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Hiring a charter flight can be a fun way for groups to see Australia. From flying over the Great Barrier Reef to cruising over the outback, there's plenty to see in this beautiful landscape. Australia is varied, vivid and gorgeous all throughout the year. If you've been considering hiring a charter flight, this list of locations will help you to make the best of your experience.
One of Australia's most important ecosystems, the Australian Outback is dry, desolate and startlingly beautiful. Flight is an ideal way to see as much of this area as possible, as this Northern Territory is very remote--compared to other areas, very few towns and cities exist throughout it.
The outback is a wash of reds, blues and a few greens here and there when you see it by air. Rivers carve through the earth, looking like veins or tree branches. On a charter flight, you can expect to see kangaroos, crocodiles, and possibly even local Aboriginal tribes.
Note: Flight is also preferable because it leaves as little impact on the area as possible. Many of the Aboriginal tribes living in this area are incredibly reclusive; some have lived off the grid for generations. Protecting this privacy is easier through flight than by car or foot.
Prime Seal Island
Just a few kilometers off of the larger Flinders Island sits a beautiful, isolated island with plenty to offer visitors. You can choose to fly over, or you can choose to charter a flight to stop on the island itself. Seashore fishing, swimming and just enjoying the beauty are all fun excursions. You can expect to see plenty of animals on the island, including the short-tailed shearwater bird, the sooty oystercatcher bird and a few eagles.
Reptiles also call the island home--you may catch a glimpse of a tiger snake or skink.
Note: If you stop at the island, don't expect to be able to traverse it in its entirety. Although it is secluded, some areas are rented to farmers and may be off limits. Your guide will be able to inform you if permission is required.
Lord Howe Island
This tiny island looks just like something out of an episode of Swiss Family Robinson. With only 400 people admitted via tourism each year, you can expect to book far, far in advance to access this gorgeous gem.
The shining star of this location is a vivid blue lagoon that sits within it. It's just right for scuba diving and swimming if you come during the spring, summer or fall.
Note: You'll find no metropolis here--this island is populated only by Aboriginal tribes. The Australian government specifically limits admittance in order to show respect for their privacy and solitude. If you can get in, it's important that you go forth with respect towards both the inhabitants and the environment.
Flight is perfect for this tiny little reef off the coast of Australia for one main reason--it's fully protected from human intrusion under Australian law. You can't sail near it, nor can you land on it by any means. This small reef contains a brilliant, untouched coral reef ecosystem, and is incredibly delicate to damage. While you may not be able to take a walk or swim around it, seeing it by air is both romantic and inspiring.
Note: If you're planning a wedding, consider a fly-over. Proposing while hovering or flying over the naturally-constructed heart is a fun way to commemorate a proposal. If you're worried about what to do afterward, your pilot can take you to any of the nearby non-protected locations. There's swimming, diving and even resorts to relax in.
Heart Reef is also situated inside the much larger Great Barrier Reef, so the rest of your flight should remain spectacular--both in and out of the area.
Australia is a world of wonder for tourists who visit it. Wild, vibrant and full of life, it's an ideal vacation destination for just about any active individual. If you have questions about fly-overs or charter flights to any of these locations, contact a local flight company today.