Our Aircraft

Australian Air Safaris are based at Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne, Victoria. Our meticulously maintained fleet consists of an ten-seat Beechcraft twin turbine King Air, a nine-seat Cessna Grand Caravan EX, a nine-seat Piper Chieftain, and an eight-seat Piper Navajo.

All our aircraft are rated for instrument flying which allows departures and arrivals in most weather and at night (assuming the airstrip is suitable), and are flown by experienced commercial pilots with command instrument ratings.

Beechcraft King Air B200

Cruise Speed: 270 kt / 550 km/h

Max Cruising Altitude: 35,000 ft

Seats: 10 passengers

Air Conditioning: Yes

Pressurised: Yes

Toilet: Yes, for emergency use.

Cessna Grand Caravan EX

Cruise Speed: 180 kt / 330 km/h

Max Cruising Altitude: 10,000 ft

Seats: 9 passengers

Air Conditioning: Yes

Pressurised: No

Toilet: No

Piper Chieftain

Cruise Speed: 180 kt / 330 km/h

Max Cruising Altitude: 10,000 ft

Seats: 8 - 9 passengers

Air Conditioning: Yes

Pressurised: No

Toilet: No

Piper Navajo

Cruise Speed: 180 kt / 330 km/h

Max Cruising Altitude: 10,000 ft

Seats: 8 passengers

Air Conditioning: Yes

Pressurised: No

Toilet: No

Questions about our Aircraft

How do I use the Wish List?

Browse our destinations and short-list where you’d like to go by clicking   Add to Wishlist. 

When you’re finished adding destinations, visit this page by clicking the   at the top of the website. Review your list, remove any you don’t want, and then send it to us us using the form below.

One of our amazing pilots will then chat with you about your preferences to get an idea of the perfect air tour for your group. We’ll go away and design your dream itinerary. You provide us with feedback, we’ll then revise it, plan your adventure, and make it a reality.

All that’s left is for you to prepare for a trip of a lifetime!

What food is provided for people with special diets?

Normally most things can be catered for as long as we are advised.

What is accommodation like eg. twin share/dbl, bathroom?

Typically we quote twin share, however special requests will be considered should you prefer a single.

How long does it take to fly to a destination?

Flinders Island is 1.0hr; Port Lincoln is 2.25hrs depending on the aircraft.

What size, is/are the aircraft?

Varies from 6 passenger to 10 passenger but typically the maximum is 8-9 passengers due to weight capacity.

Can I park at the airport?

Yes, and it’s free!

Can I bring fishing gear and bags?

Fishing gear is supplied however, small items may be considered. Luggage is restricted to 10kg depending on the group size.

I will be coming from overseas/interstate, is there somewhere I can store excess luggage safely?

Yes, any excess baggage can be safely stored at our departure lounge.

What sort of bag should I take?

A soft sided sports bag. A soft sided case preferably without wheels and frames as this makes them hard to pack away. Definitely no hard sided suit-case (these do not fit in the nose or wing lockers).

What should I wear?

Smart, comfortable casual is the theme for all tours. Please see our suggested clothing list on your itinerary for further information. A good, versatile pair of walking shoes is essential.

We are two friends traveling together, are there separate beds?

Yes, we can arrange for twin-share with separate beds. Generally this will be one queen/double and one single.

If I am a single traveler, do I have to pay a single supplement?

Yes, this depends on the number of days but is of the order of $105/head/day on most trips. Lord Howe is more and Bespoke trips are negotiable.

What is the general standard of accommodation?

We always choose the best available accommodation at each stop. Due to the remoteness of the destinations we access this can range from clean, comfortable shearers quarters to 5 star exclusive lodges. There are generally en suites unless clearly stated in the itinerary. We choose accommodation that is true to the region with comfy beds, air conditioning and good tucker.

Do we all eat as a group?

Yes, each night we all sit down as a group. This includes your crew and sometimes even local characters who often join us along the way.

Is alcohol included?

Drinks are included at meal times.

What if I have special dietary requirements?

We can cater for most specific dietary requirements (coeliac, vegetarian etc.). On your “booking confirmation form” you can add any dietary requirements. This gives us a chance to notify all operators providing food.

Will there be water available?

Kirkhope Aviation provides water all the way around (limited quantity). We recommend that you also carry your own drink bottle to refill. The more you drink, the more energy you will have and the more you will enjoy each day.

If I find a shell or rock that I like, can I take it home?

All guides discourage guests from removing natural objects so they remain in their natural state. In many places this can be an offence.

Is there much walking involved?

Across all of our itineraries there are a number of walks available. None are compulsory and you only do what you feel up to. For those who are more active, we cater for you also.

Do I get to sit in the co-pilot seat?

