Lake Eyre Flights

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 at 21:53
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We are planning to travel to Lake Eyre this year. Could anyone tell me which scenic flight is best......the one out of William Creek or the ones out of Maree. Much appreciated
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Reply By: Inish - Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 at 22:36

Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 at 22:36
I would take the one out of Birdsville anyday. Did it last year and whilst it is expensive is soooo worth it. The trip down the channel country is amazing - and so unexpected for me.

It is a long flight - around 3 to 4 hours - can't quite remember which - and also explains the price but I would do it again in an instant. One of life's highlights.

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Follow Up By: Member - A J- Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 at 23:10

Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 at 23:10
Greg & Dianne - I have to agree with Inish - we did both William Creek and Birdsville in July 2009. There was a group of six - and all agreed the Birdsville flight was the best.

The colours were amazing with the Simpson Desert on one side, the red of the Sturt's Stony Desert on the other, and Goyder's Lagoon , and river systems below.

We flew down The Diamantina and home via the Eyre Creek.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 07:49

Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 07:49
Wrightsair out of William Creek will not only take you on a Lake Eyre scenic flight, but you can also arrange a sunset flight to the Painted Hills across Anna Creek Station, amongst other options on offer.

We have only used Wrightsair and can recommend them, but I guess any of the other carriers would be OK. Just a matter of dollars.


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Reply By: Spitster - Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 13:55

Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 13:55
Did the Marree flight in Sept 2010. There were 2 options, one was just the flight over Lake Eyre for $280, or for $40 more they flew up to the Ferry, then followed the Cooper back and then did the flyover Lake Eyre.
the 2nd option is well worth it as you see the Cooper in all its glory and birdlife. The Lake was really just a big expanse of pink water with no real birdlife
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Reply By: wombat28 - Saturday, Mar 19, 2011 at 08:34

Saturday, Mar 19, 2011 at 08:34
"CENTRAL EAGLE AVIATION' operate out of Birdsville, they are local station owners on the birdsville Track so know the country better than most.
They operate 2 Cessna 210s [can take 5 passengers + pilot] which are perfect for viewing the country. I can highly recommend them
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Reply By: David C5 - Sunday, Mar 27, 2011 at 21:17

Sunday, Mar 27, 2011 at 21:17
I can second the recommendation for Central Eagle Aviation. We did a flight last year from Birdsville with them and it was amazing!!! The birds and wild flowers were spectacular, not to mention the the unbelievable amount of water! Hard to believe it's a desert. They have a website with their flights and prices. It's a bit more expensive than the flights we looked at out of Marree and William Creek but you get to see so much more and the bits you miss with the other flights I thought were the best bits.
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Reply By: Member - Alex (SA) - Monday, Apr 04, 2011 at 12:25

Monday, Apr 04, 2011 at 12:25
Hopefully not hijacking the thread but ...

We will be heading up from Adelaide for a weekend in June and were wondering the same thing.

Friends had advised that for a short trip (we only have 4 days) we are probably better off heading up to Marree and staying around there (e.g. Muloorina, Level Post Bay) rather than trying to get up to William Creek and Halligans Bay.

Does anyone have any specific recommendations for flights out of Marree? Is there more than 1 operator?

Any itinerary recommendations for things to see in the region around Marree are welcome.


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