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.


Following two years of interrupted travel due to the pandemic, it has been great to be able to operate our tours with relative normalcy in 2022. In fact, we have conducted more air safaris this year than in any previous year. It has been marvellous for the tourism industry to get back on its feet, and for us to show you our incredible country again.

We trust you will enjoy browsing through our 2023 brochure. Over 90 percent of the images used in the brochure come from the pilot and passengers on the actual tours. So what you see is what you get when you travel with us. Unfortunately, the significant increase in fuel prices over recent months, which has also severely impacted our accommodation and tour suppliers, has forced a higher-than-expected increase in the price of our tours for 2023.

Over the past few years, Kirkhope Aviation's Australian Air Safaris has grown to be the largest air tour operator in the country, with departures from Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast. We offer the broadest range of tours with the most departures, while maintaining our small groups, personalised experience and excellent service. Our constant 5-star Tripadvisor reviews are a testament to the high level of service and quality of experience we offer on tour. if you are thinking of travelling with us for the first time in 2023, I invite you to check out our customer reviews.

We thank you for your continued support and look forward to seeing you on an Australian Air Safari in 2023.

- 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.

Lord Howe Island
"You will have picked up from the high level of satisfaction on our return last night that everyone enjoyed it greatly. Kirsty is not only an excellent pilot but a very good and well organised tour leader. It was good to see that all of us on this trip had been with Kirkhope before."
Ian and Sandra , VIC // April 2015

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