Flying in the Australian Outback

To fully appreciate the vastness of the Australian outback, it is best to see it from the ground and from the air.

Most northern inland charter companies rely on aerial mustering work for the bulk of their business. However many also offer tourist flights as well.

Charter Companies

North Australian Helicopters

North Australian Helicopters, based in Katherine in the Northern Territory. See Katherine Gorge and Kakadu.


Slingair/Heliwork, based in Kununurra in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia.

Excellent helicopter & fixed-wing information. See the beehive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range and the spectacular, isolated Kimberley coastline.

A huge aviation business created and run by Kerry Slingsby.  Kerry sold the helicopter mustering side of the business around 2005, and the tourism aviation business to Grant Kenny, in 2008.

Cape York Air

Cape York Air is a mainly fixed-wing business based in Cairns, at the bottom of Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland. Go on one of the weekly aerial mail runs through isolated communities and cattle stations on Cape York Peninsula.

There are many other local operators that don’t advertise widely, but current availability and flight pricing information may be available in local tourist bureaus.