Travelling Around Australia

Major Domestic Air Carriers

Australia is a large continent, approximately the same size as the continental United States, and travel throughout the country is generally via one of four major domestic air carriers – Qantas, Virgin Blue, Jetstar and Tiger Airways.

Qantas Airlines

Qantas Airlines is the national flagship carrier, having been established over 90 years ago and has grown via acquisition and amalgamation of a number of smaller airlines.  In addition to its well known international presence (the unmistakable red kangaroo on the tail of its long-haul 747 and A-380 fleet in airports across the world), Qantas is also the dominant domestic carrier with over 50 per cent of seat capacity of the industry and operating about 5600 domestic flights weekly.  Qantas has been positioned as the premium full-service carrier in Australia for decades.

The airline flies predominantly Boeing 737 aircraft on domestic routes, configured with three rows of business class and typically about 25 rows of standard-pitch economy seating.  On some routes, Boeing 767 and Airbus A330 aircraft provide additional capacity (with larger business class cabins), and on the Sydney to Perth route Qantas operates Boeing 747 aircraft for the five hour flight., Many of its shorter regional routes are serviced via QantasLink branded flights using a variety of Boeing 717 and Bombardier Q-400 and Dash-8 aircraft.  QantasLink services over 50 regional destinations including Ayers Rock for access to Longitude 131, Hamilton Island for qualia Resort and Spa and Lord Howe Island for Capella Lodge.

For visitors to Australia booking Qantas international flights from the USA or Europe, the airline offers packaged domestic travel when pre-booked at the time of purchasing the international flights.  These offers are marketed on the Qantas website of the respective originating country and typically add from AU$70 to $140 per domestic flight segment to the price of the round trip.  They are located by searching for Walkabout Pass or Aussie AirPass.  Generally, these offers are not available once a visitor has arrived in Australia.

Qantas service standards are very good by international expectations, with complimentary meals, drinks and video entertainment onboard in all classes, no charges for a defined weight of checked baggage, and an impeccable safety record.  For more information, see

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia is the ten year old domestic airways arm of Virgin Group Australia, a partially owned affiliate of Sir Richard Branson’s international Virgin group of companies.  Initiated as a budget carrier at the time Qantas’ only significant domestic competitor went into receivership in 2001, Virgin Australia has evolved into the second major domestic air carrier.  Today the airline exceeds 30 per cent domestic market share, operating a network of 78 Boeing 737, Airbus A-330, Embraer E-170 and E-190 and ATR-72 aircraft to 32 Australian airports.

Within the past two years, a new CEO at Virgin Group (formerly head of operations at Qantas) has signalled the intention to increase the range and appeal of premium guest services, competing more directly with Qantas for the corporate and high-yield tourism market.  It is anticipated that this will mean a gradual introduction of separate cabins for premium seating, expanded lounge programs, and larger aircraft into the fleet.

Virgin Australia offers a packaged set of three or more destinations on their Australian domestic network to non-residents booking from outside Australia or New Zealand for $79 to $179 per flight.  There is no requirement that the guests arrive in Australia on Virgin Australia’s partner international carrier V-Australia, implying flexibility in the unlinking of the domestic flights from the international.  This offer is accessed via a special website

Virgin Australia service standards are good by international expectations, with perky, attentive no-frills in-flight services, a good website for self-booking and arguably the best check-in counter staff in Australia.  Seats are pre-assigned 24 hours before flight time, and food and beverage and in-flight entertainment is on a pay-per-use basis, except for premium economy where these are included in the fare.  For more information see


Jetstar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qantas Group, and is the leading budget airline in Australia.  The airline offers generally reliable point-to-point flights at prices usually lower by 10-30 per cent than available from Qantas or Virgin Australia.

The Jetstar network of 20 domestic airports is served by 27 Airbus A320 aircraft (all purchased new within the past five years) configured with 177 leather seats in a single-class with moderate pitch.  Point-to-point service implies that Jetstar does not interline checked baggage with other carriers and does not offer connecting service between its own flights.

