Lake Eyre, Birdsville & Coober Pedy

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See the rare site of water in Lake Eyre, have a beer at the iconic Birdsville Hotel, and spend the night in a Coober Pedy underground hotel. Too short? We also have a 7 day itinerary.

This unique experience that will allow you to wake up in your own bed, see the rare phenomenon of water in Lake Eyre; have a beer in the iconic Birdsville, spend a night in a desert hotel and then have you home for dinner the next day.

Fully inclusive 2-Day trip from Brisbane guided by and receiving experienced commentary by Graham Reid. Graham has extensive knowledge of south west Queensland having spent vmany years operating small group tours to Birdsville, Innamincka and around the Corner Country. One of his great passions is the western river systems. 

Graham has done this flight more than 65 times! This tour also includes lunch at the iconic Birdsville Hotel. 

Your trip is so much more than just about seeing amazing Lake Eyre – it’s the journey & hearing how the water reaches Lake Eyre. 

Travel in a Metro 23 with a maximum 17 passengers (single aisle, all window seats) departing from the General Aviation Terminal at Brisbane Airport (via Dryandra Road).

Cost $3145.00 per person twin share


Departs: Brisbane Airport
Date: April 6.
Price: $3145pp twin share.


  • Private chartered Metro 23 aircraft – single aisle with all passengers having a windowseat (no toilet)
  • Experienced tour guide Graham Reid on board providing informative commentary
  • Morning tea in Charleville Lunch at the iconic Birdsville Hotel
  • Overnight accommodation including 2-course dinner and full buffet breakfast at theDesert Cave Hotel, Coober Pedy
  • History & Sunset tour Coober Pedy includes the Breakaways
  • Lunch at Thargomindah

Not Included

  • Transfers to/from Brisbane Airport
  • Drinks and souvenirs
  • Items of a personal nature


6.30am: Check-in with Corporate Air at the General Aviation Terminal, Brisbane Airport (via Dryandra Road) to board your flight for an unforgettable two days. 
7.30am: Depart Brisbane and fly over the Darling Downs agricultural farmlands and into mulga country, near Charleville where we land, refuel and enjoy some morning tea. 
Travel west over the Warrego, Paroo & Bulloo Rivers, Cooper Creek and the Diamantina River before landing for lunch at the Birdsville Hotel. Along the way, Graham will provide comprehensive commentary about the western river systems that make up the Lake Eyre Basin and some other interesting history.
Departing Birdsville, we turn south flying over Goyder Lagoon, see the Simpson Desert and Lake Eyre. Graham will be telling you some interesting facts as we look at this truly amazing expansive area.
Land in Coober Pedy and transfer to the Desert Cave Hotel for your overnight stay in an underground room (option also to sleep in an above ground room).
Late this afternoon you will go to the Breakaways, where you get the best photo opportunities to catch a beautiful Sunset at the Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park (The site is significant for the Antakirinja Matuntjara Yankunytjatjara People, whose name for the area is Umoona, meaning "long life") and the Stuart Ranges.
Your guide will take you to the historic Coober Pedy cemetery and here you find the tombstones of the colourful and sometimes eccentric people of Coober Pedy. During their lifetime it was these people which helped to shape the town of today. The stories of these people will be retold by our guide. Then continue and while the sun slowly settles on the horizon, you enjoy ice-cold Australian sparkling wine and a cheese platter.
Enjoy dinner this evening in Umberto’s Restaurant.

A full buffet breakfast is included this morning before we transfer to our plane and begin our return to Brisbane via Thargomindah. Fly back over Lake Eyre, Lake Eyre South and the Marree Man!
Stop in Thargomindah to refuel the plane and have some lunch and then back to Brisbane. 
7.00pm (Approximately) Arrive back at the General Aviation Terminal, Brisbane Airport.

We did the one day trip with Graham a few years back, the last time there was water in the lake. Check out our review of it here: Lake Eyre & Birdsville in a Day.


  • Breathtaking aerial views of magnificent Lake Eyre, Cooper Creek Channel Country & Lake Yamma Yamma    
  • Lake Eyre commentary by Graham Reid, whose passion for the outback and western river systems is evident in his brilliant commentary (as seen on Queensland Weekender)

Need a little longer? Check out our 7 day option which also covers the Flinders Ranges and Clare Valley wine region.

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