Tour operator to unlock remote Australia by private plane

Back Track Adventures air-tour coincides with the Year of Indigenous Tourism

Brisbane travel company, Back Track Adventures, is capitalising on the surge in demand for unique domestic touring, unveiling a near $40K per person luxury itinerary.

The Australia: Secret and Sacred Sites journey takes in 10 Indigenous remote and spectacular locations in Queensland, the Northern Territory and South Australia via private plane. The entire trip takes 16 days and the tour is limited to eight guests.

A highlight of the itinerary will be exploring three states in one day. The morning starts in the Northern Territory, heads to Birdsville, Queensland for lunch and crosses over to Wilpena Pound in South Australia for dinner.

The one-off departure which coincides with the extended Year of Indigenous Tourism,  starts in Brisbane on 2 July 2021. The itinerary encompasses (in order) Laura, Cooktown and Bamaga in Far North Queensland; Bremer Island, Bamurru Plains and Uluru in the NT; a whistle stop in Birdsville for a pub lunch; then Lake Eyre, the Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island is SA, before concluding in Adelaide.

1.  One Kangaroo Island / 2. Bamurru Plains / 3. Banu Banu (credit: Tourism NT/James Fisher) / 4. Birdsville / 5. Private plane / 6. Longitude 131 (credit: Tourism NT/George Apostolidis

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Back Track Adventures has been in operation for 36 years, most of which has been dedicated to outbound travel. In 2019, the company’s General Manager, Leanne Flanagan Smith, was awarded the CATO Adventure Travel Agent of the Year at the National Travel Industry Awards (NTIAs).

Jess Cooper, Sales Manager at Back Track Adventures and the curator of this luxury exploration, says this particular Australian journey has never been undertaken previously.

“The company specialises in designing itineraries that provide travellers with the opportunity to explore and experience the most remote destinations around the world,” Cooper told LATTE.

“In any given year, roughly 1,000 Back Track clients travel across all 7 continents and 5 oceans by a variety of means including – Expedition Cruising, Small Group Travel, Luxury Tailor-Made, Wildlife Safaris and Trekking just to name a few.

“But like many, [we’ve] had to pivot our focus but have maintained our emphasis on unique experiences.”

Australia: Secrets and Sacred Sites - departing Brisbane 2 July 2021

“Accessibility and exclusivity is key with this never before seen itinerary. It’s not just about taking a private jet around Australia and staying in luxury accommodation.

“The emphasis is more on exclusivity rather than luxury, although the accommodation will be as luxury as is available in the remote destinations we are travelling to.”

Accommodation includes three-night stays at Luxury Lodges of Australia’s member properties, Bamurru Plains on the edge of Kakadu and Longitude 131 at Uluru, and two-night stays at Jarramali Camp (Laura), BanuBanu Beach Retreat (Bremer Island), Rawnsley Park Station (Flinders Ranges) and One Kangaroo Island.

Banubanu Beach Retreat, Bremer Island (supplied)

“Travelling by private plane allows us to access this unique combination of remote areas, which cannot be accessed by commercial flights,” Cooper says.

Indigenous experiences are the core of the tour.

“We will be attending the closing ceremony of the Laura Dance Festival, exploring ancient rock art at the world famous Quinkan Rock Art Gallery and by special permission visit the closed indigenous Ernabella Art Community in far-north South Australia.”

Jarramali Rock Art Tours | credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

The Australia: Secrets and Sacred Sites is priced from $39,750 per person.

Back Track Adventures is offering the first customer to book a free upgrade to the Penthouse Bungalow at Banu Banu Beach Retreat, while a $1,000 per person. They are also offering an early booking discount for bookings made before 10 November 2020.

Travel advisors can earn a $1,000 per person capped commission on the itinerary, due to the exclusivity of the itinerary. For details, contact Jess on email at jess@backtrack.com.au

Lead image: Dancers at Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival | credit: Cathy Finch

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