Elite Air Charter

Posted by on Aug 7, 2013 in articles | 0 comments

Elite Air Charter

…..“timeliness is the essence of business and as in life”

Time is as important as money in your value proposition, so travelling direct by air charter makes perfect business sense! Elite Air Charter empowers you to fly expeditiously where and when you require very cost effectively. Fly high in the pressurised safety and comfort of your exclusively chartered King Air twin turboprop; avoid the limiting schedules and airport queues; arrive refreshed enjoying enhanced productivity on the way in luxury similar to a corporate or private jet at a fraction of the cost.

Contact us or Phone Tony Kirkhope on +61 3 9882-4236.


Thinking of Chartering a Private Jet Aircraft?

Perhaps you were thinking of chartering a private jet for your next corporate charter but feel the cost prohibitive, then consider the cost effective alternative of flying in our Super King Air, offering luxury similar to that of a comparable corporate jets at a fraction of the cost.

Elite Air Charter for the busy executive


Rotarian Traveller – Wildlife Safari Gawler Ranges, S.A.

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in articles | 0 comments

In the July edition of Rotarian Traveller,  Dennis and Rosamund Knill stay-over in one of Australia’s most isolated camp sites and experience the ultimate destination for nature-lovers and eco-adventurers in the Gawler Ranges, South Australia.

“The Eyre Peninsula might have been invented to provide the perfect holiday adventure, but further north is one of the most stunningly beautiful, wild and untravelled outbacks you’ll ever see, in less than three hours from Port Lincoln you will find yourself in another world amongst diverse plant life, exotic birds and wild animals.

It’s fierce and uncompromisingly stark out there and by and large untouched but for a few all-embracing tourists wanting to escape the stresses of city life.  This is a harsh place, if it’s not floods, it’s droughts, if it’s not droughts, it’s fires and the blistering heat painted in bright red. And everywhere you look there is life, kangaroos engaged in Mexican stand-offs, emus streaking across barren grasslands while parrots are basing on branches in the sun as wedge tail eages gaze down austernly from the clear blue sky above.  It’s as if nature has put on a play and we’re the audience lucky enough to have the best seats in the house”

Kirkhope Aviation specialises in tours to Outback Australia, including the Gawler Ranges.   See our tours to the region.

To read the full story of Dennis and Rosamund Knill’s experience, please visit the Rotarian Traveller magazine.  The story is a few pages in.

The Swagon at Kangaluna Camp, Gawler Ranges SA

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in articles | 0 comments

The Swagon at Kangaluna Camp, Gawler Ranges SA

On safari in South Australia’s outback, ‘swagon’ style

Nigel Summlery a freelance UK journalist writes in The Guardian, UK, on his safari with a difference in South Australia – taking in the Aussie big five – Nigel Summerley finds comfort and a view of the stars from his bed in a converted farm wagon.

He goes on to say –

” Rosie (formerly known as Roadkill Rosie) was at the wheel, giving instructions in a cut-glass English accent that seemed at odds with her frontierswoman demeanour – and the fact she was gunning the 4×4 down a dirt track in the South Australia outback. We were racing to get back to camp before sunset; it was that dusky time when kangaroos start their day – and tend to cross the road without looking. Rosie told me to watch the bush flats on the left, and my safari companion, Teresa, to watch the right: “And if you see anything, shout ‘Roo!’ “

That Roadkill nickname came not from squashing creatures on the highway, but from the way she would retrieve carcasses for use in her artworks. Her full name is Rosemary Woodford Ganf, and she’s a noted wildlife artist (and now also a guide with Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris).”

You can read the full article here :

Veteran pilot wants to show off Moorabbin Airport to the public

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in articles | 0 comments

Veteran pilot wants to show off Moorabbin Airport to the public

AVIATION veteran Tony Kirkhope is offering a free flight tour around Melbourne to seven lucky raffle winners, at a community fete on this weekend.

