Classic Outback Aussie Pub Crawl
8 Outback pubs, 4000 kms, 5 Days - only available through The Classic Safari Company
The exclusivity of private plane travel
Maximise your holiday time
The embodiment of Australian spirit
Vast, epic landscapes
Good old fashioned Outback hospitality
Just one set departure: 8-12 October 2020
- Private tailormade departures also available - perfect for trips with your mates
- 5 days - short & sweet
- Operated & hosted by aviator Phil Hines
- Exclusive to The Classic Safari Company
Nothing captures the spirit of Australia like a single pub in a lonesome one horse town. When the red dust shimmers, what could be more welcome than a
shady verandah and beer taps running icy cold? Historically these far flung outposts were a lifeline for weary travellers and isolated locals alike,
united in tales of hardship. More than just a watering hole, they became a lifeline and the humble Aussie pub still embodies the frontier spirit of
resilience, mateship and the lure of the open road.
This iconic yet completely unique Great Aussie Pub Crawl will see you travelling more than 4000km by air and visiting 8 Outback pubs in just five days. Taking off from Bankstown Airport, Sydney you’ll head first to Bourke. Continuing to Tibooburra, Innamincka, the Simpson Desert and Lake Eyre you’ll witness some of the world’s most extraordinary landscapes, taking in the Marree Man and ‘Big Red’ (sand dune) en route. You’ll stop off at iconic watering holes including the Tibooburra Hotel, dating back to the gold rush era of 1882, and the famous Birdsville Hotel where your plane will taxi you right to the front door!
Through the safari you’ll enjoy the top class service of a proudly Australian outfit, along with the comfort of a private aircraft with no security lines, boarding delays or baggage carousels at airports. Travelling this way you can maximise your holiday time, seeing what might take up to a month in a car in just five days.
See Australia from a whole new aerial perspective and drink in the proud nostalgia of the Outback's true blue Australiana.
Please note: This itinerary is exclusive to The Classic Safari Company - you won’t find it anywhere else!
Places are strictly limited and we expect high levels of interest. Enquire today.
Arrive at Bankstown Airport, Sydney, and prepare to depart on this unique flying safari. Board your private aircraft flying west to Dubbo to briefly
refuel and stretch your legs. Back in the air, fly to the Outback town of Bourke, the former inland port where wool was exported from the area
on paddle steamers down the Darling River. Enjoy drinks and lunch at the Port Of Bourke Pub.
Next stop is Tibooburra in Corner Country, surrounded by an arid landscape and remarkable granite rocky outcrops. You cannot miss the extraordinary Clifton Pugh mural in the bar of the popular watering hole of The Family Hotel. This evening you will dine across the road in the sandstone Tibooburra Hotel, dating back to the gold rush era of 1882.
Accommodation: The Tibooburra Hotel
After breakfast board your private plane flying to Innamincka, a surprising oasis in South Australia’s rugged Outback, and stop at the pub for lunch. Back in the air unwind and enjoy infinite skies as you fly towards the historic town of Birdsville. Upon landing, the plane will taxi right up to the front door of the famous Birdsville Hotel! Where else in the world can you do this?! Enjoy a beer and the view from the verandah until you climb into a four wheel drive to see “Big Red” – the Simpson Desert’s largest sand dune. Share the experience of a stunning golden sunset from the top of the dune with drinks and nibbles. This evening enjoy traditional Outback hospitality back at the pub.
Accommodation: The Birdsville Hotel
Sweep across the magnificent Simpson Desert, flying at an altitude where we have a bird’s eye view of more than 1100 sand dunes. Witness this spectacular landscape before landing “in the middle of nowhere” at the licenced Pink Roadhouse in Ooodnadatta, for a well earned beer and lunch. Back in the air the place will follow the famous Oodnadatta Track to the remote Outback post of William Creek. This evening you will dine at the authentic bush pub, The William Creek Hotel. This pub is loved by travellers from all around the world, with a front bar decorated by hundreds of notes, memorabilia and mementos.
Accommodation: The William Creek Hotel
Begin the day with a hearty pub breaky before a day of exploration. This morning swap wings for wheels and a guided tour to the world’s largest salt lake, the wondrous Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre. Back in the air, fly to the Southern end of the Lake, then track north to understand just how large Lake Eyre really is. You'll then fly over the modern geoglyph of Marree Man on your way into Marree. Enjoy a night at the magnificent heritage listed Marree Hotel, regarded as the most impressive in the Outback.
Accommodation: The Marree Hotel
Enjoy the stunning Flinders Ranges from the air as the private aircraft takes you to the mining town of Broken Hill. Visit the interactive Flying Doctors Museum in the Silver City before flying to The Tilpa Hotel. Established in 1894 to service the river boat trade, the pub is a classic, character-filled Outback pub made of corrugated iron and timber. The perfect place to enjoy a farewell lunch in the Outback. Enjoy the scenery and relax as you cruise back to Sydney.
n.b. Exact itineraries may vary slightly should factors beyond our control arise.
- 5 days / 4 nights
- Just one set departure: 8-12 October 2020 (or tailormake your own!).
- Begins & ends: Bankstown Airport, Sydney
- Minimum 7 / maximum 10 guests
- The aircraft type: Cessna Caravan or similar
- Tours are fully inclusive, including all meals, accommodation (en-suite bathrooms, other than some at the Tiboobura Hotel), transportation and excursions listed in the itinerary.
- AU $7,750 per person. Single Supplement of $750 applies
- For further details and a full itinerary please contact us
About Phil Hines
Phil (pictured in plane) has been flying since 1990 and holds licences for both fixed wing and rotary aircraft as well as a commercial helicopter licence.
He has flown multi engine charters, scheduled Regular Public Transport flights, and also has agricultural ratings in both aeroplane and helicopters.
Outback and bush flying has been a big part of his aviation history and he has placed second in the Royal Flying Doctor Service Outback Air Race -
twice! There’s barely a patch of our great land he hasn’t seen from the air. Safe to say he knows his stuff.
On top of all that he’s just a bloody good bloke – a cheerful ‘salt of the Earth’ type from a farming background with plenty of tales to tell. A great host!