Ayers Rock – Western Deserts Aboriginal Dot Paintings
Twin Engined Safety - Our Own Aircraft
Airline Standard Pilots with vast Bush Experience
40 years of extensive experience of Outback Flights
3 DAY ACCOMMODATED FLIGHT
Depart from the General Aviation Terminal, Adelaide Airport, at 8.30 a.m. (please check in by 8.00 a.m.), flying over St Vincent Gulf to Whyalla, past Lake Gairdner, Island Lagoon, to land and refuel at Coober Pedy. Fly over the lands of the Pitantjatjara Aboriginal people of South Australia's arid North West. Land at Kanpi Aboriginal Community. The impressive, but rarely seen, Mann Ranges form a background to this centre. This is in red sand and mountain country and visitors are not normally permitted. As we are visiting the Art Centre, we do have prior permission. Please note carefully that cameras are not permitted onto any Aboriginal Lands. We drive to the Art Centre. See Mount Woodroffe, the highest mountain in South Australia. Fly around Ayers Rock before landing at Ayers Rock Airport. Transfer to our pleasant motel at Yulara Village.
Depart Ayers Rock (Yulara) flying around the beautiful Olgas formation. We see beautiful desert ranges not often seen by other people because of their isolated and guarded locations. Fly over the remote Mann Ranges, rarely seen from the ground. We land at Pipalyatjara and are taken into the Kalka Art Centre to view the work of this Community. It is a rare privilege to be able to fly over, view and land in this country and we can only do this with the help of the Aboriginal Communities involved. Kalka is an exremely remote community with very few visitors, but their art centre produces very good works.
Both here and at Papulankutja there are good opportunities to purchase Aboriginal Art. You may wish to spend $40 or $4,000 or more (or nothing) to gain either a great art piece for your home, an investment work of art, or a memento of your trip. We then depart Kalka flying near the very remote junction of the WA/NT/SA borders. We can only repeat that you are among the very first tour groups to visit these centres. At Kalka/Pipalyatjata, one of the men has recently won the prestigious Qantas Art Award.
We take off from Pipalyatjara, flying past the corner of three states - SA/WA/NT - Surveyor's Corner, for a short journey to remote Blackstone. We are here as the guests of the Papulankutja people. Time is spent in this desert community viewing the various artworks of these desert people. There are small subtle differences in the artworks at Papulankutja compared to Kanpi.
During past visits, these people have tried very hard to be welcoming and hospitable. On occasions (not guaranteed) there are a number of small traditional art activities being carried out. At all places, there is a huge array of really good artworks to choose from, in a large range of prices. We leave Papulankutja behind as we fly north past the Rawlinson Ranges. This is about as remote as you can get in this area. The huge ramparts of the Rawlinson Ranges, named and loved by Ernest Giles, form a distant backdrop to our flight. Overnight Ayers Rock.
Depart the Yulara area for a drive around Ayers Rock. Time to walk into locations at the base. Drive out to the very impressive Olgas and a drive around part of these domes. Fly out of Ayers Rock at midday for Coober Pedy. Refuel and continue on to Adelaide, landing at 5.00 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL TOUR FARES INCLUDE AIRPORT TAXES, LANDING FEES, AIR NAVIGATION CHARGES, FUEL LEVIES, REMOTE FUEL LEVIES AND GST IN THE PRICE.