Savannah Aviation - Flying across Queensland, the Gulf of Carpentaria & the Northern Territory
Savannah Aviation is Australia's premier air charter service for the Top End. With offices in Burketown, Normanton and Mount Isa, we can fly you where you want, when you want, to suit your itinerary.
A selection of our destinations is listed below for your reference. Please note, this is not an exhaustive list: contact us today to discuss your charter requirements.
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This coastal city is the international gateway to Tropical North Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforests. Serviced by an international and domestic airport, this vibrant destination is a favoured holiday place for Australian and international tourists. Cairns offers visitors hundreds of day tour experiences, as well as shopping, dining, art and culture. A diverse destination, you can choose to stay in Cairns city, at one of the northern beaches, including Palm Cove, or drive to Port Douglas, which is just one hour north.
Townsville is 1,500km north of Brisbane and is widely regarded as the capital of North Queensland. Townsville has a strong economy, world-class infrastructure and is one of Australia's most liveable cities. Enjoying an average of 364 sunny days per year, Townsville is home to two national sporting teams, the North Queensland Cowboys (rugby league) and Townsville Crocodiles (basketball). So if you want to catch the game, catch up with friends or head to a meeting, Savannah Aviation can get you there.
Mackay is nestled amongst lush sugar cane fields, its streets are lined with palm trees and it is home to an array of classic Art Deco buildings. The surrounding region offers secluded beaches, rural communities and a rich diversity of Australian flora and fauna. The Mackay Festival of Arts is held annually and is a great opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the people and cultures that comprise this delightful community.
Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and is one of Australia's most extraordinary and iconic places to visit. With a laid back, tropical lifestyle, Darwin is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Arnhem Land. For residents of the Gulf, Darwin is a great city destination, with restaurants, shopping and the casino. It is also the business and government centre for the Northern Territory.
Alice Springs is a unique town with a rich history: it is the unofficial capital of Australia's outback and is the country's most inland town. The Tropic of Capricorn passes 30km north of Alice Springs and Uluru (Ayres Rock) is 450km southwest of the town. The people, attractions, accommodation, dining and character of Alice Springs, are as diverse as the flora and fauna that surround it. Alice Springs is 608 metres above sea-level and has a vibrant business, arts and cultural community.
Approximately 800km from Cairns (by road), the coastal township of Weipa is a fishing hot spot in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Accessible by road for part of the year, it is always best to check conditions in summer, as heavy rains do close roads. Savannah Aviation can get you to Weipa any time, any day of the year. There are a range of accommodation options available in town, including the Albatross Bay Resort. Weipa is also a 'service centre' for many smaller communities.
This is the industrial and commercial centre of north-west Queensland. A unique and progressive city, Mount Isa was founded as a mining town and has since diversified to become a thriving business and residential hub. One of the cities most famous events is the annual Mount Isa Rodeo, which is the biggest event on the Australian Rodeo calendar. Offering over $200,000 in prize money, this rodeo attracts the best of local and international competitors and is part of a two week program of events, including a ball, mardi gras and horse race.
'The Barramundi Capital of Australia', Burketown is approx 420km north of Mount Isa and sits on the divide between the northern wetlands and southern, savannah grass plains. It is also close to immense salt plains, which are beautiful when seen from the sky. This small country town has a population of 176, who enjoy the lifestyle and fishing. Each April, Burketown hosts the World Barramundi Fishing Championships and in September and October the Morning Glory Clouds roll in.
Lockhart River is a coastal community with a barge ramp on Quintell Beach, which is approx 850km north of Cairns. It is home to the 'Lockhart River Art Gang', a collective of aboriginal artists, producing contemporary and traditional art which is sold across Australia and the world. Artists include Fiona Omeenyo, Irene Namok and Doris Platt.
Lawn Hill National Park
An oasis in the surrounding outback, Lawn Hill National Park is a lush retreat from the red country. Considered one of Queensland's most scenic national parks, Lawn Hill has spectacular gorges, sandstone ranges, ancient fossils and Aboriginal rock art. Lawn Hill Creek is fed by numerous freshwater springs and provides a great place to canoe, camp and cool off. There are numerous bush walks available, in varying lengths and degrees of difficulty, or just sit back and enjoy the fairy-wrens that flock to the creek edges.
Sweers Island is a 20-minute Savannah Aviation flight from Burketown and is a great weekender or holiday getaway destination. As well as being a fishing hot spot, Sweers also has miles of golden beaches, blue waters and a huge variety of wildlife, making it a perfect family location. For fishing, choose fly-fishing off the beach or trolling from a boat, for something different, you can go bush walking, bird watching and swimming. Accommodation is available and there is a licensed bar.
Mornington Island is approx 125km north-west of Burketown (700km from Cairns) and is home to Birri Fishing Paradise, where 'stories are told and legends are made'. This area is protected from commercial fishing, with the exception of prawn trawling, which means the reef, sports and estuary fishing is possibly the best in the Gulf! Here the waters are full of Red Emperor, Sweetlip, Coral Trout, Parrot Fish, Barracuda and Giant Trevally, to name just a few. Weekender packages are available from March to November.
The Torres Strait Islands are the only part of Australia that shares a border with a neighbouring country. Comprised of 18 island and two northern peninsula area communities, the Torres Strait covers a geographic area of 48,000 square kilometres, from the tip of Cape York to the borders of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. There are five traditional island clusters: top western, western, central, eastern and inner islands, the two northern peninsula communities are Bamaga and Seisia. Thursday Island is the main administrative centre for the Torres Strait.
Horn Island, also called Ngurupai Island, has a population of 586 and is one of the Torres Straits' inner islands. Relatively flat, the island spans 53 square kilometres and contains the primary airport for the Torres Straits. Several major events are celebrated across the Torres Straits and on Horn Island annually, including: Mabo Day in June and the Coming of the Light Festival and NAIDOC Week, both in July.
Committed to servicing the people, places and communities of the Gulf, Savannah Aviation operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. They fly in and out of numerous destinations across the gulf, with extensive local knowledge of the territory border areas and communities.
For more information on destinations, please contact Savannah Aviation on (07) 4745 5177 or firstname.lastname@example.org