For a continent as vast, diverse and unique as Australia, air tours are the best way to discover its natural beauty. A plane can fly you out to distant places cut-off from civilization. It goes where no roads go, where no rails reach, and where no ships sail.
No matter how impenetrable the terrain, or choppy the waters, an aircraft can always offer a view. And often, it’s the best view you can get.
Today, we introduce you to some of the top flying adventures you can enjoy in Australia.
Hot Air Ballooning
Want to be a cloud for a day and witness Australia in all her pristine splendor?
How about you take off in a hot air balloon?
Ballooning is an aerial adventure that offers spectacular views of the countryside. It really lets you take in the rustic beauty of the hinterland.
A hot air balloon rises into the air, and like a cloud in Shakespeare’s Daffodils, ‘floats on high o’er vales and hills’.
You can check out Australia’s famous vineyards and wineries, and take click pictures to your heart’s content.
As you soar into the sky, cornrows of plantations and thickets of forests fall away. Undulating pastures and hills stretch out into the distance crisscrossed only by rivers and roads like a patchwork quilt.
A typical hot air balloon basket can accommodate anywhere between 10-25 people and remains air-borne for about half an hour to an hour.
Most service providers offer dawn and dusk rides with personalised pick up and drop off services.
Meals are optional. There are choices for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free fare. You can also order a bottle of wine or champagne.
What better way to top off an early morning flying adventure than by enjoying a freshly prepared breakfast at a five-star country inn in the midst of nature?
So get your plans in action and book a spot today. Check out Hot Air Ballooning and the many options and places available.
Aerobatic adventure flights, also known as acrobatic flights, are for extreme adrenaline junkies.
If you have nerves of steel and love spine-tingling aviation adventures, this is what you need.
The aircraft is like your personal rollercoaster in the sky. You can do loops and spins and barrel rolls till your mind explodes.
In aerobatic flying, a professional pilot flies the aircraft while you stay strapped in behind them. Often these pilots also fly the big airliners. Aerobatics is their way of experiencing, once again, some of the training they enjoyed in the RAAF.
For you, aerobatics does not require any license or piloting experience.
All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the raw thrill of hurtling through space like a rocket.
Most aerobatic flying operators use lightweight stunt aircrafts like the Pitts Special Aerobatic Biplane, Yak-52, Tiger Moth, Robin 2160 and Cessna Aerobatic Plane.
These aircrafts are extremely safe and great at handling intense maneuvers.
You enjoy medium to high G forces (up to 4 times the force of gravity) on all of them.
So, sign up for an unforgettable adventure in the skies, and watch the horizon spin before your eyes. Aerobatics here you come.
Combat Jet Fighter Flights
If you have fantasised flying a real jet fighter aircraft, combat flying could be the ultimate adventure for you.
It offers an authentic jet fighter experience customizable from mild to high in intensity.
You will be dressed in military overalls and a jet helmet, and your aircraft will be flown by ex-fighter jet combat or ex-RAAF instructor.
These are genuine jet trainers used by air forces around the world.
They can perform stunts like vertical rolls, Cuban 8s, barrel rolls, aileron rolls, inverted flights, 4 point hesitation rolls, and wing-overs.
They also simulate real military combat maneuvers like derry reversals, combat barrel rolls, split-S, immelmans, and combat win-overs.
The L-39, for instance, is a Czech-made single-engine fighter plane capable of touching speeds of up to 910km/h. It is used for training MiG pilots for aerial combat.
The T-6 Texan and Boeing Stearman Biplane both have served as a warbirds in World War II, and are known for their speed and maneuverability.
So wait no more. Find a flying experience and enjoy the thrill!
Air safaris are scenic flights.
They’re a great way to explore Australia’s hidden treasures like the Outback, Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays, Uluru, Lake Eyre, Tasmania and Kimberley among others.
epending on the geography, flights can be conducted in seaplanes, helicopters, and small aircrafts like the Cessna.
Air safari planes are compact in size and can take off from and land in places inaccessible to large commercial aircrafts. They have comfortable seats with extra-large individual windows built specially for sight-seeing and photography.
The pilots are highly qualified and trained, and the guides, who also double as hosts for the tours, are friendly and professional.
Scenic flights have fixed and customizable tours. They may last a few hours or span a few days (may include accommodation and food).
You can go for a pre-designed itinerary, or plan your own tour according to where you want to go, what you want to see, and for how long.
Most service providers allow guests to combine scenic flights with water landings, treks, rock climbing, and other adventure activities.
They can have fly-and-dine packages where guests can enjoy gourmet meals at waterside and country restaurants.
Why people love flying adventures
- Bucket list: Flying adventures are bucket-list favorites. People just have to do them. They’re like one of those things people feel they need to do before they die. They make life more fun, exciting and worth living.
- Adrenaline rush: People gravitate towards death-defying adventures for the sheer rush of adrenaline. They like stepping out of their mundane lives, and engaging in mad scary adventures for the raw thrill it gives them.
- Great view: Flying is the best way to see a place when time is of essence. It affords stunning panoramic views of the entire topography as far as the eye can see. It is also a great way to photograph a place and immortalize it on picture frames.
- Accessing remote areas: Flying is a great way to see far-off natural wonders that are difficult to reach by road, rail or sea. Australia is made for exploration by air. With its vast, mostly uninhabited, landscape, scenic flights offer the best means to experience the land up-close.
All in all, we can say that flying adventures are a great way to explore Australia. They offer fantastic views and cover a lot in a short span of time. If you wish to introduce your family and friends to the wonder that is Australia, there’s no better way to do it than by air.