Scenic Flights

More flights; more options with the Marree Hotel – and you get to fly with the most experienced, locally based scenic flight operators in the Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre region – Wrightsair. This multi Award Winning operation has over 25 years of dedicated scenic flight experience. Fully maintained aircraft with CASA trained pilots – all with an in-depth knowledge to give you the very best commentary possible.

Only available from the Marree Hotel. Bookings essential.

The sheer magnitude of the Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre region is breathtaking – morning, noon or afternoon. And right now, the Lake is filling with water from the devastating QLD floods and the effects of heavy rain from cyclone Trevor.  This means water – and lots of it. And with the water comes the fish and birds.

But there’s more. The myriad of colours emblazoned in patterns of ochre and pink algae create an amazing kaleidoscope of colour. The reflections are breathtaking.  We predict this natural phenomenon will be present throughout the Winter and Autumn of 2019. The birds move around and we go looking for them with every flight when you book at the Marree Hotel.

And then there’s the “Marree Man“. The worlds largest work of art and one of Australia’s greatest “who-done-it” mysteries in recent times. Standing over 4km in height and 28km around the circumference, this extraordinary work is a viewing must.  You can see the “Marree Man” – all part of your Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre experience.

No other scenic flight service provider can offer:

  • Over 25 years of local service – knowledge, experience great commentary
  • The Lake and the Marree Man – with lots more available
  • Multi Award Winning scenic flight service
  • The most up-to-date technology
  • Planes are rated (higher than CASA) to ‘executive level’
  • More planes
  • More flights
  • More options – Helicopter flights are coming. Available for thrill seekers looking for the ultimate Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre experience.

All fixed-wing aircraft are high wing-over for maximum visibility. Cessna reliability and quality. Minimum of 2 passengers per flight and seating capacity is 4 to 14 depending on the aircraft used.

Scenic Flight – 1

Marree Man Explorer – PLUS the extraordinary mountains, gorges and valleys right on our doorstep

Marree Man | Willouran Ranges | Muloorina Station | Oodnadatta Track | Marree Township

The Marree Man is back! The world’s largest work of art has been lovingly restored, with the permission of the Arabana Aboriginal Corporation, for all to enjoy.  The mystery that surrounds the Marree Man and how he came to be on a plateau just to the NW of Marree is one of Australia’s greatest who-done-it stories. Share the theories; the myth, and the controversy that surrounds this remarkable work of art.  Fly over the site and wonder at the skill and artistry of the original creator. The Marree Man is an indigenous hunter and stands 4.2km tall with a 28km circumference – the world’s second largest work of art is best appreciated from the air!

Flight Time: 45 minutes*
Adults: $290pp for 2-5 passengers

(The Marree Hotel recognises that the Marree Man is part of Arabana Country and includes Finniss Springs Station.)

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Scenic Flight – 2

Water, Birds, Bays and Peninsulas of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre

Marree Man | Lake Eyre South | Lake Eyre North | Madigan Gulf | Dingo Fence | Belt Bay | Jackboot Bay | Muloorina Station

From Marree you’ll fly over the Dingo Fence, to the Marree Man and into the southern tip of Madigan Gulf. Then over Hunt Peninsula to Jackboot Bay and the North Lake before flying over the lowest point in Australia – Belt Bay. Returning to Marree over Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre South. A fantastic flight to get a taste of the scenic splendour that is Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.

Flight Time: 1.5 hours*
Adults: $440pp for 2 – 5 passengers

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Scenic Flight – 3

Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and the Warburton Groove

Lake Eyre South | Lake Eyre North | Madigan Gulf | Dingo Fence | Belt Bay | Jackboot Bay | Warburton River | Cooper Creek | Warburton Groove | Neales River | Marree Man

The Ultimate Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre experience that’ll blow your socks off!!!

We go looking for water and birds. Trace the flow of the waters the ebb from the devastating QLD floods that are now bringing new life to the waters of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre.

From Marree fly over the Dingo Fence, and into Madigan Gulf. Then over to the mouth of the Cooper Creek and onto the Warburton River, the Neales River and then track down the magic of the Warburton Groove. On the way back to Marree you will fly over the islands of Belt Bay, Lake Eyre South, the remarkable and controversial Marree Man and the Oodnadatta Track. This flight is an excellent way to see all that Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre has to offer including the main river systems which feed into the Lake.

Flight Time: 2.1 hours*
Adults: $550pp for 2 – 5 passengers

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Scenic Flight – 4

Half a day packed with everything the desert offers

Lake Eyre North | Madigan Gulf | Jackboot Bay | Belt Bay | Deserts | Anna Creek Station | William Creek* | Marree Man | Lake Eyre South | Marree Township

Fantastic bang-for-buck! The classic outback experience, flying over the incredible Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and land at the famous (or infamous?) William Creek Hotel. This flight has everything about the region – a bush pub experience, Marree Man, deserts, water, birds, the Lake, Oodnadatta Track and Australia’s largest pastoral property – Anna Creek Station.
* Or, (instead of William Creek), Mungerannie Hotel or Cowarie Station to meet the owners for lunch and a personal tour of the working cattle station – extra $200pp – advance bookings essential. Subject to availability.

Flight Time: 4 hours* plus 1 hour stop at William Creek*
Adults: $930 per person for 2 – 5 passengers (lunch extra)

Scenic Flight – 5

“The Birdsville Charter”

Put your own flight plan together. The Lake, Birdsville – anything and everything in between

The Marree Hotel can arrange just about anything: Birdsville, Innamincka, The Dig Tree, or maybe the Painted Hills, William Creek & Coober Pedy?

This is your caravan so get cracking and put yourself in the picture – let your dreams come true.

Flight Time: 4.5 hours* plus 1 hour stop over*
Adults: $1,150 per person for 2 – 5 passengers (lunch extra) (price subject to flight plan)

Charter options? The sky’s the limit

Phil, Maz and Joe, together with the friendly staff at the Marree Hotel can arrange just about anything when it comes to seeing the emerging spectacle of the Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre Basin.

A full-scale charter allows you to do what you want – we’re happy to provide advice but this is your chance to explore what YOU want to see.

How about a day flight to Birdsville or Innaminka and the “Dig Tree” including a superb lunch.
Maybe the Painted Hills or Coober Pedy. We can even organise a lunch with a difference – great for those who enjoy a drink and don’t have to drive! Prices available on request.

*Flight Times are approximate. The actual flying time varies depending on head or tail winds and load in the aircraft


The Marree Hotel and Wrightsair constantly monitor the Lake and change routes regularly to ensure our guests get the very best scenic flight option money can buy.

  • All flights subject to weather and/or conditions of the airstrip to meet our strict safety criteria.
  • Flight times quoted are approximate.
  • Flight paths and duration may vary (we can’t control where the water is or where birds fly).
  • Bookings at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Minimum of 2 passengers required unless stated otherwise.
  • Bookings essential. 50% deposit required.
  • Flights depart every day from the Marree Hotel.
  • Book at the Marree Hotel today or click here to email us.