About Australian Air Safaris

A fair amount of time has passed since I bought my first aircraft and flew my first air tour back in 1974.

The Bungle Bungle in the Kimberley had not yet been rediscovered. Adel’s Grove had no proper visitor amenities, just one caravan and an outside BBQ, so we slept under the stars on wooden benches.

Since then, Keith, myself and Kirkhope Aviation have run more than 2000 departures and flown more than 3.5 million kilometres across the country.

In recent years, the business has grown to cater to more Australians who are eager to discover our vast country. As our experience has deepened, more pilots and tourism professionals have joined the business to service the demand and lead it into the future.

With many decades of experience behind us, Keith and I will continue to mentor our pilots and staff who have the drive and passion to continue what we love doing - delivering an enriching Australian touring experience in the joy of travelling by private aircraft.

Australian Air Safaris is the new name for our air touring brand, selected as it simply and accurately represents what we do. Australian Air Safaris will operate as a division of Kirkhope Aviation who own and operate the high-quality aircraft for your tours. Kirkhope Aviation will continue to operate corporate charters and will remain the parent company.

From 2022, many of our tours will leave directly from Sydney and the Gold Coast. Australian Air Safaris will continue to fly tours out of Melbourne and Sydney, while Seair Pacific on the Gold Coast will fly our tours that depart from Coolangatta Airport. As normal, bookings for all our tours can be made online or by calling the office.

The future of domestic tourism is very exciting with an amazing depth of quality and uniquely Australian experiences continually becoming available.

If you have travelled with us in the past, you know we offer a very personalised touring experience, and the plan is that we shall continue to do so for many years to come. We look forward to welcoming you on board in 2022 and beyond.


- Tony Kirkhope

Founder and Owner of Kirkhope Aviation and Australian Air Safaris

Packaged Air Tours

We know the outback, and currently offer packaged outback air tours to diverse destinations. Fly with us to Cape York, the Northern Territory’s Top End, Tasmania and the Bass Strait Isles, coastal and outback South Australia, and Western Australia’s Pilbara and Kimberley region. We also offer a range of one day tours and are specialists in creating custom air tours.

Air Charters, Australia-wide

Kirkhope Aviation offers private and corporate air charters throughout Australia. Utilising our fleet, travellers can select their own flight schedules to travel when they want. We also offer a turbine pressurised ten-seat King Air aircraft that allows executives to travel in style to their next business meeting.

"This organisation is run by passionate perfectionists and they go the extra 9 yards to ensure trips go well and are totally safe. I highly recommend them."
Greg M , Melbourne

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