Air Wilpena operates from the Wilpena Pound Resort in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. We recently celebrated our 50th anniversary of operating scenic flights and extended flight tours into the Australian outback. With an experienced crew of pilots and dependable fleet of Cessna aircraft, we are proud to offer you scenic flights over Wilpena Pound daily and extended flights to experience the wonder of Lake Eyre and multi-day tours of the outback.
Air Wilpena opens up the vast interior of outback Australia for discovery. Journey deep into the heart of this extraordinary country to encounter spectacular landscapes, enduring flora and fauna, colourful characters and a rich history. Touring the Australian outback by air reduces the barriers of distance and time enabling you to cover vast areas and see the highlights including Lake Eyre, Coober Pedy, Birdsville, Arkaroola and much more.
The 20 minute scenic flight provides a fantastic view of our surrounds where you will see Wilpena Pound from the air with the resort nestled in among the River Red Gums just near the Pound Gap. You will also see the Elder Range, Edeowie Gorge, Lake Torrens, the Heysen Range and St Mary Peak.
The 30 minute scenic flight takes you slightly further than the 20 minute flight, completing a circuit of Wilpena Pound where your pilot will point out the Elder Range, Edeowie Gorge, Heysen Range, Lake Torrens, Bunyeroo Gorge, Brachina Gorge, St Mary Peak and the Pound Gap. You will clearly see how the Flinders Ranges appears to be a backbone on the landscape. This is an extraordinary sight and great for photographers.
For a more extensive insight of the Flinders Ranges region, you must do the one hour scenic flight. The flight will take you beyond Wilpena Pound over the Western Plains, the Parachilna township, Parachilna Gorge, Blinman township and copper mine, the Bunkers Range and the Skytrek four wheel drive track. This is a unique opportunity to truly see the varying colours and textures of this ancient and beautiful landscape.
From $835 to $995
This six hour tour (flying time four and a half hours) offers excellent views of outback South Australia. It begins with a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound and Brachina Gorge. We will then pass over Parachilna, home to the famous Prairie Hotel, the Leigh Creek open-cut coal fields, the township of Marree, Muloorina Station and then the awe inspiring Lake Eyre. After marvelling at the wonders of Lake Eyre we will land at the remote town of William Creek (population 10 at last count). Here we will refresh our appetites at the unique pub then make the return trip back to Wilpena over the Andamooka opal fields and Lake Torrens. Lunch is included.
From $652 to $750
With a flying time of about one hour each way, this flight takes you over Wilpena Pound, the Northern Flinders Ranges and Lake Frome. On arrival at Arkaroola, we join the Ridgetop Tour that takes us over the rugged and arid mountains of the Northern Flinders Ranges. Arkaroola is privately owned by the Wildlife Sanctuary and is a geologist’s dream.
From $1475 to $1855
Day One – Depart Wilpena at 10am for a scenic flight over Wilpena Pound and the Gorges. Fly across the Western Plains, Lake Torrens and Andamooka/Roxby Downs on to Coober Pedy for lunch. After lunch, we take a tour of the surrounds and opal mines, finishing at the Desert Cave Hotel, the world’s only underground international hotel. Dinner will be at Umberto’s Restaurant in the hotel.
Day Two – After breakfast, depart Coober Pedy at 10am for a flight over the Painted Desert and back to Wilpena Pound.