The airline’s safety record is spotless and its service record is generally good, with only moderate assistance levels provided to travellers in the event of delays or cancellations.  Jetstar observes a strict 30-minute domestic check-in time limit and 25-minute at the gate boarding limit, which has been known to result in denied boarding and loss of fare for slightly late airport arrivals.  In-flight services are all extra cost, with service attention friendly and cheerful.  For more information see

Regional Air Carriers

Australia is home to a number of regional carriers, whose networks serve many of the more remotely located lodges of the members of Luxury Lodges of Australia. Generally these carriers are operating twin-engine fixed wing aircraft seating from nine to about 30 travelers on scheduled services from major capitol airports outward to more remote locations.

Regional Express

Regional Express (REX) Airlines serves the southeastern crescent of Australia from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne around to Adelaide and into smaller airports in between.  For instance, REX is the primary carrier from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island accessing Southern Ocean Lodge with two daily return flights.  For more information see


Skywest Airlines serves primarily Western Australia connecting an array of smaller airports into Perth.  Their flights along the isolated northwestern coast of Australia centered on Broome connect with Perth and Darwin and also Exmouth for access to Sal Salis and Ningaloo Reef.  For more information see

Air North

Air North serves the Northern Territory from Darwin and the northwestern quadrant of Australia to Kununurra, Broome, both embarkation points for True North, and beyond.  For more information see

East Air

East Air, based in Cairns, offer a limited set of scheduled services to Lizard Island. These are generally arranged by the property in conjunction with an accommodation booking.

Private Jet / Charter

Australia’s luxury barefoot paradises are exclusive by virtue of their remoteness, their special location and the small number of guests they accommodate at any one time. Private Jet or Charter options provide convenient access and the opportunity to maximum time in these remarkable destinations.

For Australian Aeronautical Information please visit –

For specific lodge access information please click on the appropriate lodge; Arkaba, Bamurru Plains, Capella Lodge, Cape Lodge, Crystalbrook Lodge, El Questro Homestead, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Lake House, Lizard Island, Longitude 131°, Pretty Beach House, qualia, Saffire, Sal Salis, Silky Oaks Lodge, Southern Ocean Lodge, Spicers Peak Lodge, The Louise, True North

Adagold Luxe

Adagold Luxe provides personalised, highly tailored travel experiences within Australia and the South Pacific for VIP high net worth travellers.

Their aim is to offer luxurious flexibility and diverse travel itineraries to the most coveted locations. The flexibility of a well managed private jet charter allows clients to “see it all” and experience the very best locations without the delays and restrictions of commercial travel.

Luxe Experiences

Indulgent Australian Getaway – Lord Howe Island, The Kimberley, Margaret River, Kangaroo Island, Tasmania. Enjoy this luxurious Australian adventure where the long miles between each magical destination disappear seamlessly. A sensory journey of indulgent delights awaits. Features; Capella Lodge, El Questro Homestead, Sal Salis, Cape Lodge, Southern Ocean LodgeSaffire

Outback and Reef – Sydney, Uluru, Whitsundays. Watch the beauty of the Australian landscape unfold beneath you as you cruise the sky in the luxury of your own VIP jet on this iconic tour. Features; Longitude 131°.

Outback Wilderness – Flinders Ranges, Top End, Scenic Rim. There are wilderness gems that are so off the beaten track that time poor travellers rarely experience them. If remote luxury and adventure in isolated landscapes is on your wish list, then this wilderness Jet-Centric experience by private jet could be for you. Features; Arkaba, Bamurru Plains, Spicers Peak Lodge.

The Great Southern Gastronomic Experience – Freycinet, Barossa Valley, Kangaroo Island. Travel in ease and luxury to the most coveted and secluded locations in Tasmania and South Australia. Indulge in the wine region of the Barossa, the secluded beauty of the Tasmanian East Coast and the superb modernist design of the Southern Ocean Lodge overlooking the cliffs of Kangaroo Island. Features; Saffire, The Louise, Southern Ocean Lodge.