The pilot, who has been in business for 40 years, will take the winners up in a Piper twin engine plane from Moorabbin airport.

Kirkhope Aviation has called the airport home for about 15 years, after moving from Essendon.

The pilot and businessman said he is keen to let people know the airport is “not just a training ground for light aircraft flyers.”

“The aiport is an asset to the south eastern region of Melbourne and there are a few of us in there who offer charters,” he said.

Mr Kirkhope and eight pilots and seven casual pilots also fly outback tours out of Moorabbin. In the last two years they have also been building up their corporate charter business.

“We can take business executive to other cities, or the celebrity who doesn’t want to travel from big public airports,” he said.

“Moorabbin could really become a hub for this.”

The fete will be on at 288 Centre on Dandenong Rd, Saturday from 10am-2pm. Details: or

You can read the full story here


The Senior Private Air Charter

Posted by on Apr 10, 2013 in articles | 0 comments

Private Air charter great way to see sights

WAY TO GO – All aboard for an amazing flight.

King Air InteriorFrom cattle stations, opal towns and fishing resorts to wilderness parks and luxury bush camps, Kirkhope Aviation’s private chartered air tour schedule has been extended to encompass a new range of all-inclusive guided tours.

Varying from one to 14 days, the air tours in a twin-engine aircraft include luxury camping or hotel accomodation, meals, tours and activities.

Departing from Melbourne’s Moorabbin Airport, travellers can join a tour and meet new people or arrange their own group of friends to enjoy the journey with.

You can take a one or two-day holiday air tour to places such as remote Flinders Island, Milawa Brown Brothers Winery, King Island, The 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road, Echuca, Mallacoota and East Gippsland, Mungo National Park and Birdsville.

The three and four-day Taste of the Outback tours offer a great way to experience Innamincka, the Dig Tree, Cooper Creek, Birdsville, Lake Eyre and the Flinders Ranges.

Phone 03 9882 4236 or enquire on line.  

Appeared in ‘The Senior – Vic, Melbourne, Lifestyle Magazine, April 2013

The Senior - Lifestyle Magazine

Kirkhope Aviation launches a new range of air travel tours for 2013

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in articles | 0 comments

Press Release :

Kirkhope Aviation launches a new range of air travel tours for 2013

MELBOURNE, 22 NOVEMBER 2012: From cattle stations, opal towns and fishing resorts to wilderness parks and luxury bush camps, Kirkhope Aviation’s private charted air tour schedule has been extended to encompass a new range of all-inclusive guided travel tours, ideal for the holiday maker longing to explore Australia’s stunning landscapes. Varying in length from one to 14 days, the air tours include return chartered flights, luxury camping or hotel accommodation, meals, tours and activities. Departing from Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne, travelers can join a tour and meet new people or arrange their own private group of friends to enjoy the journey with. Catering to all travel interests, Kirkhope Aviation can also tailor air tours to suit traveler’s specific destination, touring and departure date requests.

New range of air adventure holiday to Outback Australia released

Take a guided adventure air holiday with Kirkhope Aviation and experience a range of destinations and activities, including:

1 or 2 Day Air Tours

Take a short one or two day holiday air tour from Melbourne to places such as remote Flinders Island, Millawa Brown Brothers Winery, King Island, The 12 Apostles and Great Ocean Road, Echuca, fishing in Mallacoota and East Gippsland, Mungo National Park and Birdsville Races.

One or Two Day Air Tour Prices start from $400 per person return* (incl. GST)

For more information about Kirkhope Aviation’s 1 and 2 Day air tours, visit:

Taste the Outback

These three and four day “taste of the outback” tours offer a great way to experience the stunning Innamincka, the Dig Tree, Cooper Creek, Birdsville, Lake Eyre and the Flinders Ranges. From lunch in Innamincka on a boat cruise down the Cooper Creek, drinks at sunset and a low level flight over the Diamantina River, The Goyder Lagoon and the Warburton River culminating in a flight down Lake Eyre this tour gives guests a true taste of the Australian Outback.

