Days 1-2: Melbourne – Coober Pedy
Our adventure begins in Melbourne, departing by light aircraft for the moonscapes of Coober Pedy via friends at Muloorina Station on the edge of gigantic Lake Eyre for lunch. Coober Pedy is the heart of Opal mining in Australia, and we spend the night in a typical lodging deep underground. This afternoon we take a tour to explore the Breakaways, one of the locations for the filming of Mad Max, to catch the setting sun.
Accommodation: Desert Cave Hotel (underground rooms!)
Days 2-4: Coober Pedy – Kings Canyon
After an opportunity to shoot some of Coober Pedy’s quintessential mounds, we fly onwards to Kings Creek Station to spend two nights in the Red Centre. While at the lodge we have our own vehicle to access areas as we please, giving you total freedom. Photograph the awesome canyon in different lights as well as some great desert scenes.
Accommodation: Kings Canyon Wilderness Lodge
Days 4-5: Mary River Wetlands
A big travel day that sees us flying over the varied terrain of Kakadu National park. That afternoon we arrive at our lodgings at Point Stuart, a wildlife bonanza along the Mary River Wetlands, to the east of Kakadu. We have two days of private wetlands tours, sunset cruises and opportunities to photograph enormous saltwater crocodiles, jabiru, brolga and many many more. Barramundi fishing on the Mary River can also be accommodated in the schedule.
Accommodation: Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge
Day 6: Tiwi Islands
We fly north to Bathurst Island to meet some of the locals and get face to face with indigenous culture in Australia. The Tiwi Islanders are famous for their unique crafts, artwork and friendly faces.
Accommodation: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin
Days 7-8: Faraway Bay
The flight path heading west takes us over the Kimberley coastline, arriving in the remote jewel of Faraway Bay. During our stay we’ll make a day trip to the King George Falls, explore Australia’s oldest known collections of rock art and get familiar with traditional bush tucker.
Accommodation: The lavish Bush Camp at Faraway Bay
Days 9-10: Home Valley Station
After a morning shooting sunrise over Faraway Bay we fly further into the wilderness to reach Home Valley, one of the major locations for the filming of “Australia”. For two days we’ll be treated to photographic inspiration with cattle, cowboys, horses and boabs - plus dramatic views of the Cockburn Range.
Accommodation: Home Valley Stations Guesthouses
Day 11: Bungle Bungle
We fly inland for spectacular aerial views of Lake Argyle and the bizarre domes that are the Bungle Bungles. Once on the ground, drive out to explore the ranges chasms and gorges. Catching the domes at sunset - when the colours are at their best.
Accommodation: Wainright’s Bellburn Camp
Day 12: Uluru
We head south in our aircraft to arrive at Uluru, formerly called Ayers Rock. We’ll have the afternoon light on the first day, and then morning light on the next. There is no more iconic symbol of Australia’s Outback than this.
Accommodation: Voyages Desert Gardens Resort
Day 13: Parachilna
We catch the sunrise upon Uluru, then head back to the plane for the last stopover. Parachilna is a dusty town where The Outback meets the Flinders Ranges. We have a final night together to enjoy the hospitality at the Prairie Hotel, and enjoy the sunset, saddles and shiraz in the desert.
Accommodation: The Prairie Hotel
Day 14: Return flight to Melbourne
Final morning photo shoot of Brachina gorge within the Flinders Ranges. Following a gourmet lunch your flight sets a course over Wilpena Pound for stunning aerial views, before heading back to Melbourne.
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