake where some bird life is beginning to congregate. As we fly down towards Belt Bay, 160 kms south, the sheer expanse of water begins to unfold all around the aircraft. Truly a sight to remember before landing at William Creek for a drink and a snack at the famous old hotel.
Arrival back at Coober Pedy is around 4 hours from departure.
Flight Time: 30 minutes
Flights from: AU$140.00 per person min 2 pax
The flight departs overhead the township of Coober Pedy, then follows the edge of the escarpment where one can plainly see the coastline of the ancient Eromanga Sea.
Your tour flies above many Opal Fields, where mining machinery can be seen at work, the flat sea bed disappears off to the horizon, where fossilised sea shells lay on the surface in abundance. Anytime of the day, but best experienced at sunset a flight that will capture the intense ochre, white, raw and burnt sienna colours of the sacred "Breakaways".
Mad Max.Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Ground Zero were all set in and around the "Breakaways Reserve". The flight continues on north to the "Shell Patch" famous for it's shell opal and extensive workings.
Return to Coober Pedy and the opal fields bordering the town.
Coober Pedy Town Flight
Flight Time: 15 minutes
Flights from: AU$70.00 per person min 2 pax
A spectacular flight to the ancient lands of the "Painted Desert", passing over the "Moon Plains" meandering creek beds and snaking water courses.
More time may be taken with overnight accommodation, dining and ground tours taken at various places, which Opal Air can advise or arrange.
Arkaroola has a 4WD Ridge Top Tour and observatory set in the Flinders Ranges. From here, enroute to Lake Eyre there is a real sense of the outback beneath the wings.
William Creek has a unique character involving the pastoral industry on the Oodnadatta Track, Old Ghan Railway and a local collection of space junk from the Woomera Rocket Range.
A forty minute flight heading to Coober Pedy over Kidman’s Anna Creek cattle station and long stretches of the Dingo Fence. Underground accommodation is available at Coober Pedy and allow at least a day to relax in this amazing outback community. There is a variety of things that can be arranged here, from specialised opal tours and purchases, and wining and dining.
A return to Adelaide can be direct on Regional Express or stay with Opal Air via Ceduna or Port Lincoln extending this tour for another couple of days. The West Coast has a wealth of seafood, magnificent coastal scenery and wildlife.
Opal Air can recommend various options for accommodation from sheep stations to beach cabins with connecting ground tours and Wild West Fishing Charters.
Departing Coober Pedy, Opal Air can also tour north to Dalhousie Thermal Springs, Uluru and/or Alice Springs with interstate flight connections or Ghan to Darwin.
Itinerary can be flexible according to most requirements.