Ph: 1800 767 747 or +61 736 228 200



Air Adventure Australia

Scheduled trips:

Air Adventure Australia offers the experience seeker high-end, all-inclusive air safaris to the most remote and exciting outback Australia destinations. They have over 20 different itineraries, ranging from 4 days to 14 days and include stays at many Luxury Lodge properties. Air Adventure’s private aircraft and refined itineraries offer travellers a seamless experience where they will spend less time on the road and more time exploring Australia.

Private charter transfer options:

Based in Melbourne and operating out of Essendon airport, Air Adventure Australia offers private charter flights to and between Luxury Lodges. With exciting stops along the way, they can turn a day of travel into an itinerary highlight.

Transfer options include:



Air Charter Service

Air Charter Service, is committed to providing a level of personal service which exceeds the highest expectations, enabling passengers to travel in style, safety, superior comfort and considerable peace of mind.

From preferred aircraft and specific dietary requirements to chauffeur-driven transport upon arrival, account managers are on-hand for the duration of every charter, taking care of the finer details every step of the way. Whether you want to fly from tropical Queensland in the east, to Sydney or Tasmania in the south, across to the dusty and untamed outback, or even further to the west, charter with Air Charter Service and stay at one of the many luxury lodges on offer. Air Charter Service are able to provide charter flights on smaller pistons and turbo-props for the more cost effective charters, private jets which are able to fly across Australia without a fuel stop and ultra-long range jets for any international flights.



Ph: +61 (0) 2 9004 7500



Multi-award winning Aviair is a scenic tour operator, a regional airline and charter flight operator.  The Aviair head office is located in Kununurra, the Kimberley, Western Australia, with a significant base at Karratha, the Pilbara, Western Australia.

Aviair’s fleet of 15 aircraft are all fully airconditioned and include; Pilatus PC12 pressurised single-engine turbine aeroplanes, King Air twin turbine aeroplanes, Cessna 208 propjet Caravans and a new GA8 Airvan.

Aviair’s business foundation are the twin principles of safety and service – both being areas that will not be compromised. Safety is key in all that they do and leads through to delivering the best service to their customers. Aviair have their own modern and private airport terminals at Kununurra Airport and Karratha airport with courtesy transfers for passengers.

Servicing guests at El Questro Homestead and True North, plus operating as a charter company. 



Phone: 1800 095 500

Edwards Aviation Australia

Whether you need to fly from one major destination to a regional centre, or combination thereof, Edwards Aviation Australia has the aircraft to get you to where you want to go.


Ph: 1800 747 800

Kimberley Air Tours

Kimberley Air Tours is an aviation company based in Kununurra, Western Australia offering unique air experiences and charter services throughout the East Kimberley region in both float planes and land based aircraft.



Ph: +61 (0) 8 9168 2653

Kirkhope Aviation

Air Tour Packages

Southern Luxury Lodges Loop Tour – 9 days includes Arkaba Station, Southern Ocean Lodge and Saffire. Price on application and tour on demand. For further information, visit

North West Luxury Lodges Tour – 13 day safari that includes Bamurru Plains, Longitude 131 , Sal Salis and Southern Ocean Lodge. Price on application and tour on demand. For further information, visit

Pilbara & West Coast Tour – 14 days+ includes at stay at Sal Salis. Price on application and tours on demand. For further information, visit

Lord Howe Island in the KingAir aircraft.  5 days ex Melbourne including 3 nights at Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island. For further information, visit.  

Cape York Tour – 13 days including 2 nights on Lizard Island. For further information, visit.

Kirkhope Aviation also offer ‘Bespoke  Tours’ to as many Luxury Lodges that a client may wish to include, i.e. El Questro, Bamurru Plains, Crystalbrook Lodge, Longitude 131°, as well as those listed in the tours above. Click here for further information on bespoke touring options.



