Lake Eyre Flights: the best way to see Australia’s largest inland lake
When you’re on the ground at Lake Eyre, it’s hard to put into perspective just how big the lake really is.
But if you take a scenic flight over Lake Eyre, you’ll understand just how big and magnificent this outback wonder really is.
If you don’t have a 4WD or don’t have a lot of time to spare, then flights over Lake Eyre will be a great option for you.
Right now (Jan.2015) Lake Eyre has water in it, now is a great time to visit and take a flight.
This page will show you what a Lake Eyre flight is really like and give you tips and links for where to book your very own flight.
What is a Flight Like?
All Lake Eyre flights are made in light planes, such as Cessna 172s, 207s, 210s and Australian made GA-8 Airvans (these seat 7 passengers).
A typical scenic flight over lake Eyre lasts 1- 2 hours. You’ll be treated to some spectacular views of the lake that you will never forget.
Check out this slideshow made by our friends Simon and Leanne from Local Larapinta Trail Transfers:
Wouldn’t you love to do that?
You’ve probably heard that Australia’s air safety record is the best in the world.
All the tour operators we recommend below are highly experienced and have planes that are required to meet the world’s best air safety standard.
Tours From The Outback
Make sure you book your Lake Eyre flights before in advance to avoid disappointment.
We counted 15 airplanes there in mid-April which is a lot for a tiny speck on the map in the middle of the outback.
Williams Creek – Wrights Air
They fly directly out of William Creek and Marree but pick ups can also be arranged out of Coober Pedy.
They have 1 hour tours starting from $275 pp. They’ve been flying out of William Creek for years and we recommend that you try them first.
You can call them on (08) 8670 962 or (08) 8670 7997, or book online here
The AMAZING Lyall Oldfield at the Marree Roadhouse (he is a champion!!) also has flights to Lake Eyre.
You can choose between a 1 hour up to a 3 hour flight, ex-Marree.
We’ve stayed at the Maree Roadhouse and can attest to the expert local advice and hospitality.
The flights are operated by Bushpilots. The planes are Cessna 207s with six seats and large windows.
Call the Oasis Cafe at the Marree Outback Roadhouse on (08) 8675 8352.
From Wilpena Pound/Flinders Ranges
Bushpilots are another company which flies to Lake Eyre.
They fly out of Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges, so flights are a little more expensive, but the location may suit your plans better.
Call them on: (08) 8648 4444 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tours from Sydney, Adelaide and Elsewhere
What really amazed us when we were in William Creek over Easter (2011) was the number of city folk taking scenic flights over Lake Eyre.
We sat and had lunch in the William Creek Hotel surrounded by people from Sydney and Adelaide.
These people had all flown in for the weekend and were staying at the Hotel’s simple but clean motel-style accommodation.
Quite a few tour companies offer Lake Eyre flights from Australian capital cities.
Outback Spirit operates Lake Eyre tours from Adelaide, although you can also join one of their scenic flights over Lake Eyre from Marree.
They have 6 day tours which start at $3995 per person, from Adelaide. This is a little expensive, but the itinerary is awesome. As well as Lake Eyre, this tour will take you to places like Port Augusta and Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges.
Call them on 1800 688 222 or visit their website for more information.
Spirit Safaris operates flights to Lake Eyre from Sydney, Melbourne, Broken Hill and Alice Springs.
They have a huge range of Lake Eyre scenic flights available, and are an established name in outback tour guiding as well.
We know quite a few Alice Springs locals who’ve taken a Lake Eyre flight with this company and have raved about it!
Call them to ask about Lake Eyre flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Alice Springs on 1300 763 188
Or visit their website by clicking here.
We really do hope you’ll take the opportunity to visit Lake Eyre whilst it’s got water in it and see for yourself this once in a lifetime event.
For more information about Lake Eyre, visit our main Lake Eyre page.