12 Days - 11 Nights
2020 Departing - Saturday March 21st & return on Wednesday April 1st
The tour will be in our comfortable Twin Engine Beechcraft Baron 58 & Piper Chieftain Aircraft cruising at an average speed of 180kts – 335kph (but there will be no hurry it’s an adventure)
To allow fuel requirements and your travel comfort we will take only 4 passengers on the tour.
Day 1- Saturday – Depart Albany early morning for spectacular coastal flight to Esperance - fuel stop - to Forrest on the Nullarbor Plain for fuel, lunch & comfort stop then to Ceduna.
Night 1 - Saturday over-night Ceduna Foreshore Hotel sampling some of the biggest oysters you have seen.
Day 2 – Sunday - Ceduna to Cowra with comfort & re-fuel stops at Port Pirie, Mildura & Griffiths arriving late afternoon in Cowra.
Nights 2 - Sunday overnight in Cowra.
Day 3 –Monday – WW11 Cowra POW Camp Breakout by Japanese soldiers is seldom mentioned but the Cowra Visitors Information Centre has created a thought provoking interpretive exhibition of this overlooked historic event. After a visual documentary we will visit the impressive Camp Compound site then the Memorial Japanese Garden which can only be described as – magnificent, a must see.
Night 3 - Monday – again overnight in Cowra
Day 4 – Tuesday - Spend the morning further exploring the environs of Cowra then depart at lunch time for the 45 minute flight to Canberra.
Night 4 Tuesday - we will be in Canberra
Days 5–6 & 7 - Wednesday-Thursday & Friday in Canberra allows time to visit The National War Museum, The High Court Of Australia, The National Art Gallery, Black Mountain Tower & a guided tour of both Old & New Parliament Houses plus other places of interest.
Day 8 Saturday – we will depart Canberra for Melbourne allowing time to explore the environs of Melbourne.
Day 9 - Sunday March 29th at 3.20pm West Coast Eagles-v-St Kilda @ Marvel Stadium
Night 8 & 9 in Melbourne
Day 10 - Monday Depart Melbourne for Renmark.
Night 10 – overnight Renmark staying at the Renmark Community Hotel/Motel situated on the picturesque banks of the Murray River.
Day 11 – Tuesday Depart Renmark for Port Pirie – fuel & comfort stop. Then on to Ceduna comfort stop & refuel – then 2.0hrs to Forrest.
Night 11 - Tuesday overnight Forrest staying at the Forrest Hilton Hotel
Day 12 – Wednesday April 8th Forrest to Albany via Esperance arriving Albany 11.00am
The total planned distance is 3600 nautical miles (6666 kilometers) & flight time of say 25 hours.
The maximum flight time (in the air) on any sector is 2 hours
Some days will be longer than others but travelling over the daily distances intended I believe you will find the itinerary to be comfortable, relaxed & interesting.
Although we can charter in almost all weather All flying during these tours is in daylight hours and only when weather is forecast to be fine or at worst light scattered showers. We want you to see as much as possible so we try to avoid cloud and excessive altitudes. In the event that we encounter bad weather we would extend our ground stay at that particular location. There is no extra cost for the flight just the extra nights’ accommodation.
The Costs - $ 6,995 per person – INCLUDES Air travel & Fully Guided Tours
*** Plus accommodation of approx. $900 per person based on Twin Share. This has been pre-booked at Ceduna Best Western foreshore Hotel Motel. – Comfort Inn Motel Cowra – Pavilion Motel Canberra – Quest Inn Jolimont Melbourne - Renmark Community Hotel/Motel – & the Forrest Hilton.
Hire cars & airport transfers will be shared by 4
**Meals, beverage, ground tours & pre-booked MCG footy tickets are at your own expense. I have included an actual & typical copy of the ‘Famous Spread Sheet’ to illustrate how that works. .
Payment schedule - Booking Deposit $3,000 at time of booking (so accommodation can be confirmed and avgas ordered) then balance of $3,995 on March 18th
**Your travel bag to a maximum of 8kg should include:- some smart casual leisure wear plus jeans & windcheater or jacket for the cool desert evenings - hat – sunglasses – sunscreen & insect repellant – light weight boots or slip-on footwear & a stubbie holder.
Booking a tour – we can only reserve a tour position upon receipt of your deposit.
***In the unlikely event that we cannot tour on your tour date you will have an immediate full refund of monies paid without deduction.
If you are unable to travel for some genuine reason, health or similar, other than ‘I’ve changed my mind’ you will receive an immediate refund of all monies paid less
any penalty we suffer on booked accommodation due to your cancellation.
This Canberra tour is the latest addition to our itinerary of Australian & Outback tours including Longreach, Kakadu, Tasmania & various Racing Cup Adventures which have been operating since 2010.
I look forward to travelling with you or discussing further any queries you may have.
Tour Managers - Ian Williams Mbl 0428 922 838