Taste the Outback Tour Prices start from $3,195 per person return* (incl. GST)

2013 Travel Departure Dates:

April 12 & 21

May 3, 10 & 30

June 29

July 5

August 1& 31

September 13 & 24

Tasmania Flinders and King Island

This four day trip takes guests on a tour of Flinders Island, down the west coast of Tasmania to the quaint and picturesque town of Strahan on the Gordon River, a trip on the West Coast Wilderness Steam railway as well as a tour of King Island beef and cheese.

Tasmania Flinders and King Island Tour Prices start from $2,650 per person return *(incl. GST)

2013 Travel Departure Dates:

February 15

March 15

April 6

South Australia Discovered

Kirkhope Aviation offers three and four day tours to a remote luxury bush camp in the Gawler Ranges. Including a swim amongst sea lions, a tour of the rugged Flinders Ranges and Parachilna this is the ideal tour for those looking to experience more of Australia’s local wildlife and natural landscape. An unforgettable wilderness experience, this tour offers guests the opportunity to see emus and kangaroos, drive through a private outback sheep station, explore Andamooka opal fields and discover the Brachina Gorge.

South Australia Discovered Tour Prices start from $3,350 per person return *(incl. GST)

2013 Travel Departure Dates:

February 23

March 29

April 27

Cape York

This 12 day air tour takes travelers up to Australia’s most northern point. Destinations on the way include Birdsville, Lawn Hill Gorge, Horn & Thursday Islands, Lotus Bird Lodge Laura rock art, and Carnarvon Gorge. Swim in the naturally bubbling spas of the Lawn Hill Gorge, walk down the miles of golden beach and discover the area’s fascinating maritime history, go fishing on Sweers Island, enjoy fabulous seafood meals in the warm open air, a trip into Torres Straight and much more.

Cape York Tour Prices start from $10,795 per person return* (incl. GST)

2013 Travel Departure Dates:

May 16

July 11

Kimberley & Top End

This 13 day air tour explores the Kimberley and Top End. Flying from Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne across Australia’s red center, travelers will visit Ayers Rock, Coober Pedy, Broome, Cape Leveque, The Bungles, Faraway Bay, King George falls, Mt Borradaile [Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art], and the famous Birdsville pub.

Kimberley & Top End Tour Prices start from $13,995 per person return * (incl. GST)

2013 Travel Departure Dates:

June 8

August 14

*All pre scheduled Kirkhope Aviation air travel tours prices include flights, accommodation, meals and activities. All alcoholic beverages must be purchased by travelers on consumption. Check for a complete list of inclusions. 

For more information about Kirkhope Aviation, holiday tours, pricing, availability, or to make a holiday tour booking, complete the booking form at:

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About Kirkhope Aviation

Operating flights out of Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne, Kirkhope Aviation offers private charted air tours throughout Australia in the comfort of a superbly maintained twin engine aircraft that allow travelers to select their own flight schedules to travel when they want.

From one day golf trips to spectacular golf courses in Tasmania and Bass Straight, transfers to the Hotham ski fields or weekends at luxury bush safari resorts in the Gawler Ranges, Kirkhope Aviation offers a range of pre packaged travel tours or can even tailor trips to suits travelers interests.

With over 35 years experience flying throughout Australia, Kirkhope Aviation also runs business air charters which operate out of Moorabbin Airport, Melbourne using the same well presented and maintained aircraft as the touring plane.

In addition to their existing piston fleet of planes, Kirkhope Aviation now offers a turbine pressurized 11 seat aircraft that caters to corporate charter flights, allowing executives to travel in style to their next business meeting.

Recent Photoshoot using Super KingAir Plane

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in articles | 0 comments

Jetsetting Male Photoshoot

We were pleased be be a part of the recent photoshoot for Fashionising.comPhotographer Kelly Defina set about creating a vision of the desirable lifestyle of the jetting male with model Zac J who looked fabulous in his suit – or in his denims and a pair of sunnies.