Yes, the co-pilot seat is rotated between passengers and your pilot will give you an overview of the cockpit and flying if you are interested. There is a spare headset so you can listen in on the radio calls.

Will the pilot orbit landmarks/special features so both sides of the aircraft will see?

Yes.

What is the seating configuration?

Single rows of seats with a centre aisle, every seat is the window seat.

Is the aircraft low wing?

The Piper Chieftain, Navajo and Beechcraft King Air are low wing. Our Cessna Grand Caravan EX is a high wing aircraft. In all aircraft we encourage clients not to sit in the same seat. We rotate the seating after each sector so everyone gets a different view throughout the tour.

Is it hard to get in and out of the aircraft?

No, there are steps with hand holds so you don’t have to scramble in. We also carry a small step to help some people who may have trouble reaching the first stair.

Will there be turbulence?

Generally the flying is silky smooth due to the time of year and time of day we fly. If there are going to be bumps, your pilot will notify you.

What altitude will we fly at?

Depending on weather we fly between 3,000 and 10,000 feet on the Chieftain, Navajo and Grand Caravan EX. The King Air will fly generally at higher levels of around 25,000 feet although it can come lower for short “flightseeing” experiences.

Is there a toilet on board?

No, except for the KingAir. However there are always toilets immediately before takeoff and straight after landing. The longest sector across all of our tours is 2.5 hours.

What sort of aircraft will we be in?

We have a Beechcraft King Air, Cessna Grand Caravan EX, Piper Chieftain and Navajo in our fleet. These have rear stair entry, club seating and an aisle in the centre. They have big windows and great performance capabilities on short airstrips. The King Air is a multi engine turbine aircraft that is pressurised so it can climb to higher altitudes. The Cessna Grand Caravan EX is a single engine turbine aircraft and cruises at a maximum of 10,000ft. The Navajo and Chieftains are multi engine piston aircraft that are unpressurised and cruises at a maximum of 10,000 feet.

What sort of license does the pilot have?

All pilots are supplied by Kirkhope Aviation Pty Ltd and carry a Commercial Pilots’ License with a fully all weather Instrument Rating. All have had lots of experience in corporate, scenic and passenger charter.

Can I park my car near the departure lounge?

Yes, right next to our hangar in Second Street. If you are going on a long trip you may prefer to come by taxi or to arrange with Moorabbin Car Kennels to look after your vehicle. This is a covered car kennel onm the airport and they will pick up and drop off your car at our hangar if arranged in advance.

How do I book?

You can book online using our online booking form, direct with our office Tel. 1300 20 61 30 Fax +61 (0) 3 9882-4236 or Mobile: +61 (0) 418 379-263 (Tony) or +61 (0) 408 535-438 (Keith) 7 days a week. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are ready to assist you with your queries.

When should I book?

As we only cater for small groups, seats are limited and tours can fill quite quickly. We advise booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We are more than happy to hold seats for you for a period of 5 days without deposit. If demand is great over that period, we will contact you to offer first right of refusal.

What’s included?

In a word, everything! We don’t like to see you putting your hand in and out of your pocket so anything written into the itinerary is included in the price. All air travel in private aircraft, all accommodation, all meals, guided trips/ tours/ excursions, entries and transfers. We do not include , laundry and any personal items like souvenirs.

Will there be flies and mosquitoes?

Again, depends on the trip. Normally only when we go up to the top of Australia. Make sure that you have repellent and a fly net if desired.

What else should I bring?

You will receive an itinerary which will detail what you need to bring and suggested clothing. Also don’t forget your camera, a collapsible hiking stick can be handy for some people, air sick tablets if necessary, and any charging equipment

How much luggage can I bring?

This may vary depending on the charter or tour. The holiday air tours are generally limited to about 1 kg per person per day. So for a 3 day trip we suggest 3 – 4 kgs….for a 10 day trip we try for a maximum of 8 – 9 kgs per person . Hint: the heaviest clothing you are likely to need will be what you are wearing on the morning of departure. You don’t need to include this in your weight allowance as long as you have given us your correct “clothed weight ” on the booking confirmation form.

Are there any Discounts or Extras?

10% discount is available for anyone who books a full plane load for one of our trips. A full plane load is considered 7 passengers in the Chieftain. The discount applies to the 7 passengers on the one booking form. Single supplements are $105pp per night. TheLord Howe Island tour single supplement is $175

"We had a marvellous trip to Flinders and King Islands and Tasmania. Flying on a small plane is so much fun. We all loved the birds eye view of Wilsons Prom and beyond, Flinders Island, north west Tasmania, King Island and flying over the heads and over Port Philip Bay on the way home."
Michele and Andrew , VIC // March 2015

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