|SCENIC FLIGHTS and DAY TRIPS|
(Departing Drysdale daily, on demand)
Shoal Air's own Printed Flyer can be accessed here.
For over 25 years, during each dry season (from approximately May to the end of August),
there has been a plane based at Drysdale River Station offering unforgettable flight excursions.
These excursions are operated by Shoal Air and include the following D1, D2 and D3 options.
Seat prices on the D1 & D2 trips depend on booking numbers; if you advance book, we will do our very best to get the best possible price by filling the plane.
You are not obligated to fly if we do not manage to book others, therefore allowing a reduced seat price for all.
Please also visit the Shoal Air web site www.shoalair.com
Flight Plans on offer include:
(D1) PRINCE REGENT COAST and MITCHELL FALLS; view magnificent
Kimberley coastline and islands (there are photos below on this page).
Available 7am, 10am, and 2pm daily ( approx. 2.3 hr flight) from Drysdale River Station
Airfield. 2024 prices = 4+ pax: $590pp / 3 pax: $790pp / 2 pax: $1180pp.
Take off from Drysdale River Station and fly over Mt Hann, track along the Prince
Regent River and descend to King Cascades, follow the river to St George Basin
and the striking Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo.
Traversing Prince Frederick Harbour we overfly the many islands stretching across
the bay. Past Naturalist Island and the majestic Indian Head, travel the Hunter River
and circuit over the sheer Donkin Hills Falls.
Then on to circle over the iconic Mitchell River Falls with ample opportunity to capture
a perfect photograph. Departing the Falls we track south-east back to Drysdale River
Station. Total flight time is just over 2 hours in the air.
|(D2) TREK MITCHELL FALLS (DAY TOUR)
(there are photos below on this page).
Includes FLY (direct) / 4WD TRANSFER / GUIDED HIKE / LUNCH / HELICOPTER TRANSFER.
Available 7am daily from Drysdale River Station airfield. Returns 4pm approx.
MAY to AUGUST. 2024 prices = 4+ pax: $1180pp / 3 pax: $1,550pp / 2 pax: $2,280pp
This tour is designed for visitors who are primarily interested in experiencing the Mitchell Falls
on the ground. (Fitness is required for this 4km hike)
Departs Drysdale River Station at 7am for the 35 minute direct flight to Mitchell Plateau
airfield and 4WD transfer to the start of the Punamii-unpuu Hiking Trail. First stop on the
4.5km walk is the picturesque Little Merten Falls with its refreshing rock pools and
stunning gallery of Gwion Gwion artwork immediately below.
Next destination is Big Merten Falls and its awesome vista to the gorge beyond.
The Mitchell River crossing is a great place for a swim before finding the perfect
rock ledge to enjoy your picnic lunch with the majestic Mitchell Falls in full view.
After ample time to explore we head for the Falls helicopter base to board our heli
taxi back to the campground, including a loop around the Falls. The 30 minute 4WD
journey brings us back to the airfield. Another 35 minute flight brings us back to Drysdale River Station.
|(D3) DISCOVER MITCHELL FALLS (Luxury Stay & Guided Touring)
7am departure on day 1. Returns to Drysdale at approx. 10.15 am on day 2
Minimum 2 guests (twin share) $2,580pp
SCENIC FLIGHT / 4WD / HIKE / HELI / STAY / DINE
Direct flight one way and Coastal scenic air transfer the other way, 4WD to/from National Park,
escorted hike to Merten Falls, Rock Art sites, Mitchell Falls, Helicopter transfer out. Luxury tent
accommodation with ensuite. All meals included. (Fitness is required for this hike)
This tour is the ultimate combination of luxury and adventure.
We depart Drysdale Stn at 7am for the direct 35 min flight to Mitchell Plateau.
Arriving at the Mitchell Plateau airfield we take a 4WD transfer to the start of the Punamii-unpuu
Hiking Trail and experience an informative guided walk to the Falls with snacks and drinks provided at picturesque rest stops along the trail.
Explore the Mitchell Falls rock pools and enjoy a packed picnic lunch.
Take an exhilarating helicopter flight back to the Base.
Your guide will then transfer you to the spectacular Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge, for a swim or relaxation at Camp Creek, dinner and luxury tented accommodation overnight.
On day 2, after breakfast depart at 8am to transfer to Mitchell Plateau airfield.
At 8.45am we depart Mitchell Plateau airfield and first orbit the magnificent Mitchell River Falls then enjoy the 1.5 hr coastal scenic flight (as per D1).
Enroute view the Hunter River, Donkin Hill Falls, Prince Frederick Harbour, Mt Trafalgar and Mount Waterloo, Prince Regent River and Mt Hann.
Arriving back at Drysdale approx.10.15 am.
|Some of the attractions seen on the D1 flight plan.|
Headwaters of the Prince Regent River
Distant view, mouth of the Prince Regent River
Mount Waterloo and Mount Trafalgar
The Merten and Mitchell Falls
Roe River Entrance
Donkin Hill Falls
Mt Trafalgar and Mt Waterloo, overlooking the St George Basin
Islands in the Prince Frederick Harbor
Hunter River, looking toward Prince Frederick Harbor
Below, some of the attractions on the D2 Day Trek excursion and the D3 'stay overnight' trip.