Kimberley Trip

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 15:25
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G'day Forumites.
We are heading up to the Kimberley in July.
One of the participants has a minor disability ( walking on uneven ground ).
Does any of you know what the current prices are for the Chopper Flights from the Mitchell Falls Car Park to the Falls and back?
Also for the Chopper Flights in the Bungle Bungle ?
Does anyone know if there are Chopper flights available over the Karijini N.P. ?
Thanks for your help.

See you in the bush,
Mike
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Reply By: Coops (Goldfields) - Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 15:53

Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 15:53
Falls and back was about $60 when I was there last (2002) but it can range up to $200 depending on the extent of your flight of course.
Purnululu flights were $180 from memory (or thereabouts).
There used to be chopper flights over Karijini from Auski Roadhouse but I'm not sure if that still applies. If you ring Newman or Tom Price Tourist Bureau they should be able to enlighten you.
Hope this helps
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 20:49

Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 20:49
Thanks Coops,
can't recall seeing any info at Auski Roadhouse last year, but will check it out.
Cheers, Mike

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Reply By: Jolly - Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 19:27

Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 19:27
Hi Mike,

Cant help you with the Karajini flights but Slingair who are based in Kununurra operate the Mitchell Falls and Bungle flights, They have a web site http://www.slingair.com.au/

That should give you a few details...
Regards,
Jolly
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike H (VIC) - Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 20:51

Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 20:51
Thanks Jolly,
that's what I needed.
Cheers,
Mike
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Reply By: Tessysdad - Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 23:01

Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 23:01
Hi Mike,
when we were in the Kimberley last yearwe drove to Drysdale River Station where we stayed for a couple of days. From there you can get a 2 hour flight in a fixed wing to the coast taking in Drysdale River National Park, Prince Regent River, King Cascades, Prince Frederick Harbour, Mt Trafalgar, Mitchel Falls, and return to Drysdale River Station. $200 per person if they fill all seats (takes 6 passengers). Brilliant!!!!!! Drysdale is only 60km up the Kalumburu Road from GRR, and is a great place to stay. Take a look at their webb site: www.drysdaleriver.com.au
Happy camping,
Mike and Jan.
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Reply By: Grumblebum and Dragon (WA) - Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 23:11

Sunday, Mar 13, 2005 at 23:11
Phone Slingair pty Ltd in Kununurra (08) 9169 1300. They should provide you with the current information.

Regards

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Reply By: greydemon - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 12:44

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 12:44
Hi Mike,

The advice about the flights from Drysdale is quite correct, but if you are a bit more adventurous you will see so much more. For example, the Edward River camping area has several rock art sites within a couple of minutes, many of which are very easily accessible (though an able bodied person should perhaps do the searching first, they are of course not signposted).

We camped at Edward River and did a day trip to the Falls - just under 2 hours each way. From the Falls car park you can get a helicopter into the Falls and have a look around, then on the way out you can get a tour of the area - extent dictates price. Have a word with Slingair for details. We were a party of 5 and walked in (too hard for someone with difficulties but good rock art on the way) and the price for a trip for 4 or more people straight back to the carpark was the same as the price for a scenic flight back.

Only drawback - we were 2 adults and 3 kids, two being teenagers, the chopper really only has room for 4 passengers so sitting with only half a bum on the seat and no door (and only 4 headsets so no warning) was a bit scary when the machine banked!

The 'just under 2 hours' bit above should be modified depending on how you drive, we met people who took over 6 hours (no stops) between Drysdale and Mitchell Falls, which took us about three and a half to 4 - they must have been familiar with every single corrugation!

Whatever you choose to do ... you are going to love it, I can't wait to get back there.

Greydemon

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