See photographs taken by Kelly on the day.



Moorabbin Air Charters' Super KingAir aircraft recently became the backdrop for a photoshoot for

Dashing model Zac J in his sharp suit or in his denims and a pair of sunglasses looks great
Dashing model Zac J in his sharp suit or in his denims and a pair of sunglasses looks great


The Australian Oil and Gas Review

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in articles | 0 comments

Aviation specialist makes remote site travel easy

Oil and Gas Review PublicationSPECIALISING in business and travel tours throughout outback Australia, Kirkhope Aviation has expanded to include corporate and government work.

To support this growth, its aircraft fleet has grown to four twin-engine aircrafts: two Piper Chieftains, a Piper Navajo and a recently purchased twin-turbine pressurised super KingAir.

The new KingAir is a truly corporate aircraft in both comfort and speed; it was flown out from Florida in the US to Melbourne in
April 2011. The journey took the aircraft and crew through Greenland, Iceland, Europe, India and Australia.
Kirkhope Aviation’s pilots are fully qualified and have many years of flying experience, including emergency medical transport with the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The company is focussed on specialised touring and has experienced success in this area, undertaking about 100 Lake Eyre tours in the past three years. Other tours that the company offers include the Kimberley, Arnhem Land and the Gulf, and less remote destinations such as Kangaroo Island and Flinders Island.

Kirkhope Aviation is committed to reliable, safe and comfortable travel.

With the ability to accommodate up to 10 passengers in the company’s new KingAir aircraft, corporate business charters and flights to remote mine sites throughout Australia have never been easier.

Contact Us for further information.

Lake Eyre Tours: Fly Low to Get High on the Scenic Splendor

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in articles | 0 comments

Anyone who is passionate about the Australian outback is certain to have Lake Eyre tours at the top of his/ her itinerary.

There are few more splendorous sights on earth than the view you get when you fly low over Lake Eyre.

There are air charters flying out from Melbourne’s Moorabbin Airport, available from July 17, onwards, with several previous ones already fully booked. The next one, thereafter, is on July 27, followed by three more, on August 3rd, 9th and 18t h, respectively.

As a result of the recent influx from the Warburton Creek, Lake Eyre still has water (approx.. 50% coverage) for the fourth consecutive year, and that should be a mouth watering prospect for those who have seen Lake Eyre during past wet seasons.

Flights to Lake Eyre

But all good things must come to an end, and the season is all too short. Lake Eyre tours will only last another seven weeks as from September, the weather will begin to get hotter and hence the water will slowly start to evaporate. So hurry if you want to be part of a flying tour to one of Australia’s favorite outback destinations.

Flights to Lake Eyre South AustraliaTypically, these flying tours use Navajo or Chieftain aircraft, however larger and faster KingAir aircraft are also an option, with a premium of 30% over the normal rate. The charter tours are standard three-day affairs but the tour operators are usually amenable to tailoring the program to suit customer needs, such as cutting the itinerary down to one or two days.

You can do worse than opt for a three day trip where you would begin your flying tour from Moorabbin. Then you can fuel at Broken Hill, fly over the famous Burke and Wills Dig Tree and stop over for lunch at Innamincka before flying to the Coongie Lakes en route to Birdsville, where you can spend the first night.

On the second morning, head off immediately after breakfast for a low level flight following the flow of the Diamantine River and over Lake Eyre before a lunch stopover at Muloorina Station. Then, depending on the weather and the roads, take a drive to the Lake’s edge. Fly, thereafter, to Flinders Range where you can spend the second night at Arkaroola, the perfect venue for gazing at the stars, at the local observatory.

Return to Moorabbin, on the evening of the third day, but not before taking a drive, on the world famous Ridgetop Tour in the northern Flinders Ranges. Other options could include a boat cruise on the Cooper Creek, or even take a look at the Andamooka opal fields.

