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The De Havilland Dash 8 stands ready on the tarmac, engines warming, waiting for the aircruisers onboard to secure their seatbelts for takeoff. The ultimate in grownup aircruising is fast becoming the luxury tour de jour for the discerning traveller – and today we’ll be cruising at 15,000ft en route to Longreach, the first stop on the Great Australian Aircruise.
Piloted by two captains, the aircraft covers 10,178km in 12 days with an average flying time of a mere 2.5 hours per day, so there’s plenty of time on the ground to embrace the wonders of Katherine Gorge, Kakadu National Park, the magnificent Bungle Bungle, the Kimberley, Broome and Uluru. It goes without saying that the aerial views of the vast Aussie landscape are spectacular but this quickly becomes even more special when the aircraft drops to a lower altitude to flight-see the domes of the Bungle Bungle or buzz the Buccaneer Archipelago.
The aircruise is five-star all the way, from the personalised onboard service to the eclectic range of accommodation at each destination, ensuring that the fine art of travel was not lost in the 19th Century.
Brag Factor // Completely indulgent, seamless travel on board your own private aircraft.
Details // Tour by Bill Peach Journeys, $12,995 per person twin-share, fully inclusive. 1800 252 053, www.billpeachjourneys.com.au