Ph: 1300 20 61 30

Norwest Air Work

With bases in Exmouth/Shark Bay, Western Australia, Norwest Air Work in partnership with Shark Bay Aviation provides air services throughout the Gascoyne, Pilbara, Murchison and Kimberley regions for the past 30 years.

An option to consider for private charter access to lodges in these regions including Sal Salis, El Questro Homestead and True North.



Exmouth Ph: + 61 (0) 8 9949 2888

Shark Bay Ph: + 61 (0) 8 9948 1773



Rossair charter is the provider of VIP transfers to Baillie Lodges.

Rossair provide private aircraft travel within Australia and are Australia’s longest running air charter provider. 
Operating a premium 9 seat aircraft and a larger 30 seat aircraft to suit various group sizes. Private charter allows you to travel when it suits your schedule, fly in to airstrips closer to your destination and have more time to see Australia



Ph: +61 (0) 8 8234 3244 

South Australian Air Charters

South Australian Air Charters fly executive aircrafts, offering levels of comfort and style that reflect famous South Australian experiences like Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island, Arkaba in the Flinders Ranges and The Louise in the Barossa Valley.



Pat Kent: – 0488 050 010
Peter Sherlock: – 0414 316 755

Helicopter Operators

Australia’s luxury barefoot paradises are exclusive by virtue of their remoteness, their special location and the small number of guests they accommodate at any one time. Helicopter options provide convenient access to remote locations and the opportunity to maximum time in these remarkable destinations.

For specific lodge access information please click on the appropriate lodge; Arkaba, Bamurru Plains, Capella Lodge, Cape Lodge, Crystalbrook Lodge, El Questro Homestead, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Lake House, Lizard Island, Longitude 131°, Pretty Beach House, qualia, Saffire, Sal Salis, Silky Oaks Lodge, Southern Ocean Lodge, Spicers Peak Lodge, The Louise, True North

Hamilton Island Air

Experience the Whitsundays by air with Hamilton Island Air’s complete range of aviation touring options including helicopters, seaplanes and fixed-wing aircraft.

Tours throughout the Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef and Hamilton Island area can include scenic flights, helicopter transfers, reef cruises, snorkelling, beach picnics and more. 



Ph: +61 (0) 7 4969 9599


HeliSpirit, a helicopter charter company, services the Kimberley region of far north Western Australia. With bases in Kununurra, Warmun, Mitchell Falls, Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle), El Questro and Katherine, exploring the Kimberley intimately, by private helicopter, is effortless. Stay at remote luxury lodges, fish in wild rivers, marvel at galleries of ancient rock art. Experience extraordinary.

Servicing guests at El Questro Homestead and True North, plus operating as a helicopter charter company. 



Ph: 1800 1800 85

Great Train Journeys

Getting around Australia may also include travel by rail, including several of the world’s great train journeys. Two of the most well known are the east-west cross country Indian Pacific and the north-south Ghan lines, offering private cabins with compact ensuite bathrooms and inventive Australian cuisine in a modern dining car. For more information see


Other modes of Australian travel include self-drive, with international and domestic car rental agencies offering pick-up and drop-off points at all major airports and many capital city locations. A valid driver’s license, credit card and advance booking are the necessary prerequisites. All travel in Australia is on the left side of the road and rental cars will all have the driver on the right of the vehicle. Well known tourism routes in Australia include the Great Ocean Road along a 250km stretch of wild Southern Ocean terrain for a segment of the route between Melbourne and Adelaide, with a convenient intermediate stop at Lake House in Daylesford. The drive across the Nullarbor Plain between Adelaide and Perth is often promoted for adventurous drivers, as it includes the longest section of straight highway in the world; however, guest services along this isolated route are decidedly not luxury scale. Shorter drives, such as the route through the Blue Mountains between Sydney and Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, along the eastern Tasmanian coast from Hobart to Saffire Resort, or through the Adelaide Hills on the way to The Louise Barossa Valley and further north to The Flinders Ranges and Arkaba Station are all easily accessible tourist drives that are natural components of visiting these Luxury Lodges properties.


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