When the Cooper Creek cruise is running, you can view the multitude of birds temporarily making their home on the flooded riverbanks and that include Caspian Terns, Silver Gulls, Red-necked Stints, Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and Red-necked Avocets, not to mention Australian Pelicans and Banded Stilts.

For an air charter service that offers all of these destinations and more, on packaged Lake Eyre Tours, visit our page : Lake Eyre Tours




Three Reasons Why You Should Charter a KingAir to Mt Hotham This Winter

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012 in articles | 0 comments

It’s snowing in Australia which means winter has arrived with a vengeance.

This is the sign you were waiting for, to charter a flight in our King Air to Mt Hotham, where the weather is perfect for skiing and snowboarding.

Flights to Mt HothamThere can be no better place for you than the Hotham Alpine Resort that is currently receiving about 90cm of snow. For skiers and snowboarders, there is 84 cm on the snow run, while 86 cm and 101 cm have been recorded on the Big-D and the Upper Higgi Dr, respectively.

In case you want to know why I suggest you charter a flight in our King Air to Hotham rather than any other aircraft, you would be interested to learn that there are special air charters at Melbourne’s Moorabbin Airport that use this very safe plane to transport skiers and snowboarders to Mt Hotham. Best of all, it will take you no more than 35 minutes to get to the cross-country trails at your favourite skiing and snowboarding resort.

There is no comparison with the KingAir when you want a safe and comfortable journey from Moorabbin to the Hotham Alpine Resort.  No other aircraft can transport you, rapidly, with the same degree of safety and comfort, to the tree-lined skiing and snowboarding trails of Australia’s favourite winter destination. The KingAir accomplishes this, while satisfying the three conditions that are crucial to your safety and comfort:

1. Spacious Pressurized Cabin:

Your comfort is assured when you board the King Air and make yourself at home in its spacious pressurized cabin, as the aircraft wings its way rapidly to Hotham.

2. Flying Capacity in Icy Conditions:

While snow is welcomed by ski and snow-board enthusiasts, it is usually accompanied by icy weather conditions that present a challenge to aircraft. Fortunately for those planning to fly on the King Air, the aircraft has been specifically devised keeping such weather in view and carries the FAA’s certification for its ability to fly safely in these conditions. The Melbourne region has few other aircraft types that can match this feat.

3. Most Popular Turboprop Aircraft Engine:

The PT-6 turbine engine that the King Air boasts is amongst the most liked turboprop aircraft engines ever and has proven to be amongst the most reliable as well. Lie back in this contemporary twin-engine plane as you contemplate the skiing and snowboarding you will soon indulge in at the Race Gully, Sundowner and Big-D trails at your favourite winter destination.

Given these three important features of the King Air, it would not surprise you to learn that the aircraft finds favour with the Swiss Air Force that employs this plane for its transport operations in the extreme flying conditions of the Swiss Alps. Closer home, the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS) has accorded the KingAir’s safety with unqualified approval through the aircraft’s exclusive use in Air Ambulance services.

In other words, you can take a safe flight for granted when you charter a King Air for your skiing and snowboarding holiday flight to Mt Hotham with Kirkhope Aviation. While as many as 10 passengers can travel on the aircraft, a group of 5 – 8 would be ideal, making due allowance for luggage.

So go right ahead and charter the King Air for that skiing and snowboarding  trip to the Hotham Alpine Resort, with its variety of runs for every manner of skier and boarder, whether beginner or expert. Hurry — the weather at the resort simply cannot get any better!  Give us a call if you’re looking to charter a flight to Mt Hotham.


Kirkhope Aviation offers Air Charters from Moorabbin Airport for corporate air services, Moorabbin airport flights, private charter flights, Melbourne business flights and private aviation air charters. Charter flights available to/from Mining Companies, for Government Officials, overseas visitors, VIPS, Celebrities or a scenic tour above Melbourne.  Phone +61 (0) 3 9882 4236 for further information or send us an email.