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.
Lake Eyre last had significant water in 2016 but always check to see when 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, ex rangers from the NT.
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 have sometimes 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 $285 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 7962 , 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.
The Marree Roadhouse based on our experiences provides expert local advice and hospitality.
The Marree roadhouse and caravan park have new airplanes to help fill the demand for flights over Lake Eyre! Lyall the owner has been providing flights over Lake Eyre since 1987 and is now happy to be able to offer flights out of Marree year round, with a 2hr flight over Lake Eyre south and north, the Marree man, the dog fence, local stations and the township of Marree.
You can also visit their Facebook page Marree Lake Eyre flights for more info and pricing.
Call the Oasis Cafe at the Marree Outback Roadhouse on (08) 8675 8352.
From Wilpena Pound/Flinders Ranges
Wrights Air also flies to Lake Eyre from Wilpena.
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) 8670 7962
Tours from Sydney, Adelaide and Elsewhere
What has really amazed us over the years is the number of city folk taking scenic flights over Lake Eyre.
We have often 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 a range of multi day tours from Adelaide. Some can be a little expensive, but the itineraries are awesome. As well as Lake Eyre, tours can 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 whenever 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.