Scenic Flights

CessnaArkaroola's Cessna 207 - 6 passenger scenic flight aircraft


To experience Arkaroola from the ground is amazing, however, to see it from the air is something different again!

Soar above the famous Mt Painter country in Arkaroola's own 6-passenger (7-seat), high-wing Cessna 207 with pilot Doug Sprigg, who has 30 years experience flying Arkaroola's skies.

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 Scenic Flight 1:

This 35-minute Arkaroola Sanctuary Flight will take you from the ancient sedimentary seabed layers of southern Arkaroola to the unruly granite and quartzite outcrops of Mt Gee, the Mawson Plateau and the Freeling Heights.

While taking in the spectacular vistas, listen to Doug's commentary on your personal headphones and learn about Arkaroola's geology, Aboriginal Dreaming stories and mining history.


Scenic Flight 2: 

A 45-minute Lake Frome Flight that takes you east across the flood plains to the whitest salt lake in Australia.  Shade your eyes from the flat crystalline expanse of kilometres of salt glinting in the sun, flanked by 20,000 year old sand dunes trapped forever in the Lake's crusty grasp, a relic of the time when central Australia was once an inland sea.


Scenic Flight 3: 

Combine Scenic Flights 1 and 2 for a remarkable 75-minute flight above an Australian landscape filled with rugged contrasts.


Please see our Rates page for full pricing of all our Scenic Flight and Charter Charges.


Lake Eyre Scenic Flights:

Chief Pilot, Douglas Sprigg, is an experienced commercial pilot who has spent most of his life in the outback.  With his vast knowledge and intriguing knowledge of the area, a flight to Lake Eyre is so much more than seeing the spectacular scenery.  Along the way you will learn about the culture, geoology and history of the places you fly over, as well as hear some fascinating and entertaining stories.

The route from Arkaroola to Lake Eyre takes in the wild red granites, gorges and watercourses of the Ridge Top and Mawson Plateau, before tracking up to the eastern side of the Lake.  This eastern route gives you that unique opportunity to see the orange-red dunes of the Strzesleki and Tirari Deserts.  The flight takes you over Lake Eyre North's Madigan Gulf, Hunt Peninsula to Belt Bay, lowest place in Australia, down Jack Boot Bay to Lake Eyre South returning via the Oodnadatta Track and the Vulkathunha-Gammon Ranges.

Join Doug on one of our fantastic flights over Arkaroola to Lake Eyre.  Lake Eyre Scenic flight times are available as half-day or full-day tours.  The Arkaroola Cessna seats up to 6 passengers.


Lake Eyre Half Day Adventure:

2 people:                 $1,025 per person
3 people or more:    $850 per person
No stop over


Lake Eyre Big Day Out:

On the Lake Eyre Big Day out we also stop at the iconic William Creek Hotel for lunch, continue onto the Painted Hills and return via Lake Torrens and the Leigh Creek Coal Fields.

2 people:                 $1,350 per person
3 people or more:    $1,020 per person
Lunch included

Lakes and rivers can be dynamic so routes may be altered to take advantage of the best the country has to offer.



                            (Photos of Lake Eyre flood-waters courtesy Geoff Bennett)


The following photographs were taken by Doug Sprigg of Lake Eyre in June 2009:

                     The Warburton in Flood

Lake Eyre Floods June 09   Lake Eyre

                                   Lake Eyre Flood June 09

Scenic Flights Further Afield:

Arkaroola airstrip is also a great launching pad for Other Outback Destinations.  Design your own aviation adventure to spots such as the Burke and Wills Dig Tree on the banks of the Cooper Creek; the famous outback town of Birdsville; Lake Eyre, Australia's largest salt lake; or the Opal fields of Andamooka or Coober Pedy - all within reach with your customised flight plan.

Charter Flights:

Arkroola Airservices' Cessna 207 operates under an Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and is able to provide aerial charter services throughout much of South Australia (or indeed throughout Australia).  Please contact our Chief Pilot, Douglas Sprigg, for further information by email to

Please click here for current prices of our scenic flights and charters.

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Lake Frome - one of many small islands

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Sillers Lookout with Freeling Heights in Background